Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head

Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head

Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head

B&H # MA504HD MFR # 504HD
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Product Highlights

  • Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)
  • Unique Bridge Architecture
  • 75mm Half Ball
  • 4-step Counterbalance System
  • Illuminated Bubble Level
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Manfrotto 504HD Overview

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The Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head introduces a revolutionary new design that improves performance while reducing weight, as well as offering a soupçon of style. The head's patented Bridging Technology allows for a wider top plate and longer sliding plate that add stability and balance to a set of state-of-the-art professional features. With its ability to support up to 16.5 lbs, the 504HD can be used with a variety of video and photo cameras. The newly designed counterbalance system includes four presets--from 0 to 16.5 lbs--enabling proper balance no matter what the camera's size or weight.

At the same time, redesigned variable friction components--with clearly marked degree scales and vibration-free movement--bring new levels of fine tuning to your tilts and pans. An illuminated leveling bubble keeps horizons from tilting, even in the dark, while independent disc-brake locks make sure the head stays secure when at rest.

Whether you're using a pro camcorder or a highly accessorized video DSLR on a rod/rail system, the 504HD takes some of the strain off your support rig by providing two 3/8" threads integrated into the sides of the top plate. These Easy Link Connectors allow attachment of monitors, arms, and other accessories directly to the head, making the camera less top-heavy while reducing setup time. All while being oh-so-stylish!

PAN fluid drag system for a more ergonomic operation
Easy Link Connectors for a more flexible accessory attachment
Wider top plate and longer sliding plate for extra stability and balance while using video or photo equipment
More rigid structure for maximum precision and improved responsiveness
4-step counterbalance system ensures quick set-up and optimal performance
Ball-bearing drag system for precise, smooth movements
Lightweight modern materials for optimum balance of strength and size
UPC: 719821317753
In the Box
Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head
  • 504HLV Pan Handle
  • 504PLONG Long Quick Release Mounting Plate
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 504HD Specs

    Camera Plate
    Camera Plate Features Sliding Balance Plate, Quick Release
    Camera Mounting Screw 1 x 1/4"-20 Male
    1 x 3/8"-16 Male
    Tripod Platform
    Base Mount 75 mm Half Ball
    3/8"-16 Thread
    Pan & Tilt
    Drag Control Tilt: Continuous
    Pan: Continuous
    Vertical Tilt +90 to -60
    Panning Range 360
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Independent Tilt Lock Yes
    Load Capacity 16.5 lb / 7.5 kg
    Counter Balance Incremental 3-Step Plus 0 (0 to 16.5 lb / )
    Bubble Level 1 x Illuminated
    Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions 6.1" / 15.5 cm
    Weight 6.4 lb / 2.9 kg
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    Package Weight 8.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.3 x 10.9 x 7.5"

