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

B&H # MA504HD546GB Mfr # 504HD,546GBK
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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
  • 75mm Half Ball on Tripod Head
  • Built-in 75 mm Bowl on Tripod Legs
  • Ground-level Spreader
  • Padded Tripod Bag

The Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546GB 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System combines the innovative and stylish 504HD Fluid Video Head with the 2-stage aluminum 546GB Pro Video Tripod--creating an ideal combo of affordability, stability, and smooth, precise control. The tripod features a 75mm half ball, and the sticks have a 75mm bowl for quick and secure leveling. 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 16.5 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 ground-level telescopic spreader keeps the legs exactly where you need them.
75 mm Ball Leveling
The Head features a 75 mm half ball, that interfaces with the 75 mm bowl of the tripod legs. This allows fast leveling and and a sturdy pan tilt platform.

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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
Head Attachment Fitting 75 mm Half Ball
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 Ground-level Spreader
Manfrotto 504HD Head w/546GB 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System
  • 504HD Fluid Video Head
  • 546GB Pro Video Tripod with Ground-Level Spreader
  • MBAG100PN Padded Tripod Bag
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3 Years w/Online Registration
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    Manfrotto504HD Head w/546GB 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod System
     
    4.8

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (14)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Unfolds quickly (6)
    • Folds away (3)

    Cons

    • Cumbersome (3)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Stabilization (10)
    • Movies (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (11), Tech savvy (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    Very Solid Tripod

    By Jewsh

    from Hanford, CA

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Cumbersome
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Live events
    • Movies

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

    I use this tripod with several different XDCAMs and the Sony's FSNEX700. Cameras much heavier may have a challenging time getting smooth panning but it works great for these cameras and others with similar weight.

    The adjustable head makes it very easy and convenient to even out the head over the legs to get the image level. Having a light underneath the level bubble is very convenient.

    The legs are a bit of a challenge to adjust with the camera and accessories mounted on it. In fact, it can be very challenging if you're forced to adjust it by yourself. The tripod itself is a bit clunky and takes some getting used to but once you've adapted you can really accomplish some smooth motion.

    The bag is useless. With the handle bar attached it's almost impossible to zip up and who wants to constantly re-attach it.

    Despite its shortcomings this tripod remains a solid choice given you're patient with it at first.

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    5.0

    Very nice tripod

    By video John

    from Plainfield, NJ

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Stabilization

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

      It's maybe a little fragile, yet reminds me of the Sachler I used for years at the network. Works great with my JVC 750 and it's light. The included bag and light up bubble are thoughtful additions. The drag could be smoother, but for $[$], it gets the job done. For the people that complain about the leg adjusters being too loose or tight, they do give you an Allen wrench to make the adjustments. I like the bowl adjustment for quick leveling.

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      5.0

      Great Product!

      By Cjr70

      from New Orleans

      About Me Film Professional

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Broadcasting
        • Movies

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

        I love this tripod I have been having it for about 7 months now and I just love how its so smooth and its very easy to set up nothing hard. I love how it can handle heavy weight type cams that I have, it actually can hold any size but I love it and would recommend it to anyone.

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        5.0

        I own 2!!

        By Hayzens Productions

        from Greensboro, nc

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Stabilization

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

          I own two of these and work with several for acc sports.
          I love them for te price. One i use to support the cobra backpack jib and its great!!!!

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          5.0

          Good Tripod

          By Capt. Bonner

          from Hollywood, CA

          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Movies
          • Stabilization

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

          Sturdy, good fluid head for the price. Obviously, IF I had the money to buy a really, really nice tripod I would, but that's not the case, so for what you pay its definitely a good tripod.
          The only thing that brings it down is it's a bit heavy, but no big deal.

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          5.0

          Great Tripod

          By Micah Johnson

          from lynchburg, va

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Stabilization

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

            I really like the action of the tripod but if you have a heavy camera go with a more heavy duty Head.

