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Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base

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Manfrotto 502AH Pro Video Head with Flat Base
Key Features
  • Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Mounting Thread
  • 22 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Bridging Technology
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 cameras. The 502AH comes in two versions—the "AH" flat base version with 3/8"-16 mounting hole such as this one, and the "A" ball base version which is separately available.
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Manfrotto 502A Video Head Overview

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 cameras. The 502AH comes in two versions—the "AH" flat base version with 3/8"-16 mounting hole such as this one, and the "A" ball base version which is separately available.

The weight capacity is 22 lb and the 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 is 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 maximum 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 a secondary safety system
The flat base has a 3/8"-16 female threaded mounting hole for attaching to tripods, sliders, and other platforms
UPC: 719821334651

Manfrotto 502A Video Head Specs

Camera Plate
Balance Plate Sliding Range3.27" / 83 mm
Tripod Platform
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Flat Base
Physical
Load Capacity22 lb / 10 kg
Counter BalanceFixed (8.8 lb / 4 kg)
Dimensions5.12" / 13 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)15.15 x 8.65 x 8.55"

Manfrotto 502A Video Head Reviews

Does the job just as I need

By Eric
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

Pan and tilt work great for a camera rig that is about 10 pounds. Balance works well too. I don't mind the lock on the opposite side.

Very Capable Tripod Head!

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-27

I got this tripod head to be used with my Edelkrone motorized slider system mostly because Edelkrone seems to like them (used in their demo videos). I think it's because the tilt/pan locks are really secure which they are. You can lock this on an incline and it will hold its position even with the camera at extreme ends. It's also a decent video head for the price. Has a lot of adjustability for friction and balance.

Uneven friction in panning direction

By Jeremy M
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-17

The drag is inconsistent in the 360 degrees of panning, giving a little more resistance on one side, then easing up on the other. Does not bother me except on wide pans.

Its a standard for a reason

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-04

This head is smooth and well balanced for light weight video. I got it to use with a Sony AX700 and it does an excellent job. Even long range zooms can pan and tilt smoothly.

Smooth and sturdy

By Ron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-27

A very sturdy video head and surprisingly smooth movement for a video head in this price range.

an amazing head for BIF photography

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-25

First off, this is a HEAVY head. It's my one and only gripe about it. If you're back-packing, look somewhere else. Other than that, this is THE best head I've used for long-lens BIF photography. Honestly, I'd not considered video heads as an option to replace my Manfrotto 3030 purchased in the way-back days. But after a few aborted attempts to upgrade that relic, I read about this head and decided to invest. I'm so glad I did. -with ball bearings, it's smooth as ice. -the bridging technology design gives me the ability to tilt a full 180degrees. My old head would block out at ~ 45 degrees...not good when the BIFs are flying straight overhead. -the sliding plate on the (very) large base gives me the ability to position the center of gravity over the center tube much better than I could before, ensuring that the tripod is much more stable, regardless of my lens configuration. -the fluid drag system lets me dial in as much resistance as I'd like in any planar movement...I personally like it a little looser, so I can pivot and swivel to follow the action. By setting it looser, I was actually able to swivel/pivot with my hands on the camera body, not the control arm. I also found that tucking the control arm under my arm gave me the ability to move the camera with my body. It's like I'm wearing this tripod head! -finally, in spite of differing opinions on the subject I WAS able to secure a quick release adaptor plate to this head, so that I could use it with every piece of kit currently outfitted with the standard Manfrotto plate (Manfrotto 323 RC2 System Quick Release Adapter with 200PL-14 Plate). fyi - the trick is to position the quick release at the very back of the plate. It overhangs but you can still position the slider bar quite a bit) My net: I LOVE this head. Even given that it is going to add a few more pounds to my kit, it's weight I'll gladly pack.

first rate video head

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-02

I used a cheaper Manfrotto had prior to this one, and I am delighted with this better version.

Great head

By Darren
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-29

I have this mounted on a Rhino slider and it is perfect. Heavy enough for larger cams, but also works well with mirrorless setups.

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I know this says the payload is 15 lbs but how ...

I know this says the payload is 15 lbs but how would it handle an 18 lb payload? The cheapest manfrotto head that supports that much is like $400 so I don't know if i should pay for that or just go with this.
Asked by: Gabe
We don't recommend going over the payload, since there may be issues with balancing and wear of the tripod.
Answered by: Geetika
Date published: 2021-03-05

question

Is it possible to set the counter balance to zero for very light cameras?
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately, no it is balanced for a fixed weight of 4 kilos (8.8 lbs). It has adjustable fluid drag for pan and tilt. I have used it with no issues running just a bare DSLR, but it is noticeably smoother when kitted out closer to 4 kilos. I have no complaints about the head. I bought both this one and the one with the 75mm ball. I thought I'd always keep the 75mm ball head on my tripod and use the flat base on my slider. I have found that using the 75mm ball head with an adapter is better on a slider, because it keeps the slider out of your wider shots. Cheers.
Answered by: Matthew G.
Date published: 2020-05-31

where is this head made ?

where is this head made ?
Asked by: Larry
While the vast majority of Manfrotto products are made in Italy, this one is actually made in China.
Answered by: Bruno
Date published: 2020-12-07

I shoot videos with a small mirrorless camera ...

I shoot videos with a small mirrorless camera (Sony a6000) and I need a better tripod for camera movements (I currently own a much simpler manfrotto tripod and can't make smooth movements with it). This 502AH seems to be a great head, but I think it might be too big for my small camera. Can anyone give me an indication of a more suited tripod for the task?
Asked by: Erick
Hello. I pair the video head with this tripod B&H # IN2SCFT4S. I use them with a Canon XA10 and a Nikon D7000; they work very well together.
Answered by: Edgar
Date published: 2019-07-07

WILL THIS WORK WITH VILTROX VX-18M TRIPOD??

WILL THIS WORK WITH VILTROX VX-18M TRIPOD??
Asked by: Mateo
The head has a 3/8"-16 Female connection which will mate with the tripod .
Answered by: Edward R
Date published: 2021-04-17

question

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 [email protected] if you require additional assistance with this product.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

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

Would this Manfrotto 502AH head work with my ...

Would this Manfrotto 502AH head work with my Viltrox VX-18M Tripod??
Asked by: Mateo
If your tripod has a 3/8"-16 mounting screw, which most likely it does, yes it will work.
Answered by: Edgar
Date published: 2021-04-15
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