The Manfrotto MVK500AM Professional Fluid Video System (Twin Legs / Middle Spreader) 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 MVT502AM video tripod is a traditional 2-stage, aluminum twin-tube video tripod that has professional features yet is designed to be intuitive, user-friendly and suited to lightweight applications. The MVT502AM has telescopic aluminum legs for compactness and reduced weight; its innovative ellipse-profile tubing with redesigned leg locking collars give it excellent levels of rigidity and stability. The first-stage spreader has improved ergonomics and ease of use, while the tripod's rubber feet improve grip on all floor and ground surfaces. A rubber strap ensures easier, safer transport.
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At first I tried to save some money and purchase one of the bargain, sub $150 video tripods. This was false economy. While it may have been a bargain, it was apparent the build quality and the functionality was not there. It was returned and I purchased this Monfrotto tripod. The difference was significant and positive. Well thought out design and a much higher quality. At 6'4", I thought the maximum height of this tripod would possibly be an issue. I was mistaken. It functions well. The included case is well built and should last for years. I would recommend this tripod to anyone wanting a quality video tripod without breaking the bank.