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Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate

B&H # MA501PLONG Mfr # 501PLONG
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Product Highlights
  • For 501HDV and 503HDV Heads
  • 4.3" Maximum Length
  • Laser Engraved Scale

The Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate is a mounting plate for 501HDV and 503HDV pro video heads. It features a laser engraved scale to help identify optimal positions. It comes with two 1/4" and two 3/8" mounting screws.

Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate
  • 2 x 1/4" Mounting Screws
  • 2 x 3/8" Mounting Screws
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    Manfrotto501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate
     
    4.4

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • Fits well (8)
    • Improves tripod function (8)
    • Solid/sturdy (6)
    • Improves performance (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (7)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Weddings (4)
      • Wildlife (4)
      • Portraits (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Professional artist (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Verry Good Camera Plate!!

      Keep the Video Camera steady! I have IDX big battery pack on a Sony PMW EX3. Mounted on a Manfrotto HDV 503 head. The camerea is very steady

      Keep the Video Camera steady! I have IDX big battery pack on a Sony PMW EX3. Mounted on a Manfrotto HDV 503 head. The camerea is very steady

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Insanely priced but works perfectly

      I'm still confused by the differences (if any) between this plate and the 504PLong plate. They are both horribly overpriced but when you need the extra sliding capability (like I did), then...Read complete review

      I'm still confused by the differences (if any) between this plate and the 504PLong plate. They are both horribly overpriced but when you need the extra sliding capability (like I did), then this is the ideal piece to buy. I would have given it more stars but the price, in my opinion, is just too high.

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      3.0

      Manfrotto Plate i liked!

      By Brilhoso Produções

      from Jundiaí, Brazil

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

      Easy to use but so much simple!

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      4.0

      Just what I needed for my 800mm on a Q5

      By PAW

      from Yucaipa, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fits Well
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

        I needed a longer plate to mount my Sigma 800mm lens to a Q5 ball head. Wouldn't trust such a big lens with a single screw and it needed more slide adjustement to balance the lens. This was perfect.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great plate!

        By Conor

        from New York

        Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

        Works like a charm for my GLIDECAM!

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        4.0

        Longer Plate, Different Matterial

        By RascalFilms.net

        from Philadelphia PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

          I have the old version of the Manfroto 501 Fluid Head. I use it in conjunction with a Miller SOLO VJ. I Needed to balance front heavy DSLR cameras, so I bought the plate. It fits well, but because of the different metal and/or the matte finish, it sticks a bit. It works well otherwise.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Solid and Pricey

          By ozreel

          from Kentucky

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

          Great for being able to balance my camera when I couldn't quite do it with the standard plate. Love it, though it seems over priced - the reason for 4 instead of 5 stars.

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          5.0

          Great for Weight Distribution

          By Listern the Balance Geek

          from Canada

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable Alignment Pin
          • Handy Reference Markings
          • Perfect For Steadicam

          Cons

          • Ridiculously Overpriced

          Best Uses

          • Camera Balance
          • Steadicam

          Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

          If you can get over the fact it's obviously ridiculously overpriced, its great.

          Works perfect for my Steadicam Kit. Really helps with a front-heavy Lenses, and the markings on the side make it a good reference for quickly re-balancing, and finding the camera units centre of gravity.

          One great thing about it is the fact the locator/alignment pin, can be moved on the plate, when on most manfrotto quick release plates, the gold pin can't be moved.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Not So Long

          By Finn

          from Ferrisburgh, VT

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                I bought this plate thinking that it would be longer than the standard one that I use with my Manfrotto 516 head... it is exactly the same length! And then I realized that this plate doesn't fit the 516 head at all. So Manfrotto must have shrunk the standard plate size with the new "hd" series of tripod heads came out. Too bad.

                Although the "holding pin" to fit to the underside of some camcorders with only one thread mount and a smooth hole is a nice idea, it still allows for a fair amount of play when the camera is tightened to the plate, which renders it much less useful.

