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Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System

B&H # MA504HD546BK Mfr # 504HD,546BK
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Product Highlights
  • 16.5 lb (7.5kg) Load Capacity
  • Aluminum Legs
  • 18" to 66" Range
  • 4-Step Counterbalance
  • Ball-bearing Drag System
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • Mid-level Spreader
  • Padded Tripod Bag

The Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System combines the innovative and stylish 504HD Fluid Video Head with the 2-stage aluminum 546B Pro Video Tripod--creating an ideal combo of affordability, stability, and smooth, precise control. This compact, versatile system was designed with independent video and DSLR shooters in mind, and provides the level of ergonomics and support required by today's small crews and one-man bands.

504HD Fluid Video Head
The 504HD's patented Bridging Technology allows for a wider top plate and longer sliding plate that add stability and balance to a set of state-of-the-art professional features. A newly designed counterbalance system includes four presets--from 0 to 16.5 lbs--enabling proper balance for camera loads up to 19.8 lbs, while 3/8" threads in the top plate allow attachment of monitors, arms, and other accessories directly to the head.
546B Tripod
This aluminum two-stage tripod combines stability and strength with affordability. Reaching a maximum height of 60.6" (154cm), the 546B is capable of supporting up to 44 lbs (20kg). Its spiked feet come with rubber overshoes, allowing setups on both smooth floors and uneven surfaces, while a newly designed mid-level telescopic spreader keeps the legs exactly where you need them.

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General
Load Capacity 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)
Maximum Height 66.7" (169.4cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height 17.9" (45.5cm)
Folded Length 33.3" (84.6cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/Yes
Weight 13.6 lbs (6.2kg)
Head
Counter Balance System 4-Step
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Balance Plate Sliding, 1/4" and 3/8" Screws
Tilt Drag Continuous
Tilt Range -60° / +90°
Tilt Lock Independent
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Continuous
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Independent
Legs
Material Aluminum
Head Attachment Fitting 75mm Bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Flip Levers
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes, w/rubber covers
Center Brace Mid-level Spreader
Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System
  • 504HD Fluid Video Head
  • 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader
  • MBAG100PN Padded Tripod Bag
  • CR1220 Battery
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3 Years w/Online Registration
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    Manfrotto504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System
     
    4.4

    (based on 169 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (99)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (103)
    • Unfolds quickly (42)
    • Lightweight (34)
    • Smooth movement (26)
    • Folds away (22)

    Cons

    • Heavy (52)
    • Cumbersome (22)
    • Difficult to adjust (5)
    • Poor quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Stabilization (65)
    • Movies (60)
    • Video (38)
    • Weddings (21)
    • Landscape/scenery (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (149)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (64), Tech savvy (38), Aspiring film maker (28), Pro photographer (23), Semi-pro photographer (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Head, not great legs

    Pros: GREAT head. It really is a great head for the money. Stable legs, lightweight. The head is very fluid and nicely designed. the counterbalance and friction controls are easily adjustable and...Read complete review

    Pros: GREAT head. It really is a great head for the money. Stable legs, lightweight. The head is very fluid and nicely designed. the counterbalance and friction controls are easily adjustable and click in nicely. It feels solid but is surprisingly light at the same time. The fluidity of this head is comparable to that of heads that are twice the price.

    Cons: Tripod legs are clumsy (as most manfrotto sticks are). The spreader doesn't just snap the legs open as I would like. No, it turns into a wrestling match. Also, there is a manufacturer defect where the leg stage latches (which are made of a flimsy plastic) flex and slip off of their hinge post. I've contacted them about it and they said to send it in to their repair shop. Not sure how they are going to repair 'bad design'. Getting responses from them has been a little slow but it does have a 3-yr warrantee.

    Conclusion: I'd recommend this head with a different set of sticks.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent Head, Mediocre Legs

    The 504HD head is an interesting entry into the world of prosumer video heads. It's larger than many of its cousins, such as the 503 and 501, and larger than the small Sachtler...Read complete review

    The 504HD head is an interesting entry into the world of prosumer video heads. It's larger than many of its cousins, such as the 503 and 501, and larger than the small Sachtler heads that outprice it. This size offers a wider base for a camera to rest, but this hasn't actually ever been a request I've heard. The base has two 3/8" borings for screwing in accessories, such as an arm with an onboard monitor. A 1/4-20 bushing can be used to adapt. This is useful for taking the weight of a smaller camera, such as a DSLR, however, since the screws are side-mounted, a heavy arm balanced left of the 12-o-clock position will give you constant trouble as the arm unscrews itself. I can also imagine mounting smaller LED light panels here, with the same warning about positioning. The head features adjustable pan and tilt drag with a welcome numeric system, versus the simple +/- of the 503 and 501 heads. Like the 503, the pan fluid drag knob is located in a difficult to reach area inside of the head. Dialing wands may be necessary for those with burly fingers. Still, the drag seems to work well enough for a head of this price-range. In fact, all in all, I'd say this is very decent head at this price point.

