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

B&H # MAMVH500AM Mfr # MVK500AM
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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
     
    4.3

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (32)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (42)
    • Stable (27)
    • Unfolds quickly (22)
    • Folds away (19)
    • Easy to use (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (28)
      • Weddings (16)
      • Independent films (14)
      • In the studio (11)
      • Travel (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (18), Professional artist (8), Semi-pro photographer (8), Business owner (6), Enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (50)

      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.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Pretty good tripod

      Pretty good for the price, if you're into Manfrotto plates. Reverse compatible with the old style of quick release plates. Ergonomics are good.

      Build quality I'd have to put at...Read complete review

      Pretty good for the price, if you're into Manfrotto plates. Reverse compatible with the old style of quick release plates. Ergonomics are good.

      Build quality I'd have to put at mediocre due to much plastic throughout the design, especially on the legs. But I guess that translates into this being a pretty light tripod, which is a plus.

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      5.0

      wonderful

      By Matt S

      from new york

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

      This is a very strong tripod. It doesn't wiggle and it can hold its own in windy conditions. Highly recommended and its a great investment

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      5.0

      Just right!

      By bwvideo

      from Albuquerque, NM

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

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

        Bought this tripod system for a small Sony camcorder that I use as my second unit. I had been using a still camera tripod but needed a fluid head. The Manfrotto has come through in shining colors.

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        5.0

        Quick and easy to use

        By Halftone

        from Philadlephia

        About Me Professional Artist, professional photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Interviews
          • In The Studio
          • Lightweight Travel

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

          I use this product for regular one to one interviews for short videos. What I really like about it is how fast and easy it is to set up and make a adjustments. I primarily use DSLRS for the interviews so I am not a big fan of the big plate, but I think that is just a personal preference. The one thing I didn't really like was how small the carrying case is and its construction. The fabric seems a light and like it might rip if you pull on the strap too hard. You definitely get what you pay for tripods and this is no exception.

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          • No

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          3.0

          Pretty good tripod

          By Tim F.

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Plasticy
          • Pricey / Poor Value

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

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

          Pretty good for the price, if you're into Manfrotto plates. Reverse compatible with the old style of quick release plates. Ergonomics are good.

          Build quality I'd have to put at mediocre due to much plastic throughout the design, especially on the legs. But I guess that translates into this being a pretty light tripod, which is a plus.

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          • No

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          5.0

          GREAT TRIPOD

          By jim the runner

          from Long Island NY

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

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

            just becareful not to bend the legs!! they feel a little soft.

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            4.0

            Cheap but effective

            By 6X6 studios

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings

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

              For $ it is hard to find a better deal. The MVH500 head was the main reason I purchased this as I already had one and wanted a ball head. The tripod is light but at the cost of sturdiness. It is a very good height for weddings, my main fear with switching to a ball head was the lack of center column but it seems to be fine.

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              4.0

              Great Product

              By PC

              from Chicago IL

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Great product for the money ... 100 times better than the cheap tripods I was using before. Make a Huge difference.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nothing I can complain

                    By sonphan87

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

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

                      This tripod plus the head are so smooth and easy to use. It can hold up my Canon 5D mark iii plus canon 70-200mm without any problem. Will recommend it to my friend.

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                      5.0

                      Built to last and super reliable

                      By Brandon the Film Dude

                      from Jacksonville, Florida

                      About Me Creative Designer, Filmmaker, Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

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

                        There is no doubt that anything with the Manfrotto name on it is reliable and built to last, even their low end products. I am always amazed at the quality and I will only own Manfrotto tripods from here on out.

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                        5.0

                        GREAT BUY!!!

                        By Al

                        from los angeles

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

                        very pleased with this tripod: great functionality and ease of use. For a tripod that is not very expensive, you can feel the sturdiness when it's in your hands. Definitely recommend this product and thanks to b&h for the prompt delivery

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                        3.0

                        compact but no sturdy

                        By Boecker

                        from Rio de Janeiro

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor Performance
                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Independent Films

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

                        very light weight and compact, but not sturdy enough. should be cheaper or should be better built. for a couple more bucks you can get a sachtler ace that is so much more bang for the buck.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Fluid Drag Video Head, tripod and bag

                        By Busybee1956

                        from Farmington,CT

                        About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Home Movies
                          • Independent Films
                          • In The Studio

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

                          We use it for on and off-campus shoots! A great product and a great buy!
                          Highly recommended!!! Thank you!

