Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base

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Product Highlights
  • 11 lb Weight Capacity
  • Wide Platform for HDSLRs
  • Side Lock System for Safer Mounting
  • Aluminum Alloy Construction
  • Spring-loaded Counterbalance
  • Includes Long Quick-release Plate
  • 1/4" and 3/8" Camera Attachment
  • Additional 3/8" Accessory Connection

The MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base from Manfrotto is designed with a wide platform, optimal for HDSLR camera bodies. Smooth and precise, it has a maximum weight load of 11 lb and professional quality fluid cartridges on both its pan and tilt axes. It has a pre-set spring-loaded counterbalance of 5.3 lb, its lateral tilt range is -70°/+90° and it provides 360° panning rotation.

The side lock system on the MVH500AH allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above, instead of needing to be aligned and slid in from the back. This makes it easier and safer to mount your camera on this head. The head attaches to a tripod via a 3/8"-16 thread and offers both a 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera attachment. It also provides an Easy Link 3/8" connector on the side of the head to attach accessories such as a video monitor. The 500PLONG quick release plate is included with this head.

The MVH500AH is made from aluminum alloy, measures 3.74" high and provides a bubble level and precision control handle.

Wide platform fluid pan video head ideal for HDSLR cameras
5.3 lb pre-set spring-loaded counterbalance system
Side-lock system for easier and safer camera mounting
Aluminum alloy construction
Includes long quick-release plate
11 lb maximum weight capacity
Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Diameter/Thread 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
Material Aluminum Alloy
Base Mount Thread Size 3/8"
Counter Balance System Yes
Counter Balance Range Pre-set to 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes - 500PLONG
Tilt Drag Yes - fluid cartridge with fixed drag
Tilt Range -70°/+90°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Range 360º
Pan Lock Yes
Pan Bar 1 - included
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Temperature Range -4 - 140º F (-20 - 60º C)
Height 3.74" (9.5 cm)
Weight 1.98 lb (0.9 kg)
Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base
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  • Handle
  • Limited 2-year Warranty Plus 3-year Extension with Registration
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    ManfrottoMVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base
     
    4.5

    (based on 77 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (48)
    • Attaches firmly (39)
    • Large range of motion (34)
    • Strong clamp (24)
    • Easy to use (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (5)

    Best Uses

    • Video (44)
    • Weddings (26)
    • Landscape/scenery (22)
    • Travel (14)
    • Portraits (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (27), Semi-pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (61)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very smooth, but needed adjustment

    This head, in general, is rather nice. Tilt action was butter smooth out of the box. Quick release plate and mechanism are nice and easy to use.
    However, pan action was...Read complete review

    This head, in general, is rather nice. Tilt action was butter smooth out of the box. Quick release plate and mechanism are nice and easy to use.
    However, pan action was horrendously stiff. It would actually shift the whole tripod, or would loosen the attachment plate from column. I popped off the pan screw cover, loosened the bolt, then re-tightened it with less torque. It now pans easily and smoothly.
    Another thing is I think the tilt balancing spring is too tight. Tilt it more than 20 degrees either way, even with a DSLR+70-200 f2.8, and you have to struggle to keep it there without tightening the knob. Though gotta say, with video, you rarely need large angle tilts. Still, I will try to find a way to loosen the spring.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not Enough Drag

    I got this as a leightweight option to my heavier tripod head and I understand that there are compromises with a head of this size and price. However, I still feel like this head...Read complete review

    I got this as a leightweight option to my heavier tripod head and I understand that there are compromises with a head of this size and price. However, I still feel like this head has nowhere near enough drag for pans and tilts, especially at longer focal lengths.

    Additionally, the drag tension for the pan and tilt seems to be set at different ammounts. This makes combination pan / tilt moves difficult to execute smoothly.

    On the other hand, the new quick release system is excellent. It's much quicker than the older sliding plate mount design. The counterbalance works well too, although it still isn't enough for my camera.

    I understand that the 502 has many of the features that are missing from this model and it isn't much more expensive. However, it weighs nearly twice as much, which is unacceptable for me.

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    5.0

    Great!

    By zach

    from new orleans, la

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Shots
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

      This was a fantastic product and very affordable!

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      5.0

      Great Fluid Head

      By Tony Taperino

      from Florida

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

        Very smooth action. I really appreciate the design for attaching and detaching the plate.

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        3.0

        Good Small Video Head

        By VideoEditorNJ

        from New Jersey

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

          This is a good small video head, but I really feel it's overpriced for what you get. The flat base is MUCH more versatile than the bowl bottom version and I really wish that Manfrotto made one "universal" unit with the bottom of the bowl version completely removeable - that would have made things a lot easier.

          It's a little heavy, but not bad at all. It's a versatile video head that pans well, is quiet and realtively smooth if you're using a DSLR. If you have a rig with a matte box or some added weight (audio recorder, monitor, etc) it doesn't perform as well and look to the 502-style heads instead. I needed both for different setups and use/needs.