    The weak link in this kit, however, is the legs. The 546B can't decide what to be. As a result it features some of the worst of all worlds. The legs aren't terribly sturdy, nor do they offer a great deal of extension, yet, they're heavier than you would want. I don't mind weight in a set of legs -- I regularly work with Ronford or O'Connor legs with a Mitchell base -- but weight without the feeling of sturdy, security is bothersome. The latches on the legs are not ideally designed. On a new set of sticks, they took so much force to open, that somebody had to hold the sticks down every time we flipped the levers. This might have improved with continued use. The entire unit constantly had a rickety feel, which I believe was mainly due to the worst element: the mid-level spreaders. I am not a fan of mid-level spreaders, ever. Though I've seen some that have earned my grudging respect. I prefer to have ground spreaders, or no spreaders. These mid-level spreaders rattled around and flexed. The locking/unlocking mechanism to spread them out was awkward and always felt as though it would break the spreaders. As a matter of fact, three days into production with this kit, the mid-level spreaders DID break, and nobody could figure out how. The metal where the screw which holds the spreaders onto the legs actually cracked in half. This led me to believe that the spreaders didn't just FEEL dodgey, but WERE in fact dodgey. Folding the sticks required negotiating with the spreaders a little more than one would hope.

    It's entirely possible that the 546B legs with a ground spreader would have made quite a different impression on me.

    All in all, I feel that this kit exists as a compromise. If a filmmaker or videographer wants something with a little more functionality than the 503, but isn't quite ready to drop the extra dollars on the 504 with the 535 or 536 Carbon fiber legs, then this is their option. Personally, though, I believe that a decent tripod will outlast your camera for some time, so why not invest in something better than a compromise?

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    4.0

    GREAT PRICE

    By TJ

    from CALIFORNIA

    About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design

    Cons

    • Limited Compatibility

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films

    Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

    WORKS GREAT, LIGHT AND HANDY

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    4.0

    Great system, great price

    By Relwof

    from Alabama

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

      I've used this tripod system almost exclusively for about 8 months and I love it. Great mechanics, really wide range of adjustments for any application, and a really nice value for the build quality and durability of the product. The included bag is super easy to carry and store as well, which is great for when you're packing up the car to travel. Whether you're covering sports, shooting interviews, supporting a bulky cinematic camera system, or stabilizing a dolly track, the Manfrotto 504HD w/ 546B tripod system has got you covered. I highly recommend this product.

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      5.0

      Great product

      By Studioel

      from Nyack NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

        Great for heavy loads

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        • No

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        5.0

        Simply the best for the price

        By Mr. K

        from Montréal, Québec (Canada)

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Robust

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Sports
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

        I never considered a near 1K investment until I used this tripod with my rig!Not as efficient when going over 16 lbs. This limit is real!

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        5.0

        If Ferrari made tripods...

        By Trance Productions

        from Chicago, IL.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • The Bag
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

          The 504HD Head, and 546B Tripod look fierce, and perform even better than their looks. All the little built in extras make this system a true gem. The extended quick release comes in handy when mounting large rigs. The light up level feature seemed a little silly at first but now I cannot imagine going anywhere without it. The extending arm handle is fantastic when using a seated dolly. Any solutions to even the most minimal shooting fatigue is highly welcomed. The two side holes built into the 504HD Head for mounting tough arms, and or monitors make it super versatile, and help build out a rig where limited space can be a factor. The adjustable drag levels are quick, and simple to use. The tripod itself has little plastic clips that hold the legs together while in transport mode. The 546B can be folded low to the ground for low angle shots. Usually low angle shooting can be quite unstable and movement is more often than not, limited. Fatigue is also a factor in this position. With this folding option you can use the stability without compromising fluidity and also your knees. The extra large feet add to the stability. And of course there is the bridging technology that is absolutely fantastic. I do not dabble with reviews but this purchase was worth while. Get the Square Trade Protection Plan for this product. Anything you may have been saving up to buy for a while, like myself is better having protected. There is nothing worse than dropping your phone and paying $400 out of pocket to replace it let alone a tripod!

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          5.0

          Great tripod. Super smooth pan and tilt.

          By M. Jasper

          from Pittsburgh, Pa

          Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

          Manfrotto makes a great product and this is no exception. Solid build and the smoothest movement in the market.

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          5.0

          Great head and tripod for DSLR

          By Stu ATL

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

            I use this tripod and head with my 5D mark iii with rails and rig etc. It's a great piece of kit and appropriately priced.

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            5.0

            Wonderful!

            By Felicia the DoP

            from Melbourne, Australia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

              Excellent system! Great fluid drag and most importantly feels solidly built. Quality!

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              5.0

              Great Tripod

              By John

              from Bossier City, LA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                Awesome tripod. Everything I was looking for a more. Love the lighted level bubble. Nice smooth fluid head.

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                4.0

                Good for the money

                By Playroom Creative

                from Huntington Beach, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                    This tripod has many features you can't get from high end names for less money. Not sure why they made the locking levers out of plastic, however. Seems like that would be the first thing to break. I'm very happy with this purchase, however. I like the red touches.

