B&H Photo Video Pro Audio The Professional's Source 800.606.6969 / 212.444.6615
0 $0.00
Your cart is currently empty

You have 0 items in your cart

View Cart & Begin Checkout

N.Y.C. Store Pickup Ready Within the Hour

Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)

B&H # MAMVH502AH MFR # MVH502AH
In Stock
Order in the next 00:00:00 hours to ship Today

Product Highlights

  • 12.2 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Bridging Technology
  • Spring-Loaded Counter Balance
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Pan Bar & Sliding Plate Included
Show moreShow less

You Pay: $199.88

What item is right for you?

Ask our Experts!

The Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection) is an affordable yet remarkably full-featured professional head that represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and featuring Manfrotto's patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509HD and 504HD heads). This head is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders and DSLR video cameras. The 502HD comes in two versions -- the "AH" flat-base version, which this one is, and the "A" ball-base version, which is separately available.

Weight capacity is 12.2 lb and counterbalance supports 8.8 lb. It can support 13 lb as a static weight. 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.

Pan drag and tilt drag are continuously adjustable from 0 (no drag) to the maximum level
Sliding quick-release place secured by secondary safety system
Load Capacity 12.2 lb static (5.5 kg)
Counterbalance supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Head to Tripod Mounting Thread 3/8"-16 thread
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 40 °C)
Height 5.12 in (13.0 cm)
Weight 3.53 lb (1.6 kg)
Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)
  • Pan Bar
  • 504PLONG Long Quick-Release Mounting Plate
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty + 3 Year Extension upon Online Registration
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    Manfrotto502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection)
     
    4.5

    (based on 318 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (191)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (106)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (240)
    • Large range of motion (213)
    • Attaches firmly (201)
    • Strong clamp (135)
    • Smooth (9)

    Cons

    • Heavy (56)
    • Complicated controls (18)
    • Unstable (3)
    • Weak clamp (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (231)
    • Weddings (98)
    • Landscape/scenery (83)
    • Sports/action (80)
    • Night shots (62)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (130), Semi-pro photographer (84), Photo enthusiast (38), Photography student (8), Casual photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (271), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bridging Technology gets better!

    The 502HD Head is a great addition to Manfrotto's Bridging Technology, improving upon some of the standards they set with the 504 & 509 Heads. The 502 is perfect for lightweight video cameras...Read complete review

    The 502HD Head is a great addition to Manfrotto's Bridging Technology, improving upon some of the standards they set with the 504 & 509 Heads. The 502 is perfect for lightweight video cameras and DSLRs, I mounted my 600D with Canon 70-200f/2.8L and it handled it great. Aslo for those who plan to mount this head to sliders or other devices, the pan lock is contained inside the head and won't interfere with mounting.

    I've had plenty of experience with the 504HD, and the 502HD performs on par with its heavy weight counterpart. The Fluid Drag System (FDS) on the 502HD is outstanding, and one of the best I've worked with. Manfrotto improved the Pan FDS adjustment with an ergonomic 360 degree ring near the base of the head. This makes the pan FDS accessible no matter which way the camera is pointed, and even adjustable while panning.

    Pros:
    -Outstanding Fluid Drag System.
    -Two Pan Bar mounting locations.
    -Two 3/8 "Easy Link" with steel inserts.
    -Quick Release - on rear facing operator.
    -Leveling Bubble built in.
    -504PLONG plate.
    -Improved Pan Bar grip.

    Cons:
    -Non-illuminated leveling bubble.
    -Pan Bar - no telescoping length adjustment.
    -No step adjustments to counter balance.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good but not great

    I loved how sturdy it was and how smooth the fluid motion was but I ultimately returned it for two reasons. 1. The tilt lock is on the right side! As a righty,...Read complete review

    I loved how sturdy it was and how smooth the fluid motion was but I ultimately returned it for two reasons. 1. The tilt lock is on the right side! As a righty, I am panning and titling using the handle in my right hand and when I want to lock off the shot or release the motion, I want to be able to do so immediately with my hand still on the handle which I could not do easily with this tripod. 2. The top of the head is too large and you have to slide the camera so far forward to release the plate from the tripod. Ultimately, I went with the 501HDV fluid head which more compact and user-friendly but just as good in terms of fluid motion.

    Reviewed by 318 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-20

    Back to top

    Previous | Next »

     
    5.0

    Manfrotto 502HD pro Video Head

    By Lula

    from San Francisco, CA

    Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

    It's big bad and sturdy! Love it!

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Fluid in all the right places

    By Rudy

    from Pewaukee, WI

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Portraits
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

      This video head is great! We've only had it for a week now but its been easy to use so far. Enough adjustments to get the angle you need and the active tension is great for shots you need smooth.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Wonderful Product.

      By jurikn12

      from Holland, MI

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

        I've been using manfrotto products for years. This is the best video head on the market.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Very nice upgrade for my sticks

        By Filmmaker Paige

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

          Super smooth motion and fluid control for both tilting and panning. Very solid head and a nice upgrade for my Manfrotto sticks (I'll have to upgrade those next year!).

