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Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head

B&H # MAM500A Mfr # MVM500A
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Product Highlights
  • Maximum Height: 6.6' (200 cm)
  • Weighs Just 4.6 lbs
  • Fluid Head Included
  • Long Sliding Plate
  • Side Lock System for Safety
  • 3 Mini Legs at Base for Added Stability
  • Supports up to 11 lb

This 4-section aluminum Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head rises to a height of 6.6', folds down 30.3" and includes a compact, lightweight fluid head for smooth panning and tilting. The permanently mounted quick release head has a long sliding plate with both 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera screws. Three mini, retractable feet at the base offer additional stability. This monopod and head combination is an ideal match for prosumer and professional compact HD camcorders weighing up to 11 lb.

Note: This version of the MVH500A head does not have a fluid pan movement and is not removable. The fluid pan movement is in the base of the monopod.

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Monopod
Construction Aluminum
Maximum Height 78.94" (200.5 cm)
Minimum Height 30.31" (77 cm)
Leg Sections 4
Load Capacity 11.02 lb (5.0 kg)
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Male Thread Size 3/8" screw attachment type
Bubble Level No
Weight 4.65 lb (2.11 kg)
Head
Type Fluid head
Construction Aluminum
Quick Release Yes
Attachment Screw Diameter 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
Tilt Drag Fluid cartridge with fixed drag
Tilt Range -70°/+90° tilt range with independent tilt lock
Operating temperature 14 to 140°F (-10 to +60°C)
Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head
  • Modified version of MVH500A Head
  • Hand Strap
  • 500PLONG Video Camera Plate
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Additional Limited 3-Year Warranty Period after Registering Online or by Mail
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    ManfrottoFluid Monopod with 500 Series Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 44 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (29)
    • Compact (25)
    • Lightweight (25)
    • Opens quickly (25)
    • Easy to use (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (27)
      • Travel (25)
      • Weddings (23)
      • Sports/action (19)
      • Wildlife (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (17), Semi-pro photographer (9), Aspiring film maker (5), Film professional (3), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (38)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great monopod but read this review 1st

      This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the...Read complete review

      This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the head itself does not pan. The bottom of the monopod does the work instead. In the Manfrotto video for this new product they show the incorrect head that comes with this monopod. The only issue is that you can't use the head that comes with this monopod on anything else using it as a fluid head..the knob is missing with the modification. Too bad I had to return it.. it was awesome.. as I wanted something not dedicated to the monopod. I decided then to buy the same unmodified head MVH500AH and bought a separate monopod. I want to make sure to state that his unit is really nice although I did not keep it! If this is what you need or want, you won't be sorry if you buy this product. It worked very very nicely! Beautifully!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not an Accurate Product Description

      I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built...Read complete review

      I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built into the monopod, but I had the hopes of using the head on a different pair of sticks. I guess Manfrotto wants me to purchase another kit which is disappointing. They continue to disappoint just as they did with the previous model.

      The quality is great and what I expect from Manfrotto. It's just too bad that their not up front about the features they've subtracted. Please update the product description so that people don't waste their time and money on something they aren't expecting.

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      5.0

      Cinematic Gold

      By GoForMike Productions

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        The smooth motion of this monopod is brilliant. It's sturdy and still very portable. I can seriously put my mark iii with a 24-70mm on it, and have it stand upright without a hand on it. (not recommended for too long - just an explanation of how sturdy it is.)

        I use it mostly for weddings and can get the shots I need without being noticed, and I'm able to move with the moments. Tripods work, but are bulky and harder to get set when you're in a fast-paced environment.

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        5.0

        One sweet piece of tech

        By Creekrunner in NYC

        from New York City, New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fluid
        • Opens Quickly
        • Stable
        • Strong Construction
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Only Two Axis An Head

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        I found this amazing monopod to be far more usable than I ever imagined. It is very sturdy, and the feet make it far more usable and stable. The ball head at the bottom of the monopod is amazing. It is both smooth and fluid, it also has enough drag to hold the tripod upright hands free. This makes for a very stable platform to shoot in low light or long exposures using a remote release. The head is pro-video quality, no compromises. The new style quick release is a great improvement on traditional designs. It is much easier to mount and unmount the camera with this system. It is a first for Manfrotto- look for it to show up on their updates of their other units.At first I thought it might be too heavy, but actually it isn't. For run and gun to low light shooting, this is one great addition to any serious photographers tool set.

