Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag

Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag

Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag

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Product Highlights

  • MVH502A Pro Video Fluid Head
  • MVT502AM Tripod
  • 15.43 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Telescopic Aluminum Twin Tubes
  • Mid-Level Spreader
  • Padded Carrying Case
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Manfrotto MVH502A overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag is a lightweight tripod system designed for use with camcorders and HDSLR cameras. The system features the MVH502A 75mm half ball professional video head, and the telescopic aluminum twin-tube MVT502AM tripod. A padded carrying case is included for transport and storage.

The MVH502A Pro Video Head is a professional fluid head with a 75mm half ball tripod mount. The head has a spring-loaded counterbalance system which supports up to 8.8 pounds, while the head has a payload capacity of 15.4 pounds. There are independent locks for pan and tilt, with drag continuously adjustable for both.

The MVT502AM video tripod is a lightweight 2-stage, aluminum twin-tube video tripod. It features telescopic aluminum legs for compactness and reduced weight, and its ellipse-profile tubing with redesigned leg locking collars and a mid-level spreader give it added levels of rigidity and stability. The tripod's rubber feet improve grip on all floor and ground surfaces.

Please see the links before for more information on the components of this bundle.

  • 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball

    The Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball is an affordable yet remarkably full-featured professional head that represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and a half-ball for precise leveling on a corresponding tripod. The 502HD comes in two versions -- the "A" ball-base version, which this one is, and the "AH" flat-base version, which is separately available.

    Also featuring Manfrotto's patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509HD and 504HD heads), the 502HD is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders and DSLR video cameras. The weight limit is 15.43 lb and counterbalance supports up to 8.8 lb. The balance plate's 3.27" range allows you to correct for uneven payloads that might be due to matte boxes or exotic DSLR rig configurations.

    The bridging technology ensures that the pan friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks. There are of course independent locks for pan and tilt, and drag for both is selectable in a continuous range from zero to the max level. This allows you to operate the head in a confident, smooth manner using the included pan bar.

    For video tripods with 75mm half-balls
    75mm half ball connects to the corresponding bowl in a tripod
    Pan drag and tilt drag are continuously adjustable from 0 (no drag) to the maximum level
    Sliding quick-release plate secured by secondary safety system
    UPC: 719821334644
  • MVT502AM Aluminum Telescopic Twin Leg Video Tripod

    Manfrotto's MVT502AM Aluminum Telescopic Twin Leg Video Tripod is a lightweight support designed for DSLRs, camcorders and light video cameras. The telescopic twin-leg structure and ellipse-profile aluminum tubes provide a rigid and secure support, along with leg locking collars, first-stage spreader and high-grip rubber feet. The 2-stage/3-section MVT502AM has a 75mm bowl (with a 60 mm adapter) for compatibility with professional video heads.

    Ideal high-performance tripod for HDSLRs and camcorders with accessories
    Rigid and stable telescopic twin-leg design with mid-level spreader
    Compact when closed, easy to transport with built-in carrying handle
    Compatible with all professional 75mm/60mm half-ball video heads
    Fast, simple and smooth set-up with ergonomic quick-release leg locking collars and new rubber feet that grip all surfaces and protect delicate floors
    UPC: 719821338734
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • 75mm Half Ball
  • Pan Bar
  • 504PLONG Long Quick Release Mounting Plate
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty + 3 Year Extension upon Online Registration
  • Adapter: 60 mm
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration

