Manfrotto 502HD Ball Base Fluid Head / 546GB Tripod / and Carrying Bag

Model #MVH502A,546GB-1

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Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 39.0 x 8.75 x 8.25"
Package Weight 16.0 lb

General Information

Ball Diameter 75 mm half ball
Tripod Mounting Thread 3/8"-16
Camera Screw 1/4" and 3/8"
Material Aluminum alloy
Counterbalance System Spring-loaded -- one fixed spring for 8.8 lb capacity (4 kg) Counterbalance range preset to 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
Camera Plate 504PLONG quick release plate with 1/4" and 3/8" screws Slides 3.27" (8.3 cm) along balance plate
Pan / Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max
Tilt Range -80° to +90° tilt range front to back
Tilt Lock Yes
Pan Lock Yes
Pan Range 360°
Pan Bar 1 pan bar included, 2 positions possible
Leveling Bubble / Illuminated Yes / Not specified by manufacturer
Color Black
502HD Ball Base Fluid Head
Working Height 5.9" (15 cm)
Weight 3.97 lb (1.8 kg)
Temperature Range -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Load Capacity 12.2 lb static weight (5.5 kg) Counterbalance supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)

546GB Tripod

Bowl Diameter 75 mm
Minimum Height 12.8" (32.5 cm)
Maximum Height 62.4" (158.5 cm)
Leg Stages / Sections 2 / 3
Center Brace Flip-lever
Spiked Feet Ground-level spreader
Spiked / Retractable Feet Yes, with rubber covers
Folded Length 27.2" (69 cm)
Weight 7.7 lb (3.5 kg)
Material Aluminum
Load Capacity 44 lb (20 kg)
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
29 April 2019

I had been using and old Bogen tripod from 30 years ago. This Manfrotto unit is simply amazing. The adjustments for moving are easy. I am using this with a Swarovski 95 mm spotting scope with attached Nikon D7200 camera. The weight of this setup was easily balanced by the sliding head.

B h photo.34921152
26 May 2018

I have just shot an industrial video with mySony HDR-AX2000 using this head. The movements are smooth, and I was able to set my resistance using the adjustment wheels to a just-right feel. I was on a scissors lift, about 40 feet in the air photographing workers performing their tasks.

B h photo.34921152
27 October 2018

Worth more than the price. Very sturdy, well constructed seems like it would hold a heavier camera mount if needed.The fluid pan takes some getting use to. You need to twist the head clockwise to tighten the resistance so the fluid pan will work correctly. This is a constant issue.

B h photo.34921152
12 November 2018

We have several previous model 055 with 501 heads. This new 055 with the 502 head is one pound heavier than the old 055/501 , at about 10.2 lbs with generic case and the manfrotto telescopic pan bar. But, the fluid action is smoother and the tripod slightly heavier duty.

B h photo.34921152
8 November 2018

I had been using a video head purchased years ago which began squeaking. After researching several models, I decided on the Manfrotto which bigger than I had imagined. I used it with my little Canon Vixia. I was concerned that it would not work with the lighter camera.

23 May 2021

Excellent product. I purchased at the same time as the 055 tripod. A bit of camo tape covers up the red on the head Be nice if they did an all black version for wildlife photography.

16 May 2021

I use I for wildlife photography, I find it great and more stable than a gimbal for a 600mm f4 lens. I would buy again

6 May 2021

Not had a chance to use it to the full but so far it is sturdy and smooth to pan and tilt. Larger than I had envisaged and needs a sturdy tripod but suits my Manfrotto 458B

19 March 2021

Great upgrade to previous cheap (and wobbly) fluid head.Solid build and easy ergonomics in use

15 March 2021

Bought it for Landscape photography, as all of my ball heads flop all over the place , a bit over the top I know, but bought large to support my Canon 600 Prime lens for Wildlife, for that, I now prefer it to my Gimbal head

Product Highlights
  • 75mm Ball Base Head with 12.2 lb Payload
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan / Tilt Drag
  • QR Plate & Pan Bar Included
  • 2-Stage Aluminum Tripod
  • 62.4" Max Height
  • Spiked Feet with Rubber Overshoes
  • Telescopic Ground-Level Spreader
  • Padded, Zippered, Shoulder Bag
In The Box
  • Manfrotto 502HD Ball Base Fluid Head / 546GB Tripod / and Carrying Bag
  • 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
  • 546GB Pro Video Tripod with Ground-Level Spreader
  • Red & Black Tripod Carrying Bag
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty + Additional 8 Years with Registration
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