Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Quick Release Head, Supports 19 lbs.

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About Manfrotto 504HD

The 504HD is a perfect balance of design and performance. The bridge design improves the head's rigidity and its PAN friction control is fast, simple to fine-tune and protected from knocks. All structural components are made from aluminum with the PAN axis rotation unit using ball bearings to obtain smooth, totally vibration-free controlled movements that can be directly adjusted using the head's FDS variable friction system. FDS on both the PAN and TILT axes also ensures that the head works perfectly at all temperatures with all types of equipment and under all loads. Ergonomically improved lever and dial designs combine with the new friction index to give you complete control over the 504HD. The 504HD has been designed to offer a load capacity of up to 7.5kg (16.5lb) making it suitable for a huge range of camera equipment.

The CBS counterbalance system has 4 presets for a full range of camera weights (0, 2.5kg-5.5lb, 5kg-11lb and 7.5kg-16.5lb). Leveling the head is easy thanks to the 75mm diameter hemisphere and the back-lit bubble level. Two 3/8" threads on the top plate allow accessories (such as monitors and arms) to be directly and securely attached to the head, which helps cut down set-up time, keeps your camera hot shoe free and, saves you from using another clamp. The 504HD is suitable for Manfrotto PRO series video tripods with mid-level or ground spreaders and for carbon fiber single-leg MPRO tripods.

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Manfrotto 504HD Features

  • Wider, longer platform for your camera and accessories.
  • High rigidity structure delivers maximum response and strength.
  • Ergonomic controls for easy use in all conditions.
  • Easy-link connections for accessories.
  • 4-step counterbalance system ensures a quick set-up with optimal balance.
  • Ball Bearing drag system for precise, smooth movements.
  • Light weight modern materials for optimum balance of strength and weight.

Manfrotto 504HD Specifications

additional pan handle
3/8'' male thread attachment type
attachment number
1/4'' and 3/8'' screws attachment type
balance control
4 step: 0Kg - 2.5Kg - 5Kg - 7.5Kg
front tilt
-60° / +90° tilt range
half ball diameter
2.95 in
independent pan lock
independent tilt lock
leveling bubble
load capacity
19.84 lbs
maximum working temperature
minimum working temperature
pan bar positions
2 number
pan bars included (no.)
1 number
pan drag
continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
panoramic rotation
360 °
plate type
quick release
secondary safety system
sliding travel of plate
3.27 in
tilt drag
continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
6.10 in
6.39 lbs

Manfrotto 504HD Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


great but cheaper than former versions


from Santa Monica, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This is the best value for the price, however compared to older models, it feels cheaper. As heavy as the legs are, they feel flimsy and not as sturdy as imagined. The mid-level spreader can be helpful in some situations, but the ground spreader is much better as you can hold it down with your foot to spread the legs. WIth the mid-level it's more tedious. The head is great, but I had to return the first one because the tension adjustment was clicking tighter or looser as I adjusted it. The head does move really smoothly though, and there's nothing cheaper that's worth it if you're shooting video.




from Huntington Beach, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this with my Red Scarlet and it works like a charm. The bubble level is easy to use and it feels well constructed for a tripod at this price level. I don't particularly like the plastic locks on the aluminum legs, but they work just fine and definitely feel like they're locking things down.

(2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


i would by it but not from adorama.


from saudi arabia  -  Casual Photographer

i was trusting adorama buying my stuff but this is the last time , when i un boxed the item it was scratched and used and sold to me as a new , the problem i am living overseas , so i made a complain to adorama management the only answer i got management is reviewing your request without an answer till now . i have np problem with the item my only problem is how could they sell me something used and scratched as a new .

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fluidly Better Than anything Under $1200


from NY  -  Pro Photographer

Strongly Recommended for its quality features, strong build and beautiful style. This tripod is better than anything south of $1200, and quite honestly, I cant see anyone telling me they have a better one at $2,000. Fluid Head works well... locking plate is very durable, screw in areas for accessories like TV monitor, mics, PA Mics, etc makes this tripod ahead of most... the legs are very versitle and strong... did I mention the sexy Italian design??? well... what else could you want? Buy & enjoy.... stuff the savings into another lens or buy you girlfriend some jewlery.... ;-)


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Shopper  Which battery does the manfrotto 504HD bubble level take?
JOEY B  Seriously??? Did you not see the exact same question asked about this product already? It's a small lithium button cell battery, type CR1220 3V.
Shopper  Which battery does the manfrotto 504HD bubble level take?
JOEY B  It's a small lithium button cell battery, type CR1220 3V.
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