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ManfrottoMVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Professional quality (11)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Improves performance (8)
  • Highly compatible (5)
  • Stable (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)

Best Uses

  • In the studio (9)
  • Independent films (8)
  • Complex projects (7)
  • Video (5)
  • Home movies (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (7), Professional artist (7), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

VERY solid sticks

This tripod and fluid head by Manfrotto are GREAT for the intermediate-professional videographer. After doing freelance videography work for four years, I have just started my own company and we are expanding our arsenal...Read complete review

This tripod and fluid head by Manfrotto are GREAT for the intermediate-professional videographer. After doing freelance videography work for four years, I have just started my own company and we are expanding our arsenal of equipment. These sticks take our kit to the next level by allowing the DSLR shooter to mount more onboard peripherals such as lights, mics, rail systems, and matte boxes without worrying about overloading the tripod. This tripod is also solid for when you upgrade to RED Scarlet or Black Magic cameras. The 502A fluid head is AMAZING. SO smooth and reliable. Able to lock off and not droop or go flaccid. Great fluid head to mount on our 4 foot slider dolly as well. I love the carrying case that comes with the bag as it has a sewn-in velco strap to keep the sticks from moving around too much within the bag.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

OK tripod

For what it is designed for.. this tripod is heavy.
The leveling bubble is too small. very bulky for it's size. But, it is smooth.. very smooth. Holds big...Read complete review

For what it is designed for.. this tripod is heavy.
The leveling bubble is too small. very bulky for it's size. But, it is smooth.. very smooth. Holds big dslr rigs.. Not for light travel.

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5.0

IN A CLASS OF IT'S OWN

By Eddie

from Bloomfield, CT

Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

The Fluid Head on this tripod system makes setting up and shooting with Canon XHA1s camcorder a breeze. Very steady and durable. I would have liked for it to have had some type of light where the bubble is located for ease of balancing...Very easy to break down and store in the rugged carrying bag..Overall an excellent product...

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4.0

Steady and stable monster!

By Tigo Unlimited

from Marin County, CA

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

    Log-line: I'm very pleased with this tripod set, but still shopping for lighter legs to use under the 502A head in the field.Top flight stability and hardware highlight this Manfrotto set. I'll use it more in-studio and for critical on-location VFX shots. But as an "on-the-go" unit for fast set-ups in the field you should look at lighter legs. These 546B's are far too unwieldy for "run & gun" situations in documentary or ENG.The 502A fluid head is all it's cracked-up to be. I'll be giving it heavy use in months to come and will update this review accordingly.Log-line: I'm pleased with the set, but shopping for lighter set of legs to use under the 502A head in the field.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Tripod! Using it for RED Scarlet

    By Slothberg

    from Spokane, Wa

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

      Using it for small productions with Red Scarlet and Canon lenses. My whole camera package is maybe a pound or two above the listed limit, but it's working fine. The quality is very much what I expect from Manfrotto, and I'm happy to have gotten an affordable tripod that does exactly what I need. It's light, and manageable. The carrying case is a bonus, and it just feels like a much more expensive tripod.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Amazing!

      By Nov

      from PA

      About Me Film Student, Hobbyist, Semi-professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Build Quality
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality
      • Smoothness

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Set Up And Take Down

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

      Fantastic tripod. Built like a tank. Very smooth panning and tilting motion. My only complaint is the heaviness and it's a little hard and time consuming putting up and taking down.

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      4.0

      Great tripod for the price.

      By Wes Anderson

      from Bloomington, IN

      About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

        I love the fluid head design. Perfect for videos and photos. I bought it primary for my small start up video business. Level is a little hard to see. Wish it was a little heavier so when I am using faster pans it does not go up on two legs.

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        • Yes

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        4.0

        VERY solid sticks

        By Center Circle Director

        from Thousand Oaks, CA

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Slightly heavy

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Dslr With Rig
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

        This tripod and fluid head by Manfrotto are GREAT for the intermediate-professional videographer. After doing freelance videography work for four years, I have just started my own company and we are expanding our arsenal of equipment. These sticks take our kit to the next level by allowing the DSLR shooter to mount more onboard peripherals such as lights, mics, rail systems, and matte boxes without worrying about overloading the tripod. This tripod is also solid for when you upgrade to RED Scarlet or Black Magic cameras. The 502A fluid head is AMAZING. SO smooth and reliable. Able to lock off and not droop or go flaccid. Great fluid head to mount on our 4 foot slider dolly as well. I love the carrying case that comes with the bag as it has a sewn-in velco strap to keep the sticks from moving around too much within the bag.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Excellent tripod

        By Chris

        from New Hampshire

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

        • Poor Design

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

        Great stability, fluid head, feet, ease of use. Solidly built. Easy to extend legs and adjust ball head. I use it with the Sony NEX FS100 and balance is great.The only gripe (which others have mentioned): tilt lock is on the right side of the head. For most people who operate the pan bar with their right hand, this is a pain to access. I would much rather the tilt resistance on the right because I don't access it as much and the tilt lock on the left.