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            4.0

            Nice tall and sturdy

            By AECODE

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Cumbersome

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Stabilization

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

            This was purchased for my DSLR rig rated at about 8-10 lbs. It's a very sturdy tripod, only thing is the bottom support thing makes it a little awkward to close close and pack up. Build quality is excellent. I love the bag that comes with it because of it's real ergonomic strap.

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            5.0

            Beautiful Tripod

            By Brandon

            from Montana

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Locks In Tight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

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

            The 504HD head is absolutely amazing! I had been using a 503HD and wanted just a little more performance, and boy did I get it! The ability to dial in pan and tilt drag is awesome and it provides a nice amount of resistance. The quick level capability of the 504 is great for those instances when you need to move quickly. Not necessarily a performance matter, but the tripod looks amazing. The red accents match nicely with my Canon L-series lenses.

            No complaints from me so far!

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            5.0

            Inexpensive and great!

            By Tiago Burchardt

            from Rio de Janeiro, BR

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easily Adjusted
            • Good Footing
            • Lightweight
            • Locks In Tight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              Inexplicable, I asked for help to sellers of B & H that I have indicated this tripod and head, did not think it would be this good, 8 levels in the head tilt and pan, and comes with the star comes with one another, very light and easy to use , great choice, I was very happy!

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              5.0

              The Best of the Best

              By BasicallyMe

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  There is nothing this tripod doesn't do. I put on a 10 ft jib with 20 lbs counterweight and the it didn't seem to phase this beast of a tripod at all. The internal counter balance system is a thing of beauty- never will I have to worry about my camera tilting all the way down and falling off. Even the bag is a jaw-dropper. I'm trying to find things wrong with it, but I can't. A solid piece of equipment.

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                  4.0

                  Fantastic tripod

                  By Aizick the Beanstalk

                  from Toronto, ON

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilization

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

                  THE USE:
                  I use this tripod with my Canon 5D II with a host of accessories. I also plan to use it with the Sony PDW-800.

                  THE BAD:
                  - plastic locks that hold legs together easily fall off and get lost.
                  - extension lock on legs come very very tight and take a lot of effort to loosen.
                  - mid-section spreaders are a bit of a pain to orient when trying to fold tripod back together

                  THE GOOD:
                  - comes with a very good amount and variety of base screws
                  - head is very sturdy and easy to balance
                  - spring tension in head is effective
                  - reasonably good maximum height
                  - very light weight for its size
                  - carrying bag is sturdy
                  - tension controls on head are very good

                  For its price and maximum weight capacity it is a great value product.

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                  5.0

                  Even better than expected!

                  By Hans (DoDutch Productions, Inc.)

                  from Lakeland, FL

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • SMOOTH
                  • Solid
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Stock video

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

                    I am using this with my Z1u, mainly for stock video and marketing businesses. It is a sturdy tripod and the head is way better than I expected. No bumps, jerks or anything. Very much like the expensive pro equipment I used to use. Did not expect the middle spreader with it, as I ordered it with the ground spreader [...] This set-up will not disappoint you.

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                    5.0

                    Never expected it to be this good

                    By Box of Brilliance

                    from Jacksonville Fl

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fluid
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies
                      • Stabilization

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

                      I'm used to using 502's and 501's. When I bought this for my company I was excited. After I took it on the first shoot I was pleasantly surprised with how amazingly smooth it is. Get this product, you won't be sorry!

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                      5.0

                      smooth. professional.

                      By tkoch

                      from america

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Movies
                        • Stabilization

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

                        Great gears and smooth output.

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                        5.0

                        Great System!

                        By Johnny Tripod

                        from Florida

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Movies
                          • Stabilization

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

                          Very solid, easy to set up, and very smooth and consistent head. Great product!

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                          5.0

                          Great Tripod and Head!

                          By PaulD

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Stabilization

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

                            This Tripod/Head system is lightweight yet sturdy. It's range of reach is useful and the legs lock securely and slide smoothly. The head is robust yet smooth and the fluid drag controls work well.

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