Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base

Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base

Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base

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  • 15.4 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Bridging Technology
  • Spring-Loaded Counter Balance
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Pan Bar & Sliding Plate Included
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Manfrotto 502AH overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base is an affordable yet remarkably fully featured professional head that represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and featuring Manfrotto's patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509 and 504 heads). This head is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders and DSLR video cameras. The 502AH comes in two versions—the "AH" flat-base version such as this, and the "A" ball base version which is separately available.

The weight capacity is 15.4 lb and counterbalance supports 8.8 lb. The balance plate's 3.27" range allows you to correct for uneven payloads due to matte boxes or DSLR rig configurations.

The bridging technology ensures that the pan friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks. There are independent locks for pan and tilt, and drag for both is selectable in a continuous range from zero to the max level. This allows you to operate the head in a confident, smooth manner using the included pan bar.

Pan drag and tilt drag are continuously adjustable from 0 (no drag) to the maximum level
Sliding quick release plate secured by secondary safety system
UPC: 719821334651
In the Box
Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base
  • Pan Bar
  • 504PLONG Long Quick Release Mounting Plate
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 5 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto 502AH specs

    Camera Plate
    Balance Plate Sliding Range 3.3" / 83 mm
    Tripod Platform
    Load Capacity 15.43 lb / 7 kg
    Counter Balance Fixed (8.8 lb / 4 kg)
    Dimensions 5.12" / 13 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.29 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.0 x 8.5 x 8.4"

    Manfrotto 502AH reviews

    502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 516.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I loved how sturdy it was and how smooth the fluid motion was but I ultimately returned it for two reasons. 1. The tilt lock is on the right side! As a righty, I am panning and titling using the handle in my right hand and when I want to lock off the shot or release the motion, I want to be able to do so immediately with my hand still on the handle which I could not do easily with this tripod. 2. The top of the head is too large and you have to slide the camera so far forward to release the plate from the tripod. Ultimately, I went with the 501HDV fluid head which more compact and user-friendly but just as good in terms of fluid motion.
    Date published: 2012-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value Video Head on the market This head is amazing for the price. An absolute steal. The one annoyance (as noted by other reviewers) is that (by default) the tilt lock control is on the same side as the pan bar. However, as shown in the attached photos, I simply put the pan bar on the opposite side of the head and use it backwards. This works very well and there doesn't seem to be any negative consequence to using the head backwards. This setup works well with the URSA Mini and its shoulder-mount kit mounted on a VCT-14 plate. For the price, I haven't found anything close to being this good. The flat base makes it perfect for use on sliders, etc.
    Date published: 2016-10-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great video head, just one flaw. Not that this is a bad thing, but it's much bigger and heavier than I expected. I am also using it on a Rhino camera slider, and the extra weight, if you're mounting it on a single tripod can make the ends of the carbon fiber rods bow a little (used with a Nikon D810/35mm lens). Good functionality in terms of panning, pretty smooth. My only complaint is the position of the lever to tighten the camera mount bar. It's difficult to get to when the camera in situated on the plate. Sometimes I need to move the camera further up on the slider than I would have liked to just to gain access to that tightening lever. Other than that, I really love this piece.
    Date published: 2016-09-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Tilt lock on the wrong side of the head! I can't understand why Manfrotto installed the tilt lock in the right side of the head, making it impossible to lock the tilt without removing your hand from the handle. My unit broke after camera operators insisted in locking the tilt head using the tension control on the left side, despite of me warning them not to do so many times. It seems like it's just not practical and intuitive having to have the tilt lock it in the wrong side. I'm never buying this head again and I sincerely don't recommend it to experienced professionals who are used to locking the tilt on the left side of the head.
    Date published: 2016-09-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the money! I bought this to use with my Canon T3i, and it is just what I wanted. I have been using some 20$ * brand tripod up until now... Love being able to adjust the drag on the spot. Something that did bum me out: The long plate that comes with the tripod didnt match the same manfrotto quick released plate that I had purchased to use on my Glidecam HD 2000. They appeared to be the same, but one is slightly larger than the other, and therefore not universal. I was a little upset that Manfrotto makes two different plates that look identical but must be different by about 2cm of width.I still give it 5 stars minding the small disappointment!
    Date published: 2013-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from New life for old tripods! I have a professional video production company. I have Bogen 3051 and 3016 tripods with 3063 heads. I have been using them in event videography for 22 years. The heads are worn out, but the legs are still good. I put the 502HD heads on them and they have new life. The 502HD has the qualities of a much more expensive head. It is larger and longer which allows for balancing the camera and the camera stays where you set it when tilting and panning. It has great pan and tilt locks and drags that are easy to use. It also weighs the same as the 3063 but is a larger platform.I haven't found any problems so far.
    Date published: 2016-01-13
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wobbly Handle The first 502HD video head that was shipped to me was defective. The handle was loose even when tightened to the maximum. B&H sent a replacement which works fine although the tilt didn't seem quite as smooth as the defective one especially at looser tension. Before I returned the defective one, I and one of my co-workers compared both heads and we agreed that there was a very slight but noticeable difference between the two although both were smoother than the Manfrotto 501HDV heads we have. I like that the quick release plates for the 501HDV and the 502HD are interchangeable even though they are different lengths.
    Date published: 2013-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth, Fluid Motion in a Robust Head I use this with my dslr on a carbon fiber 745 MDeVe tripod with the 50mm ball. The head is large, but not too large for this setup. Don't get this if you need a small head.The fluid motion is awesome. Very smooth. I like the continuously adjustable friction for the pan and tilt. You can dial in the precise amount of resistance for your camera and style of shooting.I don't particularly like the location of the pan lock (in the center between the bridges) or tilt lock (on the right side). It's hard to tilt with the handle on the right and then lock the tilt. But it's workable.
    Date published: 2012-10-25
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