Also Includes

  • Padded Carrying Bag
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
    Load Capacity 15.43 lb static weight (7.0 kg) Counterbalance supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
    Diameter/Thread 75mm half ball
    3/8"-16 thread to which half ball connects
    Counter Balance System Spring-loaded
    Counter Balance Range One fixed spring for 8.8 lb (4 kg) camera weight
    Center of Gravity Not specified by manufacturer
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate 504PLONG plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screws
    Balance Plate 504PLONG plate slides 3.27" (83.0 mm)
    Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    Tilt Range -80° to +90° tilt range front to back
    Tilt Lock Yes
    Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
    Pan Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Yes
    Pan Bar 1 included
    2 possible positions
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/not specified by manufacturer
    Material Aluminum
    Color Black
    Temperature Range -4 to +104 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
    Height 5.91" (15.0 cm)
    Weight 3.97 lb (1.8 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 8.5 x 8.5"
  • MVT502AM Aluminum Telescopic Twin Leg Video Tripod
    Material Aluminum and technopolymer
    Load Capacity 33 lb (15 kg)
    Maximum Height 56.5" (143.5 cm)
    Minimum Height 22.44" (57 cm)
    Head Attachment Fitting 75 mm bowl
    Folded Length 24.21" (61.5 cm)
    Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
    Leg Lock Type Quick release leg lock collars
    Independent Leg Spread No
    Spiked/Retractable Feet No, rubber
    Center Brace Yes
    Center Column Type N/A
    Weight 4.23 lb (2.0 kg)
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 24.5 x 6.7 x 6.0"

Manfrotto MVH502A reviews

MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 26.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod Second time buying this tripod. It is affordable and can properly support both dslr and professional video cameras such as RED and ARRI cameras. Counterbalance systems (with DSLRs) are supported. Overall, great tripod.
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great I bought this for the price point, but also had extensive use of one before that. It's about as small and lightweight as you would want to get without compromising performance, so it's excellent for one-man-band and run n gun stuff. Drag on the tilt and pan work well, and those features are hard to find on anything else in this range. I use it with a Panasonic AG-AC30; for larger cameras I use an old Sachtler 18 which will handle almost anything. Biggest drawback: the tilt lock is on the right side of the head, instead of on the left where most manufacturers put them. So a little awkward to use.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tripod We use this product with a couple nice cameras in a broadcast environment. The fluid heads work really well for smooth pans and tilts. One issue I would present would be that the middle of the tripod (Where the legs connect and fold for storage) are somewhat flimsy and sometimes can fold back up if bumped. We compensated this with some sandbag weights which for what we are doing sufficed. Overall, a great product!
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great Fluid Head but Terrible Sticks I own the flat base version of this head and love it. Nothing crazy but super smooth motions, great drag control, and gets the job done. The bowl version of this head is the exact same way. Totally reccomend. These sticks on the other hand are awful. The latching mechanism doesn't feel super secure and feels like it doesn't latch very hard. The rods are flimsy and bend pretty easily. The leg spreader if you could even call it that is a joke. No locking mechanism on it so the legs flop everywhere and aren't stable at all. They fold up super easy and can move side to side like crazy. Lastly, there is a ton of play in all the joints for the leg spreader as well. Simply nothing feels sturdy at all! Overall, it's just not a sturdy stand at all and wouldn't trust putting my gear on it. One little bump to a lug and the whole thing would fold up and collapse. Super disappointed with Manfrotto here.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Choice This tripod is running and gunning all over town and so far I have no huge complaints. It is an awesome product for the price. the only thing i would critique is the resistance adjustment for the fluid head. It just seems to have some play in them unlike your higher end fluid heads. But it certainly isn't a turn off to purchasing it. Another thing is when sliding that mont plate into the slot, you have to be EXACT otherwise it gets jammed. That can be frustrating when you are trying to set up in a hurry. But thats a small detail on the grand scale of this quality item.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great for DSLR video! I picked up this unit because I wanted a tripod that would work well with my DSLR for video. I was specifically looking for very smooth pan and tilt operations and I have not been disappointed. This tripod is silky smooth and has an amazing range of adjustment. The only complaint I have is minor. It can be difficult to get back in the bag sometimes if it is not oriented just right.
Date published: 2014-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Tripod I am a freelance videographer, and use this tripod for sports, festivals, and other events. The actions is very smooth, and the tripod is very stable. The ergonomics are not perfect, as the tilt drag knob and tilt lock are on opposite sides. My only other complaint is that the bag it comes with is too small once you put the arm onto the head.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Durable and Reliable This tripod is extremely easy to use and a survivor to my work in harsh environment. I shoot lots in foreign countries specially in Colombia and this tripod lasts more than what it seems. Dont overthink on getting tripods, just buy this one. (you get more than what you pay for)
Date published: 2015-05-18
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