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Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball

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Product Highlights
  • For Video Tripods with 75mm Half-Balls
  • 15.43 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Bridging Technology
  • Spring-Loaded Counterbalance
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Pan Bar & Sliding Plate Included

The Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball is an affordable yet remarkably full-featured professional head that represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and a half-ball for precise leveling on a corresponding tripod. The 502HD comes in two versions -- the "A" ball-base version, which this one is, and the "AH" flat-base version, which is separately available.

Also featuring Manfrotto's patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509HD and 504HD heads), the 502HD is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders and DSLR video cameras. The weight limit is 15.43 lb and counterbalance supports up to 8.8 lb. The balance plate's 3.27" range allows you to correct for uneven payloads that might be due to matte boxes or exotic DSLR rig configurations.

The bridging technology ensures that the pan friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks. There are of course independent locks for pan and tilt, and drag for both is selectable in a continuous range from zero to the max level. This allows you to operate the head in a confident, smooth manner using the included pan bar.

For video tripods with 75mm half-balls
75mm half ball connects to the corresponding bowl in a tripod
Pan drag and tilt drag are continuously adjustable from 0 (no drag) to the maximum level
Sliding quick-release plate secured by secondary safety system
Load Capacity 15.43 lb static weight (7.0 kg) Counterbalance supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Diameter/Thread 75mm half ball
3/8"-16 thread to which half ball connects
Counter Balance System Spring-loaded
Counter Balance Range One fixed spring for 8.8 lb (4 kg) camera weight
Center of Gravity Not specified by manufacturer
Quick Release/Wedge Plate 504PLONG plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screws
Balance Plate 504PLONG plate slides 3.27" (83.0 mm)
Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Tilt Range -80° to +90° tilt range front to back
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Pan Bar 1 included
2 possible positions
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/not specified by manufacturer
Material Aluminum
Color Black
Temperature Range -4 to +104 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
Height 5.91" (15.0 cm)
Weight 3.97 lb (1.8 kg)
Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
  • 75mm Half Ball
  • Pan Bar
  • 504PLONG Long Quick-Release Mounting Plate
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty + 3 Year Extension upon Online Registration
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    Manfrotto502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
     
    4.3

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (18)
    • Attaches firmly (15)
    • Large range of motion (14)
    • Strong clamp (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (15)
      • Sports/action (10)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Travel (6)
      • Weddings (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (21)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Like BUTTER!

      Mounted to the Manfroto 535 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
      Very light weigth. SMOOTH - SMOOTH - SMOOTH...it's like butter. Finger touch controls. The pan and tilt work beaufitully and lock down...Read complete review

      Mounted to the Manfroto 535 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
      Very light weigth. SMOOTH - SMOOTH - SMOOTH...it's like butter. Finger touch controls. The pan and tilt work beaufitully and lock down when needed. Adjustments are precise and are easy to navigate through. Tensioning through the precise Fluid Drag System is a BIG Plus, Customize it to your own Personal touch. It's a perfect Pro Tool that is light but has all the features of the bigger heads. I't a Joy to use and reasonably priced! It's clean Italian design and funcitonality puts it head and shoulders above the rest!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not a Pro Head

      This head baffles me. And for the price, I should have known it'd be terrible. Reasoning:

      -the pan lock is located in the center of the cutout at the...Read complete review

      This head baffles me. And for the price, I should have known it'd be terrible. Reasoning:

      -the pan lock is located in the center of the cutout at the front of the head (making it extremely difficult to lock off a shot). Heck, it's difficult to lock the pan no matter what. The knob is tucked away so you can't get to it.
      -the tilt lock is located on the right side of the head, meaning that it is impossible to lock off a shot during filming if you're a righty.
      -now this wouldn't be as much of an issue if this actually had an adjustable counterbalance system. but it doesn't. so good luck having the camera stay put when you want to finish a movement.

      So if you're actually planning to do work with this head, don't bother. I'm sending mine back and buying a proper head (as this isn't usable for even very simple work, and it would be a waste of cash). Even if you're trying to learn, this bears no resemblance to a professional-grade fluid head, so you'll just be doing yourself a disservice. I will say that it is sufficiently heavy, large, and well made. It's just not designed for video work at all.

