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Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag

B&H # MAMVH500AM Mfr # MVK500AM
You Pay: $349.99
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Offer Ends: JUN 30 '14
Product Highlights
  • Supports 11 Pounds
  • Wide Platform for Camcorders & HDSLRs
  • 60 mm Half Ball for Leveling
  • Spring-loaded Counterbalance
  • Side Lock Quick Release System
  • Integrated Bubble Level
  • 2 Stage Tripod with Mid Level Spreader
  • 26.57 to 60.63" Height Range
  • Rubber Feet
  • Padded Carry Bag

The Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag features a a fluid head with 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 has a built-in pre-set spring-loaded counterbalance of 5.3 pounds. It features a tilt range of -70°/+90° and it provides 360° panning rotation. The head also features a side lock system for the sliding QR plate, and an integrated bubble level.

The 2-stage tripod feature a 75 mm bowl and includes a 75 to 60 mm adapter so you can use the MVH500A head. The legs are individually adjustable, and feature a mid level spreader for stability on uneven ground. The minimum height of the tripod and head is just over two feet, for getting low angle shots, and the maximum height is just over 5 feet. The legs feature non-removable feet suitable for exteriors and interiors, and are gentle on delicate floors. The included padded carry bag makes transporting your tripod and head simple and easy.

Fluid Head

The wide camera platform provides support for DSLR cameras, making this head suitable for both camcorders and DSLR cameras.
The 60 mm half ball allows you to quickly level the head without having to readjust the legs. It also makes it simpler to create dutch angled shots without dangerously unbalancing the tripod.
The spring loaded counterbalance is fixed at 5.3 pounds, however the head supports 11 pounds, and the counterbalance will still provide assistance when using camera set ups heavier than 5.3 pounds.
Professional fluid cartridges provide fixed fluid drag in both the pan and tilt axes.
The head features a tilt range of 90 degrees forward and 70 degrees back, allowing you to tilt the camera straight down, and tilt it almost straight up.
The head pans through 360 degrees, allowing you to take long panoramic shots or spin the camera around on the head.
The side lock system 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.
An integrated bubble level on the head aids you in quickly leveling the fluid head.
The included 500PLONG sliding QR plate also includes both a 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera tie down screws.
The head includes one pan bar, and features two pan bar mounting rosettes, one on each side of the head, for left or right handed operation. A second optional pan bar allows you to operate the head with two pan bars at the same time.
The Easy Link connector, is a 3/8"-16 threaded hole in the side of the head that allows you to easily mount accessories to the fluid head itself, and not the camera.

Tripod legs

Featuring a 75mm bowl for attaching a fluid head, a 75 to 60 mm adapter is included for using with the MVH500A head.
The tripod legs can support over 33 pounds, easily carrying the weight of the fluid head and camera. The closed length (without fluid head) is just over two feet, and has a height range of 22.4 to 56.5 inches and weighs only 4.3 pounds.
The legs are constructed out of oval aluminum tubes for strength and durability. Each leg can be independently raised and lowered when required.
The mid level spreader helps prevent instability that a ground level spreader can introduce when working on uneven surfaces.
Non removable rubber feet provide secure grip, and are gentle on delicate surfaces, such as interior floors.
An elastic leg strap helps keep the legs secured together during transportation and storage.

Padded Carry Bag

The padded carry bag, keeps your tripod and head together during storage or transport.
Fluid Head
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)
Tripod Legs
Head Attachment Fitting 75 mm Bowl

Note: an included 60 mm to 75 mm adapter is required to use the head on the tripod
Material of Construction Aluminum
Stages 2
Leg Lock Type Flip
Independent Leg Spread No
Feet Rubber
Spiked / Retractable Feet No
Load Capacity 33 lb (15 kg)
Minimum Height 22.4" (56.9 cm)
Maximum Height 56.5" (143.5 cm)
Closed Length 24.2" (61.5 cm)
Weight 4.3 lb (1.95 kg)
Fluid Head & Tripod
Load Capacity 11 lb (5 kg)
Minimum Height 26.6" (67.6 cm)
Maximum Height 60.6" (153.9 cm)
Closed Length 28.4" (72.1 cm)
Weight 6.8 lb (3.1 kg)
Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag
  • 500PLONG Quick Release Plate
  • 1/4"-20 Camera Tie Down Screw
  • 3/8"-16 Camera Tie Down Screw
  • Pan Bar
  • 75 to 60 mm Head Fitting Adapter
  • Elastic Leg Safety
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 10-Years with Product Registration
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    ManfrottoMVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag
     
