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ManfrottoMVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head
 
4.5

(based on 123 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (72)
  • Opens quickly (68)
  • Compact (62)
  • Lightweight (60)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

  • Unstable joints (6)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Unstable (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (71)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Travel (48)
  • Sports/action (43)
  • Wildlife (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (8), Aspiring film maker (5), Film professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great monopod but read this review 1st

This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the...Read complete review

This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the head itself does not pan. The bottom of the monopod does the work instead. In the Manfrotto video for this new product they show the incorrect head that comes with this monopod. The only issue is that you can't use the head that comes with this monopod on anything else using it as a fluid head..the knob is missing with the modification. Too bad I had to return it.. it was awesome.. as I wanted something not dedicated to the monopod. I decided then to buy the same unmodified head MVH500AH and bought a separate monopod. I want to make sure to state that his unit is really nice although I did not keep it! If this is what you need or want, you won't be sorry if you buy this product. It worked very very nicely! Beautifully!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not an Accurate Product Description

I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built...Read complete review

I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built into the monopod, but I had the hopes of using the head on a different pair of sticks. I guess Manfrotto wants me to purchase another kit which is disappointing. They continue to disappoint just as they did with the previous model.

The quality is great and what I expect from Manfrotto. It's just too bad that their not up front about the features they've subtracted. Please update the product description so that people don't waste their time and money on something they aren't expecting.

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5.0

Ultimate travel videographer tool!

By KurtDlow

from Greenville, NC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I work a lot of fast paced jobs such as filming weddings and concerts and this monopod is very reliable to and easy to use when you don't have the time to set up a gimbal. The fluid head allows for extremely smooth pan and tracking shots!

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5.0

Highly Recommend for Wedding Videographers!

By Brandie

from Kentucky

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Used this monopod for the first time last week and it was amazing! It comes ready to use right out of the box, just screw your foot plate on to your camera and your ready to roll! My husband and I were fighting over who got to use the monopod the most. (I unfortunately lost the majority of the time, so I might be purchasing a second one!) This was definitely the most used tool at last weeks wedding. I would say this is a must buy for all wedding videographers!

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5.0

Excellent Product

By nessiled

from San Diego, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Just as described. No complaints. Great mono pod to have.

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5.0

Best Equipment for Run and Gun Shooting

By Daniel

from Long Beach CA

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

This is my second Manfrotto monopod. The ease of use, the portability, the list goes on.

For capturing b roll at events, nothing will beat this monopod in setting up and getting your shot.

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5.0

Great monopod--would buy again.

By Bob

from Harvard MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Opens Quickly
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

    Used this for a wedding last weekend and found it very flexible and convenient to use. The interchangeable shoe makes it easy to use with other 500 series tripods. Great product.

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    • No

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    1.0

    What a terrible design

    By one2one photography

    from Kitchener, Ontario

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unstable Joints

      Best Uses

      • None

      Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

      How did Manfrotto get this so wrong! We are pro photographers, videographers and film makers.

      To be fair here, the fluid head is awesome, faultless actually, we even have the equivalent (but with pan) for our tripods, keeps the system the same for quick swapping of cameras.

      The actual pan thing at the bottom of the pod is good, its smooth and we feel it is a good design for a small amount of panning. BUT that ball joint thing at the bottom is absolutely useless. It creaks, sticks, bumps etc you can only imagine what it does to the movie. You might as well buy a tripod.

      You CANNOT move these mono pods in and out to get flowing movement without it jumping. We used them at a wedding this weekend for the first time and I threw them both across the parking lot at the end of the night. 2 monopods are in the garbage.

      Pros, need pro equipment, Manfrotto you need a rethink!

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      5.0

      Manfrotto Monopod

      By Wcamp

      from Louisville, KY

      Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

      Works great. I use it for wedding videography and it helps to get stable shots of the wedding part as they walk down the aisle. Very sturdy and great quality. Would definitely recommend.

