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Manfrotto529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl
 
4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

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    (6)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Stable (7)
  • Unfolds quickly (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Folds away (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (6)
  • Travel (4)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid little product

By Hooker

from Texas

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Improves Tripod Function
  • Solid/Sturdy

Cons

  • Latches Not Spring Locked
  • Won't Get Lower

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Wildlife

Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

Pretty nice little hi-hat, not much else to say.
I use it to get the low angle shots that my sticks just won't get to.
Using this with the 75mm adapter for a 502 head, and a DSLR rig. Works perfectly for this application.

I liked that the 529 was heavier than the Manfrotto alternative, as it helps with stability. If you're planning on a lot of movement, though, you'll likely want to screw it down to a pancake/apple box/etc.

Two things to be aware of:
1: The leg latches are sticky. Not sure if it's just my sample, but they don't seem to be spring loaded. So I have to find the preset notches on my own, and physically push the locks into place. Slightly annoying but not huge.
2: Even with the 319SH shorty handle, you're not going to get this thing much lower that it appears in the photo.

Build quality is the usual Manfrotto standard: solid.

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5.0

Nice

By Don

from Louisiana.

Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

Very nice piece of equipment. Really like the versatility. Price not too bad either

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4.0

good but heavy

By Ben

from Silver Spring, MD

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

It does exactly what you think it would do, but it is way heavier than I had expected. I guess that is for stability, but it would be nice if it was a bit lighter.

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5.0

Small and heavy but works great

By Videobob

from Chandler, AZ

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

      One of my shooters asked for a small tripod for shooting the blooming of flowers. Told her she was nuts and would look for one at NAB. In the mean time just use a sand bag. While at the John Lennon Experience bus at NAB I noticed this small tripod. Perfect for what my shooter wanted. It gets way down almost to ground level and supports a full size ENG camera. Plus the cost fits nicely into my equipment budget. My shooter loves it but now says it is heavy. Told her to hit the gym and do some free weights.

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      5.0

      Doesnt Get Better

      By Caleb

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

        This is the perfect Hi-Hat. I can be on my 509 sticks, simply screw off the head and transfer it on to the Hi-Hat extremely fast. Would buy again and again.

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        5.0

        Solid little Hi-Hat

        By Odysseus The Blacksmith

        from The Future

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

          I'd recommend this bad boy. It works quite well and is solidly made!

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          5.0

          Love this Hi Hat!

          By NYCDP

          from Ny, Ny

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Traveling
            • Videography

            Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

            Honestly, this is one of the few Manfrotto Products that I love, but it is really solidly built, and the fact that it folds (making it more compact for travelling), is huge to me. I use this with RED cameras, Canon Cinema Cameras, Sony Cameras, and it works like a charm. Easy to carry. And bonus points that it looks like a transformer, which my son likes.

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            5.0

            robust

            By Gustavo

            from Colombia

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

            perfect

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again and again

            By soskata

            from Sofia, Bulgaria

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Stabilization

            Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

            Very Good

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            4.0

            Great value, very versatile

            By Dan

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Value

            Cons

            • Weak leg locking clips

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

            We use this for a range of cameras from the FS100 to the RED one and Varicam. Very tough, versatile and it looks great. The leg clips are the only weak spot and have been on most manfrotto legs for years. Excellent value.

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            5.0

            Perfict & Sturdy

            By Getoz

            from Brooklyn

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

              AS I Said Nice and Sturdy for a High hat that can travell pretty much flat(Head removed) in my pelican case for carry on.
              I love it and would highly recommend it

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              • No

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              5.0

              Sweet Hi Hat

              By ManGar

              from Washington, DC

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Heavy weight
              • Rock Solid
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Low Angle
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                i will be attaching the hi-hat to a base with wheels than add a fluid head and a video camera so that I can shoot low

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                5.0

                Sturdy, inexpensive hi hat

                By heath franklin

                from wilmington nc

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                it's a hi hat. it works. and it's not expensive.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Heavy, but solid

                By from Runner to Gunner

                from LA, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                I'm using HDSLRs for this so it's a bit heavy for it's purposes, but does the job well. Solid construction.

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                4.0

                Sturdy, small, but heavy as sin

                By Amber Pacific

                from Vancouver BC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Good Stability
                • Stylish
                • Well built quality

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Low angle photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                I purchased this Hi Hat for a portable alternative to carrying around a large tripod when traveling. Size wise it's fantastic. It folds up nicely, it's sturdy, and it works well. However, the little thing is super heavy for it's size. This little guy with head is like 11 pounds! It weights the same as my 10ft carbon fibre sticks! Wow! Otherwise I like it and I would recommend it.

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                5.0

                GOOD QUALITY AND DESIGN

                By CINEMATOGRAPHER

                from MEXICO CITY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                  USED ON INDEPENDENT FILMS, PRO BROADCAST DOCUMENTARY.
                  GREAT BUILD QUALITY.

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                  5.0

                  Nice Legs

                  By Media Producer

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Low Angle Obviously
                    • Tabletops

                    Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                    Quality sticks, they've worked well for us and given us no reason to rate them less than 5 stars.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good for what it's designed for

                    By Andy

                    from Orlando, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Low angle shots

                      Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                      Helpful product. I've had a chance to use it once in the field and it's helped secure some gorgeous shots. It's a gorgeous little piece and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone interested in some low angle shots. Much better than trying to make do without it. Nice steady image, and it's small and light weight - easily fits into tiny areas where sticks might not work.

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                      5.0

                      Great piece of gear!

                      By stwest

                      from Oklahoma City, OK

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easily Adjusted
                      • Good Footing

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                          Great for those low angle shots. No more using a shot bag.

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                          5.0

                          Top quality build and design.

                          By Valde

                          from Milan, ITALY

                          About Me Film Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Stabilization

                            Comments about Manfrotto 529 Hi Hat with 100mm Bowl:

                            Essential for low angle shooting, this hi-hat is top-quality built and designed, and pairs with many other accessories and all your 100mm bowl fluid heads. The holes at the end of the legs are in fact really useful for a stable connection onto light dollies or skaters like the omni-tracker.

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