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                • No

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                5.0

                works great

                By Dale

                from Minnesota

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                  The plate is attached to a 500 mm lens and mounted on a 501 head for DSLR wildlife videography. The numbers on the side make it easy to get a proper balance. Extra length also makes it a good carrying handle when the lens is not on the head.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Helps balance your camera

                  By Eric

                  from Papua New Guinea

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                    This is the long version of the plate for the 501 head. Needed if you can't balance your camera using the standard plate that comes with the tripod head.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Nice Product

                    By Kyle

                    from New Orleans, La

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                    Works like advertised.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Insanely priced but works perfectly

                    By Thxdave

                    from Florida

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                    • Too pricy

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                    I'm still confused by the differences (if any) between this plate and the 504PLong plate. They are both horribly overpriced but when you need the extra sliding capability (like I did), then this is the ideal piece to buy. I would have given it more stars but the price, in my opinion, is just too high.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great for HDSLR shooters!

                    By Elias Neris

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                      With the longer plate I no longer have to mount my 70-200 onto my tripod. By moving the camera back I'm able to mount my 70-200 to my 5Dmkii and keep it balanced on my HDV501. Great time saver when shooting live events such as weddings!

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                      5.0

                      Good 2nd Release Plate

                      By Mr P

                      from Aptoc, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                        This release plate comes with all of the attachments I needed. Great second plate for my tripod. Indexed side markings are a real plus.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Another great Manfrotto product

                        By ImagineNation Studios

                        from Salt Lake City, UT

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                          Great for sliding the plate back and forth to compensate for uneven weight on the lens/camera combination

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Does the Job

                          By DJS

                          from Jacksonville, FL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                            I shoot ENG and tripod all of the time, so quick release is important to me. Upgrading the camera plate allows for better balancing of all of my gear; the short plate was sometimes just a little bit too small to allow for this.

                            I run a Sony PMW-EX3, but I've switched out with other units, too, small to mid-range. No problems at all.

                            Measurements on the side are a nice feature when switching setups and getting back to a certain configuration, though I run the plate through the camera head enough that I expect them to rub off.

                            I bit pricey for a piece of metal, but it is snug in my 503HDV camera head, and it does the trick.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Very useful

                            By HDSLR PRO

                            from charlotte NC

                            About Me Professional Artist

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                                Use with my hdslr rig to mount to a manfrotto tripod.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Solid.

                                By Art

                                from Richmond, VA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Highly Compatible
                                • Improves Performance
                                • Professional Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                                    Very convenient replacement for the standard 501PL. Really nice to have the extra room for balancing your camera on a tripod.

                                    It seems to be a little wider than the standard 501PL, though. It's a tighter fit into all the 577 plates I have for sure.

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                                    5.0

                                    Verry Good Camera Plate!!

                                    By Hjalmar from Norway

                                    from Norway

                                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • Nothing

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Complex Projects
                                    • Independent Films

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                                    Keep the Video Camera steady! I have IDX big battery pack on a Sony PMW EX3. Mounted on a Manfrotto HDV 503 head. The camerea is very steady

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    WORKS AS PLANNED

                                    By Charles O. Slavens

                                    from Deerfield Beach, Florida

                                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact Design
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Highly Compatible
                                    • Improves Performance
                                    • Professional Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Complex Projects
                                      • Independent Films
                                      • In The Studio

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                                      I shoot video using the Canon 5d mostly with long lenses mounted on a Manfrotto 305 head. The long plate (mounted on the lens shoe) allows me to balance the camera and lens combinations thus reducing the amount of creep to zero after locking down. Also, I can keep the short plate mounted on the camera body, which means that I can switch to short, wide-angle lenses quickly. Perfect set up for a nature photog.

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                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Video Camera plate works Great!!!

                                      By T the film guy

                                      from Philadelphia, PA

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • None

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Stabilization

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 501PLONG Quick Release Video Camera Plate:

                                      I needed a replacement for the one I lost, and got this one.
                                      It works great with the XL2 I use.

                                      I'll get it again if I need to.

                                      thanks B&H!!

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