Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head

Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head w/ 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head w/ 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

B&H # MA504HDK4 (B&H Kit)

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Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head w/ 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Head Supports 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg)
  • 4-Step Counterbalance System
  • Lightweight Carbon Fiber Tripod

Material: Carbon Fiber


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Manfrotto 504HD Overview

  • 1Description

This B&H kit pairs the Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head with the 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod to form a solid yet lightweight support system that's ready for action. The head supports up to 16.5 lbs (7.5 kg) of professional video gear, be it a mid-sized HD camcorder or a fully outfitted DSLR camera rig. The 504HD head introduces Manfrotto's redesigned counterbalance system with four presets from 0 to 16.5 lbs. The head's redesigned variable friction components are marked clearly with degree scales, and pan/tilt movement is vibration-free.

The 536 tripod's four sections extend to a towering maximum height of 79.2" (203 cm). An angle selector helps set the legs in the proper position, and rubber feet (with retractable spikes) help keep the system firmly in place. A screw-in half bowl adapter offers the user the ability to work with 75 or 100mm bowl heads.

  • Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head

    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
  • Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod

    The Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod has four sections and a 75/100mm bowl adapter ring for industry standard fluid heads. With carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings, the 536 boasts great stability, high load capability, and a light weight.

    Thanks to carbon fiber single tube and magnesium die castings, this tripod provides great stability and load capability in a lightweight, ergonomic, easy-to-use and compact design
    Angle Selector
    An angle selector is offered for adjusting the leg angle in an easy and precise way
    Bowl Adapter Ring
    A screw-in bowl adapter ring offers the user the ability to work with 75 or 100mm half ball heads
    UPC: 719821290582
In the Box
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head
    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
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.3 x 10.9 x 7.5"
  • Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
    Head Mount Type 100 mm Bowl
    75/100 mm Bowl
    75 mm Bowl
    Load Capacity 55 lb / 25 kg
    Maximum Working Height 80" / 203 cm
    Minimum Working Height 10" / 26 cm
    Folded Length 28" / 71 cm
    Materials Carbon Fiber, Magnesium
    Bubble Level No
    Weight 7 lb / 3.25 kg
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Diameter 1.5" / 39.2 mm
    Feet Features Rubber
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.0 x 8.8 x 8.0"

