Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag

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Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag
Key Features
  • Supports 11 Pounds
  • Wide Platform for Camcorders & HDSLRs
  • 60mm Half Ball for Leveling
  • Spring-Loaded Counterbalance
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The Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag features a fluid head with a wide platform to support the HDSLR form factor, and a 60mm half ball for quick leveling without adjusting the legs. The head supports a maximum weight load of 11 pounds and has a built-in, pre-set spring-loaded counterbalance of 5.3 pounds. It features a tilt range of -70°/+90° and provides a panning rotation of 360°. The head also features a side lock system for the sliding quick release plate, a pan handle, and an integrated bubble level.
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Manfrotto MVK500AM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Fluid Head
  • 3Tripod legs
  • 4Padded Carry Bag

The Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod and Carry Bag features a fluid head with a wide platform to support the HDSLR form factor, and a 60mm half ball for quick leveling without adjusting the legs. The head supports a maximum weight load of 11 pounds and has a built-in, pre-set spring-loaded counterbalance of 5.3 pounds. It features a tilt range of -70°/+90° and provides a panning rotation of 360°. The head also features a side lock system for the sliding quick release plate, a pan handle, and an integrated bubble level.

The two-stage tripod features a 75mm bowl and includes a 75 to 60mm adapter for the MVH500A head. The legs are individually adjustable and feature a mid-level spreader for stability on uneven ground. The minimum height of the tripod and head is just over two feet, for getting low angle shots, and the maximum height is just over five feet. The legs feature non-removable feet suitable for exteriors and interiors, and are gentle on delicate floors. The included padded carry bag makes transporting your tripod and head simple and easy.

Fluid Head

The wide camera platform provides support for DSLR cameras, making this head suitable for both camcorders and DSLR cameras.
The 60mm half ball allows you to quickly level the head without having to readjust the legs. It also makes it simpler to create Dutch angle shots without dangerously unbalancing the tripod.
The spring-loaded counterbalance is fixed at 5.3 pounds; however, the head supports 11 pounds, and the counterbalance will still provide assistance when using camera setups heavier than 5.3 pounds.
Professional fluid cartridges provide fixed fluid drag in both the pan and tilt axes.
The head features a tilt range of 90 degrees forward and 70 degrees back, allowing you to tilt the camera straight down, and tilt it almost straight up.
The head pans through 360 degrees, allowing you to take long panoramic shots or spin the camera around on the head.
The side lock system allows the sliding QR plate to click into the head from above, instead of needing to be aligned and slid in from the back. This gives you the speed of a touch and go quick release with the balance adjustment capability of a sliding plate.
An integrated bubble level on the head aids you in quickly leveling the fluid head.
The included 500PLONG sliding quick release plate includes both a 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 camera tie-down screws.
The head includes one pan bar and features two pan bar mounting rosettes, one on each side of the head, for left or right-handed operation. A second optional pan bar allows you to operate the head with two pan bars at the same time.
The Easy Link connector is a 3/8"-16 threaded hole in the side of the head that allows you to easily mount accessories to the fluid head itself, and not the camera.

Tripod legs

Featuring a 75mm bowl for attaching a fluid head, a 75 to 60mm adapter is included for using with the MVH500A head.
The tripod legs can support over 33 pounds, easily carrying the weight of the fluid head and camera. The closed length (without fluid head) is just over two feet, has a height range of 22.4 to 56.5 inches, and weighs only 4.3 pounds.
The legs are constructed out of oval aluminum tubes for strength and durability. Each leg can be independently raised and lowered when required.
The mid-level spreader helps prevent instability that a ground-level spreader can introduce when working on uneven surfaces.
Non-removable rubber feet provide secure grip and are gentle on delicate surfaces, such as interior floors.
An elastic leg strap helps keep the legs secured together during transportation and storage.

