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Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball

B&H # MAMVH500A MFR # MVH500A
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 11 Pounds
  • Wide Platform for Camcorders & HDSLRs
  • 60 mm Half Ball for Leveling
  • Spring-loaded Counterbalance
  • Integrated Bubble Level
  • Side Lock Quick Release System
  • Includes Long Quick-release Plate
  • 1/4" and 3/8" Camera Tie-Down Screws
  • Left and Right Mounting Rosettes
  • Additional 3/8" Accessory Connection

The Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball features a wide platform to support the HDSLR form factor, and a 60 mm half ball for quick leveling without adjusting the legs. The head supports a maximum weight load of 11 pounds and features professional quality fluid cartridges on both its pan and tilt axes for smooth camera moves. It has a pre-set spring-loaded counterbalance of 5.3 lb, supports equipment up to 11 pounds and features a tilt range of -70°/+90° and it provides 360° panning rotation.

The side lock system on the MVH500A allows the sliding QR plate to click into the head from above, instead of needing to be aligned and slid in from the back. This gives you the speed of a touch and go quick release with the balance adjustment capability of a sliding QR plate. The head is made from an aluminum alloy so it is durable and lightweight at under 2.5 pounds, and the built-in bubble level aids in quickly leveling the head. The included long sliding balance plate features both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera tie-down screws. The MVH500A includes one pan bar, however the head features pan bar mounting rosettes on both sides of the head for operator comfort. A robust 3/8"-16 threaded Easy Link connector on the side of the head is for attaching available accessories.

Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Material Aluminum Alloy
Head Attachment Fitting 60 mm half ball
Counter Balance System Spring Loaded
Counter Balance Range Pre-set to 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes - 500PLONG
Tilt Drag Fluid cartridge with fixed drag
Tilt Range -70°/+90°
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Drag Fixed
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Pan Bar 1 - included
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Temperature Range -4 to 140°F (-20 - 60°C)
Height 34.96" (12.6 cm)
Weight 2.47 lb (1.12 kg)
Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball
  • 500PLONG Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Tie Down Screw
  • 3/8"-16 Camera Tie Down Screw
  • Pan Bar
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 10-Years with Product Registration
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    ManfrottoMVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball
     
    4.6

    (based on 7 reviews)

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      (3)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (3)
    • Lightweight (3)
    • Professional quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (4)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great product

      By OttawaCamera

      from Ottawa, Canada

      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

        Good value for the cost.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Canon XA20 update re quick release plate

        By Cal

        from Fort Lauderdale FL

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

          The long quick release plate that comes with this head prevents battery removal on a Canon XA20 video camera. (The head is designed for HDSLR use.)

          I just got the short plate, and now I can get the battery off without removing the camera from the fluid head. HOWEVER, in order to position the plate so this can be done, I CANNOT use the pin that keeps the camera aligned with the head. There is only one tightened screw holding it in alignment. I hope this will work. Downgraded rating due to this issue, but it seems to be a good head.

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          5.0

          Canon XA20 owners take notice!

          By Cal

          from Fort Lauderdale

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

              The head is supplied with the LONG plate, which makes it impossible to change the battery of an XA20 without removing the camera from the tripod, then unscrewing the plate from the camera. I don't like the thought of doing that in the field. I have ordered the short plate and assume that will eliminate the problem, but that's an extra expense!THE GOAL: A LIGHTWEIGHT SETUP ... This head — with the XA20 (handle attached), a Manfrotto 535 carbon fiber video tripod, a Sennheiser shotgun mike with K6 powering module, an LCD hood, a lens hood, and an Auray shock mount — weighs in at just 11-1/4 pounds. My old Bogen tripod and head alone weigh two pounds more than that!! I am pleased.The head works fine based on preliminary tests. Just what I expected. Just what I need ... except for the plate part.

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              4.0

              Ease of use and very smooth panning.

              By Jonah505

              from Honolulu, HI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

              Very easy to setup and use. I was able to easily hookup a Sony 4K camcorder to this video head and also a sony camera with an additional quick disconnect. The level is convenient and it is very smooth when panning.

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              5.0

              Tripod head

              By robert

              from st. Simons ga

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

              The manfrotto fuild head has be wonderful. Took it to the mountains on a video shoot and it worked as expected.

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              5.0

              some snap crackle and no pop

              By none

              from Melbourne, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                  The MVH500 pro fluid video head we had on our tripod would not come to a level. So I called B &H and they were great in replacing it. They sent me a shipping label and I returned the product. They turned it around in minimal time and I have not had a problem since.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  solid and nice tripod head

                  By a fun shooter

                  from San Francisco, 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 MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                    It has improved from the previous model with a longer plate for more support. I shoot a lot of weddings and one of the biggest thing is that I'm able to detach and attach the plate easily and quickly for the fast pacing shoots all the time.

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