    4.4

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (22)
    • Stable (20)
    • Folds away (16)
    • Unfolds quickly (16)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (20)
      • Weddings (12)
      • Night shots (6)
      • Travel (6)
      • Landscape/scenery (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (24)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Decent Combo For Price/Size

      It's a good set of sticks for light weight cameras. Sturdy, quick and easy to setup, and smooth operating. No complaints on the legs at all.

      The head is...Read complete review

      It's a good set of sticks for light weight cameras. Sturdy, quick and easy to setup, and smooth operating. No complaints on the legs at all.

      The head is decent and the new release plate functionality is a lot better than previous versions. You do have to tighten the locking mechanisms a bit to really LOCK a shot, but overall it's not bad. Does take getting used to if you're more experienced with the 501 or 503 style heads. It's much more compact compared to those heads.

      One big gripe is that this head doesn't quickly or easily become the "FLAT" version. Yes, you can disconnect the ball adapter, but you're still left with a half ball at the bottom with a threaded screw. Yes, you CAN connect it to another set of sticks without a bowl if needed, but I wouldn't recommend it for extended periods of use.

      I was hoping to get double duty out of this head and use on a flat base slider and other applications. I'll look into a small bowl adapter, but likely would end up being cheaper to buy an additional head... mostly because an additional quick release plate is HALF THE PRICE OF THE HEAD. Seems insane and haven't purchased one, unfortunately. Hopefully the 3rd party market will pickup on this and make some cheaper plates.

      The bag it comes with felt quite cheap compared to other Manfrotto bags I've used in the past. The original one out of the box arrived with a tear and B&H replaced it. Hopefully the replacement will hold up. If not, I'll look into other bags.

      The pan arm doesn't fit well in bag when attached to the collapsed tripod. You can make it fit, but it's extremely snug. Again, may be looking into other bags at some point.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Aaahhh...okay.

      I shoot all DSLR 5Dmkiii's. Love the top loading feature, but VERY hard to see the bubble level. No backlight on it, so it's challenging to get a quick level on it....Read complete review

      I shoot all DSLR 5Dmkiii's. Love the top loading feature, but VERY hard to see the bubble level. No backlight on it, so it's challenging to get a quick level on it. Good size and well built.

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      4.0

      I would buy this item again

      By Bev

      from San Diego

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

        I love the light weight and stability of the sticks and the sideways quick release of the head. Does exactly what I need it to. I have heavier set ups for jib bases and lighter set ups for photography but this one is just right for run and gun work. Stabile and lightweight for video with c100 and DSLRs.

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        4.0

        Mvt502am

        By Rugby

        from Mo

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

        Fits my 5dmiii better than I thought it would!

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        5.0

        Great Tripod

        By jamesdavid

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

          This is a great tripod, especially for the cost. I haven't had it for long yet, but it feels quite durable for light camera use. Love the half ball for leveling as well. All of the controls are laid out nicely and are easy to get to.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Little Tripod

          By Main Line Creative Partners

          from Philadelphia, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Not Ideal For Outside

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

          Great tripod. Easy set up and leveling. It's lightweight which is great for transport, but not ideal for shooting outside. It also lacks the option for spikes (again, not ideal for outside), but it is perfect for inside interviews and shooting. One small thing is the plate release, it seems a bit flimsy and I'm a worried I'm going to break it, or it will snap off in transport. No issues yet, but it just feels like a possibility. Love that it comes with the sticks, head and bag. GREAT tripod for the price.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Tripod and Head

          By Newtovideo

          from Winston-Salem, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

              I'm a pro photographer who is relatively new to Video and so I needed a good tripod and Fluid Drag head. I could not be happier with this purchase. Very sturdy and a great buy for the price.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Excellent budget tripod!