Padded Carry Bag

The padded carry bag keeps your tripod and head together during storage or transport.
UPC: 719821346982

Manfrotto MVK500AM Specs

Fluid Head
Load Capacity11 lb (5 kg)
MaterialAluminum alloy
Head Attachment Fitting60 mm half ball
Counter Balance SystemSpring-loaded
Counter Balance RangePre-set to 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
Quick Release/Wedge PlateYes – 500PLONG
Tilt DragFluid cartridge with fixed drag
Tilt Range-70°/+90°
Tilt LockYes
Spring Loaded Counter BalanceYes
Pan DragFixed
Pan Range360°
Pan LockYes
Pan Bar1 – included
Leveling Bubble/IlluminatedYes/No
Temperature Range-4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Height34.9" (12.6 cm)
Weight2.5 lb (1.1 kg)
Tripod Legs
Head Attachment Fitting75 mm bowl
Note: The included 60 to 75 mm adapter is required to use the head on the tripod
Material of ConstructionAluminum
Stages2
Leg Lock TypeFlip
Independent Leg SpreadNo
FeetRubber
Spiked / Retractable FeetNo
Load Capacity33 lb (15 kg)
Minimum Height22.4" (56.9 cm)
Maximum Height56.5" (143.5 cm)
Closed Length24.2" (61.5 cm)
Weight4.3 lb (1.9 kg)
Fluid Head & Tripod
Load Capacity11 lb (5 kg)
Minimum Height26.6" (67.6 cm)
Maximum Height60.6" (153.9 cm)
Closed Length28.4" (72.1 cm)
Weight6.8 lb (3.1 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight9.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)32 x 8 x 7"
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What is the screw size hole on the side of the ...

What is the screw size hole on the side of the plate?
Asked by: Terry
Don't know the size but it fits my C300, 7D and C200
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-12-09

Is the half ball removable so that a flat plate ...

Is the half ball removable so that a flat plate is exposed if I want to mount this to a slider?
Asked by: Ethan
It is not. It is a 60mm ball head only, it cannot be converted to a flat base. What you could do instead is purchase the legs separate along with the flat base 500AH model and the 75mm Ball Adapter. Manfrotto Legs Only - https://bhpho.to/2jODzMY Flat Base Version of Head - https://bhpho.to/2drN3e3 75mm Ball Adapter - https://bhpho.to/2VoEN8w
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2019-05-08

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The listing says the legs without the fluid head can support 33 pounds- could these legs be a candidate for mounting a small jib?
Asked by: Joseph B.
Yes. I own these stix and have used them with a jib with a Canon EOS C100 and up to 25 pounds of weights on the other side.
Answered by: Kenny R.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Referring to the plate: how do I get the screw into the threads? They are two separate pieces. I got the shaft part into the plate, but now I need to fit this empty threaded cylinder over it. It JUST barley won't fit
Asked by: Scott B.
What you're talking about is a 1/4 -3/8 reducing bushing that is only needed if you're planing on using a camera that has a larger 3/8 mount instead of a standard 1/4 . If that's the case, then you should screw the bushing into the bottom of the camera, not onto the screw. Then you can use the screw on the plate to mount the plate onto the camera.
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Would this tripod be suited well enough for my Sony HVR-Z7U camera?
Asked by: Dennis
I think you have to be aware, that this tripod only support 11 Pounds and your Sony HVR-Z7U is how many pounds? if it could support it then you have no issue but bare in mind if you wanted to install a slider on top of the tripod, that will not be going to work very well. This is my problem after buying it nut overall for the lightweight camera, it is just so convenience to bring it around to use. Good luck
Answered by: Chris C.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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Can I manage the level without varying the height of the legs?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes you can.
Answered by: Rodney C.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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I own this tripod, but the mid level spreader is very loose. It makes it hard to easily move your shot without having to fix the legs again once placed back down. What should I do? Can I buy a tighter mid level spreader compatible with this tripod??thanks.
Asked by: Anonymous
Hello, We set our tripod up and it never really moves from its current location. So we don't pick it up. I would contact Manfrotto and see if they have any options.
Answered by: Andrew O.
Date published: 2018-08-28

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I just bought this item. I am having trouble figuring out how to use my Canon C100 with the Manfrotto MVH500A Fluid Drag Video Head with MVT502AM Tripod. The plate comes with one giant screw but that only holds the plate to the front of the camera, When I put it on the tripod the back of my camera is lose and can slide around. How do I solve this problem?
Asked by: Anonymous
The tripod should have come with a very small black plastic anti-rotation pin in a plastic bag.Press that into the small round hole on the plate, and that should act act a stop for the camera to swivel.
Answered by: Patrick M.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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