Updated Aug 16/2017
Manfrotto Tripod Head For Video
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Manfrotto MVH400AH Video Head - $139 - in stock
This economical video head from Manfrotto is light-weight and small, perfect for travel, sliders, etc. Suitable for DSLRs and small video cameras. Maximum payload is 8.8 lbs/4 kg. Uses the same 501PL quick release plate that is used on Manfrotto 500/701/501/502/503/504 heads.
Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head with Flat Base -
Reg $199 Sale $179 - in stock
Smaller than the 502 head, but larger than the 701HDV head, the 500 head is perfect to shoot video for DSLRs and smaller video cameras. Very similar to the old 501 head in size and features. The 500 utilizes the Bridging Technology used in their larger heads. Uses fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt. The quick release plate is longer than the one used in the 701HDV/501/501HDV/503 heads, but is the same width, so it is completely compatible with the 501PL plate. One change - it is now a side-load operation instead of sliding in from the back. Single counterbalance setting, not adjustable. The 500 head has one 3/8" connector on the side to allow an arm to be attached, for a monitor, light, or microphone. Has a flat base with 3/8" hole, so it can be attached to any tripod legs, slider or monopod. Max Load Capacity - 5 kg. Has a bubble level.
Manfrotto MVH502AH Fluid Pro Video Head with Flat Base -
Reg $249 Sale $219 - in stock
(3/8" connection for standard Manfrotto legs) Full smoothness control while shooting thanks to the variable fluid mechanisms. Ideal for latest camcorder and HDSLR cameras supplied with external accessories. The head can be combined with all photo tripods, thanks to the 3/8” female thread. Spring loaded counter balance. Weight 1.6 K, Working Height 13 cm. Max Load Capacity - 7 kg.
Manfrotto 504HD Fluid Video Head - $599 - special order
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(Please not that this head will only work with legs that can take the built-in ball mount such as 525 MV, etc.)
With its ability to support up to 16.5 lbs, the 504HD can be used with a variety of video and photo cameras. The newly designed counterbalance system includes four presets--from 0 to 16.5 lbs--enabling proper balance no matter what the camera's size or weight. Redesigned variable friction components--with clearly marked degree scales and vibration-free movement--bring new levels of fine tuning to your tilts and pans. An illuminated leveling bubble keeps horizons from tilting, even in the dark, while independent disc-brake locks make sure the head stays secure when at rest. Whether you're using a pro camcorder or a highly accessorized video DSLR on a rod/rail system, the 504HD takes some of the strain off your support rig by providing two 3/8 " threads integrated into the sides of the top plate. These Easy Link Connectors allow attachment of monitors, arms, and other accessories directly to the head, making the camera less top-heavy while reducing setup time. Weight: 6.39 lbs (2.9kg). Max Load: 16.5 lbs (7.5kg). Diameter/Thread: 75mm 3/8" Half Ball. Pan Range 360°.
Manfrotto 509HD Video Head - $999 - special order -
usually takes 3 - 5 business days
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(Please not that this head will only work with legs that can take the built-in ball mount.)
The Manfotto 509HD is the result of an important technical evolution - the perfect synthesis between an innovative “bridge architecture” and Manfrotto’s cutting edge engineering: Bridging Technology - an exclusive Manfrotto patent. A new bridge leading the videographer and photographer to even better results with today's high-definition cameras. The 509HD’s FDS (Fluid Drag System) is based on variable fluid cartridges on both, Tilt and Pan axes; the ergonomics of the controls have been noticeably improved to make use of the FDS even easier. Movement around the axes is smoothed by ball-bearing units which remove all unwanted vibration. All of this guarantees ultimate control and excellent video camera support, no matter what the situation, the shooting style, or the equipment set-up. The load capacity has also been improved: the 509HD supports rigs up to 28.8lb (13kg) at 55mm C.O.G and two 3/8” threads on the top plate allow accessories, such as monitors and arms, to be fitted straight to the head, thus eliminating the need for extra clamps, saving set-up time and freeing the video camera’s hot shoe for other components. The 509HD features the ABR (Advanced Balancing Recorder) for precision when fixing equipment, ensuring a perfect balancing position, saving time and making this operation much more efficient, accurate and fast. The system can be leveled thanks to the Ø100mm half ball and the illuminated leveling bubble.
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