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Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag

Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod with Carrying Bag
Key Features
  • MVH502A Pro Video Fluid Head
  • MVT502AM Tripod
  • 15.43 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
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.
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Manfrotto MVH502A Tripod System Overview

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.

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Manfrotto 502A Pro Video Head with 75mm Half Ball

The Manfrotto 502A Pro Video Head with 75mm Half Ball is an affordable yet remarkably fully 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 502A comes in two versions—the "A" ball-base version such as this one, and the "AH" flat-base version which is separately available.

Featuring Manfrotto's patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509 and 504 heads), the 502A 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 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
Manfrotto 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

Manfrotto 502A Pro Video Head with 75mm Half Ball Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Mounting Screw1 x 1/4"-20 Male
1 x 3/8"-16 Male
Balance Plate Sliding Range3.27" / 83 mm
Counter BalanceFixed (8.8 lb / 4 kg)
Load Capacity15.43 lb / 7 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.695 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.2 x 8.7 x 8.6"

Manfrotto MVT502AM Aluminum Telescopic Twin Leg Video Tripod Specs

Head Mount Type75 mm Bowl
Maximum Working Height56.5" / 143.5 cm
Minimum Working Height22.44" / 57 cm
Closed Length24.21" / 61.5 cm
Weight4.23 lb / 2 kg
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Independent Leg SpreadNo
Leg Sections3
Feet FeaturesRubber
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesCenter Brace
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)24.5 x 6.7 x 6"

Manfrotto MVH502A Tripod System Reviews

Manfrotto ball head and tripod

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-12

Used the new tripod for the first time the ball joint balance is great especially when you're on the Run


By Rodolfo
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-24

The sturdy tripod and smooth ball head allow me to work comfortably in extreme conditions.

Nice tripod/head but arrived damaged.

By Justin
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-23

Upon arrival the fluid head drag knob was slightly crushed/damaged. However it seems to be superficial and the knob works as it should. The fluid head itself seems very smooth in operation and overall good quality. The legs feel a bit cheap but am hoping the will hold up for my uses.

It may not be new.

By Melvin
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-03

Many parts of the product have signs of a collision.

Production Dream

By Bill
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

I used this for the first time on a shoot--lightweight, rugged and easy to adjust....the quick release plate releases flawlessly


By Kevin
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-01

The fluid head is ok, but you can get the same thing for under $200 elsewhere, like a Coman 71 tripod. Doesn't boom high, legs are awful and too large a footprint for indoors. the feet also kinda whack, in my opinion. It's heavy. I don't understand what it's trying to be. Manfrotto is a good brand, but I don't think this tripod was meant for my use case. Sold it back, barely used it.

Great Tripod

By Jeremy
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-08

Super robust. Looks great. Super smooth pans. I also purchased the quick release. 9/10. This SHOULD come with a bag. It unfortunately doesn't.

Compact enough, but sturdy.