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

           
          4.0

          Good as a backup for the money

          By T

          from Fl

          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

          Bought this video head as a secondary unit
          Mainly for crane and or table top dolly, I have higher end heads for the Tripods. Build quality is good, although the adjustment knobs Are a little noisy.
          As I said before Good as a backup for the money

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          Incredible

          By Brian

          from Wellington, Ohio

          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 Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

            All of the Manfrotto products I own are nothing short of incredible and this head is no exception. For the price, it operates as smooth and easily as you would expect. It holds my gear securely and adjusts easily to my needs. Paired with the 190x3 Aluminum legs, it's perfect for the videos I create.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Professional Level

            By Monster Productions

            from Albany, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

              Super smooth and looks sharp. This is a great head and gets the job done! No complaints here!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              4.0

              Solid, cheap, great value!

              By AlexTardif

              from NorCal

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              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 Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                My first fluid head so don't have much to compare it to other than my RRS photography heads and I'm pretty impressed. At it's current price with the rebates it's pretty much an unbeatable value. Smooth, strong all around. Using this on my small rig with various Sony bodies on a tripod and on a Syrp slider. Only complaint is the awkward placement of locking levers for both pan and tilt but I can totally live with it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this review

                 
                5.0

                This is the best video head for us!

                By Markg

                from Anaheim, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Does Exactly What You Nee
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                  We film almost all events and a really good tripod and head is absolutely essential. This head is so smooth and easy to use.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Well built and high performing

                  By ryfoto

                  from Phoenix

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                  Great product, works as advertised, very smooth operation

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Smooth as eggs

                  By Eric

                  from Chicago, IL

                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                  Glorious

                  Share this review

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  SMOOTH MOOVE

                  By ONWAY2FOTOGRAFF

                  from LAS COLINAS ,TEXAS

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • 1 Smooth Moove
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion

                  Cons

                  • A Tad Bulky
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Slider Shots
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                  A BIT BULKY TO TRAVEL WITH-NO GIRLY ARMS HERE - BUT I USE IT FOR DSLR ON MY SLIDER FOR THAT SMOOTH GROOVE MOOVE.I LIKES IT -FOR THE SALE PRICE AT THE TIME AS WELL. ALSO WAS AN ADDED REBATE - WHICH WAS AN ADDED FEATURE !!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Share this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Was on time with getting it at $!!!

                  By Alex, the Realtor

                  from Portland, OR

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                        Super solid and seems to be of high quality. Got the Warranty Extension at Manfrotto.us

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Just what I wanted

                        By Chuck

                        from Tyler, Tx

                        Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                        This head was just what I needed for my studio tripod.

                        Share this review

                         
                        5.0

                        Pro Head, Prosumer Price

                        By BHP

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                          This is a very high quality flat base fluid head. It has a nice solid build and a large head for whatever camera you use. This is certainly a step up from the baseline Manfrotto MVH500AH head. Very smooth and very adjustable so you can choose your resistance. Only con is that it's a bit heavy, but then again, what type of tripod head isn't? Also, the quality is good, it should cost more, but it doesn't. It is a professional grade product at a prosumer price.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

                          Share this review

                           
                          4.0

                          Works good

                          By uncledon1248

                          from Garden Grove, CA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion

                          Cons

                          • Only 1 Balance Setting

                          Best Uses

                          • Night Shots
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                          Use with tabletop/Hi-hat tripod.
                          Fully adjustable drag for tilt, pan.
                          Can use with another Manfrotto Head quick release plate that I use more often.
                          Should have more than one balance setting and on/off switch.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent video head

                          By Chris in VA

                          from Chesapeake, VA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • Azimuth Lock

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                          I have to preface this by saying that I didn't actually buy this head for video, but rather a 6" SCT telescope for lunar shots. It's very robust and has smooth movements along both axis. I mounted an optical tube that weighs 10 lbs and it's still sturdy. Actually, the weakest link in my setup is the tripod legs fully extended cause some wobble.

                          If there was a downside to the head, it's locking the azimuth. The knob is located between 2 "walls" that isn't always easy to get to. Still, I give this a 5 star because it's well made, sturdy and the price was good. I plan on mounting my camera to it at some point for photography as it's really easy to move around.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this review

                           
                          4.0

                          good video head for slider

                          By Yi-Chien

                          from NY,USA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                            I have a Sachler video head, but it is with a bowl mount and can't be attached on a slider. So I picked this Manfrotto 502HD head with flat base. Compare to 504, it's a moderate size for DSLR, it works well on a slider.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            4.0

                            great product

                            By Akuna Matata

                            from San fransisco

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                            great, steady, a little heavy.
                            wish the level bubble had a light too like the bigger heads.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            good head

                            By breezypro

                            from New Orleans

                            Comments about Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection):

                            Very nice. Fluid in all directions.

                            Share this review

                            Displaying reviews 1-20

                            Back to top

                            Previous | Next »

                            Quick Release Plates

                            See more
                            Manfrotto - 504PLONG Long Quick-Release Mounting Plate
                            • You Pay: $29.88
                             

                            Handles & Accessories

                            Manfrotto - 502HLV Pan Bar for Select Video Heads
                            • You Pay: $25.95
                             

                            System Extensions

                            See more
                            Cinetics - CineMoco Dolly with V Wheels
                            • You Pay: $489.95
                             
                            See any errors on this page? Let us know.

                            Close

                            Close

                            Close