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Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag

B&H # MA509HD545B Mfr # 509HD,545BK
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Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
  • 4-Step Counterbalance Mechanism
  • Ergonomic Adjustments
  • Bridging Technology
  • Advance Balancing Recorder
  • 2-Stage Die-cast Aluminum Legs
  • Advanced Leg Angle Selector
  • Screw-in 75/100mm Ball Adaptor
  • Mid-leg Spreader

The Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag offers a complete tripod solution for professional video camera systems weighing up to 29 lb (13.1 kg). A 4-step counterbalance mechanism of the 509HD head 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.

The 545B video tripod legs feature a 2-stage design. Offering a total load capacity up to 55 lb (25 kg), the legs comfortably support the 509HD head and professional camera equipment. Lightweight aluminum construction ensures sturdy built and lightweight (7.7 lb / 3.5 kg) design for a professional video camera tripod. The collars of the tripod legs can be aligned with single tube tripods. The leg angle selector allows you to quickly adjust the leg angles in a precise way. The built-in 100mm interface bowl can be adapted to 75mm half-ball heads.

In conjunction with a mid-level spreader, the 545B tripod legs offer improved stability. The leg section features quick on-off rubber shoes for better grip on smooth floors. A padded bag included in the kit is useful to store as well as carry the 545B tripod legs with the 509HD head.

Complete tripod solution for professional video camera systems
Comes in a padded bag for storage and transport

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

545B Aluminum Tripod Legs

2-stage legs
With total load capacity up to 55 lb (25 kg), the legs comfortably support the 509HD head and professional camera equipment
Lightweight aluminum construction ensures sturdy built and lightweight (7.7 lb / 3.5 kg) design for a professional video camera tripod
Collars of the tripod legs can be aligned with single tube tripods
Leg angle selector allows you to quickly adjust the leg angles in a precise way
Built-in 100 mm interface bowl can be adapted to 75 mm half-ball heads

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Head
Load Capacity 29 lb (13.1 kg)
Counter Balance System Yes
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum
Spreader Mid level - variable arm length
Head Attachment Fitting 100 mm interface bowl
Leg Stages/Sections 2-stage / 3-sections
Maximum Height 60.6" (1,540 mm)
Minimum Height 11.8" (300 mm)
Folded Length 27" (690 mm)
Center Column No
Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag
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    Manfrotto509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag
     
    4.0

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Movies (4)
    • Video (4)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (5), Pro photographer (3), Tech savvy (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Big head huge savings

    The 509 HD is a big video head. It looks very unique. I use this tripod with my Panasonic AG-HPX370 full size ENG camera. I used Sachtler and vinten tripods for years. Always...Read complete review

    The 509 HD is a big video head. It looks very unique. I use this tripod with my Panasonic AG-HPX370 full size ENG camera. I used Sachtler and vinten tripods for years. Always looked down on Manfrotto. But this is my second Manfrotto tripod and I am very impressed. It is brand new so I can't say how well it will hold up. But it is as smooth if not more than both Vinten and Sachtler. Legs are solid. A bit heavy. The middle spreader is illogically wide. And there is no way to adjust it. The bag is cute and you will be mocked at a media zoo situations.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not So Much...

    I have worn out 3 pairs of 503 sticks with ex1's. They were good for the money. With my PMW F3 I needed a heavier duty set of sticks.

    I...Read complete review

    I have worn out 3 pairs of 503 sticks with ex1's. They were good for the money. With my PMW F3 I needed a heavier duty set of sticks.

    I bought the 509 with the 545B sticks thinking they would be what I needed for the f3 loaded with gear.

    The sticks were pretty good. Especially for the price. The head is where I had all my problems. My F3 is about 18lb fully loaded so well within the weight capacity of the 509. With the counterbalance completely on it's highest setting it wouldn't even come close to holding the weight of the camera.

    As irritating as the lack of counter balance was I could still live with it. What really sunk the whole deal for me is the pan would stick. If it sat in one place for any amount of time at all, even 15-30 seconds, it would stick. When I would go to pan, I would gently apply pressure until it would suddenly break loose causing a jump in the shot. I worked with it for hours between filming and I could never get it be smooth when going from static to a pan. The tilt was very smooth but the pan rendered the unit useless in so many shots.

    B&H accepted a return and I have happily upgraded to a "Name Brand" pair of sticks. More money but accomplishes the purpose of the equipment.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Built like a tank

    By MPLUSM

    from Anchorage, AK

    About Me Film Professional, Parent, Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Movies

    Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

    Great tripod. Strong enough to support a Cinevate slider and Canon 5D Mark III. A little stiff right out of the box but definantly a workhorse.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Who needs a Sachtler anyway!?

    By SOB

    from NJ

    About Me Film Professional, Working Video Production

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Can Handle Alot Of Camera
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Looks Cool
    • SMOOTH
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Stabilization

      Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

      Just got the Manfrotto 545B sticks. Great unit for our work which is corporate, interviews and location shoots. Love the fluid head as well as the counter balance breaking system. [$] well spent!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Tripod for the Price

      By lgcamman

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Cumbersome
      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Movies

      Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

      Very sturdy, love all the new features. I use it for my 20lb DLSR cinema rig. My old 504HDV was too light for what I was putting on the head.

