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Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System

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Product Highlights
  • 16.5 lb (7.5kg) Load Capacity
  • Carbon Fiber Legs
  • 16" to 85" Range
  • 4-Step Counterbalance
  • Ball-Bearing Drag System
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
  • Padded Tripod Bag

The Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System combines the innovative and stylish 504HD Fluid Video Head with the 3-stage/4-section carbon fiber 536 Tripod--providing the perfect intersection of affordability, range, and weight with smooth, precise control. This compact and versatile system was designed with both video and DSLR rigs in mind, and provides the ergonomics and support called for by today's small crews and solo event shooters.

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.
536 Tripod
Thanks to carbon fiber single-tube and magnesium die castings, this tripod provides great stability and load capability in a lightweight, ergonomic, and easy-to-use design. Along with its low minimum height of 16" (with head) and high maximum of 85", the 536 offers an angle selector for adjusting leg angles with precision and ease.

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General
Load Capacity 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)
Maximum Height 85.3" (216.7cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height 16.3" (41.4cm)
Folded Length 34" (86.4cm)
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 Carbon Fiber
Head Attachment Fitting 75/100mm Bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Retractable Spike, Rubber Feet
Center Brace No, Leg Angle Selector
Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System
  • 504HD Fluid Video Head
  • 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
  • MBAG100PN Padded Tripod Bag
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3 Years w/Online Registration
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    Manfrotto504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System
     
    4.8

    (based on 20 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (11)
    • Smooth movement (6)
    • Unfolds quickly (6)
    • Easily adjusted (5)
    • Folds away (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Stabilization (7)
    • Video (7)
    • Weddings (6)
    • Sports/action (4)
    • Wildlife (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (7), Tech savvy (6), Film professional (4)
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    5.0

    Solid

    By videoDad

    from Yuma, AZ

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

        I bought this for use with my sony FDR-AX1 to record hockey games. Purchased with clamps and Alan Gordon suction cups for the option of mounting the tripod to the rink glass. Head is heavy, but probably not for what it does. Takes a bit of trial and error to get the head adjusted just right, but once you do, it's solid and works as advertised.

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        5.0

        Great unit. Excellent quality.

        By Marek

        from Boston MA

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

        Great unit. Excellent quality.

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        5.0

        Great unit. Excellent quality.

        By Marek

        from Boston MQ

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

        Great unit. Excellent quality.

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        4.0

        highly versatile

        By Russ

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accepts Most Ball Heads
        • Good Stability
        • Range Of Height

        Cons

        • Leg Locks Over Time

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

        I use this tripod for multiple video applications: live event coverage, commercial production and corporate videos. I love its extreme range of height, from above a crowd's head to a few inches off the ground. I like the flexibility to accept 75mm or 100mm heads. The head that came with it is very smooth and has a good range of tilt/pan drag. My only concern is the locks on the legs. So far they've been rock solid, but I'm concerned that they could become loose over time. I prefer a collar lock that can be tightened until I'm satisfied with its positive connection. But given the price and versatility, it's a fantastic value. When it's time to replace my other tripods, I'll get more of these.

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        5.0

        Love this tripod

        By Robinvid

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

        My colleagues think this tripod is a little on the heavy side, but I think it is perfect. It is sturdy and is a good production tripod. If you need to move around a lot, then maybe its not the right tripod for you. I love the head on it and the legs are very strong and sturdy.

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        5.0

        Big and Solid...

        By BigC

        from Virginia

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • Cumbersome
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

        Although I mostly shoot DSLR I bought this system for video production use with my HVX. I needed some solid sticks that would support an independent leveling fluid head. The legs are great and extend into the outer reaches of space. I think these are best for in studio or capturing longer distance shots in an auditorium. I originally thought these would be good to use with my DSLR set up, but I don't think be taking this on any spontaneous weekend field shoots. Pan and tilt are smooth and solid. Solid sticks for sure.

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        5.0

        Just Quality

        By Sar Sar

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Movies
          • Stabilization

          Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

          Ridiculous versatility. The construction is superb as you would expect and the fluid is crisply smooth.

          You haft to buy some step down attachments to add arms and adapter as the sockets are 3/8 where most arms have 1/4 screw-ins.

          Counterweigh system isn't great for very light cameras so you do need to be using at least a standard camera to be taking advantage.

          Fits on aftermarket dollies well.

          Go get it!

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          5.0

          Amazing Tripod!

          By Jeff J

          from Waco, TX

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Stabilization

            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

            Great Product! Lightweight and easy to use. Easy to adjust and has a great construction.

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            4.0

            Great Tripod and head

            By Spirit Juice Studios

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Stabilization

              Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

              Sturdy, lightweight and fluid.

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              4.0

              SOLID!

              By David

              from Boston, MA

              About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

              Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

              First of all, this is a very solid platform. The smooth motion of the head combined with the rock-solid tripod really helps with smooth camera movement.

              The only surprise was the weight of the system. It weighs what the specifications say it does but I had imagined something lighter because of the carbon fiber construction. Not a bad thing, just different from what I was expecting.

