Manfrotto MVH500AH Professional Fluid Video System, Carbon Legs / MDeVe, 11.02lbs Load Capacity, 58.27" Maximum Height

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About Manfrotto MVH500AH

The Manfrotto MVH500AH Professional Fluid Video System (Carbon Legs / MDeVe) is a lightweight head with a wider platform for HDSLR bodies and the sliding plate travels to balance the latest interchangeable lens cameras. The entry-level 500 ensures smooth shots and fine control with up to 5kg (11 lbs) of equipment. It's the most compact head in successful Bridging Technology range.

The MVH500A is supplied with a 60mm half ball video tripod mount and it also replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV video head. It has professional fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes to ensure that every camera movement is smooth, controlled and precise. The side lock system allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above, instead of needing to be aligned and slid in from the back.

No secondary safety lock is necessary. The side lock system also makes it quicker and simpler to lift the camera out of the head from above. It has a pre-set counterbalance of 2.4kg (5.3 lbs), but is able to support equipment of up to 5kg (11 lbs). It has one easy link 3/8" connector to allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted.

The 755CX3 Carbon Fiber MDeVe tripod is a hybrid two-stage (or 3-section), carbon fiber single leg-tube tripod that's compact and lightweight. It has a flat head plate, but a built-in MDeVe 50mm half-ball levelling system (locked by a rotating grip at the bottom of the center column), which allows the camera operator to level the camera without needing to make micro adjustments to each individual tripod leg. Tension-adjustable flip leg levers make setting up and packing away the tripod fast and easy.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (7),Attaches firmly (6),Strong clamp (5),Large range of motion (4)
Best Uses:
Video (6),Landscape/scenery (3)

Manfrotto MVH500AH Specifications

Load Capacity
11.02lbs / 4.99kg
Closed Length
28.74" / 72.99cm
Minimum: 22.05" / 56cm
Maximum: 68.11" / 172.9cm
Maximum: 58.27" / 148cm (with Center Column Down)
6.53lbs / 2.96kg

Manfrotto MVH500AH Reviews

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(based on 7 reviews)


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Reviewed by 7 customers


Great for DSLR video shooters


from Sunnyvale, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is my first time using the video head on my setup for shooting video: Canon EOS 70D + EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM + Vello BG-C10 w/ 6xAA Eneloop batteries, total weight 4.3LB. It balances well and works smoothly as advertised. The only weak spot, from my observation, is the pan movement lock knob which feels easy to break if you put too much force on it. This is the only reason why I took one star off. Overall, it is a great video head for DSLR video shooters with moderate gears.


best head for the money


from St Simons Island, GA  -  Pro Photographer

The fluid head works like a dream. Video panning at any angle, even multiple angles and direction changes, is smooth as silk. This has made a huge difference in our videos taken with our DSLR. Couldn't be happier. Price is great too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice and simple.


from Oak Park, IL  -  Pro Photographer

I am a professional photographer learning video. This works perfectly with my Manfrotto tripod and is simple to use. Smooth pans and tilts. For a beginner in video, has everything covered. The hardcore pros likely need more, but a good starting place that seems like it could be in service for a long time.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


dissapointed in Adlorama or Manfrotto?


from Albuquerque NM

this tripod came with missing pieces and no documentation. since the entire order of over $2500 was back ordered seems strange, because this was likely some sort of display or floor unit appearing used. Handle missing, thread attachment missing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Comparable 701 Replacement!


from Maine  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I was looking for a 701, until I realized that has been discontinued, and this guy is the new fluid head. I wanted something small, and light to use on a slider for smooth panning while sliding. Specifically chose this model because it can be screwed on, tightened, and with the flick of a tension screw, the head can smoothly rotate. It is a tad heavy for a dedicated small camcorder head. Fluid tilting is excellent. The new base plate design I am on the fence about. On the one hand, it can be put on in a snap, literally, and I like that the head is backwards compatible with previous base plates. The downside is the stock base plate on this model is not backwards compatible with older heads :( Also, the locking handle and base plate tension knob are now one little switch, that you push down to open and twist to tighten, but it's designed like a thumb pick, not like a round knob and I feel that if they kept it round, tightening would be a couple twists faster. All's said, I am satisfied with this, but not having the older model to compare it with I can't judge whether or not this is an improvement. It is smaller(ish) than the current 501 head, but what I really could have used is a 561hdv head on a swivel. Gear: canon HDSLR.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Smooth Motion


from East TN  -  Casual Photographer

Item works exactly as described. Very smooth.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Head For the Money


from Rapid City, SD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use with Canon 5D Mark III for panning shots and this head provides ultra smooth results. set up was easy and it fit nicely on my existing tripod. I especially liked the way I was able to balance the camera, there was enough adjustment to compensate for a heavy lens.

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