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Manfrotto 526-1 Fluid Head with 645 FAST Twin Aluminum Tripod System with 2-in-1 Spreader & Bag

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Manfrotto 526-1 Fluid Head with 645 FAST Twin Aluminum Tripod System with 2-in-1 Spreader & Bag
Key Features
  • 526-1 Fluid Head
  • 17.6 to 33 lb Continuous Counterbalance
  • 3 Steps Plus Zero Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Fast Twin Aluminum Leg Video Tripod
The Manfrotto 526-1 Fluid Head with 645 FAST Twin Aluminum Tripod System with 2-in-1 Spreader & Bag combines the 526-1 fluid head with the two-stage aluminum FAST Twin tripod legs and a 2-in-1 mid-level/ground spreader, creating an effective combination of stability and smooth, precise control. The legs feature a 100mm half bowl with a removable 75mm adapter. The head supports up to 35 pounds, and it features 3 steps of pan and tilt drag with a zero setting for free movement, independent locks, as well as a continuous counterbalance range of 17.64 to 33.07 pounds.
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Manfrotto 526 Tripod System Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Manfrotto 526-1 Professional Fluid Video Head
  • 3Manfrotto 645 FAST Twin Leg Video Tripod with Ultra L-Lock Mechanism (Aluminum)
  • 4Manfrotto 2-in-1 Mid-Level/Ground Spreader

The Manfrotto 526-1 Fluid Head with 645 FAST Twin Aluminum Tripod System with 2-in-1 Spreader & Bag combines the 526-1 fluid head with the two-stage aluminum FAST Twin tripod legs and a 2-in-1 mid-level/ground spreader, creating an effective combination of stability and smooth, precise control. The legs feature a 100mm half bowl with a removable 75mm adapter. The head supports up to 35 pounds, and it features 3 steps of pan and tilt drag with a zero setting for free movement, independent locks, as well as a continuous counterbalance range of 17.64 to 33.07 pounds.

The aluminum legs are durable and strong and feature the Ultra L-Lock that enables you to lock and unlock the legs using only one locking lever located at the top of each leg, so you don't have to bend down to unlock the legs. The legs feature three locking positions for spreader-less operation, or you can use the included spreader as a mid-level or ground spreader when you set the legs to free movement. Included with this system is a padded carrying bag for storage and transport.

Manfrotto 526-1 Professional Fluid Video Head

The 526-1 Professional Fluid Video Head from Manfrotto supports camera rigs up to 35 lb and includes the 357PLV-1 sliding plate with secure, two-screw 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 mounting. Controls are placed at the operator's left side, and the rosette-mounted pan arm can be easily removed or replaced if necessary.

This head features fluid drag with three levels each of pan and tilt as well as a zero-drag setting for whip-pans and fast tilts. Counterbalance is continuously variable for weights ranging from 17.5 to 33 lb. The 526-1 mounts via its 100mm ball and can be leveled using the bright bubble.

Features

357PL-1 sliding camera plate mounts securely using two screws, either 1/4"-20 or 3/8"-16 (included)
Supports payloads up to 35 lb
Pro-style features include left-side controls and a removable pan handle
Continuously adjustable counterbalance, three steps plus zero setting of pan and tilt drag
Bright bubble level for easy adjustments
UPC: 719821438175

Manfrotto 645 FAST Twin Leg Video Tripod with Ultra L-Lock Mechanism (Aluminum)

The Manfrotto 645 FAST Twin Leg Video Tripod with Ultra L-Lock Mechanism is a two-stage aluminum tripod with a 100mm bowl and a single leg lock mechanism for each leg. A 100 to 75mm bowl adapter is included, so you get the flexibility to use 100 or 75mm video heads. The tripod features twin spiked feet with removable rubber overshoes, allowing for use on various terrain as well as on flat, smooth surfaces. It supports up to 55 pounds and has a maximum working height of 61.8", a minimum height of 10.6", and a folded length of 28.7".

The tripod legs are selectable between free movement or having three locking leg positions so you can use the legs without a spreader. The optional Manfrotto MVASPR2N1 2-in-1 spreader can be attached if desired.

Leg Locks

The legs feature Manfrotto's Ultra-L Lock for the Twin FAST tripod legs. This allows you to lock and unlock both leg stages using only one locking lever located at the top of each leg, so you don't have to bend down to unlock the legs.

Spreader or Spreaderless

The legs incorporate a locking mechanism that enables the legs to move completely freely, suitable when working with a spreader, or to lock at one of three angles, 70, 50, and 20°, which is suitable for use when working without a spreader.

Rubber Feet

You can use the included rubber feet to protect delicate surfaces from the tripod's foot spikes.

100 to 75mm Bowl Adapter

The legs feature a 100mm bowl and include a 100 to 75mm bowl adapter. This provides the flexibility to use a video head with either a 100 or 75mm leveling ball.
UPC: 719821446460

Manfrotto 2-in-1 Mid-Level/Ground Spreader

This 2-in-1 Mid-Level/Ground Spreader from Manfrotto can be used as either a mid-level spreader or a ground spreader with select Manfrotto tripod legs.