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                          4.0

                          Smooth and Light

                          By Fritz

                          from Fritz

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

                          After having my Bescor tripod break on me it was time for a new one. I figured a Manfrotto would be out of my price range but this one is really fair. I have used much pricier Manfrottos and I didn't notice much difference in the quality of the fluid head between this one. Really smooth pans and the legs are easy to use and adapt to funny surfaces such as banked slopes and tight nooks and crannies. This unit is very light which is a blessing and a curse. With my DSLR it's no problem but with my HVX I sometimes have to hold the legs to avoid having them slip due to the cameras weight. That's easily solvable by placing a sand bag on a leg. Love this thing.

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                          5.0

                          Great & Affordable!

                          By Askeda

                          from New York, New York

                          About Me Film Student, Hobbyist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Independent Films

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

                            As an amateur photographer and videographer, I've had a hard time budgeting and figuring out what investements into my gear are worth it. I've usually resorted to renting equipment for work or my own personal projects and it's all worked out since I've been able to find really affordable pricing for otherwise ridiculously priced gear. For many years I've been using a "Hollywood Junior" tripod that I bought in a garage sale for $ bucks. It's been with me ever since and it got the job done. Until recently it was my only tripod, so you would see a brand new Canon 5d Miii on a $ photo tripod that's at least 20 years old. I realized that inorder to get more out of my equipment and to get better shots and panning and safer positioning set-ups, I needed to make an invest into a reliable video tripod. This Manfrotto was the best choice and for the best price, it comes with the trusted brand name and it is sturdy, versatile, and reliable. I use it with shooting stills and/or video. I also hook up my gopro to get steady time-lapses. It's got a great max height which is more than enough for any interviews or setups that require you getting higher and the head is very smooth both up and down and panning left to right. When money is tight and yet you wanna increase your works production value this tripod for the budget filmmaker will get the job done and more. You will not regret it, so upgrade today!

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                            3.0

                            Perfect for travel

                            By Mijito

                            from Guadalajara, México

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

                            Is a nice tripod for the price, but of you have 200 dls more get the bigger tripod from manfrotto, I recently travel for a Job i work perfect no problems boarding and taking it on the plane cabin, but some times you may need a sams bag to secure your gear.

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                            4.0

                            You get what you pay for.

                            By mikbrad

                            from vancouver

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Lacks Functionality

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

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

                            The tripod itself it quite light weight and the head is smooth and fluid. Aside from that it's really not the most stable tripod in the world, and the leg spreaders could break easily if you're not careful. For the price though you really can't complain!

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Product

                            By Asaf Blasberg

                            from New York NY

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Highly Compatible
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight
                            • Professional Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                For the price, nothing beats this tripod. It is light!!!! Incredibly light!!!! Heck my Sachtler is almost twice as heavy..... it just works great, bubble level, and all. highly recommended!

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                                5.0

                                nice legs

                                By sharewater

                                from los Angeles

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

                                Very light weight and durable legs. The head is very smooth as well.

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                                5.0

                                really great tripod for the price

                                By Jeremy

                                from Denver, CO

                                Verified Buyer

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

                                As a budget option, this is fantastic. Read the features carefully--if you want things like adjustable drag and such you're probably in the wrong price range, but in terms of quality and value I'm very pleased I went with this tripod over others in the ballpark. Smooth fluid head, solid enough that I took it tramping around rough places in Honduras without ever fearing for my camera's safety.

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                                4.0

                                excellent and inexpensive option!

                                By young prof

                                from Lawrence, KS

                                About Me Professional Artist

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Lacks Functionality

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Independent Films
                                • In The Studio

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

                                This is a sturdy, easy to use video tripod that is manageable in size while being able to support some of the heftier cameras. The only think I don't like about this tripod is that it doesn't have a column, so legs are the only way to adjust the height which is annoying on the go.

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