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

Model #MVH502A

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Manfrotto mvh502a 1
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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
19 January 2016

Very big and heavy, but does the job very well, will take large heavy cam, very solid controls work very well. dslr with large lens handles great, birders will love the smooth action

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    Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp

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24 October 2015

I bought this for use with a Canon XL2 camcorder, which is quite heavy to hand/shoulder hold for long.<br />The tracking of birds in flight is almost impossible, at high zoom, when hand held. With this head it is childs play.

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    Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp

25 December 2014

I bought this head to use with a DSLR camera with video. I wasn't disappointed, it has the usual Manfrotto quality. Well made, precise and very smooth. Exactly what I needed.

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    Easily Adjusted, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement

26 February 2014

I wanted a fluid head for my fully rigged DSLR that would give me a stable platform for all shooting situations. With the rolling shutter effect associated with DSLR video it was extremely important to have very smooth panning control throughout its range.

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    Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement

14 January 2014

I am very pleased with this fluid head,it's construction quality and handling is first class. As a retired professional I thought I would have to pay a lot more to get a fluid head that felt so organic and responsive to control as this, but I was wrong, it is a joy to use with fine incremental...

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    Compact, Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement, Sturdy, Very well made

19 December 2013

Couldn't find any cons but maybe overkill for light cameras. I use it with a pair of macro-sliders for video and stills for precise focusing. Superb product. Needs a strong tripod, though.

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    Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement

20 September 2013

I used the product in a whole host of situations, including creative filmmaking and club promotional videos. It is a fantastic workhorse, and i wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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    Easily Adjusted, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement

11 August 2013

Its a good head so far. I just wish i had gone for the bowl version with a new set of legs as setting levels is now painfully slow as i have to adjust each leg to get the perfect level before filming. So something to think about before buying.

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    Easily Adjusted, Smooth Movement

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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