Manfrotto 504HD Reviews

504HD Video Fluid Head w/ 536 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 303.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good true fluid head, worth it The tripod is an investment. Camera formats trend in and out, but good fluid movement is not going out of style. Don't waste your money on a tripod that you're going to replace with this one. Spend the little extra and get this setup: it's light, it's smooth, easy to use, etc... If you want to be frugal then buy the Davis & Sanford or Bescor fluid like tripods, but you're only going to upgrade in the future. That's the mistake I made and I'm very happy with my investment now. Only issue: the plate isn't the same as older models, from what I understand this plate is a little larger in width (which makes it more stable, but not the same as older heads).
Date published: 2010-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silky Smooth I outfitted my Videographers and myself with these tripods after suffering bad tripods for years. My requirements were tuff, versatile, priced right and servicable...this tripod nails it on all accounts. The height range on this thing is great...really short to really tall...perfect! The carbon fiber legs are is the doesn't kill you to carry it around all day. The head is smooth and delivers counterballance for a wide range of cameras. We primarily use them for our Sony EX3's with shoulder/battery/receiver mounts. The case is good...keeps things clean and protected. The light built into the bubble level is great for low light situations.
Date published: 2013-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Built Like A Tank I have been working with this tripod for almost 3 years now, and it's the only one I've ever owned. Having worked with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, I needed a tripod that could support the weight of a fairly beefy rig. This thing holds up every time. The only difficulty I've had with this tripod is that it is heavy and quite a load to cary around even by itself. This tripod is best suited for film work as opposed to fast-paced documentary style shooting. If you're trying to move fast, this tripod may slow you down. I will still give this guy 5 stars for how reliable it is in support.
Date published: 2016-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPERB TRIPOD THAT PERFORMS PERFECTLY Have been using my Manfrotto 504HD fluid-head w/ 546B tripod leg support system extensively for interior and exterior filming requirements. Extremely adjustable with smooth and precise tilt, pan, and drag functionality. Ball and socket control for fluid-head adjustment is excellent. The illuminated spirit level feature has been indispensable. An exceptionally well-designed and solidly built tripod system, with all-round fluidity, durability, balance, and stability being core to its being. Double-bridging technology delivers additional support and balance for heavier camera w/lens rigs. One of the best tripod systems I have ever used, and it is worth every penny. A wise investment for any independent filmmaker.
Date published: 2010-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great system, great price I've used this tripod system almost exclusively for about 8 months and I love it. Great mechanics, really wide range of adjustments for any application, and a really nice value for the build quality and durability of the product. The included bag is super easy to carry and store as well, which is great for when you're packing up the car to travel. Whether you're covering sports, shooting interviews, supporting a bulky cinematic camera system, or stabilizing a dolly track, the Manfrotto 504HD w/ 546B tripod system has got you covered. I highly recommend this product.
Date published: 2014-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the head and legs but kit has issue I only gave it 4 stars because the padded bag depicted in the pictures is not the one I received. I love the head and legs and the price was right for just those. The bag is an extra bonus but the pictures are misleading. The bag I received looks like a cheap bag with Manfrotto's name stitched into the side. It's also a lot longer than the tripod folded up. It also doesn't have the hard plastic end like the standard/typical Manfrotto bag in the picture has. Again, not a big deal but there's less protection than I was expecting for the head of my new system when being stored and moved.
Date published: 2011-03-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pluses and Minuses The head is smooth and the legs are a little cumbersome. You definitely need the bag to go with this as it is not something you can just sling over your shoulder. The counter balance knob cover on the left hand side of the head popped off the knob when I first extended the legs. Apparently if you squeeze the knob even inadvertently the cover will pop off. It would have been better if Manfrotto had put some additional string like connection to the knob cover because there is a good chance it will pop off again when I'm in the field and not notice it right away and thus lose it. (Gaffing tape has value here). So I will say that it is decent but could use some upgrades.
Date published: 2015-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from highly versatile I use this tripod for multiple video applications: live event coverage, commercial production and corporate videos. I love its extreme range of height, from above a crowd's head to a few inches off the ground. I like the flexibility to accept 75mm or 100mm heads. The head that came with it is very smooth and has a good range of tilt/pan drag. My only concern is the locks on the legs. So far they've been rock solid, but I'm concerned that they could become loose over time. I prefer a collar lock that can be tightened until I'm satisfied with its positive connection. But given the price and versatility, it's a fantastic value. When it's time to replace my other tripods, I'll get more of these.
Date published: 2014-02-14
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The 504HD Fluid Video Head uses a 504 plate. Are there any Manfrotto still photography ball heads that are compatible with this plate, so I can switch my DSLR quickly between the 504HD video head and a photo head without having to change plates? Thanks!
Asked by: Hatef Y.
The only Manfrotto head that also can be used for photography is the Manfrotto MH055M8-Q5 Photo-Movie Tripod Head. This is a hybrid head that can be used for both Photo and Video. The quick release plates that will work on the this head and the 504HD should be compatible with each other as well.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Is this head convertible for use as a flat-mount with sliders and jibs (i.e. removable half ball?)
Asked by: Colin
The 504HD head has a 75mm ball connection. Manfrotto does offer the 325N Video Head Adapter, this will turn a 75mm ball head in to a flat base one. However it is a product that requires some steps and installation, it will not be the right solution for quickly going between a tripod and a slider or jib. To quickly move the 504 head off of the tripod and on to a slider or jib you can look in to a 75mm Hi-Hat Riser. Also some jibs come with a 75mm connection already.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Can I remove the head and attach a slider?
Asked by: David M.
Yes. Use this: Manfrotto 520BALLSH 75mm Short Half-Ball B&H # MA520BSH.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28


The 504HD hits the right side of the c300 mark II. Is this normal? I am unable to tighten it down.
Asked by: Walter W.
The 504HD's right side lock down lever is ratcheted. This means you can pull it out for re-positioning so you can tighten the quick release.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-28


Can I mount an articulating arm to this tripod? Which Articulating arm would fit?
Asked by: walter
This tripod has 3/8 threads on the head to attach various accessories, including articulating arms. The Manfrotto 244 Micro Friction Arm is a great choice, this has a 3/8 stud on one end and a 1/4 -20 on the other end.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

Does this head fit on Sachtler CF tripod legs?

Does this head fit on Sachtler CF tripod legs?
Asked by: chad
The 504HD head in this kit has a 75mm ball base. If the Sachtler tripod has a 75mm bowl it should work with the head in this kit.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-03-05


Does this tripod head would fit on the dana dolly?
Asked by: Chad L.
Yes it does. The 504HD Head has a 75mm Ball and the Dana Dolly (B&H #DADDOK1) offers both a 75mm and 100mm connection.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28


can this work with JVC GY-HM850u?
Asked by: Metropolitian B.
The 504HD Head with 546B tripod has the load capacity to work with the JVC GY-HM850u camera. We recommend this tripod combination. However the kit on this page comes with a controller for Blackmagic Cameras, so I suggest you purchase the tripod and head through the link below instead.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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