Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball

Model #MVH502A

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Specifications

General Information

Load Capacity 15.43 lb static weight (7.0 kg) Counterbalance supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
Diameter/Thread 75mm half ball
3/8"-16 thread to which half ball connects
Counter Balance System Spring-loaded
Counter Balance Range One fixed spring for 8.8 lb (4 kg) camera weight
Center of Gravity Not specified by manufacturer
Quick Release/Wedge Plate 504PLONG plate with 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 screws
Balance Plate 504PLONG plate slides 3.27" (83.0 mm)
Tilt Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Tilt Range -80° to +90° tilt range front to back
Tilt Lock Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance Yes
Pan Drag Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Yes
Pan Bar 1 included
2 possible positions
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/not specified by manufacturer
Material Aluminum
Color Black
Temperature Range -4 to +104 °F (-20 to +60 °C)
Height 5.91" (15.0 cm)
Weight 3.97 lb (1.8 kg)
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
29 April 2019
10/10

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
10/10

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
8.0/10

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
10/10

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
10/10

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.

B h photo.34921152
14 June 2019
10/10

I purchased this video head for several reasons.First, I had to replace a cheap one that was not a Manfrotto. Secondly, I am standardizing all of my tripods with Manfrotto so I need only 1 style of camera plate.

B h photo.34921152
13 June 2019
10/10

Excellent video fluid head, sooo smooth, adjustable drag, friction, good camera balance, solid construction like all manfrotto products. A little bit heavy, about 4pounds but still portable.

B h photo.34921152
12 June 2019
10/10

I am a professional videographer and photographer and just wanted to say that the 502 base head rocks! It is super smooth and the build is stellar. I use this for my Sony Z 150 all the time now. I am on happy customer.

B h photo.34921152
26 May 2019
6.0/10

Ive been using a 502A for a couple of years, long enough to wish I had something else. This is a great looking head, and the adapter plate is really good, but it has several serious disadvantages.First, good luck finding or using the bubble level.

B h photo.34921152
29 April 2019
10/10

This is my second 502 head with these legs. I had thought about getting a different set of legs with the same head but ultimately landed on these legs again because they work so well and havent failed me. You cant go wrong with this combination.

Product Highlights
  • For Video Tripods with 75mm Half-Balls
  • 15.43 lb Weight Capacity
  • Counterbalance Supports 8.8 lb
  • Bridging Technology
  • Spring-Loaded Counterbalance
  • Continuously Adjustable Pan/Tilt Drag
  • Pan Bar & Sliding Plate Included
In The Box
  • Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with 75mm Half-Ball
  • 75mm Half Ball
  • Pan Bar
  • 504PLONG Long Quick-Release Mounting Plate
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty + 3 Year Extension upon Online Registration
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