Manfrotto MVH502AH Pro Video Head with Quick-Release and Flat Base (3/8"-16 Connection), Supports 8 lbs

Manfrotto

About Manfrotto MVH502AH

Full smoothness control while shooting thanks to the variable fluid mechanisms. Ideal for latest camcorder and HDSLR cameras supplied with external accessories (4kg max capacity). The head can be combined with all photo tripods, thanks to the 3/8" female thread.

The Manfrotto MVH502AH is commonly used for Video and more.The Manfrotto MVH502AH is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto MVH502AH is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto MVH502AH: Attaches firmly and Stable

Summary of Customer Reviews

(5)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Attaches firmly (4),Stable (4),Large range of motion (3),Smooth (3)
Best Uses:
Video (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (4)

Manfrotto MVH502AH Specifications

Attaches By
1/4" and 3/8" attachment type
Attachment
3/8" female thread attachment type
Balance Control
one fix spring for 4kg camera weight
Bubble Spirit Level
1
Front Tilt
-80° / +90° tilt range
Independent Pan Lock
Yes
Load Capacity
8.82 lbs / 4 kg
Material
Aluminum
Pan Bar Positions
2
Pan Drag
continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Panoramic Rotation
360 degrees
Plate type
504PLONG
Quick Release
Yes
Secondary Safety System
Yes
Sliding Travel of Plate
83.0 mm / 3.27 in
Spring Loaded Counter Balance
Yes
Tilt Drag
Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
Weight
1.6 kg / 3.53 lbs
Working Height
13.0 cm / 5.12 in

Manfrotto MVH502AH Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4

(based on 5 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very large!

This is Very Large. I have a Nikon D600 with a Sigma 50-500 zoom. That setup weighs 8 lbs. It handles that setup well but I would not use it with any system smaller than this. Too big and heavy for travel work. Too big for use on a Monopod. I would recommend the smaller Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Video Fluid for DSLR video shooters instead of this. Excellent build quality. Rock solid. Excellent value. Excellent quality for the price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

poor design, no customer service

I have been using this video head for nearly two years, and while it performs well once set up, there are some serious design flaws that continue to disappoint me. Ergonomically, the tilt lock and pan lock controls are hard to access. I shoot with the pan/tilt arm mounted on the right side of the 502. As I often adjust my tilt lock, the pan/tilt arm makes it difficult to access. The lock for the pan requires an awkward "reach around" to access it, which is a pain in the butt. The big flaw wit...

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I have been using this video head for nearly two years, and while it performs well once set up, there are some serious design flaws that continue to disappoint me. Ergonomically, the tilt lock and pan lock controls are hard to access. I shoot with the pan/tilt arm mounted on the right side of the 502. As I often adjust my tilt lock, the pan/tilt arm makes it difficult to access. The lock for the pan requires an awkward "reach around" to access it, which is a pain in the butt. The big flaw with the 502 is that the pan/tilt arm CONSTANTLY binds up in the fixture that attaches the arm to the video head. There is a notch around the soft aluminum arm tube that does not consistently align with the mounting screw. When adjusting the arm, the mounting screw CONSTANTLY slips out of alignment with the notch, requiring me to completely disassemble the arm and reattach it. This has become a major annoyance for me, and has cost me time and missed shots. I had written to Manfrotto when this problem first started, but they never responded. I wrote to them again recently, and they are refusing to replace the part, claiming normal "wear and tear". With the cumbersome ergonomics and bad arm design, I recommend avoiding this video head.

Reviewed by 5 customers

 
5.0

Excellent Fluid Head

By

from Washington, DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am loving this tripod head and think it may be some of the best money I have spent on video gear. As a video hobbyist/amatuer, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to take their video quality to the next level. You really won't regret it.

 
1.0

poor design, no customer service

By

from Bellevue, WA

I have been using this video head for nearly two years, and while it performs well once set up, there are some serious design flaws that continue to disappoint me. Ergonomically, the tilt lock and pan lock controls are hard to access. I shoot with the pan/tilt arm mounted on the right side of the 502. As I often adjust my tilt lock, the pan/tilt arm makes it difficult to access. The lock for the pan requires an awkward "reach around" to access it, which is a pain in the butt. The big flaw with the 502 is that the pan/tilt arm CONSTANTLY binds up in the fixture that attaches the arm to the video head. There is a notch around the soft aluminum arm tube that does not consistently align with the mounting screw. When adjusting the arm, the mounting screw CONSTANTLY slips out of alignment with the notch, requiring me to completely disassemble the arm and reattach it. This has become a major annoyance for me, and has cost me time and missed shots. I had written to Manfrotto when this problem first started, but they never responded. I wrote to them again recently, and they are refusing to replace the part, claiming normal "wear and tear". With the cumbersome ergonomics and bad arm design, I recommend avoiding this video head.

 
4.0

Great! with minor areas of improvement

By

from long island, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

My first pro head. Combined it with the xprob legs. Using it with a sony nx7ou video camera. One of the locking mechanisms is on the front and could have been located in an easier to reach place. I am assuming once you set your desired tension you just set it and forget it. Then just use the lock-down knobs as you shoot. I probably would have been fine with the 701hdv head. This thing is a beast!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very large!

By

from Pittsburgh PA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is Very Large. I have a Nikon D600 with a Sigma 50-500 zoom. That setup weighs 8 lbs. It handles that setup well but I would not use it with any system smaller than this. Too big and heavy for travel work. Too big for use on a Monopod. I would recommend the smaller Manfrotto 701HDV Pro Video Fluid for DSLR video shooters instead of this. Excellent build quality. Rock solid. Excellent value. Excellent quality for the price.

 
5.0

Great for dslr!

By

from Denver, co  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Really a great head for the money. Very smooth and great for dslr video

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROBERT M  came with tri-pod.
JIM K  Will this fit my Bogen 3221 tripod?
DAN S  Short answer is yes. The Bogen 3221 tripod mounts heads that have a 3/8-16 connection as this one does. I have a 3021BN which is in the same series of tripods as yours and I have this head mounted on it. I opted to also change out my center column when using this head with the 555B which makes leveling a breeze. I also purchased the 555B from Adorama.
Brett T  will it fit my 3000 aluminum hd tripod?
DAVID A  I absolutely should fit
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