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ManfrottoMVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball
 
4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (7)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (5)
  • Stable (5)
  • Large range of motion (4)
  • Strong clamp (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Video (7)
  • Landscape/scenery (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

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5.0

Smoother than Benro

By BurbankVideo

from Burbank, CA

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

      I was happy with Benro heads until I tried Manfrotto. There is a noticable difference. This has a much smoother pan and tilt. I use this with a 5D3 and 70D. Although it is a ball head, it can be used with any tripod or accessory that accepts a 3/8 thread. Solid build construction. Worth the money.

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      5.0

      Great Fluid Head

      By photogal

      from Colorado Springs, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

        Great smooth fluid head--perfect for DSLR and even Micro 4/3 cameras. Easy to configure and set up. I'm actually using this on an older Bogen/Manfrotto stand but it fits perfectly. Ease of adjustment and nice quick release plate. Nice that it has ability to add additional handle as well as additional hardware rack. Good head at a decent price.

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        5.0

        Perfect for dslr work

        By Rob

        from Ione, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

          I own 2 of these heads to use in tandem for multi-camera use. I also mount one head on a glider and the other on a tripod so I can 'sandwich' the glider between the tripod head and the camera – very handy to quickly go from just a tripod to a glider during weddings & live events. This head has very smooth movement both vertically and horizontally, and the sliding base plate makes it easy to attach & remove my rig.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Absolutely best bang for the buck!

          By photogabi

          from Chicago

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

            Coming from the land of clunky tripod heads that have no mercy at your hand movement, you can imagine that this was a huge leap getting the MVH500A. Together with a firm construction, you get an excellent and smart camera shoe attachement that click in instead of sliding like on the older models.
            The movement is just as the title states it - FLUID. I was finally able to get some reall good looking footage with it.

            Definitely a keeper for the price.

            If there's anything I miss on this head is the ability to adjust the horisontal angle of the camera, instead of trying to level everything from adjusting the tripod's legs.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great product

            By OttawaCamera

            from Ottawa, Canada

            About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

              Good value for the cost.

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              • No

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Canon XA20 update re quick release plate

              By Cal

              from Fort Lauderdale FL

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Design

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                The long quick release plate that comes with this head prevents battery removal on a Canon XA20 video camera. (The head is designed for HDSLR use.)

                I just got the short plate, and now I can get the battery off without removing the camera from the fluid head. HOWEVER, in order to position the plate so this can be done, I CANNOT use the pin that keeps the camera aligned with the head. There is only one tightened screw holding it in alignment. I hope this will work. Downgraded rating due to this issue, but it seems to be a good head.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Canon XA20 owners take notice!

                By Cal

                from Fort Lauderdale

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                    The head is supplied with the LONG plate, which makes it impossible to change the battery of an XA20 without removing the camera from the tripod, then unscrewing the plate from the camera. I don't like the thought of doing that in the field. I have ordered the short plate and assume that will eliminate the problem, but that's an extra expense!THE GOAL: A LIGHTWEIGHT SETUP ... This head — with the XA20 (handle attached), a Manfrotto 535 carbon fiber video tripod, a Sennheiser shotgun mike with K6 powering module, an LCD hood, a lens hood, and an Auray shock mount — weighs in at just 11-1/4 pounds. My old Bogen tripod and head alone weigh two pounds more than that!! I am pleased.The head works fine based on preliminary tests. Just what I expected. Just what I need ... except for the plate part.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Ease of use and very smooth panning.

                    By Jonah505

                    from Honolulu, HI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                    Very easy to setup and use. I was able to easily hookup a Sony 4K camcorder to this video head and also a sony camera with an additional quick disconnect. The level is convenient and it is very smooth when panning.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Tripod head

                    By robert

                    from st. Simons ga

                    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                    The manfrotto fuild head has be wonderful. Took it to the mountains on a video shoot and it worked as expected.

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    some snap crackle and no pop

                    By none

                    from Melbourne, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                        The MVH500 pro fluid video head we had on our tripod would not come to a level. So I called B &H and they were great in replacing it. They sent me a shipping label and I returned the product. They turned it around in minimal time and I have not had a problem since.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        solid and nice tripod head

                        By a fun shooter

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500A Pro Fluid Video Head with 60mm Half Ball:

                          It has improved from the previous model with a longer plate for more support. I shoot a lot of weddings and one of the biggest thing is that I'm able to detach and attach the plate easily and quickly for the fast pacing shoots all the time.

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                          • No

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