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Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag

B&H # MA509HD536K Mfr # 509HD,536K
You Pay: $1,749.99
Mail-in Rebate: -$50.00 (see details)
Offer Ends: JUN 30 '14
Price after Rebate: $1,699.99
Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
  • 4-Step Counterbalance Mechanism
  • Bridging Technology
  • Advance Balancing Recorder
  • 3-Stage Carbon Fiber Legs
  • Advanced Leg Angle Selector
  • Screw-in 75/100mm Ball Adaptor

The 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry 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 allows the videographer to get the camera in position quickly. 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 536 video tripod legs feature a 3-stage design which comfortably support the 509HD head and professional camera equipment. Carbon fiber ensures sturdy construction and extremely light weight (7.1 lb / 3.25 kg) for a professional video camera tripod. The leg angle selector allows you to quickly adjust the leg angles in a precise way.

A padded bag included in the kit is useful to store as well as carry the 536 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)
Optimum balance and quick set-ups via 4-step counterbalance mechanism
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
536 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Three leg sections allow for a more compact form-factor
With total load capacity up to 55 lb (25 kg), the legs comfortably support the 509HD head and professional camera equipment
Durable and lightweight carbon fiber construction ensures excellent stability and portability.
Leg angle selector allows you to quickly adjust the leg angles in a precise way
Screw-in 75/100 mm adaptor offers flexibility to accept different industry standard 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 Carbon fiber tubing + magnesium castings
Head Attachment Fitting Screw-in 75/100 mm adaptor
Leg Stages/Sections 3-stage / 4-sections
Maximum Height 80" (2,030 mm)
Minimum Height 10.2" (260 mm)
Folded Length 28" (710 mm)
Center Column No
Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag
  • 509HD Professional Video Head
  • 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
  • Tripod Bag
  • 2-year Warranty
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    Manfrotto536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag
     
    4.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (6)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Smooth movement (4)
    • Compact (3)
    • Easily adjusted (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Video (5)
    • Movies (4)
    • Stabilization (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Solid Value

    By B Opinionated

    from East Coast

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

      Very solid for it's weight and price. Used for lightweight video cameras - Panasonic HPZ250 and Canon 5d III w/ 70-200 2.8 + cage w/ sound gear and monitor. I also pair it with a Kesslar Crane 3' cineslider - care has to be taken to avoid vibration but it was still usable; granted it's a lot to ask of sticks at this price point. As far as video units go it's inexpensive but - imo - exceeded expectations in the price catagory. Not sure how useful the electronics are but then I tend to think of such things as a nuisance. I appreciate the case which would have otherwise been a hidden cost to aquire.

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      5.0

      Best Tripod Ever!

      By MD

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Customizable Settings
      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Movement
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

        The head is so smooth and controllable. The sticks are so very long and lightweight. I can't believe this set is so affordable. Absolutely the best product these guys put out. The balance recorder is a sweet feature. Balance your rig once, record it, replace it perfectly every time.

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        5.0

        Amazingly anwsome !!

        By Alpha female

        from Redmond wa

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

          Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

          The best product ever purchase is strong and light I love it,

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          4.0

          It came with it's light levels broken

          By jd

          from Mexico City

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Movies
          • Stabilization

          Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

          It is so stable but also heavy if you like to move around.

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          4.0

          Good product but heavy.

          By jd

          from Mexico City

          About Me Aspiring Film Maker

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          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Movies
          • Stabilization

          Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

          The 509HD Video Head it is too heavy.

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          4.0

          Excellent but heavy

          By D.B.

          from New Zealand

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

            I bought this for video with my 5d and although the moves are nice and smooth and the legs work great, the head is very heavy and more than I needed on fast moving docos and corporate videos but great for dramatic work. Of course, that's not Manfrotto's fault. What I love also is that the plate works with my small 501 head on my monopod and vice versa. One issue is that the tightening screw levers hit the camera so I need to slide it far forward or far backwards. Again, not Manfrotto's fault but it would be great if someone came up with a solution for this problem when shooting DSLR.

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            4.0

            Almost loveable

            By cbap

            from Toronto, ON

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • 509 Head is heavy

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Stabilization

            Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

            The legs are impressively light and strong. I doubt there's anything better for the money. The 509 head, however is a bit unusual, mostly because the counterbalance is not continuous (like Vinten). Everything else about it is great, the pan and tilt are as good as you need for most productions. The best thing about the 509 is really the cost/weight ratio, and the opportunity it presents to standardize all of your gear to manfrotto plates.

            Worth noting is that with in the bundle the 75mm bowl adapter plate (which comes with the sticks alone) is not included. Makes sense as the 509 is a 100 mm bowl, but a bit annoying if you had planned to occasionally pair the sticks with a lighter head. Manfrotto lets you order the part separately.

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            5.0

            Excellent piece of gear

            By Alfie

            from San Pedro, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

            This combo is just great for most film usage. By extending to over 2 metres (about 7 feet) but still allowing for near ground usage with the ability to lock its feet in three different positions, this is truly a versatile rig.
            The 509HD head is also great with backlighted level indicator its really easy to set it up straight, no matter how the ground is.
            The only con I can point to so far must be the weight, not the heaviest but still its 15 pounds more to carry.

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            5.0

            Wow!

            By Newo

            from Cobb County, GA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

              Super smooth. Nice control. Ultra light legs, but stable! Understandably, the head is heavy, but the legs make up for it... putting the weight where it's needed. Also, it can extend to place the camera very high... great for shooting over crowds while standing on a chair!

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              5.0

              Wow!

              By Brown Town

              from Auckland, New Zealand

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Adjusted
              • Smooth Movement
              • Solid Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Low Budget Short Films
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

                I use it for short films with my DSLR rig and it is AMAZING!. Solid build and very, very smooth.

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                5.0

                Robust tripod, butter smooth fluid head.

                By Johnny C.

                from Toronto, ON

                About Me Film Professional, Indi filmmaker

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • 75mm head capable
                • Folds Small
                • Goes ultra low and high
                • Good payload handling
                • Good Stability

                Cons

                • 18lbs with head and bag
                • Doorway dolly unfriendly
                • Not feather light

                Best Uses

                • Indoor and outdoor
                • Movies

                Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 509HD Video Head and Padded Carry Bag:

                I bought this set mostly for digital filmmaking. It handles up to 29lbs camera with no problem. A fully rigged RED ONE and 5D2 with cine rig have been tested out, it worked like a charm. Due to the non-spreader design, it would take a lot space when you need to reach a high angle, always sandbag it when you put it on a doorway dolly. I would say it's as good as advertised.

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