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ManfrottoMVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head
 
4.6

(based on 146 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (105)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (72)
  • Opens quickly (68)
  • Compact (62)
  • Lightweight (60)
  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

  • Unstable joints (6)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Unstable (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (71)
  • Weddings (59)
  • Travel (48)
  • Sports/action (43)
  • Wildlife (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (42), Semi-pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (8), Aspiring film maker (5), Film professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great monopod but read this review 1st

This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the...Read complete review

This is absolutely a GREAT combo of monopod and head. The problem is that it is not the standard head MVH500AH .. it was modified for this monopod and so with this monopod the head itself does not pan. The bottom of the monopod does the work instead. In the Manfrotto video for this new product they show the incorrect head that comes with this monopod. The only issue is that you can't use the head that comes with this monopod on anything else using it as a fluid head..the knob is missing with the modification. Too bad I had to return it.. it was awesome.. as I wanted something not dedicated to the monopod. I decided then to buy the same unmodified head MVH500AH and bought a separate monopod. I want to make sure to state that his unit is really nice although I did not keep it! If this is what you need or want, you won't be sorry if you buy this product. It worked very very nicely! Beautifully!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not an Accurate Product Description

I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built...Read complete review

I'm rating it at a 2 because the MVH500AH Fluid Head is modified so that there is no pan axis which is why I purchased it. I understand that the pan axis is built into the monopod, but I had the hopes of using the head on a different pair of sticks. I guess Manfrotto wants me to purchase another kit which is disappointing. They continue to disappoint just as they did with the previous model.

The quality is great and what I expect from Manfrotto. It's just too bad that their not up front about the features they've subtracted. Please update the product description so that people don't waste their time and money on something they aren't expecting.

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2.0

Makes noise

By Amanda / Megan

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Shooting a wedding on this was not a good experience because moving the head up down or side to side it makes noise like a squeaking, plastic rubbing noise that ended up in my video. I tried to looses everything to make it more noiseless but its still there when you move the head around. Wish I can return it.

 
5.0

Great product

By Leonardo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Perfect and easy to use

 
5.0

I would recommend to a Friend!

By Nathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Holds a Gopro and a C100 mkii fully loaded down. Good Monopod for moving around. Interchangeable Manfrotto plates makes switching from Monopod to tripod a breeze.

 
5.0

Best monopod

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

nice Monopod..very well construct

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid build quality and versatile

By Vsubbramanya

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

build quality is superb. A must have for video production.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would definitely buy it again

By Bart

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I use this monopod with a 600mm lens for taking photos of crew teams as they race. The monopod itself has been great. The fluid head makes it easy to track the boats as they come into view. Since the lens I use weighs 6+ lbs. using this monopod has saved my neck and back. The 3 feet that stabilize the monopod at the bottom help greatly with the uneven terrain. My only issue is the rubber covers that slip over the tips of the feet can come loose.

 
5.0

Best Monopod out there

By Morgan

from Oregon

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Manfrotto delivers the best quality gear and this monopod is no exception! This is great for run and gun situations shooting video or stills.

 
5.0

Flexible monopod with stability!

By Thomas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Love this monopod. Great for the shoot on the go. Sturdy enough to provide support for bigger camera, but light enough to take on the run. Awesome purchase.

 
3.0

First Monopod

By Laura

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Great quality monopod. The downside is that the fluid turning system is at the bottom of the pole rather than up top near the handle, which is really annoying when out filming. Once you accept that, though, solid piece of kit.

 
5.0

FAVORITE!

By Peyton

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I never go anywhere without it! This is everything you need for a shoot. It's the optimal monopod. I've had one in the past that was stolen and it was the first thing I replaced after I was robbed. I love this thing and would recommend it highly to anyone into photo/video.

 
5.0

Just what I need

By Wilfredo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Great product, I love Manfrotto, I like to much the fast detachment system.

 
5.0

Great product

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

A+

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must Have

By LucasThePhotog

from Kansas City

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I bought this to use for my wedding videography. Was a little skeptical so I only ordered one to test it out. I shot a wedding 2 days after getting the product and bought a second one right after. It was the perfect addition for wedding videography

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must have for Videographers

By Nick

from New Orleans, LA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I've used this to shoot live music events and weddings. Made with high quality materials. I would buy another one.

 
5.0

My#1!

By GH4ce

from Undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Aside from a camera and a lens, this is my primary piece of equipment! So stead and fluid. I don't know where I'd be without it. Love this thing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Secret Weapon

By Kaleigh

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I have a bad and weak shoulder, so this monopod has come to my rescue many times in videography. It is my new best friend and my primary item to use on every shoot! So fluid and smooth. I've never felt anything like it. It made me a better videographer.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great product

By snow923

from Pasadena

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Love this for monopod, except I still love the old head, not liking the new screw lock. When you unlock the right side to change batteries or to do anything, you won't have to worry about the camera falling off on the OLD head they used to have, but this NEW head design is more likely for the camera to fall off if you are not being careful.

 
5.0

Great product. Easy to use.

By Bobby G

from Jackson, MS

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Very stable and easy to use.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for videographer

By Pavlo

from Undisclosed

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

Really nice tool to those who use it for video! I will definitely recommend a product.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

+ Smooth operation! - Requires lubrication?

By dcapattack

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVM500A Fluid Aluminum Video Monopod with 500 Series Head:

I love this Monopod. It's made my run-n-gun shooting 1000 times easier and smoother, especially for long term shooting like at conventions and weddings. It takes all the weight that would normally be on my shoulder, and gives me a super smooth shot, every time.

Don't buy another cheap Monopod.
This baby is 100% worth the price tag.
Say goodbye to jittery footage.

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