Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head

Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head

Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head

B&H # MA509HD MFR # 509HD
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
  • 100 mm Half Ball
  • 4-Step Counterbalance Mechanism
  • Ergonomic Adjustments
  • Bridging Technology
  • Advance Balancing Recorder
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The Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head supports professional video camera systems weighing up to 29 lb (13.1 kg). A 4-step counterbalance mechanism ensures optimum balance and helps for quick setup. The tripod head features ergonomic adjustments, easy-link connectors and uses light-weight PVC free materials in its components. Featuring the Bridging Technology with a ball bearing drag system, the tripod head offers professional quality stability as well as precise, smooth movements.

A unique Advance Balancing Recorder feature can record the perfect balanced position for your camera equipment so that the position can be recalled later on. This electronic ABR feature reduces the time needed for setting up and balancing your camera system on the tripod head.

Complete tripod solution with the 509HLV Pan bar and 509PLONG quick-release plate for professional video camera systems
Comes with a sturdy box

509HD Tripod Head

Tripod head for professional video applications
Load capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
4-step counterbalance mechanism ensures optimum balance and helps for quick setup
Ergonomic adjustments and easy-link connectors
Uses light-weight PVC free materials in its components
Bridging Technology with a ball bearing drag system, the tripod head offers professional quality stability as well as precise, smooth movements
Advance Balancing Recorder (ABR) feature can record the perfect balanced position for your camera equipment so that the position can be recalled later on
ABR reduces camera setting up / balancing time
UPC: 719821330721
In the Box
Manfrotto 509HD Professional Video Head
  • 509HLV Pan Bar for Video Heads
  • 509PLONG Quick Release Plate for 509HD Head
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Product Registration.
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    Manfrotto 509HD specs

    Additional Pan Handle 509HLV
    Attachment 3/8" male thread attachment
    1/4" and 3/8" screws attachment type
    Balance Control 4 step: 0 lb (0 kg), 9.5 lb (4.3 kg), 19.06 lb (8.64 kg), 28.6 lb (13 kg)
    Tilt Range -60°/+90° (front)
    Half Ball Diameter 3.94" (100 mm)
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Independent Tilt Lock Yes
    Bubble Level Yes, Illuminated
    Material Aluminum
    Pan Bar Positions: 2
    Pan Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    Panoramic Rotation 360°
    Plate Type 509LONG
    Quick Release Yes
    Secondary Safety System Yes
    Sliding Travel of Plate 3.27" (83 mm)
    Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    Load Capacity 28.66 lb (13 kg)
    Maximum Operating Temperature 140°F (60°C)
    Minimum Operating Temperature -4°F (-20°C)
    Working Height 7.01" (17.8 cm)
    Weight 8.38 lb (3.8 kg)
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    Package Weight 10.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.2 x 10.6 x 7.7"

    Manfrotto 509HD reviews

    509HD Professional Video Head is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Save your money...get a SATCHLER Here's the REAL is SMOOTH when you pan up and down. It is Smooth when you pan left and right.. It can hold a LOT OF WIEGHT...the carbon fiber sticks that come with the KIT are AWSOME....they can be used as a temporary homeless shelter or a toll booth if need be.. that's how high it goes. But the problem when you pan diagonally....thats when you notice what the difference is when compared to the SATCHLERS. Not BUTTERY SMOOTH AT ALL.....Dont get me will get professionally good looking results ..just don't pan diagonally. There's a saying I keep hearing that someone told a satchler dv10 ....keep it FOREVER....forever ever? EVER EVER? Yes....FOREVER
    Date published: 2015-02-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good quality fluid head Tripod heads are one of those things that cost more than the camera you put on them... at least if you want a really good one. This is one of the better low cost ones (where low cost is relative). I do not like it that the quick plate is built in since I like to use the Kessler Quick Release system. So I have to stack a quick release system on top of their quick release plate. But it works. The fluid mechanism is pretty good at this price point. And for most applications it'll be fine. You'll need to spend a lot more to get any better. The auto-balance system is not really what it seems. You have to balance it manually and then the system will record that position to help you return the camera to that spot later. Which, given the way rigs can change and adjust is something that gets no use from me. The counterbalance is finiky like every counter balance I've used.
    Date published: 2013-06-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a fluid head This is good but not great. It is a friction head not a fluid head. It has a good load range and counterbalance well with little or no spring hysterisis. When locked down the wide plate area provide ample support and balance for large camera or slider. However this is not Manfrotto's best head, it is not as smooth as the old 510 or its replacement 526 but these have much smaller load range. It is not up there with any of the Sachtler heads in terms of smoothness. To me it is pretentiously pro like minus the actual professional quality in higher price heads. In use you will notice the movement feels rather artificial and unnatural unlike the organic feedback you get from a true fluid head but with practice you can still get the job done.
    Date published: 2016-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fluid head! I haven't had a lot of time with this head yet since we bought it to use exclusively on our Dana Dolly but it seems great! **Note: if you plan on using this with the Dana Dolly where you will be using the extra center support for the track, you will need to buy different hardware to tighten it into the bowl. The handle sticks down too far and hits the center support.
    Date published: 2015-05-19
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too much money for this weak product I've been using this head for 3 years now and had nothing but trouble with it. First the pan drag got broken, luckily under warranty it was repaired and next the tilt lock got broken. I had to order new parts. And now the tilt drag is also broken, when I open the head I notice that the PLASTIC screw-thread is broken and is not able to tighten the two plates anymore. I'm now switching to Sachtler!
    Date published: 2015-11-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Heavy, Broken, Disappointed Doesn't lock, drifts down after you set a frame. knobs are cheap garbage, machining of locking screws feels loose and cheap. Does a bad job tilting/ panning/ landing on a frame smoothly. Heavy, awkward to carry. Recently hit a hard stop when trying to tilt up, problem resolved itself as mysteriously as it had come. Exercised the head on the advice of a grip. Found the hard stop again at 90 degrees down and head won't tilt back up now. Totally useless and has to be serviced. Bought in 2015, now 2017. I'm not that hard on my gear, it shouldn't be this jacked up, was never very good to start with. Was disappointed with performance when it came, some industry guys that were happy with theirs convinced me to keep it. Every single metric I can think of to judge a tripod head on, this one has failed. It's trash, $1000 trash. Just burn the $1000 instead, you'll get more pleasure out of it. review would be better but got screwed trying to upload a picture and my review got deleted. Thanks b&h
    Date published: 2017-07-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A larger version of the 504HD This ia a solid tripod head for the price. I have been using the 504HD and this is just an upsized version of the same, I upgraded due to weight of the Blackmagic URSA plus follow focus, matte box etc. made the smaller heads unstable and worrisome. Although this is not a light tripod head, the percentage weight to camera & equipment is about the same as before. This has proven to be a good fit for me.
    Date published: 2015-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tripod Head, Well Worth The Cost! I purchased this head to go with my Acebil legs. I have been very pleased in the weeks since I received it. Panning and tilting is very smooth, the counterbalance feature has already saved my camera a couple of times and the balance recorder is a MASSIVE time saver. The head feels a little heavy compared to the tripod I had before, but I actually like the wait as it helps reduce vibrations.
    Date published: 2013-05-31
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