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|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||39.0 x 8.75 x 8.25"|
|Package Weight||16.0 lb|
|Ball Diameter||75 mm half ball|
|Tripod Mounting Thread||3/8"-16|
|Camera Screw||1/4" and 3/8"|
|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|
|Pan Bar||1 pan bar included, 2 positions possible|
|Leveling Bubble / Illuminated||Yes / Not specified by manufacturer|
|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)|
|Bowl Diameter||75 mm|
|Minimum Height||12.8" (32.5 cm)|
|Maximum Height||62.4" (158.5 cm)|
|Leg Stages / Sections||2 / 3|
|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)|
|Load Capacity||44 lb (20 kg)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Great upgrade to previous cheap (and wobbly) fluid head.Solid build and easy ergonomics in use
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