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      4.0

      very nice product indeed

      By Felipe

      from Santiago, Chile

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

        great fast position on level thanks to it 75 mm ball

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        5.0

        Great head for video

        By Grant

        from Santa Fe, NM

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

              I've been in video production for the past 20 years, and have gravitated towards the Monfrotto/Bogen for the quality vs. price relationship. I had the much larger 516 head for the larger JVC KY27/Beta SP back, and then eventually to the smaller JVC 500 video camera. Now I have the Canon 5D M3, and I like the feel of this 502 much better than the 516! This new Bridging and spring technology has produced a smoother, adustable tension and drag, and I can pan and tilt much smoother, even with a smaller camera. I am placing the 502 head on top of my older Manfrotto 515MV legs (need to have a 100mm to 75mm ball adapter), which has a (removable) spreader at the bottom. I don't mind the extra weight, in exchange for the stability. 502: great performance, for a great price.

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              2.0

              Not a Pro Head

              By jon

              from tennessee

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Heavy

              Cons

              • Non-adjustable Counterbal
              • Poor Control Layout

              Best Uses

              • Literally Nothing

              Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

              This head baffles me. And for the price, I should have known it'd be terrible. Reasoning:

              -the pan lock is located in the center of the cutout at the front of the head (making it extremely difficult to lock off a shot). Heck, it's difficult to lock the pan no matter what. The knob is tucked away so you can't get to it.
              -the tilt lock is located on the right side of the head, meaning that it is impossible to lock off a shot during filming if you're a righty.
              -now this wouldn't be as much of an issue if this actually had an adjustable counterbalance system. but it doesn't. so good luck having the camera stay put when you want to finish a movement.

              So if you're actually planning to do work with this head, don't bother. I'm sending mine back and buying a proper head (as this isn't usable for even very simple work, and it would be a waste of cash). Even if you're trying to learn, this bears no resemblance to a professional-grade fluid head, so you'll just be doing yourself a disservice. I will say that it is sufficiently heavy, large, and well made. It's just not designed for video work at all.

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              4.0

              Great bang for your buck!

              By thedavelam.com

              from Toronto, Canada

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • Pan Lock Is Awkward

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

              Great fluid head at a affordable price. Can't go wrong. I have three tripod heads, this one, the cartoni delta and a Benro S6. And I'm happy with this one!

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              5.0

              Love My Manfrotto Head,

              By JH

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                Bought a 503v head and tripod combo off [*] and then after reading the many reviews about the 502 HD decided to purchase it for use with my Canon 60D and couldn't be happier. Order came in on time, product was exactly as advertised and even got it during a rebate. Couldn't be happier!

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                4.0

                Great tripod head

                By Montana Wild

                from Missoula, MT

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Smooth

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                  Used heavily in the outdoors in harsh conditions. So far it's held up great. Pan and tilt adjust and lock easily. Only complaint is that the ball lock ocassionally hits the legs when they are folded in. The lock from the 504 is round and never has that problem. Minor thing so that's why 4 and not 5 stars.

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                  5.0

                  A really nice video head

                  By Wild Scissors, LLC

                  from Twin Cities, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Knobs For Drag Pantilt
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • 75 Mm Too Small

                  Best Uses

                  • Run Gun

                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                  It's a nice head, but I preferred to use a 100 mm half-ball, so I returned this one (75 mm) for the flat base head. I like the head very much.

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                  5.0

                  Super smooth

                  By Dano

                  from West Palm Beach, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                    We shoot a variety of video projects, from legal to sports and so far, I'm in love with the 502HD. I really like the ease of adjusting the tension on tilts and pans and the sliding plate is perfect for our Sony camera, which is very top heavy due to its large lens. I think we got a very good head for the price.

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                    3.0

                    Pan wobble

                    By CLO

                    from Nashville

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

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                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                          The first head I received had a nasty wobble when panning. Seemed to go away when the drag was tightened but almost unusable otherwise. B&H quickly replaced it without hassle. Great customer service. As for the head it doesn't prevent the camera from falling forwards and back like more expensive heads. The new one doesn't wobble at least. I was hoping for better quality but for less than $[$] with a rebate I am satisfied with it for most uses.

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                          4.0

                          Very nice

                          By TheVideoGuy

                          from Kansas City, MO

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                            I use this tripod head with about six pounds of gear attached and it handles it like a champ. The only setback is that, if left connected for a long time the quick release slide sticks, other than that, it was a definate upgrade from my previouse tripod head. The pan and tilt are very smooth, and stedy.