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              5.0

              Fast and Sturdy

              By Rob

              from Providence, RI

              About Me Video Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Maximum Height
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Movies
                • Stabilization

                Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                This system is delightful to shoot with. The maximum height is remarkable, and it also spreads quickly to below knee height. Extending the legs is fast with the snap locks (faster than twist lock systems) The 504 is decent size and weight, but you have to crank the drag all the way up to get usable tension.

                The only thing I don't love about this tripod is the feet. The pads unscrew easily over time to reveal the spikes. Wish there was a locking mechanism for them so you wouldn't have to worry about scratching floors...

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                4.0

                Fantastic Tripod!

                By Archival Engineer

                from Cincinnati, OH

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Smooth precise control

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                  I use this tripod with a Sony PMW-EX1R video camera for doing archival video of stage productions. The tripod is fantastic. As advertised, it allows precise, smooth control, with adjustable drag to fit your pan/tilt preference. Counterbalance settings were easy to adjust to my camera. It is sturdy and stable, but relatively lightweight. I've had two people test mine out and immediately go out and buy one for themselves!

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                  5.0

                  Fall to your knees gorgeous / functional

                  By Naples Vidiot

                  from Naples FL

                  About Me Event Videographer, Film Professional, Naples Vidiot, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Great Head
                  • Lighted bubble balance
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Event video
                    • Height and strength
                    • Impressive to client
                    • Spoil yourself

                    Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                    This will be an essential tool for my event video production when ultra height clearance is needed. Just wish I could afford 2 of these at the moment. I'm 6 ft. tall and can stand (not slouch) underneath this beauty and clear the adjustable leveling pole by an inch. Incredibly it lowers down to about a foot with legs collapsed and stretched out. I don't mind that it has weight. It gives these gorgeous sticks rigidity and I've lifted heavier tripods in the past so no big deal. A very very very attractive tripod with small red accent metal rings incorporated tastefully into the stealth carbon fiber legs. Your clients will be impressed with its appearance...I am and all the rest of the reviewers below say too. The Manfrotto black bag is an excellent addition with its red accents, durable appearance, and oddly compact after this tripod is unleashed to its maximum height. I was blown away! I can see having 2 of these positioned tightly against each other at an event where human heads / arms are obstructing your shot for a wide and tight frame composition. You'll need a step stool of course but there's nothing stopping 2 of these copulating because there's no spreader. The plong plate that comes with the 504 is different than the 501plong I bought several years ago. The mount push pin is stationary so it mounts only one way on my NX5U. The 504plong and the 501plong are obviously different. A great investment this package is to say the least. Thanks BH and Manfrotto!

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy and smooth

                    By Lecky

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoors
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                      The 504HD head replaces my 501 head. The 501 is an excellent head but the 504 is even smoother for pan and tilt. I like the lighted level although it is a little small. The head gives you several methods of stabilizing the camera to prevent drop. The 536 tripod is extremely strong and sturdy. It provides a quick method for leveling the head, and set-up is a breeze.I can stradle seats in a theatre with no problem and I attain heights of about 7 feet when needed without shake. All in all a winner for any video camera, especially the larger, heavier professional models.

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                      5.0

                      Sturdy and holy cow it's tall !

                      By Von Pickler

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Smooth Movement
                      • sturdy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                          Had no idea how tall it would be until I got it in. Love that I can spread out the legs for it to handle the weight of a 1 meter Glidetrack with no issues at all.

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                          5.0

                          Great Quality Product

                          By Josh Swan

                          from Hollis, ME

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Adjusted
                          • Good Footing
                          • Smooth Movement

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Outdoors
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                            Great quality sticks and head. I was surprised how much better the quality of the 504 head compared to the 501. The light up leveling bubble was a nice little surprise when shooting in darker rooms.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect indie-filmmaker sticks

                            By HermitC

                            from Studio City, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Adjusted
                            • Lightweight
                            • Locks In Tight
                            • Smooth Movement

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                                Great design, head controls are exactly where they should be, relatively lightweight, and durable.

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                                4.0

                                Flixible Tripod System

                                By Red Shoe Brian

                                from Fairfield, CT

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                                Used for interview and event work. Very flexible ... adjustable from very low to the ground to very high. The head offers very nice smooth movement, and is highly adjustable for the camera you may be using. The only real downside to this tripod is it's weight ... quite heavy to carry around.

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                                5.0

                                Amazing !

                                By Damone Brown

                                from Washington, DC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                                  This tripod is perfect and versatile. It will do everything you need it to do. It has a smooth head for both pans and tilts. Very sturdy, fast and accurate leveling. Overal a great combination from Manfrotto. It is a lot bigger than I imagined it would be though.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great so far

                                  By Stubing

                                  from San Francisco, CA

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Range

                                  Cons

                                  • 75mm Head not standard

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 504HD Head w/536 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod System:

                                  Solid set of carbon sticks. Sticks can take a 100mm ball head as well. Huge range of operation (min and max height). Well engineered. smooooooth. Perfect for DSLRs. Portable, just toss it in the bag and over your shoulder.

                                  Cons:
                                  Release button can be tricky to press with a rig attached.
                                  The tilt lock is a little weak. Certainly not a deal breaker, though.

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