By Matthew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-04

I used these tripods several times a month for the last year for live events. These are basic, single-cam live streams, so we weren't packing a large rig on top. But, we needed a nice tripod to operate for 12-16 hours. This combo continues to perform very well. I own very few Manfrotto products, but I use them constantly, because a lot of people I have worked for use them. This is one of the few tripods I have enjoyed using from Manfrotto (I typically hate their spreader design where the spreaders are hinged and can rotate, so it's usually impossible to smoothly collapse the spreader without it being lopsided and awkward). The head: The 502AH is a smooth enough head. I like the drag controls and they do the trick. For the most part, the head stays where you want it to, which is huge for long periods of operation. The cam op needs frequent breaks when the action stops, or stays in one place for awhile. It's nice to be able to take your hands off the sticks for a minute and have you frame stay where you need it. Pretty solid in that area. The pan/tilt action is smooth and easy to adjust on-the-fly. The legs: These are well-made, definitely for the road, which is what I used these for. They fold up compactly to fit into a hard case. I like the tabs for telescoping each section; they deploy nicely and are easier than the twist-lock version. Overall, the tripod is sturdy, even when used tabletop (which I hate, but is sometimes necessary), with not much room to spread the legs. It performs nicely, either way. The height is nice, with the center column, but 63 is not tall enough to get up and over heads, unless zoomed in. Overall: I would say this is intended for a situation where mobility is important, but also sturdy enough to use as a lockdown or operated camera with basic movements. I think it could handle faster action sports, but I don't imagine it doing so anchored to the floor, never moving on you. With a second hand or some weight added, it should be fine, for the most part. It isn't incredibly light, so maybe not something to carry with you on a 5-mile hike, but not impossible either. It is fairly compact, especially when removing the center column during storage. I don't have any experience with using it as a horizontal, top-down camera position, but it is a nice feature if you do tutorials and cooking shows. It would probably hold any DSLR/mirrorless, most likely some small camcorders, and possibly a cinema cam that is bare-bones rigged. The only issue I have had is the locking mechanisms near the intersection of the legs and the column. Pay close attention to how these pieces are configured, because when (not, if) they pop out, it becomes a puzzle of clamps, spacers, and random hardware to re-install. I did a gig recently with 9 of these tripods, all an average of a year old, and probably 70% of them were missing components in this area from others having issues keeping it all together/parts being lost. Seems like a common thing. There is a metal clamp, in two halves, that comes together when tightened to brace the column. There is also a black plastic piece that swivels when you move the column from vertical to horizontal. I have seen those missing, which means they broke. Something to be careful with. My tripod survived the Jan to May season of use, but I had figured this out early and made sure I knew exactly how to remove and install the center column (which we detached for storage and transportation reasons, to fit in our hard cases). Great tripod. Maybe worth the money, although I would prefer more of a $300-350 price range. But, for another $100, it is solid and should last a really long time, even under decent abuse. I'd say 80% of it is well-built, with the rest being parts to baby a bit. I would recommend it and continue to use it on a regular basis.

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Is the spreader removable? And what’s the lowest ...

Is the spreader removable? And what’s the lowest height?
Asked by: Oscar
The minimal working height for this tripod is 22.44". The spreader is removable.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-06-22


I just purchased the MVH502A. A review shows you can screw the 3/8-16 screw into the side. Of course I use that one. Any place to screw the 1/4-20 screw? Both sides only seem to fit the 3/8-16.
Asked by: Stephen S.
If you wanted to connect a product with a 1/4 to one of the 3/8 threadings on the side of this tripod you could look in to a reducer bushing. B&H number OB1039 is the Oben 3/8 -16 to 1/4 -20 Reducer Bushing and is a good choice for this function.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-25

What is the maximum height?

What is the maximum height?
Asked by: Zephan
The maximum working height on this is 56.5" / 143.5 cm.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-05-11


Can take this head and use it on a slider? Does it disconnect from the part that fits in the bowl?
Asked by: Jim H.
Yes to both your questions. Just to let you know if I had to do this over again I would not buy this tripod. It is too light weight and there is movement in the plastic top bowl that the head mounts too. It twists and translates into my video footage if I'm not careful in moving the fluid head. Next I will buy a carbon fiber tripod to get the lightweight design but the strength of a full aluminum tripod. The bag is a tight fit with the head installed on the bowl.
Answered by: Michael B.
Date published: 2020-07-25


Is this tripod suitable to use with the Cinevate Inc 24 Duzi Camera Slider? Ill be shooting on a canon 6D. If not which manfrotto tripod is best?
Asked by: Anonymous
The MVH502A Fluid Head and MVT502AM Tripod I think is an excellent choice. It actually has more capacity then needed for the job. However, having that extra capacity I find to be reassuring insurance in avoiding a tip over. This combination would be safe up to about 32 as well with that camera. Over that distance, we recommend a second stand or tripod. Not only for safety but for solid, stable support.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

What is the total weight of the head and legs ...

What is the total weight of the head and legs (without the bag)?
Asked by: david
This tripod system weighs 8.51 pounds.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-11-03

Where is this unit manufactured please?

Where is this unit manufactured please?
Asked by: Cynthia
The country of origin for this item would be China.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2020-04-23


I have a Manfrotto MVM 500A Monopod. Will the baseplate of that fluid head be interchangeable with this tripod's fluid head?
Asked by: Jane W.
Yes, the Manfrotto 500PLONG plate is compatible on the Manfrotto 502 head. Below is a link of which Manfrotto QR plates are compatible with which heads. <a href= target= _blank ></a>
Answered by: Muriel A.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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