Manfrotto 509HD Video Head & 545B Aluminum Tripod Pro Middle-Twin Kit 100

Manfrotto 509HD Video Head & 545B Aluminum Tripod Pro Middle-Twin Kit 100

Manfrotto 509HD Video Head & 545B Aluminum Tripod Pro Middle-Twin Kit 100

B&H # MA509HD545B MFR # 509HD,545BK
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Product Highlights

  • Fluid Drag Head with 29.8 lb Capacity
  • 509PLONG Sliding Quick Release Plate
  • Four-Step Counterbalance System
  • Fluid Drag System for Pan & Tilt Axes
  • Manfrotto Bridging Technology
  • 100mm Ball
  • Two-Stage Legs, Mid-Level Spreader
  • Height Range from 17.5 to 66.3"
  • Illuminated Leveling Bubble
  • Padded Carrying Bag Included
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Spreader Type: Mid-Level

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Steady your professional video system with this 509HD Video Head & 545B Aluminum Tripod Pro Middle-Twin Kit 100 from Manfrotto. Able to hold up to 29.8 lb on the fluid head, users will have excellent stability and security for their shots. The 509HD head offers a sliding 509PLONG quick release plate and a four-step counterbalance system for a quick setup. The head also features easily accessed adjustments, easy-link connectors, and is lightweight. Also, it has Manfrotto Bridging Technology with a ball bearing drag system for smooth, precise movements well suited to stills and video. An Advanced Balancing Recorder feature can save the balancing position of your camera to help expedite your next setup.

The 545B aluminum legs feature a two-stage design along with a mid-level spreader for maximum stability and control. The system can be adjusted from 17.5 to 66.3" and has an illuminated leveling bubble for checking your alignment under any lighting condition. It also has a 100mm bowl head and comes with a padded bag to keep everything safe.

UPC: 719821330738
In the Box
Manfrotto 509HD Video Head & 545B Aluminum Tripod Pro Middle-Twin Kit 100
  • 509HD Professional Video Head
  • MBAG100PNHD Tripod Bag Padded 100CM (Black/Red Trim)
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 509HD specs

    Load Capacity 29.8 lb / 13.5 kg
    Maximum Height 66.3" / 168.5 cm
    Minimum Height 17.5" / 44.5 cm
    Folded Length 33.1" / 84 cm
    Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes, illuminated
    Weight 21.7 lb / 9.8 kg
    Counter Balance System Yes
    Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes
    Tilt Drag Yes
    Tilt Range -60 to +90°
    Tilt Lock Yes
    Pan Range 360°
    Pan Lock Yes
    Material Aluminum
    Head Attachment Fitting 100 mm bowl
    Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
    Leg Lock Type Flip
    Center Brace Mid-level spreader
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 22.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 40.2 x 10.9 x 10.5"

    Manfrotto 509HD reviews

    509HD Video Head & 545B Aluminum Tripod Pro Middle-Twin Kit 100 is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Tripod with Secure weight bearing Using the 509HD head for my 5D Rig. My 5D rig is quite heavy, and including rails, follow focus, matte box, field monitor, audio box, and view finder. Add Prime lenses to the setup and it becomes front heavy very fast. 509HD head holds it well, the counterbalance settings definetely add nice safety if you forget to lock it down. Fluid head tension is great on both axis' for rock solid smooth pans and tilts. Great price for a 100mm Bowl tripod as they get quite $$ very fast. I would like if were able counterbalance a bit more weight, but then again I do realize that my rig is on the heavier side.
    Date published: 2011-06-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big head huge savings The 509 HD is a big video head. It looks very unique. I use this tripod with my Panasonic AG-HPX370 full size ENG camera. I used Sachtler and vinten tripods for years. Always looked down on Manfrotto. But this is my second Manfrotto tripod and I am very impressed. It is brand new so I can't say how well it will hold up. But it is as smooth if not more than both Vinten and Sachtler. Legs are solid. A bit heavy. The middle spreader is illogically wide. And there is no way to adjust it. The bag is cute and you will be mocked at a media zoo situations.
    Date published: 2011-11-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Built like a tank Great tripod. Strong enough to support a Cinevate slider and Canon 5D Mark III. A little stiff right out of the box but definantly a workhorse.
    Date published: 2013-04-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tripod for the Price Very sturdy, love all the new features. I use it for my 20lb DLSR cinema rig. My old 504HDV was too light for what I was putting on the head. All the drag controls are very nice on the new manfrotto bridging design. Also! The tripod plate is the same on this head as the 504HDV, so I didn't need to change my system around. The included plate is just longer for the larger head and has a little foot on the bottom for the counterbalance sensor.
    Date published: 2012-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who needs a Sachtler anyway!? Just got the Manfrotto 545B sticks. Great unit for our work which is corporate, interviews and location shoots. Love the fluid head as well as the counter balance breaking system. $ well spent!
    Date published: 2013-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What my rig needed and then some Six months of research, opinion hemming and hawing later. Verdict: Great choice so far. The popularity of the 504hd had me wondering if the price diff was worth it. Trust me it was. One major reason, future prof 100mm bowl. It inspires confidence that my rig wont topple over or due to weight give backlash in the head. Having that confidence when I'm out on a shoot one man banding it lets me focus on the shot not on the gear; how it should be. Hand held is great but to much and your video looks armature. DSLR guys, (I'm one of them) yes you need a tripod. Note: there is some assembly of inserting the batteries there are two (bubble level, in sticks/new balancing system, in head). Surprisingly not as heavy as I thought since I contemplated the carbon fiber sticks. No need in my opinion. Over all can't wait to go shoot again with it and what better compliment can you give a piece of gear. Cheers.
    Date published: 2012-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, STABLE Tripod Record weddings, retired flag officer briefings to college students and Washington leaders.Gread: Very STABLE tripod.Not So Great:To the best I could find on the Manfrotto websites (in the US) there is NO on-line user support, nor can you send an email to ask support questions. Manfrotto does not provide chat service to provide user support.No user manual provided with $ tripod; manual not available from download.No batteries provided in tripod to operate (3) LEDs.
    Date published: 2011-11-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not So Much... I have worn out 3 pairs of 503 sticks with ex1's. They were good for the money. With my PMW F3 I needed a heavier duty set of sticks. I bought the 509 with the 545B sticks thinking they would be what I needed for the f3 loaded with gear. The sticks were pretty good. Especially for the price. The head is where I had all my problems. My F3 is about 18lb fully loaded so well within the weight capacity of the 509. With the counterbalance completely on it's highest setting it wouldn't even come close to holding the weight of the camera. As irritating as the lack of counter balance was I could still live with it. What really sunk the whole deal for me is the pan would stick. If it sat in one place for any amount of time at all, even 15-30 seconds, it would stick. When I would go to pan, I would gently apply pressure until it would suddenly break loose causing a jump in the shot. I worked with it for hours between filming and I could never get it be smooth when going from static to a pan. The tilt was very smooth but the pan rendered the unit useless in so many shots. B&H accepted a return and I have happily upgraded to a Name Brand pair of sticks. More money but accomplishes the purpose of the equipment.
    Date published: 2012-08-23
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