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                    2.0

                    Regret buying this

                    By Jo-Anne

                    from Perrysburg, OH

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Cumbersome
                      • Unstable
                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                        I thought I would save my department some money by purchasing this tripod instead of a Sachtler. Big mistake. The tripod is clumsy to use and one of the legs slips continually so you can't do a long take and expect the camera to be level by the end of the shot unless you lock it off with pony clamps.
                        Horrible for any kind of ENG/EFP work.

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                        5.0

                        Great Tripod

                        By jvogner

                        from Chattanooga, TN

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Plate Not The Same Size

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                        We use this tripod kit in both studio and field shooting. The tripod is lightweight and versatile. and can be mounted to a studio dolly.

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                        4.0

                        Great for the price

                        By KenAir

                        from Al

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Smooth Large Head

                        Cons

                        • Complex
                        • Cumbersome

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                        Fantastic head, good sticks. Have the 502 head as well and the 504 kicks its butt. Smooth, nice balance, and wide stage. Love it. Seeing how I can't afford to buy a 6k head this is perfect for the price point. The sticks are solid but a bit of a chore to set up, they work but Ibwish they were a bit more user friendly. Overall a great set up. I buy again.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Sticks for the price

                        By ekgabriel

                        from Colorado Springs, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Great Drag Control

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                        Used for both DSLR and HDV (Canon A1 and H1). Wonderful drag control and really nice "feel". Best tripod in the under a grand price range.

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                        5.0

                        Reliable Medium-Duty workhorse

                        By MC Johnson Films

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                          I'm upgrading to this from a smaller photo-tripod with a fluid head for personal and small pro gigs - I shoot DSLR video and now that I'm using a rod system around the camera, I needed something more heavy duty. It also does a good job with my mini-jib. My old tripod is a Manfrotto as well and is still going strong after almost a decade, so I expect this to last as well. I've worked with this same model on a number of shoots, so I figured it was time to invest in one as well.

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                          4.0

                          Great Head, not great legs

                          By Neighbors Video

                          from LA, CA

                          About Me Camera Operator, Corporate Video Producer, Film Professional

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies
                          • Seminars
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                          Pros: GREAT head. It really is a great head for the money. Stable legs, lightweight. The head is very fluid and nicely designed. the counterbalance and friction controls are easily adjustable and click in nicely. It feels solid but is surprisingly light at the same time. The fluidity of this head is comparable to that of heads that are twice the price.

                          Cons: Tripod legs are clumsy (as most manfrotto sticks are). The spreader doesn't just snap the legs open as I would like. No, it turns into a wrestling match. Also, there is a manufacturer defect where the leg stage latches (which are made of a flimsy plastic) flex and slip off of their hinge post. I've contacted them about it and they said to send it in to their repair shop. Not sure how they are going to repair 'bad design'. Getting responses from them has been a little slow but it does have a 3-yr warrantee.

                          Conclusion: I'd recommend this head with a different set of sticks.

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                          5.0

                          Solid stand with fluid head

                          By Ted

                          from New Lebanon, NY

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                          Pros

                          • Excellent Combination
                          • Good Stability
                          • Head Is Very Smooth

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome
                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                            I purchased this for my Panasonic AG-HPX170. It's a solid stand and the 504HD Head is smooth as silk. This combination meets my modest needs and then some! As others have mentioned, it is heavy. It's also a bit cumbersome to adjust. Once I got the nack of adjusting it, I've grown to appreciate its function in providing very smooth pans and tilts.

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                            5.0

                            Incredibly Stable

                            By Bokeh FX

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Carrying Bag
                            • Good Stability
                            • Smooth pantilt

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                            Though I film w/ a Canon DSLR, I often have a Kessler Dolly attached which raises the weight by 9+ lbs. So this rig has been great! Super stable base w/ an incredibly fluid head. I trust that I will use this rig for many years to come!

                            That said, the thing is a beast! Not for quick run-and-gun shoots.

                            Also, B&H has some great customer service! The delivery was on time and their communication with me was great! This was my first purchase through them and I was fully satisfied!

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                            4.0

                            Pretty Good

                            By Michael

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Film student

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Cumbersome

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                            I use this with my Panasonic AC-90, its nice to have a fluid head so you can get those smooth pans. Its fairly lightweight and once you break it in a bit with a few uses it becomes easy to setup and take down. I should also mention that its quite sturdy.Now the fluid head is pretty good, the counterbalance is decent and you get nice fluid drag. I've used better fluid heads such as Vinten, but those cost $5k. So for this price range its a good deal. Overall A solid product with nice features. The carrying case is a bonus as well.

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                            4.0

                            Beautiful tripod head. Not so for legs.

                            By Mentor Video

                            from Portland, OR

                            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Smooth Head

                            Cons

                            • Cumbersome

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies

                            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546B 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System:

                            The tripod head is beautiful to use and is well worth the extra $ compared to the cheaper models. The tripod legs on the other hand are clunky and not very user friendly. I wish I would have dished out some more $ for the better legs. How hard would it have been for Manfrotto to add some numbers on the side of the tripod to help measure out the extension of the legs. In summary: buy the head, but upgrade the legs.

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