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

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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • 15.4 lb Load Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Two-Stage Aluminum Legs
  • 17.3" to 66.1" Height Range
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Spiked Feet with Rubber Overshoes
  • Tripod Carrying Bag Included
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The MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag is a professional tripod system designed for HDSLR and interchangeable lens cameras. The system combines the MVH502A 75mm half ball fluid head with the 546B tripod with mid spreader. The MVH502 head has a pre-set counterbalance of 8.8 pounds, but can support loads up to 15.4 pounds. It features two Easy Link connectors to allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted directly on the head.

The 546B is a two-stage tripod with a built-in 75mm bowl. The tripod's telescopic mid-level spreader helps set leg angles accurately. Spiked feet with rubber overshoes are provided for solid grounding on both smooth floors and uneven terrain. A padded carrying bag comes included.

  • Fluid video head supports 15.4 lb
  • 8.8 lb counterbalance
  • 75mm ball/bowl
  • 2-stage, aluminum telescopic twin tube legs
  • Mid-level spreader
UPC: 719821362302
In the Box
Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag
  • 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
  • 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader
  • Padded Carrying Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty (Additional 3 Years with Online Registration)
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    • 1Description
    Head
    Load Capacity 15.4 lb (7.0 kg)
    Counter Balance System Supports 8.8 lb (4.0 kg)
    Center of Gravity 2.16" (5.49 cm)
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate 504PLONG
    Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    Tilt Range -80° / +90°
    Leg Stages/Sections Yes
    Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Yes
    Legs
    Material Aluminum
    Head Attachment Fitting 75mm bowl
    Leg Stages Two/three
    Center Brace Yes
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    Load Capacity 15.4 lbs (7.0 kg)
    Maximum Height 66.14" (168.00 cm)
    Minimum Height 17.32" (43.99 cm)
    Closed Length 32.68" (83.01 cm)
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
    Weight 12.13 lb (5.50 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 15.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 38.7 x 8.55 x 7.95"
    MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 54.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2014-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great head, sturdy legs 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.
    Date published: 2015-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Smooth 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.
    Date published: 2015-07-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Bang for the Buck 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent combination system The Manfrotto MVH502A head with the 546B tripod system is a really good steady platform system. As always with the Manfrotto gear, they excel at smooth, reliable, predictable video heads. I couldn't ask for a better head at this price point. Likewise the sticks are equally steady and strong. The only negative I can give the system is for the sticks. The adjustable spreader can get bound up when raising or lowering the legs. I'm not sure what the real solution is but I do know that until you get used to the quirky system, you'll have some frustration.
    Date published: 2017-08-15
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Perhaps the worst tripod I've used 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?
    Date published: 2016-05-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Companion for C100 Mark II This tripod is the perfect companion for my Canon C100 Mark II. Nice and smooth for professional results. Very pleased with this purchase.
    Date published: 2016-05-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the tripod, bag not so much 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-06
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