Being very much aware of changing trends in the video world, Manfrotto revised their proven 503 fluid head taking into account the increasing performance demands of High Definition Mini-DV camcorders. The result is the 503HDV Pro.
With regard to ergonomics, the engineers at Manfrotto designed the 503HDV with entirely left-handed controls to enhance operational efficiency. Since camera controls are generally left-handed, every setting may be inspected and verified at a glance, facilitating rapid setups from shot to shot.
The greater resolution of High Definition video means that details as well as errors in movement are more apparent, and thereby demands a more refined means of support. The continuously-variable fluid drag system of the 503HDV provides just the right amount of dampening for any shot on your list-from whip pans to slow motion, just dial in drag to touch. This capability in conjunction with the 3-step counterbalance delivers the type of fingertip camera control normally reserved for much more costly production fluid heads.
ENG crews and independent filmmakers alike will appreciate the thoughtful, full-featured design of the 503HDV fluid head as it expands their shooting gamut without unnecessarily shrinking their budgets. As with all other Bogen/Manfrotto supports, it includes a two-year warranty and comprehensive online documentation.
- Continuously-variable fluid drag
- Multi-spring 3 step counterbalance
- Sliding balance plate with 58mm of travel
- Replaceable dual pan arm rosettes
- Illuminated bubble level