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

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (34)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Improves performance (24)
  • Highly compatible (14)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (26)
  • In the studio (25)
  • Complex projects (16)
  • Home movies (9)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (21), Business owner (20), Pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (4), Film student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Steady and stable monster!

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...Read complete review

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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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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1.0

Perhaps the worst tripod I've used

By Mark from the University

from Charlottesville, VA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Design
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

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

      I bought this for work so I thought I'd get a better (e.g. more expensive) tripod. But...

      Leg locks are perpendicular to the legs. I guess the engineer thought that would be helpful, but it's not, – very awkward. After less than a year of use the gripping strength is failing and the legs start to retract as I'm shooting, sliding up on one side. So much for the bubble level, the camera is at an angle.

      The head is just stupid. Unlike other heads I've used, the tilt lock is on the right of the head and the drag knob is on the left -- totally counterintuitive and awkward.

      I have a Manfrotto 501 Head for my personal work and it's far better than this one.

      Also, the case feels a little shabby. What hppnd, Manfrotto?

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      5.0

      Perfect Companion for C100 Mark II

      By Doctor J

      from Searcy, AR.

      About Me Professional Artist

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

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

        This tripod is the perfect companion for my Canon C100 Mark II. Nice and smooth for professional results. Very pleased with this purchase.

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        5.0

        Great Value Tripod

        By Carl

        from Cedar Rapids

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Improves Performance
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films
          • In The Studio

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

          This is a great value tripod. We use Canon C100s with different lens up to a 70 - 200 tamron lens. I have no issue with stability. We also use the edelkrone SliderPLUS PRO Large and it works great. Cant wait to use some other gear like a jib with this.

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          5.0

          Amazing tripod

          By Chuck

          from SoCal

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

          Great support, great balance, great design. The leg support that locks onto the legs is a little weak, but does its job. Otherwise perfect video tripod.

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          5.0

          Awesome Tripod

          By Jacob James

          from Simpsonville SC

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Very light while still being solid. Drag systems are great! Love this!

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              • No

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              4.0

              One of the Best Products Manfrotto Offers

              By Charles B.

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Cheaper Design

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Interviews
              • In The Studio

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

              We do a lot of run and gun set ups for interviews and this product has proved to be easy to set up and balance and take down. There is a lot of plastic involved on this product but it still holds up very well with travel and being banged around in our tube case.

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              4.0

              Solid Tripod

              By Erick Liu

              from San Fransisco

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

              The tripod is pretty solid, it comes with a cheap carrying case though. The legs, just like most pro video tripods are sometimes tricky to open. The tilt friction knob makes a crackling sound when turned. Fluidity ong the head I great.

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              5.0

              Sturdy and Reliable for Starting Professionals

              By Steven S

              from Baltimore, MD

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

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

                I use the product as a freelance cinematographer and it serves me perfectly in any condition. It takes a good beating and stays fluent, quick and smooth in its operations in every shoot. Manfrotto is the way to go for starting professionals!

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Kenny

                from Central Illinois

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Lightweight
                • Professional Quality
                • Totally Smooth

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

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

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

                So smooth, so precise. I love this!

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                5.0

                Great Tripod

                By Filmerman

                from Washington

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

                The legs have a very sturdy design and the fluid head works fabulously.

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                4.0

                Great Tripod for the price.

                By DoPSaroV

                from New York, NY

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films
                  • Industrials

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

                  The Manfrotto MVH502A fluid head and 546B Tripod are a great little tripod for the price. It feels well built. The f;laid head works great. I trust Manfrotto's quality. I guess my only grievance would be the limit on weight load. It's really only good for DSLR kits and smaller video camera. I was using it with my GH4 and Shogun camera package. Worked great.

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                  5.0

                  Man Oh Manfrotto!

                  By Naccari Productions

                  from New Yourk City & Westchester

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

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

                    The movement is so smooth.

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                    5.0

                    Good classic stand for video

                    By Wheatie

                    from NYC

                    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • In The Studio

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

                      Good quality and easy to use

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      amazing product!

                      By wainer

                      from nashville tn

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

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

                      i don't think i will ever have to buy another tripod. its that good. absolutely love this thing! use it all the time. makes my videos very stable and professional. easy to use.

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                      5.0

                      very solid

                      By DiamantePro

                      from London, United Kingdom

                      About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Highly Compatible
                      • Lightweight
                      • 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 am a film maker and i use this tripod with DSLRs, i changed from vanguard to this. i have not had any issues with this tripod. easy to assemble/erect. very good deal

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                        5.0

                        Better than expected

                        By BVT Keith

                        from Upton, MA

                        About Me Multimedia Specialist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • A Little Big For The Bag

                        Best Uses

                        • Complex Projects
                        • Educational
                        • Independent Films
                        • In The Studio

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

                        Replaced old style bulky manfrotto tripods with these and got more than I expected. Working with kids I wanted to upgrade to a fluid head tripod and a sticks system comparable to what they will see after graduating. I knew the sticks would be fine, but had assumed I would get exactly what I paid for in the low-end fluid head. The head is actually very nice to work with and allows me to utilize drag for smoother shots as I had hoped. In general it is far better built and smoother than I really anticipated and I highly recommend it!

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                        5.0

                        Easy and Smooth

                        By Rodney

                        from Hamilton, KS

                        About Me Mass Comm Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Documentaries
                          • Independent Films

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

                          When I bought this tripod it was the first professional video tripod I ever owned. At first I thought it was kind of complicated when I got it out of the box, but after a few times of putting it up and taking it down, it is quite easy.
                          I shoot with a Nikon D800 and this tripod helps me make incredibly smooth video footage. To not vary on movement speed, I would recommend cranking the drag up so that you have to push harder to achieve the pan or tilt speed you want. Otherwise you might find yourself moving slow and then fast or vice versa.
                          No negative comments other than I wish the bag was a little longer. The tripod barely squeezes in there.

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                          4.0

                          Very satisfied so far

                          By Keith K

                          from Milwaukee, Wi

                          About Me Professional Artist

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Highly Compatible
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Professional Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Independent Films
                            • In The Studio

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

                            I'm very happy with this purchase. This is a solid head / tripod combo for mid and light weight camera systems. I know the rule of thumb is to spend as much on your tripod as you do on your camera (stability and control is key) but I was not in a situation that allowed for the expense. This product is providing exactly what I need at an affordable price point. The build quality is great and the addition of a carrying case is extremely helpful. Some functions can be tricky to access while shooting but with proper planning it becomes a non issue.

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                            4.0

                            Decent Tripod

                            By Alex

                            from Boston

                            About Me Business Owner

                            Verified Buyer

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

                            Head's OK. Fine for most video work. Solid enough for the price point. I do wish it had a hook for a sandbag but otherwise good and stable and comes in a nice bag. You will only crush your fingers in the legs once, you will learn your lesson after that...

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                            5.0

                            Great head, sturdy legs

                            By Kyle_MN

                            from Minneapolis, MN

                            About Me Film Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Professional Quality
                            • Smooth head

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Independent Films

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

                              I use this for low (and no) budget filmmaking, and the head is very smooth. I love the head and the mid-level spreader.

                              The only problem I have with it is the legs. The latch to adjust the tripod legs is not ideal. I haven't had the product long, so I have no idea how long they will last, but I could see the latches losing proper functionality over time. I'd prefer an easier to use, more solid feeling turn-knob like the one's some Libec tripod's use, but you can't win them all. It was a good price, but I'd consider buying the head and legs separate if this is important to you. All in all, I think it's a great product for the price.

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