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Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head

B&H # MA509HD MFR # 509HD
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Price after rebate: $774.99
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
  • 100 mm Half Ball
  • 4-Step Counterbalance Mechanism
  • Ergonomic Adjustments
  • Bridging Technology
  • Advance Balancing Recorder

The Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head supports professional video camera systems weighing up to 29 lb (13.1 kg). A 4-step counterbalance mechanism ensures optimum balance and helps for quick setup. The tripod head features ergonomic adjustments, easy-link connectors and uses light-weight PVC free materials in its components. Featuring the Bridging Technology with a ball bearing drag system, the tripod head offers professional quality stability as well as precise, smooth movements.

A unique Advance Balancing Recorder feature can record the perfect balanced position for your camera equipment so that the position can be recalled later on. This electronic ABR feature reduces the time needed for setting up and balancing your camera system on the tripod head.

Complete tripod solution with the 509HLV Pan bar and 509PLONG quick-release plate for professional video camera systems
Comes with a sturdy box

509HD Tripod Head

Tripod head for professional video applications
Load capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
4-step counterbalance mechanism ensures optimum balance and helps for quick setup
Ergonomic adjustments and easy-link connectors
Uses light-weight PVC free materials in its components
Bridging Technology with a ball bearing drag system, the tripod head offers professional quality stability as well as precise, smooth movements
Advance Balancing Recorder (ABR) feature can record the perfect balanced position for your camera equipment so that the position can be recalled later on
ABR reduces camera setting up / balancing time
Additional Pan Handle 509HLV
Attachment 3/8" male thread attachment
1/4" and 3/8" screws attachment type
Balance Control 4 step: 0 lb (0 kg), 9.5 lb (4.3 kg), 19.06 lb (8.64 kg), 28.6 lb (13 kg)
Tilt Range -60°/+90° (front)
Half Ball Diameter 3.94" (100 mm)
Independent Pan Lock Yes
Independent Tilt Lock Yes
Bubble Level Yes, Illuminated
Material Aluminum
Pan Bar Positions: 2
Pan Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Panoramic Rotation 360°
Plate Type 509LONG
Quick Release Yes
Secondary Safety System Yes
Sliding Travel of Plate 3.27" (83 mm)
Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Load Capacity 28.66 lb (13 kg)
Maximum Operating Temperature 140°F (60°C)
Minimum Operating Temperature -4°F (-20°C)
Working Height 7.01" (17.8 cm)
Weight 8.38 lb (3.8 kg)
Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head
  • 509HLV Pan Bar for Video Heads
  • 509PLONG Quick-Release Plate for 509HD Head
  • 2-Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto509HD Professional Video Head
     
    4.2

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

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      4.0

      A larger version of the 504HD

      By DNA

      from Indian Shores, Florida

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

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            Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head:

            This ia a solid tripod head for the price. I have been using the 504HD and this is just an upsized version of the same, I upgraded due to weight of the Blackmagic URSA plus follow focus, matte box etc. made the smaller heads unstable and worrisome. Although this is not a light tripod head, the percentage weight to camera & equipment is about the same as before. This has proven to be a good fit for me.

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            3.0

            Nothing beats a Vintent

            By Huntson

            from Rockville Centre, NY

            About Me Broadcaster

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Design
              • Poor Performance

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head:

              Nothing beats a vin tent but I've had a whole bunch of luck with my 516 from manfrotto. This was supposed to replace it but doesn't even come close. The pan friction (despite being continuously adjustable) goes from just a bit to almost full on in less than a click. The whole thing aint too good.

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              4.0

              Good quality fluid head

              By nsxdavid

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

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              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Solid construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head:

                Tripod heads are one of those things that cost more than the camera you put on them... at least if you want a really good one. This is one of the better low cost ones (where "low cost" is relative).

                I do not like it that the quick plate is built in since I like to use the Kessler Quick Release system. So I have to stack a quick release system on top of their quick release plate. But it works.

                The fluid mechanism is pretty good at this price point. And for most applications it'll be fine. You'll need to spend a lot more to get any better.

                The auto-balance system is not really what it seems. You have to balance it manually and then the system will record that position to help you return the camera to that spot later. Which, given the way rigs can change and adjust is something that gets no use from me.

                The counterbalance is finiky like every counter balance I've used.

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                4.0

                Great Tripod Head, Well Worth The Cost!

                By Nathaniel E.

                from Jeffersonville, IN

                About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head:

                  I purchased this head to go with my Acebil legs. I have been very pleased in the weeks since I received it. Panning and tilting is very smooth, the counterbalance feature has already saved my camera a couple of times and the balance recorder is a MASSIVE time saver.

                  The head feels a little heavy compared to the tripod I had before, but I actually like the wait as it helps reduce vibrations.

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                  5.0

                  Top shelf as expected from Manfrotto

                  By BHFan

                  from Memphis, TN

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head:

                      I am a novice but had no trouble figuring out (and following illustrations) as to how to use this with a cobra crane and a Manfrotto Sympla matte rig. It is heavy enough without being too heavy for one person to move. Quality throughout.

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                      5.0

                      Works as advertised

                      By Bfree

                      from Perth, Western Australia

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

                      Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head:

                      Only just got the product - havent spent much time testing. Very well built only problem so far is that the sliding plate can only be inserted from the rear of the head

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                      Quick Release Plates

                      Manfrotto -  509PLONG Quick-Release Plate for 509HD Head
                      • You Pay: $39.99
                       

                      Handles & Accessories

                      Manfrotto -  509HLV Pan Bar for Video Heads
                      • You Pay: $45.00
                       
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