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        3.0

        OK tripod

        By blue voyage productions

        from savannah,ga

        About Me Business Owner, Cinematographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality
        • Very smooth

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

        For what it is designed for.. this tripod is heavy.
        The leveling bubble is too small. very bulky for it's size. But, it is smooth.. very smooth. Holds big dslr rigs.. Not for light travel.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect all around tripod and head!

        By tDOT

        from El Paso, TX

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

          I've used this tripod and head for a few months and I couldn't be more happy with it! The fluid head is smoooooth!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Sturdy and Smooth

          By Throck

          from Indianapolis, IN

          About Me Business Owner, Camera Operator

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • In the field

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

          I use the tripod and head for Live events: Weddings, Sports, Promos.

          It is very sturdy and smooth which are the best characteristics of any tripod.

          I use a Sony NX50U camera on this tripod system.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good Bang for the Buck

          By Shooter Leet

          from Minnesota

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

          Overall this is a good buy for a stable shot for small frame camcorders or still photography. Cons: -Pan lock is a little buried in the middle of the bridge.-Ball tightening grip and feet tightening levers are made of plastic. While still very study plastic I wish there was some type of metal for these key stress pointsPros:-Carrying case is well built. Strong stitching on seams and unique rubberized stitching on underside of shoulder strap. It helps keep the bag in place when not crossed over the head.-The legs come out smooth and even for easy lengthening or shortening on the go.-Fairly light for aluminum. Due in large part to the bridging design and plastic in some parts.

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          5.0

          Well worth the investment

          By Eric Saperstein

          from Pennington, NJ

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Improves Performance
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

            After experiencing the difference between this tripod and the multiple $99 models I have gone through over the years it's night/day ... definately worth the investment! My old tripods are now for sound gear, lights, and propping up misc accessories! The camera will be proudly perched on the Manfrotto!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Exceeds expectations

            By AccessDirMI

            from Troy, MI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Great Drag Controls
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

              Using for DSLR rig. Love the drag controls and how they do not interfere with movement in progress. Solid contruction and feel. A very good choice for a medium-duty tripod.

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              5.0

              It's The Real Deal

              By BButton

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                    If you are serious then this tripod is the ticket. I have purchased various brand tripod systems over 50 years, for many applications. This one is so right. This one is smartly built and it's quality of operation shows it. Bought the first two and so pleased am ordering another, immediately. Able to easily get smooth push or pull pans. Sets up easily. Great product. And it comes with a good quality carring bag. I love quality. Love this tripod and head. Sweet indeed! Sweet indeed!

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                    5.0

                    Worth every penny!

                    By sasjoberg

                    from Fargo, ND

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                      Such a great set! Tripod is light weight making it great for production on the road or in the field. The fluid head is great, I can use it with a teleprompter or with a variety of camera rigs. Great value for the price. I even ordered a second one.

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                      5.0

                      Solid Tripod

                      By Jessica

                      from Iowa

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                        Solid Tripod with great bag. The head is very smooth for pans. The locks were challenging to use at first but loosened up a bit.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Love the tripod, bag not so much

                        By Happy Traveler

                        from Backus, Minnesota

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                        I bought my first one in 2011 and I love it so I decided to by another just recently and when it came it was the same great tripod and head( my grip gives me a hard time because it is heavy) I expected (By the way I bought this with the RC pan bar both times). The first bag however had no padding but fit the tripod and handle well. The most recent bag got me excited because it it padded and unzips down the entire length of the bag and not on the end like the first one but the tripod and handle just barely fit in the bag. It is a struggle to get it to zip and puts lots of stress on the zipper so I think that will probably fail. But all in all I really like this tripod and would buy it again.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Beautiful, worth the price

                        By Kabooze

                        from Cali, Valle del Cauca

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Middle Expander Wobbly

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                        So lightweight and at the same time so tough, a bit tricky to set up due to that middle expanding system that is a pain in the butt but something you can deal with, it's tall, in good material, well done Manfrotto!

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                        5.0

                        A fantastic tripod, well worth it.

                        By Kyle

                        from Norwalk CT

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag:

                          I am a high school teacher putting together a tv broadcasting studio. This tripod was recommended by the staff at B and H and it did not disappoint. The fluid head is smooth and the entire tripod is rock solid.

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                          • No

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