              By Lance

              from Moultrie, GA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                Love this tripod! With its quick-release plate, smooth video head, and easily adjustable legs, this baby is easy on the pocketbook and wonderful to use.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excelent performance for the price

                By boss' lady

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                  This is a powerpacked combo item and my finace was thrilled to get this as a gift. He is a proffessional video guy, and this was perfect for his DSLR camera.

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                  • Yes

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                  4.0

                  Can't Beat the Price

                  By farmboyENG

                  from Seattle Wa

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                    We use these tripods for a number of camera. From PTZ cameras to Studio cameras. The ease of use and quality are well beyond it's price range.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Solid Tripod for your money

                    By Nate Dog

                    from Hurst, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                      I use two, one at the office, and one that I bought myself. Both have held up well and do a great job. It's easy to set up and break down. The quick release works just fine. Since we have to be mobile on a lot of our shoots, having a light weight tripod that can take a bit of a beating really is a nice find. All and all, very happy with the tripod.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Tripod

                      By Producer Tony

                      from Bend, OR

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly
                      • Very Portable

                      Cons

                      • Price Is A Bit High

                      Best Uses

                      • DSLR Video
                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                      Lightweight but sturdy.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good

                      By Di

                      from TN

                      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                      Works fine

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love this Tripod!

                      By Clumber1 Video

                      from Staunton, Virginia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Smooth Tilts And Pans
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Small Level Bubble

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                      I moved up from a basic tripod to the MVT500 and am glad I did! I am using it for video recording. It is easy to set up and carry. Very smooth pans and tilts. The only negative is that the level bubble is hard to see especially in low light. A pen light fixes that problem. I highly recommend this tripod for the serious photo or videographer.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great value

                      By Shelby

                      from Philadelphia, PA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Commercial Production
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                        This tripod is a great companion to my 561 monopod. It's very light and easy to use. They both use the same quick release plate. And as a bonus, they both fit in the tripod bag.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great Tripod!

                        By Awesomeness

                        from New York, NY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                            Really wonderful tripod, with an excellent fluid head. Works great with DSLR.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Easy

                            By Tbf

                            from Oslo

                            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                            Simple and easy tripod. A little light and unstable.

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                            5.0

                            Compact and Very Good.

                            By Bajovejas

                            from Puerto Rico

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                              Very good tripod for the price. Is compact and the fluid head is really smooth.

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                              4.0

                              Great for DSLR run and gun

                              By jkarczmit

                              from East Brunswick, NJ

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                              • Limited Stability
                              • No Counterbalance
                              • No Friction Settings

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                              Nice lightweight tripod system that folds up small. Comes with everything you need at a great price. Great for static shots and OK for pans. Preset single friction level and no counterbalance saves weight and cost but limits uses. However, if you want to make sure you actually carry your tripod everywhere, then omitting these features is what has to be done. Drop one leg and it's basically a monopod. Lift it over your head and it's a crane. Useful and sturdy enough, just don't beat on it.

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                              • No

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                              3.0

                              Great Product

                              By Lore

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Portraits
                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                                This tripod is light and very easy to use.

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                                • No

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Smooth & lightweight

                                By jaimevallesdesign

                                from New York City

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                                  For DSLR filmmaking and event videography, this tripod works extremely well. It's light weight, which saves your shoulders, and the fluid head is very smooth. Highly recommended for smaller cameras (I use two of these with my GH3 cameras).

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                                  4.0

                                  Good Product

                                  By Sid

                                  from Minneapolis, MN

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • Unstable

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag:

                                  This is my first over $125.00 tripod. Over all I am very impressed. I gave 4 out of 5 stars because of one draw back. The pan setting seems to have a min drag that is still a bit stiff. I have found that when I have the tripod on grass it is fine, but when the tripod is on a hard wood floor I have to keep one hand on the tripod while doing a pan that is any faster than slow speed to keep the legs in position. I am thinking about trying sandbags.

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