      All the drag controls are very nice on the new manfrotto bridging design.

      Also! The tripod plate is the same on this head as the 504HDV, so I didn't need to change my system around. The included plate is just longer for the larger head and has a little foot on the bottom for the counterbalance sensor.

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      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not So Much...

      By azbuzz

      from Salt Lake City

      About Me Film Professional

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization

        Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

        I have worn out 3 pairs of 503 sticks with ex1's. They were good for the money. With my PMW F3 I needed a heavier duty set of sticks.

        I bought the 509 with the 545B sticks thinking they would be what I needed for the f3 loaded with gear.

        The sticks were pretty good. Especially for the price. The head is where I had all my problems. My F3 is about 18lb fully loaded so well within the weight capacity of the 509. With the counterbalance completely on it's highest setting it wouldn't even come close to holding the weight of the camera.

        As irritating as the lack of counter balance was I could still live with it. What really sunk the whole deal for me is the pan would stick. If it sat in one place for any amount of time at all, even 15-30 seconds, it would stick. When I would go to pan, I would gently apply pressure until it would suddenly break loose causing a jump in the shot. I worked with it for hours between filming and I could never get it be smooth when going from static to a pan. The tilt was very smooth but the pan rendered the unit useless in so many shots.

        B&H accepted a return and I have happily upgraded to a "Name Brand" pair of sticks. More money but accomplishes the purpose of the equipment.

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        • No

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        3.0

        Little bit heavy

        By Tom

        from Montréal, Québec, Canada

        About Me Film Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Movies

          Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

          Nice to shoot but heavy to transport

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What my rig needed and then some

          By LogankeitH

          from San Fran, Bay Area, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Footing
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

            Six months of research, opinion hemming and hawing later. Verdict: Great choice so far. The popularity of the 504hd had me wondering if the price diff was worth it. Trust me it was.
            One major reason, future prof 100mm bowl. It inspires confidence that my rig wont topple over or due to weight give backlash in the head. Having that confidence when I'm out on a shoot one man banding it lets me focus on the shot not on the gear; how it should be.
            Hand held is great but to much and your video looks armature. DSLR guys, (I'm one of them) yes you need a tripod. Note: there is some assembly of inserting the batteries there are two (bubble level, in sticks/new balancing system, in head). Surprisingly not as heavy as I thought since I contemplated the carbon fiber sticks. No need in my opinion. Over all can't wait to go shoot again with it and what better compliment can you give a piece of gear. Cheers.

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            5.0

            Great, STABLE Tripod

            By JBar

            from Alexandria, VA (next to Washington D,C.)

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

              Record weddings, retired flag officer briefings to college students and Washington leaders.Gread: Very STABLE tripod.Not So Great:To the best I could find on the Manfrotto websites (in the US) there is NO on-line user support, nor can you send an email to ask support questions. Manfrotto does not provide chat service to provide user support.No user manual provided with [$] tripod; manual not available from download.No batteries provided in tripod to operate (3) LEDs.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Big head huge savings

              By Blue Voyage TV

              from Savannah,GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Big head
              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Too wide

              Best Uses

              • Commercials
              • Corporate
              • News
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

              The 509 HD is a big video head. It looks very unique. I use this tripod with my Panasonic AG-HPX370 full size ENG camera. I used Sachtler and vinten tripods for years. Always looked down on Manfrotto. But this is my second Manfrotto tripod and I am very impressed. It is brand new so I can't say how well it will hold up. But it is as smooth if not more than both Vinten and Sachtler. Legs are solid. A bit heavy. The middle spreader is illogically wide. And there is no way to adjust it. The bag is cute and you will be mocked at a media zoo situations.

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              • No

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Top product!

              By René Da Rold

              from Zuerich Switzerland

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Adjusted
              • Good Footing
              • Smooth Movement

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Outdoors
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

                Manfrotto Tripod pro gear for HD Video Production.
                Top gear!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Solid Tripod with Secure weight bearing

                By Dustin from ELDERtm

                from Toronto, Canada

                About Me Film Professional, Technical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 100mm Ball
                • Great value
                • Secure to hold Large rigs
                • Smooth
                • Stable
                • Wide head

                Cons

                • Plastic Battery Cap

                Best Uses

                • Adaptable
                • Documentaries
                • DSLR Rigs
                • HD Shooting
                • Shooting Indoors
                • Shooting Outdoors

                Comments about Manfrotto 509HD Video Head with 545B Tripod Legs, Mid-spreader & a Padded Bag:

                Using the 509HD head for my 5D Rig. My 5D rig is quite heavy, and including rails, follow focus, matte box, field monitor, audio box, and view finder. Add Prime lenses to the setup and it becomes front heavy very fast. 509HD head holds it well, the counterbalance settings definetely add nice safety if you forget to lock it down. Fluid head tension is great on both axis' for rock solid smooth pans and tilts. Great price for a 100mm Bowl tripod as they get quite $$ very fast. I would like if were able counterbalance a bit more weight, but then again I do realize that my rig is on the heavier side.

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