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

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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
     
    4.8

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (9)
    • Improves performance (6)
    • Professional quality (6)
    • Stable (6)
    • Compact (5)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (5)
    • In the studio (5)
    • Video (5)
    • Complex projects (4)
    • Movies (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (4), Professional artist (4), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Recommended by Vincent Laforet

    By OverlordSpeedy

    from Provo, UT

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Improves Performance
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality
    • Well-balanced Head

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Eventsperformances
      • Events Performances
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio
      • Live events
      • Location shooting

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

      Bought this tripod upon recommendation from Vincent Laforet, and it's everything I need from a pair of sticks. The carbon fiber legs are strong but lightweight, easily supporting the 509HD head (which is much larger than my 504). I use this tripod with my C100 rig (camera, Atomos Ninja 2 recorder, Zacuto Z-Finder Pro) and it balances everything extremely well. The tilt adjustment knobs are on the left side, so I never have to let go of the arm during filming to tighten/loosen them (I've had that issue with other Manfrotto heads). Overall a very durable, smooth tripod.

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      5.0

      Unique shots with a unique tripod

      By Pippo

      from Jersey City, NJ

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

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

        It goes up so high that I can shoot without having anything blocking my view.it's very fluid and stable when I used with my slider.it's not heavy.

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        5.0

        This is a beasty set up I love it

        By Tina

        from Salem Oregon

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • 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:

          This is one of the most heavy duty pieces of equipment I own, next to the Nikon D4s in which I bought it for. I own 3-4 Tripods and none would hold the size camera safely but rest assured this one will. It was much heavier than I thought it would be but It is smooth and I love it.

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          5.0

          A Not To Heavy Workhorse

          By MediaOnQ

          from Fargo, ND

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

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

            This is by far the best tripod system that I have ever used. The light weight but high weight capacity of this tripod system makes it the ideal workhorse for my video production work in and out of the studio. This system allows you to go as low as 13 inches from the ground and more than 6 feet high. The weight of this tripod system makes me want to take it out of the studio.

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            5.0

            Stronger than it Looks

            By Shaon

            from MS Gulf Coast

            About Me Commercial Producer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This is a great tripod and head. With a lightweight camera the legs open up and spread out like a spider to get you as low as a foot off the ground and still stable. Little bit of spring in this position, but stable. Also, the 509HD head is amazing. The wide head is perfect for sliders and light Jibs. The adjustable counter balance allows for smooth hands free tilts.

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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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                      Verified Buyer

                      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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