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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Product Highlights

  • 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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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 yxwtvedydrbwxcbufxaetstts
  • 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 528.
    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 Very good for the Price I got this head along with the 500AH fluid head. Both are really smooth as others have said. I use the 502 for my AG-UX 90 with a 7" monitor, which balances it nicely. At first I was freaked out by the lock on the right side, but after balancing the rig along with the right amount of tension, it stops right on queue with no reason to lock off at every tilt stop. The one thing that I hoped for was a complete lack of Backlash. It is still present in this head as in all my low cost fluid heads. Although the backlash is not terribly bad, I still gave it 5 stars. The construction is very good and solid. I think this will last a long time.
    Date published: 2018-01-25
    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 2 out of 5 by from Bouncing fluid head I was a happy user of the predecessor to this product, the 501.? Never had a problem with it.? Needed a second head.? 501 no longer in production, replaced by this one.? Seemed impressive.? It was not.? Unlike the 501, this head has a nasty bounce-back when you are tilting it, it has a tendancy to want to return to the starting point, not a huge amount, but a little, and in a very annoying way.? Enough to impact video.? Some say that I need to add more weight to my rig, or adjust this or that.? Perhaps.? But I never had this problem with the 501.? I rushed to find a used 501, and thankfully I found one.? I am selling the 502.
    Date published: 2018-01-09
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    Can the balance spring be removed?
    Asked by: Philip
    If you are referring to the Spring-Loaded Counter Balance I do not think it would be advisable to remove that, nor are we sure how that could be done. Feel free to email us directly at if you require additional assistance with this product.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    will this mount on a shark s1 slider?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    As long as the slider has a 3/8 -16 connection on the carriage it will work with this 502HD Pro Video Head. The 3/8 -16 connection is standard on most sliders, so it should work.
    Answered by: Joseph P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    I'd like to get another Pan Bar for this head (since it only comes with one). What Pan Bar(s) works with this head?
    Asked by: John
    Hi Dennis. I feel like I "answered" your answer but perhaps I didn't. That's all well and good that in your decades long career as a movie camera assistant that you always called ita pan handle. I can tell you exactly where pan bar came from though...the instruction manual for this very Manfrotto 502AH Video head refers to it as a "Pan bar". So do what you will with that information, but it came from Manfrotto. Thank you for providing the part number for it!
    Answered by: John
    Date published: 2018-12-03

    will this head work on canon 5d mark 4 camera?

    will this head work on canon 5d mark 4 camera?
    Asked by: Arnel
    Yes it will. You will be able to shoot with a 5D Mark IV on this head.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2018-12-12

    Will I be able to mount it on Benro A2970F ...

    Will I be able to mount it on Benro A2970F (
    Asked by: Edvinas
    Yes, it will.
    Answered by: Jake
    Date published: 2019-05-31


    Why does B&H specs say that it has a, 15.4 lb Weight Capacity yet when I received the head, the instruction manual says it's weight capacity is 8.8 lbs?
    Asked by: John
    B&H lists what the manufacturer Manfrotto states: Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head - 15.4 lb Weight Capacity/Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb. This means the head takes a 15.4 lb camera and the front and rear counterbalance can shove against half that weight.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-11-20


    Is this compatible with Ronin-S baseplate?
    Asked by: elise c.
    We're afraid not. The quick release plate from the Ronin-S will not fit in to this tripod head.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-02-11


    Does this head (502HD) work with the Manfrotto 3001 tripod? Thank you
    Asked by: marco s.
    The 3/8 screw on the 3001 will fit the 502HD screw hole and the tripod is strong enough to hold the video head and it's camera.
    Answered by: Dennis A L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28
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