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|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||15.0 x 8.5 x 8.4"|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||25.5 x 5.5 x 5.3"|
|Independent Leg Spread||Yes|
|Leg Lock Type||Flip|
|Head Attachment Fitting||3/8"-16|
|Spring Loaded Counter Balance||Yes|
|Pan Drag||Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level|
|Pan Bar||1 included 2 possible positions|
|Leveling Bubble/Illuminated||Yes/not specified by manufacturer|
|Temperature Range||-4 to 104 °F (-20 to 40 °C)|
|Tilt Range||-80° to +90° tilt range front to back|
|Weight||3.53 lb (1.6 kg)|
|Height||5.12 in (13.0 cm)|
|Load Capacity||Static: 15.43 lb / 7.0 kg Counterbalance supports 8.8 lb / 4 kg|
|Head to Tripod Mounting Thread||3/8"-16 thread|
|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|
|Load Capacity||19.8 lb (9 kg)|
|Folded Length||24" (61 cm)|
|Minimum Height||3.5" (9 cm)|
|Maximum Height w/o Column Extended||55.1" (140 cm)|
|Maximum Height||66.9" (170 cm)|
|Weight||5.5 lb (2.5 kg)|
|Center Column Sections||1|
|Bubble Level||Yes, 360° rotating bull's eye|
|Center Column Type||Rapid, 90° horizontal|
I needed to improve my Tripod for a video shoot. I used a Nokon 810 with a 70-200mm lens, Tascam DR70d audio recorder, and a Atomos Ninja Blade. By sliding the mounting plate forward or back I could find the balance point that matched the non adjustable counterbalance with only certain angles...
Some Manfrotto heads I like. This is not one of them. The 502 was designed by someone who has never shot video in their life. The plate release constantly gets stuck. The pan lock is in between the bridge, making it impossible to access without reaching behind the fluid head.
Manfrotto always delivers the best quality. We have at least 6 Manfrotto tripods. This video head was one of our latest purchases, and in true Manfrotto fashion, we were not disappointed. Love it!
Im used to somewhat smaller heads but the 502 was recommended to me by a friend. I did not expect how big it was.The fluid action is very smooth and adjusts from freely spinning down to barely moving.
Ive used the old Manfrotto Tripod for YEARS. It way worn out. The ball head was always causing a horrible pan and the tilt was always sticking. Those days are OVER. Do NOT buy cheap imitation gear if you are a pro or wanting to be a pro. You will regret it!!
This tripod is heavy and strong. There are many tension controls which take some getting use to. The biggest flaw is the fluid pan. No matter how tight you wind the head to the base it always loosens causing unsteady pans left or right.
Remember when you used to give out bags with your tripods manfrotto?I bought a set of legs and a head, you think that would warrant protecting them. Or at least put a link how to purchase one. imho
I guess I shouldnt be surprised since its from Manfrotto, but this tripod head is truly awesome and a cut WELL above any of the other tripod heads I have. Doing more video with my Canon 70D, Ive found smooth pan and tilt control to be a challenge.
Its super smooth in all directions, versatile (can control pan and tilt drag), massive and professional.Im so happy I chose this head over others.And for its price - its the best deal.You wont be disappointed.
I have to use this head backwards so that the tilt lock is on the left side and the pan lock is on the back. The handle then attaches to the front right side (which is supposed to be the back left side if using it the way they designed it).