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                            4.0

                            Good Head for the Price Range

                            By nkorosec

                            from Atlanta

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

                              Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                              Old head broke and bought this one in a pinch, but it's turned out to be a really nice head. The amount of drag pre-built into tilt is really nice, and of course manual drag improvements make it even better. The big footprint of the plate is nice for balancing as it can slide for and aft long and easily.

                              My only grip about this head is the location for pan lock, which is underneath the plate support and towards the front. It can be tricky to get to from the back (that's what she said) but it's really a small complaint. The pan drag is VERY nice on this head.

                              Overall, great head, easy controls for it and nice weight.

                              4/5

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                              5.0

                              Amazing

                              By FRP

                              from Estes Park CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                I think I like it better than the Sachtler Ace Head!

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                                5.0

                                Perfect Fit

                                By Videodad

                                from Munster, Indiana

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Firmly
                                • Good Stability
                                • Large Range of Motion
                                • Strong Clamp

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                  Perfect fit for my Gitzo legs. My Gitzo head needed replacing so I emailed the sales department at B&H and they revommended this head to fit onto the existing legs. I also had specific questions regarding specifications and they were very helpful and quick at answering my questions.

                                  The head arrived quickly and fit perfectly.

                                  Another plus was that the Manfrotto head that I bought was offering a rebate.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good head

                                  By Focus313

                                  from Detroit

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion
                                  • Smooth
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy
                                  • No Lite Bubble

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                  Good overall tri-pod. My main sachtler tri-pod doesn't get real low or high so I like that this one can get that super low angle or the height to get over crowds.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good product I will recommend it

                                  By Roger

                                  from Ticino, Switzerland

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Firmly
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Large Range of Motion
                                  • Strong Clamp

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                    I use this product with my old Z1. Work great and do the job. I had a problem when I received the first head but BH change it without any contestation. No fee to pay.

                                    Thanks B&H for the support and the really quick exchange.

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                                    5.0

                                    Well worth the money

                                    By Ronin FX

                                    from Denver Colorado

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Firmly
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Large Range of Motion
                                    • Price
                                    • Quality
                                    • Strong Clamp

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • All

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                      Manfrotto is a great product and well worth the price.
                                      I have been working in film video since 2005 and my company owns 3 Manfrotto products. I would normally breakdown the qualities of this product but all would get 5 out of five for this item. Well worth the price

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                                      5.0

                                      Can You Say Perfect Video

                                      By UFOCOP

                                      from San Antonio Texas

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Large Range of Motion
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                      If you like to shoot video, this video head will do wonders for your shot. Smooth fluid motion and a very nice transition.

                                      Great for outdoor shots in rugged terrain. The weight makes it sturdy under adverse conditions. Just a bit heavy to pack, but worth it in the end.

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                                      5.0

                                      Best Tripod Head for the Money

                                      By jgiannini48

                                      from Sausalito, CA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Attaches Firmly
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Large Range of Motion
                                      • Strong Clamp

                                      Cons

                                      • Haven't found any yet

                                      Best Uses

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

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                      As a professional video journalist I needed to replace my 12 year old Manfrotto 501 head. The 502HD hear is a major step above. Its smooth, fast and easy to use. Far and away the best head for the money. Its heavy enough to be stable, but light enough to pack in my luggage without causing overweight charges. Coupled with the Manfrotto carbon fiber legs, its my most used piece of equipment after my camera.

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                                      4.0

                                      Very smooth!

                                      By busdriver

                                      from Wash DC

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Video

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                        Very smooth! Using the 502HD on a jib with good results.

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                                        4.0

                                        The gentle giant

                                        By Josh Hall Media

                                        from Gallatin TN

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Super Fluid

                                        Cons

                                        • Mounting problem
                                        • None

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball:

                                          This head looks huge, metal, strong, and very heavy, yet due to the bridging technology, the head is not much heavier than the 501HDV head. Very lightweight, shockingly lighweight. Handles well with my 60D and 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM. The head is shockingly fluid, more fluid than the 701HDV and the 501HDV.

                                          THE HALF BALL
                                          You are probably looking at these reviews trying to see if you might need the halfball. For $20-30 extra dollars, yes. If you are on unlevel ground, instead of adjusting your legs, you can just pivot the half ball.

                                          MOUNTING FAIL: Upon mounting a dslr or any camera with a wider base than the tripod head (which are a lot of cameras) the locking screw for the plate hits the camera and therefore cannot be locked without having to make the plate be far back or far forward. This is the only reason it is not 5 star. Every manfrotto plate does this and it is horrible.

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