The spreader keeps the tripod legs from flying apart, providing you with a stable platform
The spreader folds, which allows you to leave it attached to the legs for transporting or storage
Use as a ground spreader when working on hard, flat surfaces
A mid-level spreader allows you to work on uneven terrain without sacrificing stability
UPC: 719821443735

Manfrotto 526-1 Professional Fluid Video Head Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesSliding Balance Plate
Camera Mounting Screw2 x 1/4"-20 Male
2 x 3/8"-16 Male
Safety LockYes
Tripod Platform
Base Mount100 mm Half Ball
3/8"-16 Female
Pan & Tilt
Drag ControlPan: 3-Step Plus 0
Tilt: 3-Step Plus 0
Drag TypeFluid
Vertical Tilt+75° to -70°
Panning Range360°
Independent Pan LockYes
Independent Tilt LockYes
Physical
MaterialAluminum
Load Capacity35 lb / 16 kg
Counter BalanceContinuous (17.64 to 33.07 lb / 8 to 15 kg)
Center of Gravity4.92" / 124.97 mm
Pan Handle Fittings1 x Rosette
Bubble Level1
Packaging Info
Package Weight9.77 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.5 x 10.6 x 9.2"

Manfrotto 645 FAST Twin Leg Video Tripod with Ultra L-Lock Mechanism (Aluminum) Specs

General
Head Mount Type100 mm Bowl
Load Capacity55 lb / 24.95 kg
Maximum Working Height61.8" / 156.97 cm
Minimum Working Height10.6" / 26.92 cm
Closed Length28.7" / 72.9 cm
MaterialsAluminum
Weight8.6 lb / 3.90 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeLever Lock
Leg PositionsLocking 3 Positions and Continuously Adjustable
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections3
Leg Diameter0.63" / 16 mm
0.98" / 25 mm
Feet FeaturesRubber, Dual Spiked
SpreaderMid-Level, Ground (Not Included)
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.925 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)31.2 x 8.9 x 7.9"

Manfrotto 2-in-1 Mid-Level/Ground Spreader Specs

Physical
Weight1.15 lb / 0.52 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.2 x 2.9 x 2.6"

Manfrotto 526 Tripod System Reviews

Fantastic and fast

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-23

I use this for wildlife shoots and golf shoots and it is quick to deploy, functions with pans and tilts exceptionally well, and very stable. Might be a touch heavy for packing into the field but I've found it quite manageable. I would strongly recommend.

Does the job

By Edward
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-16

I needed to get a tripod system capable of supporting my very heavy URSA with all the cinema trappings, which could get my payload near 30lbs. There are very few choices under 2K but this one seemed to have some decent reviews so I went for it. I've used it over 10 times thus far and it performed very well. I've used some of the more expensive and popular tripods prior to this and while those other ones responded differently, I think it boils down to the operator knowing how to get the best from a tool. Once I understood how to get the tripod to perform, it was perfect.

Clumsy, Heavy, not for the News Business

By Linda
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-04

Manfrotto has destroyed the simplicity of the tripod with this unit. It's heavy, clumsy, cannot be carried easily, and all around awful. The spreaders flop around aimless between the legs, and are attached with cheap rivet pins. The head is heavy, and makes the entire unit unbalanced and clumsy to carry. There's no easy way to carry it one handed.This tripod is a chore in the news business when we have to setup and break down quickly. It should take no longer than 10-15 seconds to setup and balance a tripod, this unit takes around 1-2 minutes! The head is nice and fluid, but that's about it. The legs are bulky, and those darn spreaders make it impossible to position it quickly or evenly. We would rather have our old leaky Vinten tripods than these things. It's not worth the plastic and steel it was made from. Just terrible. The only way it would be good, is if it was in a studio and never had to be broken down or carried again. I would not recommend it to a friend, unless I did not like that friend.

Best tripod for the money

By Bobby Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-30

Best one for the price

Great tripod, great price

By Ioseba
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-03-17

Super light and very honest product.

This Tripod Rocks!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2012-03-28

I just shot two projects with my new tripod and tripod head combo - and am very happy! The fluid head pans and tilts as smooth as glass, and the tripod is rock solid yet amazingly adjustable.

Solid tripod

By Spear
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-08-10

I've always been a Bogen fan, solid products are good prices

I hated to return this. But for the price, I had to.

By Anthony B.
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2016-06-28

I really needed a Manfrotto due to the quick release plate mainly, to match a shoulder rig, With one quick release plate installed on the camera, I could easily go from tripod to shoulder rig. The first mistake I made here was buying the 526 head. For one, the quick release plate is bigger than the other heads I have - my fault but I did not see any indication in the description that it used anything but a standard manfrotto plate. The legs are okay, I could have lived with them, although they weren't awesome. But the head needs to be rethought. It has 3 settings for the tension, rather than a knob that goes from loose to tight. The biggest issue is the stickiness. If you don't move the head for a few seconds then try to pan, it's going to need some force and you'll ruin the shot. I've had much cheaper heads do a much better job than this one does. I thought I was splurging by getting this, but realized that you don't always get what you pay for. My camera is only weighing in at 10 lbs with extras so it could be a weight issue.But I have had other heads larger heads that didn't do this with light cameras, so I don't think that's the issue. On the plus side, BH took the item back no questions asked and that's why I always use BH.

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