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          5.0

          Perfect light-duty or jib-mount head

          By Stan

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Quick release plate

          Cons

          • No drag adjustment

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Light Jib Crane Mount
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

          We use this head to mount small cameras (BMPCC, etc.) on small to medium jibs or sliders. It's lightweight, so adds only minimally to the jib/slider load limits, and it is a typical solid, Manfrotto quality unit. The head performs very well - and the new "quick attach/release" design for the plate is terrific (we wish our older Manfrotto's had it!). Our only wish would be for pan and tilt drag adjustment. We say "wish," as we can't really call it a complaint based on the price and weight of the head. We also feel the drag settings are probably fine for all but professional users who are used to specific drag levels for their personal technique. Great value for our use -- or for light camera/tripod use where adjustable drag isn't essential.

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          4.0

          Smooth and solid

          By Tfunk

          from Canada

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

          I bought this tripod head for the syrp slider. This is a solid head, the plate and locking system works great. You can't adjust the tension of the pan and tilt but where it's set I find works really well. The plate is interchangeable with my sachtler tripod which makes switching modes really easy. No need to switch plates.

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          5.0

          Great Product

          By rabumgarn

          from Roswell, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

              I love this head. It's very smooth, simple, easy to use, well-built.

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              5.0

              Good price for quality

              By Sebastian

              from Bogotá, Colombia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                It gives you very good stable camera moves, good and solid construction

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                4.0

                Pretty good so far

                By Indrid Cold

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Documentary
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                    I bought this to use with the Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod and am fairly satisfied with it so far. I haven't had this equipment for very long and am still trying to learn the right "feel for it" when it comes to getting that absolutely steady movement.

                    I am confident that once I am used to this tripod head, I can get the great results and steady movements I was hoping for.

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                    4.0

                    Works as expected

                    By Livin' Outdoors

                    from chgo Il.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                          Solid product. Like the 'load from top' quick release. Can follow subjects(animals)with very smooth movement. Love it!

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                          5.0

                          Works perfect!

                          By Steve

                          from Chicago

                          Verified Buyer

                          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                          Like all Manfrotto products i have...Quality!

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                          4.0

                          So smooth!

                          By Focus313

                          from Detroit

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                            I bought this to add on my 8ft dolly slider track and it really makes the shots look superb.

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By rabumgarn

                            from Roswell, GA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Smooth
                            • Well-made

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                            Bought this for use with a cinevate slider. I loved it so much that I switched this head with the head I currently had on my main tripod. Very smooth motion, easy to use, high quality build, top notch!

                            It is a bit heavy and a little bulky (the plate is a little too big for my nex ea50uh, but it gets the job done)-- but for anything larger than a DSLR, you'll be very happy with it.

                            One thing I'd point out is that it is in the "recommended products" section of the Cinevate 24" slider-- I would not recommend purchasing this for that product. It is too bulky. I'd prefer something a little more compact for that slider.

                            Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase!

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                            4.0

                            Good Value

                            By SDP

                            from Ft Lauderdale FL

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                              I use this head for both stills and video. I actually own an older model of the head as well. Cant beat the value for money.. It works great !!

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                              5.0

                              Totally Awesome Head

                              By fred

                              from texas

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                Using in a studio and locations environment. Works well in both.

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                                5.0

                                Nice fluid motion

                                By Prince

                                from Cleveland

                                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                This is my second manfrotto tripod head. They're easy to put together and attaches to the tripod and jib I have in a snap. Overall great quality for the price!

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                                5.0

                                Smooth and great build quality

                                By maxchroma

                                from Anaheim, CA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                  I've only used it for a couple of weeks so far. I paired this with the Manfrotto 562B-1 monopod. Vertical panning is smooth. I don't use the horizontal panning on this because I prefer to rotate the monopod instead. I love the quick release mechanism for the plate. Genius.

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                                  5.0

                                  great for DSLR

                                  By FV

                                  from Pittsburg

                                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                  I've put this to work with a canon 70D. It works great. Remarkably smooth motions and easy to put together.

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                                  4.0

                                  Very compact and effective fluid head

                                  By Omar

                                  from Paterson, NJ

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Light weight
                                  • Smooth motion

                                  Cons

                                  • 501 Plate No Compatible
                                  • No Adjustment Knobs

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                  the MVH500AH is a very compact and light tripod fluid head. If has a smooth tilt and pan. It can handle DSLR rights that aren't too have without any issues. Only issues is that manfrotto 501 plates don't work on this model. Other than that though it's a great from product from Manfrotto.

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                                  5.0

                                  Wow!!!!

                                  By John

                                  from San Diego

                                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                  Very smooth and great build quality. Great product for this price range. Can't wait to start using it.

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                                  4.0

                                  Nice head but not perfect

                                  By Rawb

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Stiff pan

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

                                    This is a great, not too heavy, non-professional head. I only have one complaint which is the pan action is too tight. Loosening the pan knob makes no difference. Someone else had the same complaint and they said they popped off the knob and loosened it. I will try to do the same. Other than that this is a nice head.

                                    The quick release is nice but it's not compatible with the other two heads that I have so if I want to switch tripods/monopod I have to take the plate off, etc. Kind of a pain.

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