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Manfrotto 509HD Pro Fluid Video Head

MFR # 509HD
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Main Features

  • Bridging Technology
  • Variable Fluid Drag Control on Tilt and Pan combined with ball-bearings
  • 4-steps counterbalance
  • Load Capacity up to 29 lb (13.1 kg)
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What's in the Box

Manfrotto 509HD Pro Fluid Video Head
  • Pan Handel
  • Button Battery
  • 2 years + 3 years when registering online

The 509HD systems are 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. Thanks to the 509HD’s bridge design, the PAN friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks. Movement around the PAN and TILT axes is smoothed by ball-bearing units which remove all unwanted vibration, no matter what the operating temperature. Friction control combines with a step counterbalance system (covering the full weight range of video equipment) to allow the 509HD to be fine-tuned with extreme precision for the exact in-shot movements you need.

The 509HD’s FDS (Fluid Drag System) is variable and directly controls action and resistance on both axes; the ergonomics of the controls have been noticeably improved to make use of the FDS even easier. All of this guarantees ultimate control and excellent video camera support, no matter what the situation, the shooting style, or the equipment setup.

The load capacity has also been improved: the 509HD supports kit up to 13kg (28,8lb) 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.

• Rigidity, ergonomics, performance and unique design
• Precise and smooth movements combined with optimal performance
• Extra stability and balance while using video or photo equipment
• Fastest balancing set-up of the equipment on the head
• Flexibility to use different accessories around the camera The Manfrotto 509HD is itself a bridge, helping the professional videographer reach ever-better results, enabling your potential and leading ambitions on towards new challenges. The Manfrotto 509HD systems give you the advantage of total stability and fluidity. An advantage which allows you to go further, towards more dynamic, eye-opening and creative video.

UPC: 719821330721
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best head I've ever had Bought the 509HD to take a large load for studio videography. I feel like it's payload capacity could/should be higher but it holds everything I need it to and with room for expansion.

The head is huge, and well designed - it's aesthetically pleasing and laid out functionally. It provides two 3/8" screw threads on the sides of the head to help mount monitors and other accessories, this is absolutely brilliant as it helps reduce Center of gravity, and can remove the need for a gearbox/cage in some situations. Unfortunately it does not include a 1/4" to 3/8" adapter so if you are shooting with equipment that uses a 1/4" screw thread, you will need to purchase an adapter separately. That's slightly annoying.

Another issue I had was damage, wasn't sure if it was due to shipping or poor quality control, but my pan and tilts locks did not work out of the box and had to be repaired. The bubble level on my model isn't accurate, with the "centre" dot being printed wayyy left of center,

Apart from those niggles I had though, once you actually use this, it is AMAZING, it's so smooth in tilts and pans with adjustable drag on both axes and a really nice counter balance range and I would be willing to chalk up the issues I had as flukes and I recommend you try this head.
Date published: 2015-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smooth as Silk Excellent tripod, well worth the money without completely breaking the bank. I use it with a rigged Blackmagic Production Camera and it supports this perfectly with super smooth pans and tilts. Rock solid construction with only the most minimal amount of play, which overall isn't a huge issue.
Date published: 2014-12-10
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