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      5.0

      Great piece of equipment

      By Talking to Crow

      from WA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

      My team and I were debating between buying a monopod and a steadicam. I am so happy we went with the monopod, this piece of equipment allows for very fluid camera motion without the hassle of being strapped to a vest while shooting. We shoot short videos and documentaries and for us this monopod has added so much production value to look of our videos. I would recommend it to anyone.

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      5.0

      Solid

      By tDOTace

      from El Paso, Texas

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        Bought this for run and shoot for a documentary and I love it! Build solid and compact

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Dann1322

        from 16801

        Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        Best monopod ever! Good for both video and photography

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        5.0

        It's perfect!!!

        By Erik Ruiz

        from San Bruno, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Opens Quickly
        • Steady
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • A Little Bit Too Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        The head it's perfect, and the fluid system. The monopod feels pretty strong and well built. Its a little heavy.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Smaller footprint

        By Rush Videos

        from Birmingham, AL

        Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

        We film a lot of weddings each year and at receptions you just don't have room for large tripods. This monopod was definitely the answer, takes up less space, very smooth motion & easy to shoot a run.

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        5.0

        Incredible!

        By E to the M

        from New York, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Web-series
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          Super useful! Being in a run and gun situation and needing something to support the camera for long periods of time - this is the answer! Extremely sturdy and well made.

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          1.0

          Ball joint sticks and clicks

          By gigih7

          from Chicago

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Clicking On Panning
          • Unstable
          • Unstable Joints

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          Its great if you are shooting DSRL video in a tight spot but don't need to pan. The shots are ALWAYS RUINED and UNUSABLE if you pan. Clicking sticking and popping at ball joint at bottom. At this price and the Manfrotto name this is totally unacceptable . I have never been so frustrated and disappointed in a product. i am a professional videographer (especially weddings) and I will not chance shooting with this. Not worth the risk of loosing key shots. DO NOT BUY!! Manfrotto, get with the program and fix this product!!!

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          5.0

          Good Stuff

          By Chicago Realtor

          from Chicago IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          A beefy unit that was exactly what I was looking for.

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          5.0

          Amazing value

          By Typatt

          from Concord, CA

          Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

          The MVM500A has far surpassed my expectations. If I could improve it at all it would be to add a lockout function on the pan or at least some way of controlling the drag similar to the tilting portion.

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          4.0

          Perfect for weddings and events!

          By The Nick Laws

          from Augusta, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

            I was hesitant to spend this much money on a monopod, but I've used this model before and so finally I hit the buy button. If you're shooting video, this is the best tool in your arsenal. I use it 80% of the day when shooting weddings, concerts, and other events.

            It's very tall, relatively lightweight, and I love the easy quick release plate.

            I only wish it came with a bag.

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            3.0

            Manfrotto Fluid Aluminum Monopod

            By thekidbass

            from Bx, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Non-locking Feature
            • Unstable
            • Unstable Joints

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

            Was disappointed with this monopod. I was hoping to use it in place of a traditional tri-pod. I wanted to use it to record myself while performing on stage but due to the swivel feature at the base of the monopod, it will not lock in place and therefore be prone to tilting on its own and falling down with camcorder attached. So I returned it back for a refund.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great for run and gun shooting!

            By Dan

            from Fairfax, VA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

              This monopod is probably the best video-monopod you can get. It is well made and super smooth. I really have no real complaints about this. It is a bit heavy so if you are running round, it could start to way down a tad, but its not a huge issue. And I do wish it came with a carry case. Again, not a huge issue. Other than those minor details, this is a fantastic product and worth every penny.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Good monopod but terrible ball

              By birdie

              from LA,CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly

              Cons

              • Click
              • Unstable Joints

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

                Everything is good except its ball. It always clicked. No way to achieve smooth pan. It's the problem of friction. Manfrotto needs to redesign the bottom fluid ball.

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