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        5.0

        Best on the block!

        By Phil

        from Tampa Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          I love this product. Best monopod on the market. Looking to buy another this week!

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          • No

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          5.0

          New Work Flow

          By Caroline

          from Washington D.C.

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Moment Driven Video
            • Sports/Action
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

            This has been amazing. The fluid base allows for easy and natural movement and the body is so compact/light weight I feel much freer when shooting. This will definitely be part of my new work flow in shooting moment driven video.
            It balances on its own so no shaky hand movements (although don't walk away from it because its more easily toppled over than a tripod).

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            3.0

            Good Stability - Annoying Click!

            By neblackshirts

            from Denver, Colorado

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              Good stability and fluid head is nice. I am a little annoyed with the bottom ball joint click. I've read that applying some oil helps which I haven't tried, but the clicking did ruin a couple of shots I got from this past weekend's wedding. I'll oil it and update my review. If it doesn't help, I'll be returning it.

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Sophia789

              from Va

              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              Love how solid it feels. Love the stability of the little legs. Took a while to get used to the base/plate system (I like my tripod base/plate better). Great up and Dow and side to side movement.

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              5.0

              Suprise Gift for my wife

              By Jeremy Lee

              from Meridian, MS

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                    She loved it and was so suprised!

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    Great product

                    By Gaby

                    from Winchester, CA

                    About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Quality Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                      The monopod does a great job at what it is advertised as. a solid and quality product that gives you production quality results. i have stuck it out my car window and held near the ground for pretty decent fluid shots when paired with an IS lens. I've also used it for quick run-and-gun situations. it has worked so well for me and wouldn't go anywhere without it.

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                      5.0

                      Great monopod.

                      By Wes A

                      from Indiana

                      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Replacement
                        • Shooting Indoors
                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Travel
                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                        Though this is a pricey monopod, Manfrotto makes great products and with this monopod I am able to get shots that I would have not been able to with a standard heavy tripod. Great monopod for smooth b-roll video movements.

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                        5.0

                        One of the best

                        By bunnyman

                        from Charlotte NC

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Quality Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                          This monopod is solid! Very stable and light. One thing that I really love about it is the height that it will get. This is definitely a tool that you can use all day long.

                          I was a little skeptical about the new head but so far there have been no problems at all.

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                          5.0

                          Fantastic Monopod

                          By Keith the Film Guy

                          from Rochester, NY

                          About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Interface With Camcorder
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Lightweight
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Low-budget Films
                            • Low-budget Ilms
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings

                            Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                            I use this product for many wedding films and other personal projects. It is great because of its wonderful portability and sturdiness. It allows you to get above a crowd and even get down low, right where the action is. The fluid drag system is by far the best feature of this monopod allowing you to get those spectacular, smooth shots. It also has a sticking point to get perfect static shots. If you're looking for a decently priced, professional quality monopod, look no further!

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                            5.0

                            Great product.. A++

                            By Salmone

                            from Jersey Shore

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Travel
                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                              Great accessory.. Fluid movement is perfect..

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                              5.0

                              Perfect!!

                              By Annie

                              from Quebec, Canada

                              About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                              I used it for video and it is PERFECT!! The fluid head and the feet is realy stable and provide stady images.

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                              5.0

                              Best Monopod Ever !!

                              By MuddySnow Productions

                              from Philadelphia, PA

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                  I use my Manfrotto Monopod for Wedding videography and when I am shooting footage of The Philadelphia SOUL Arena Football Team. It has such a smooth flow with all of the mechanical features from raising and lowering the heights to panning and tilting for a great shot. I have nothing bad to say at all about this product and would suggest if you do not have one........well spend the little bit of money and get one. It Will Change Your Way.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Monopod

                                  By Brandon

                                  from Vancouver, Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Opens Quickly
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Heavy

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                  This is a great, stable monopod for run & gun shoots. The only issue is that it is a bit of a beast. Its heavy. But if you want stability, it works.