    Manfrotto 504HD Reviews

    504HD Fluid Video Head is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 102.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Grinding noise and feel on tilt and pan. I liked the head and was disappointed to see there was an audible and you could feel a grinding noise on pan and tilt. I sent the original one back to B&H for a replacement as recommended by Manfrotto. The second one is just as bad. I recorded the loud sound and was told they would check other units they had to see if this was normal. Aparantly they say this is normal. I'm stunned this is the case. They said all the units they tested had this grinding noise and feel. I can't believe it as I've always had quality products from manfrotto. Would love to know if B&H can chime in to see if this is indeed normal for the product or if I just had bad luck twice.
    Date published: 2016-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very nice tripod head Beautiful smooth movement in this tripod head. Easily adjustable for various weighted cameras, and easy to use. I use it mostly for shooting with a Canon 5DMk2 and also slightly smaller video recorders, with a Beachtek XLR adapter, and the weighting is perfect for this with the counterweighting set at minimum. I liked it so much, when I had my first one of these stolen, I replaced it with exactly the same tripod head. Goes great on the carbon legs Manfrotto 535 Fairly heavy, but great quality and will last forever. Better suited to heavier cameras - counterweighting may be a bit much for really light cameras eg small camcorders.
    Date published: 2012-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fluid Head at Reasonable Price As a video journalist and one man band, I need a head that is full functioned, light, yet stable and this head fills those requirements. I bought this head because I found that the tilt controls for the Manfrotto 502 head I had been using were difficult to operate and caused camera shake when I moved from a stable shot. The 504HD solves this problem, because it has a tilt release lever on the left side of the head, where it belongs. It also has great controls for balancing the camera and a useful lighted level. The only drawback I found with this head is that it has increased the weight of my gear by about three pounds, which is to be expected. There is always a trade-off.
    Date published: 2014-06-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from No drag scale on adjustment knobs. Uses 3/8 reducer. The quick release plate is not the one shown in photos. This comes with one that doesn't accept 3/8 screws, instead, they send a reducer. It also does not have the numbered drag scale shown. I returned the first one I received because the drag was crazy loose. The second one I received is very smooth, and I am keeping it, rather than trying again for another brand over the lack if number scale and quick release plate differences and I don't have time to wait for a replacement again. In the future, I will think twice about manfrotto because although I did receive one that WORKS great, I had to return the first, and the features are not as advertised.
    Date published: 2017-05-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Head I had a Manfrotto 502HD and I moved up to the 504HD because my gear was exceeding the weight limits of my old trusty 502. If you are familiar with the 502HD than the 504HD should be instantly familiar. The lighted level is nice and the resistance allows you to get very nice pans and tilts with a DSLR rig outfitted with a number of accessories. The only thing that is a little weird is that the pan resistance nob is under the bridge at the center of the head. I have small hands and it is a tight somewhat unnatural fit, even for me. That being said, you can still get great resistance and flow from the head and for the performance you get for the price there is nothing that comes close.
    Date published: 2015-01-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really nice head This head is a really solid head. With 9 steps of resistance for pan and tilt it gives a good amount of versatility. A little big and heavy for my liking but oh well. Solid build quality. The counterbalance works fairly well but isn't perfect. A little bit of kickback still depending on where your plate is slide to. Even with a quality head like this it's still hard to get real smooth pans with my 300mm lens zoomed all the way out. There's still some minor jerks and changes in pace. If your looking for a quick release that adapts to this plate get the 577. B&H recommended the 357 but it's the wrong one.
    Date published: 2012-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fluid video head under $ I had access to this video head and the carbon legs for about a year and a half, and when I moved on, I couldn't live without it, so I purchased the video head for my tripod legs. Very adjustable head with solid fluid action - good enough to pull off cinematic panning, tilting, and diagonal moves. Backlit bubble level is convenient on darker sets and live venues. Tripod plate allows for sufficient adjustment My only wish is for an even longer tripod plate for balancing the occasional long DSLR rig. Counterbalance system is good, and there is enough spring tension for most DSLR rigs built to go on sticks.
    Date published: 2012-12-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the money... I use the 504HD head with a DSLR Canon Mark II & a JVC790 video setup. The counterbalance system is a great help for the different weights of the two cameras. For still photography, the system works well for lockdown shots. As for video, tracking a moving shot is fine until the subject stops. I find I must hold the shot steady or I get slight movement as I bring the shot to a stop while continuing to shoot. My Vinten Vision 6 system is far superior in this instance, but at a much greater cost for the tripod. I got the 504HD as a location, run and gun system.
    Date published: 2014-09-09
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    Can this be used in below freezing

    Can this be used in below freezing
    Asked by: Jacy
    Yes, this has a temperature operating range of -4 to 140°F.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2018-12-12


    Is it compatible with black magic design Ursa 4k pl mount camera?
    Asked by: Asok
    I would advise to look towards a more robust head such as the Manfrotto 509HD head which offers payload capacities of up to 29lbs. The Manfrotto 504HD can handle up to 16.5lbs payloads and the Blackmagic URSA itself weights 16.5lbs body only. Once having a more robust head, you can consider adding a VCT-14 adapter plate above the tripod head for quick on and off functionality with the URSA.
    Answered by: Richard B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    504HD fluid head fit onto Manfrotto MT055CXPRO 3?
    Asked by: Jian Z.
    The 504HD is a 75mm Ball Head. It will not fit on to a flat base tripod like the MT055CXPRO3 right out of the box. You would need B&H # MA325N which is an adapter that turns a 75mm Head in to a Flat Base Tripod with a 3/8 threading.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2019-02-27


    Is it actually 16.5 lbs (BH) or 26.46 lbs (Mafrotto site)?
    Asked by: Andrew
    Product Highlights: Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5kg)Manfrotto: Safety Payload Weight26.46 lbsWe go with a lower working weight capacity. Manfrotto is quoting the maximum load.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is it me or this head is quite heavy (6.39Lbs) for the payload it support (16.5Lbs) ?
    Asked by: Jp
    I think that you will find that Manfrotto made head that does the job very well and that the weight was seriously considered and decided upon.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Is this head available without the soupon of style?
    Asked by: m ..
    A Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head devoid of style is no Manfrotto.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can this be fitted with the RC4 base? https://<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Asked by: John
    Yes. You can attach the Manfrotto 394 Low Profile Quick Release Adapter with 410PL Plate to the inserted quick release plate on the 504HD and lock down that plate.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can I use these E-Image legs with this Manfrotto head?https://<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Asked by: dave
    Yes, it says it has a 75mm bowl, and the weight limit on the sticks exceeds that of the head so you're good if you stay within the weight capacity of the head.
    Answered by: Faye W.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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