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ManfrottoMVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base
 
4.5

(based on 186 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (114)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (93)
  • Attaches firmly (79)
  • Large range of motion (72)
  • Strong clamp (48)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Unstable (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (90)
  • Weddings (48)
  • Landscape/scenery (38)
  • Home (27)
  • Portraits (27)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (51), Semi-pro photographer (35), Photo enthusiast (22), Photography student (4), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (114)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very smooth, but needed adjustment

This head, in general, is rather nice. Tilt action was butter smooth out of the box. Quick release plate and mechanism are nice and easy to use.
However, pan action was...Read complete review

This head, in general, is rather nice. Tilt action was butter smooth out of the box. Quick release plate and mechanism are nice and easy to use.
However, pan action was horrendously stiff. It would actually shift the whole tripod, or would loosen the attachment plate from column. I popped off the pan screw cover, loosened the bolt, then re-tightened it with less torque. It now pans easily and smoothly.
Another thing is I think the tilt balancing spring is too tight. Tilt it more than 20 degrees either way, even with a DSLR+70-200 f2.8, and you have to struggle to keep it there without tightening the knob. Though gotta say, with video, you rarely need large angle tilts. Still, I will try to find a way to loosen the spring.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good, but needs some improvement

This is a great head, but ... and I say but because I expect a little more attention to detail from Manfrotto. The head arrived way too tight on the pan, we...Read complete review

This is a great head, but ... and I say but because I expect a little more attention to detail from Manfrotto. The head arrived way too tight on the pan, we had to losen the center screw and that's kind of a cop out way of handling the issue. That did losten it up a little, but it may have backed off on the stability slightly also. I understand it is not "Adjustable drag" on pan, but really it shouldn't cause the tripod to come off it's legs to operate it. WAY too tight ... this should be shipped ready to use.

There is no head lock to the tripod base, there's a set screw in some of the bases but that's a PITA to get too and requires a tool. The head should have a pin you push down to prevent it from twisting on the tripod base. Especially if they are going to ship it so tight on the pan. It kept unscrewing.

That said, once I got it operationally smooth and tightened up the screw from the bottom of the tripod mount things got functional. It's smooth overall and easy to use. I like it and will continue to put hours on it in the field and in the studio.

Manfrotto just needs to pay a little more attention to quality control on this model and perhaps add that little head lock feature.

Reviewed by 186 customers

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5.0

Nice

By mgr

from Reno, NV

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Smooth and handles a small > medium load well. Solid construction as expected from Manfrotto. Common base plate to my 503 also.

 
3.0

No completely smooth

By 234

from 7086

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

I think the product would be smooth with a heavy video camera on it , but a small sony a7 has problems with smooth panning , the adjustment screw is not really usable to slow the drag either , it just makes it sticky and jumpy , but its a cheap head so it alright for the money . The tilt is much smoother and has a better adjust screw

 
5.0

AWESOME

By David

from Newark, DE

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

I am in real estate sales. I am using this product in two main ways. At the location of new property that we are listing for sale we use the video head to produce videos of our new listings. We are also using this head in our office to create informational video. The product is easy to use and is everything that I would expect.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of my favorite fluid heads

By Laurie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

One of my 2 favorite fluid heads by Manfrotto. The other being the 502. I own both and love both and can get smooth fluid shots with either one. Pros: It's smaller and lighter than the 502, which makes it easier to transport to shoots and easier to carry around on a tripod or monopod while working on shoots - especially when moving quickly and often. I like the convinience of the drop-in quick release plate instead of sliding it in. Cons: I wish it had drag/tension control like on the 502 - this one is either on or off. Honestly, if I had to pick one or other (the 500 or the 502), I couldn't. I love them both for different applications.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this product.

By Jimmy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Great tripod head for the money.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would recommend this fluid head very time.

By Reynaldo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Brought it to replace my benro s4 can love it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

good

By Hyeongjong

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

thank you

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Essential tool for DSLR video at great price

By Jefferson

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Great value and performance for the price. A must have to get started with DSLR video.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Affordable Panning Head

By Daniel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Very solid!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent fluid head that is perfect for my requirements.

By Mark

from undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

This is an excellent, true, fluid head. First let me state I am a fine art nature photographer primarily making still images with DSLR cameras. I have used many very good ball heads but have never been quite satisfied with the smoothness of locking in camera placement for my compositions. The MVH500AH from Manfrotto has solved that issue for me. If you have had similar experiences, I highly recommend you check out this head. It is a very well balanced true fluid head allowing very smooth adjustments to both pan and tilt. The extra-long, quick release plate allows easily setting the balance point for any lens and camera combination. Once you have set that balance point this head does an excellent job of holding your set up in place while fine tuning pan and tilt. Once you lock either pan or tilt the positioning is not altered in the least. If you've ever positioned for your composition with a ball head only to have it change slightly when locking completely, you know the benefit this head brings to the table. Did I mention how smooth this head allows that to be done with precision?

I like to create my compositions fully within camera and am a bit of a perfectionist. This head facilitates doing so without constantly having to adjust leveling the horizon with every change in pan or tilt. Yes, that does mean you need to get your horizon level first but that has always been my starting point. So what this head does for me is set it and forget it, concentrating on the rest of the composition. I feel I have finally found the right head for my requirements. As always B&H made this purchase pleasant and it arrived a day early.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Fluid Video Head with Flat Base.

By Gary

from NM

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

It do's the job.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I goofed - but its alright!

By Johnnie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Received the head but had ordered the wrong head for the tripod I have readily available. Loaned the appropriate tripod and waiting for its return, expect its return in a couple of weeks or so. I expect this head better for my purposes than the ball head I want to replace. The B&H service has been and is excellent. I expect to continue doing business with them for an extended period of time.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You just gotta try it!

By Ronald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Love this head! Buy this head for your DSLR - still or video - and you'll never use a ball head again.

 
5.0

Not overkill

By Tam

from undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Right size right weight right price for a hobbies photographer, sturdy built, smooth panning and tilting. Easily handle with my Canon paired with 70-200mm F2.8 , not overkill.

 
5.0

Perfect Video Head

By Demetria

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Works perfectly! Does exactly what I need it to do during production. Very smooth pans and tilts.

 
5.0

Would buy again

By Aaron

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Works great

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good product for the price

By Diego

from undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

I'm using this head in my monopod for Wedding and I just love it, first I though was a little big for that use but it fits perfectly and it's very smooth. Amazing for the price.

 
5.0

Great Fluid Head for Video.

By Mason

from Raleigh

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Out of the box, the head is great for the price. I purchased it because of the ability pop the quick release plate in from the top versus sliding in horizontally. Haven't field tested this product yet, but the usability is great.

 
5.0

Very Good

By Israel David

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

Very Good

 
5.0

Perfect for 5D and smaller

By John FL

from Saratoga, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base:

I have used this with a 5D MkIII, 70-200mm f2.8 and rail system, focus puller and LCD monitor. Well balanced but wouldn't go heavier. Also works with a lighter setup such as Sony A7Rii with 55mm although the leveling spring does start to make itself felt. Really well built - bullet proof construction.

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