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                                  5.0

                                  DSLR video shooter's dream

                                  By Ethan Benninger

                                  from Denver, CO

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Opens Quickly
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Ball Joint Popping

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                  This thing is great, simply great. I can move around quickly, adjust height, and get buttery smooth moves using the fluid head and ball pivot. On my first shoot, I noticed the ball joint at the bottom sticking or popping when moving from straight up and down to a side angle. After some internet searching, I realized I'm not alone in this, and found a lot of opinions, and few answers. Then I finally found a video with a Manfrotto rep talking about the "issue" (search Vimeo for "NAB 2013: Manfrotto Unveils New Fluid Head"). Manfrotto considers this a "feature," and I tried their solution of loosening the ball joint bracket allen screws, but then lost my fluid panning at the base of the monopod (due to the reduced tension at the ball joint). I re-tightened the allen screws, and applied some silicon spray (DO NOT use WD40), and BINGO! It's perfect now. love it. love it. love it.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good

                                  By Dre Solo

                                  from Charlotte, NC

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Looks Nice And Clean
                                  • Opens Quickly
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                    Bought a $16 Monopod and used it for wedding shoot. Horrible! Every vibration you make, the air makes, the ground makes is absorbed by that cheap monopod and lets my 5D Canon take every shake. No joke, very bad investment because I tried everything with FCPX and Adobe CC Premiere (thank god for stabilization) but still had some skewing and shakiness left. Therefore I invested into a $[$]monopod, which is this. LOVE IT! the legs and the modification of the pan and tilt really makes a big difference. Not only is it smooth, but saves a lot of time in post work too. Stabilization isn't necessary!And for those who complain about modification, I don't see why you need to take out the head out of this monopod and place it on a tripod. Modification is made to improve the stability of this monopod. If you can afford a $[$]monopod for pro work, then buy a separate head for separate tripod/dolly/slider etc. I wouldn't bother taking out the head for any reason. In fact, I'm buying another monopod today for my wife, second shooter. I would definitely recommend this for Wedding Cinema. You need to run and gun and using a tripod for beauty shots during bridal prep will be annoying and aggravating. Having this Monopod will save you time, make you look pro and helps you work at ease. Order this and you will have peace of mind. I'm starting to use this 80% of the time for wedding shots. Even in Ceremony and Reception, especially tight spaces, I use this over tripods! Especially the head piece where you can just click the quick release plate makes it only quicker and easier. Surprisingly even safer than previous models!I would share my website for you all to see the results but I don't believe I'm allowed to post it here!The only complaint I have is the bottom being too tight, when I try to tilt the bottom back and forth slowly, it may jolt sometimes because of tightness. I can loosen up the ball to avoid any further jolts, but doing so would sacrifice the option of letting the monopod stand by itself! Worth the trade off if you are not lazy :) maybe I need to lubricate it. But this little complaint isn't worth sacrificing a star. Still deserves 5 star.And no, I'm not being endorsed for reviewing this product. I'm doing so because reviews have helped me and I would like to return this help for anyone out there. Therefore, if you do wedding cinema with DSLRs, don't even question it. Buy it. Buy the basics with quality before buying other toys like slider/dolly/steady cam etc. My friend has recommended me Benro product, I am the type who would rather pay a little extra bucks to get the full quality and with a company who have existed long enough to prove their loyalty, quality and value!Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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                                    5.0

                                    BEST MONOPOD PERIOD

                                    By BRen

                                    from London, ON, Canada

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Opens Quickly
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                      The best piece of gear i now use.. it has totally eliminated mu clunky Tripod

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Mono Pod!

                                      By D

                                      from Denver Colorado

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Opens Quickly
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Weddings/Events

                                        Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                        Wonderful mono pod for quick and easy use.

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                                        1.0

                                        A very bad product

                                        By Luis

                                        from Madrid. Spain

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about Manfrotto Fluid Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                                              It simply does not work. I tested to new monopods. Each one has the same defect that comes unexpectly. Perhaps I tested two defective producst, they were bought new from an authorized distributer.
                                              Do the following.
                                              Extend the monopod and move the head very gently and very slowly to make the most slow and tight horizontal panning for a shot.
                                              You will surely find a "tic tic step by step small resistances" that ruins the movement. If the horizontal panning is a bit quicker, the resistance dissapears. The resistance is located at the fluid base which the whole monopods rotate around.
                                              I tested the first one in Madrid and discovered immediately the defect. I asked for a replacement. Apparently, the wproblem was solved. I went to Panama for shooting and the problem came again.
                                              I had to return the monopod.

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