Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head

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Main Features
  • Better equipment support and balance
  • Faster, easier and safer to use
  • max load is 5kg
  • Real fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes
  • Suitable for HDSLR
  • Counterbalance

The Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head - The new 500, which replaces the 701HDV, is a lightweight video head featuring a wider platform to accommodate both HDSLR and interchangeable lens camcorder, as well as a sliding plate that ensures the appropriate balance even when shooting with very long lenses.

The 500, the entry level of the Bridging Technology™ series, ensures smooth shots and fine control of up to 5kg of equipment. Its brand new side lock allows fast, secure and easy camera attachment.

KEY BENEFITS

· Beautifully smooth shots
The 500 has real fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes to ensure that every movement made with the camera is smooth,
controlled and precise, avoiding the jarring starts, stops and staggers that mark poor footage. With more usable, beautiful video from
every assignment, you’ll be thankful for the fluidity when you get to the post-production and editing of your films.


· Better equipment support and balance
The wider shape of HDSLR bodies is solidly supported by the 500’s broader, longer top plate. A design made possible by the
structural advantages of Manfrotto’s Bridging Technology™.

The longer sliding plate has a greater range of adjustment to balance the different cameras, lenses and accessory equipment
setups.

· Faster, easier and safer to use
The new side lock allows the plate to click quickly into the 500 from above. No more fiddly alignment and delicate sliding.
No secondary safety button is needed either. The single side lock system also makes it quicker and simpler to lift the camera off the
head. Its counterbalance is pre-set to 2.4kg (5.3 lbs), but the 500’s max load is 5kg (11lbs).

The 500 has one Easy Link 3/8” connector to allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted.

Load Capacity     11 lb (5 kg)
Diameter/Thread     1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16
Material     Aluminum Alloy
Base Mount Thread Size     3/8"
Counter Balance System     Yes
Counter Balance Range     Pre-set to 5.3 lb (2.4 kg)
Quick Release/Wedge Plate     Yes - 500PLONG
Tilt Drag     Yes - fluid cartridge with fixed drag
Tilt Range     -70°/+90°
Tilt Lock     Yes
Spring Loaded Counter Balance     Yes
Pan Range     360º
Pan Lock     Yes
Pan Bar     1 - included
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated     Yes/No
Temperature Range     -4 - 140º F (-20 - 60º C)
Height     3.74" (9.5 cm)
Weight     1.98 lb (0.9 kg)

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Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (8)
  • Large range of motion (7)
  • Attaches firmly (6)
  • Strong clamp (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Video (8)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Travel (4)
  • Home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (11)

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5.0

Does the job with both good value and good design.

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

A very well made light weight video fluid head and good value for money. A perfect match for my Sirui monopod and light weight Manfrotto tripod.
Great to work with DSLR and mirrorless cameras when taking video.
Particularly like the side mounting camera mount.

 
5.0

Pleasure to use

By night owl

from Melb

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Firmly
  • Good Stability
  • Large Range of Motion
  • Strong Clamp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

    What can I say...Placed this head on my MT-190x3 & it gives very fluid pan shots.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Manfrotto Fluid Tripod Head

    By Agedog

    from Melbourne Australia

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion
    • Strong Clamp

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

      The item is perfect for video and creating a new peeled rove of shots.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Simple, smooth

      By Ben10

      from North Queensland

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Smooth And Steady

      Cons

      • No counter balance
      • No Friction Control

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Sliders
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

      Head is tough, sturdy and smooth enough for a lot of professional applications. Only cheap and lacks a lot of pro features such as counter balance and friction control but excellent but for the money. Unless you need super control in zoomed in situations this fluid head will be very usable.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Quality fluid head

      By mikebrew

      from Brisbane Australia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Lightweight
      • Smooth Tilt Pan
      • Strong Clamp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

        The Manfrotto heads are well engineered. I have the 504HD for my larger video camera and use the 500AH for my Panasonic GH4. This head is much lighter and attaches to a smaller tripod making it easier to move around. Pan and tilt is very smooth and easy to lock off. Pricing through Videoguys was the best I could find and the item was shipped and received within a couple of days.

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        5.0

        Beautiful smooth moving head

        By ElderWold

        from sydney, Australia

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Solid feel
        • Very smooth movement

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • School Functions

          Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

          Large, easy to tighten lockdowns and clear controls.
          I like the easy removal of the base plate, but it still ties down very strong

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great accessory for DSLR video

          By Scott M

          from Sydney

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Rock Solid Build
          • Silky Smooth Fluid Motion
          • Well Thought Out Design

          Cons

          • Cannot Adjust Resistance

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

            I put this on top of my Horus Bennu swivel stand monopod as an alternative to the Manfrotto 500 monopod, which has the same head but modified to go up and down only.

            It works a treat and this way I get to detach and place on a tripod (a future purchase) or slider.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Only missing small refinements

            By Pic&VidEnthusiast

            from Nthn NSW

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Pan Tilt Smooth

            Cons

            • No Real Drag Control

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Motor Sport Panning
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

            Tilting appears to be best when it doesn't cross the horizontal plane in one continuous Tilt. The crossover from pulling to pushing is a little tricky to keep smooth. I think that's due to a spring being used to bring the head back to horizontal. Panning doesn't have this issue. Otherwise I like it.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            great affordable fluid head

            By Doubledark

            from Aust

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Smooth action

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

                This a great entry into fluid tripod heads for dSLR shooters. It dramatically improves the smoothness in movement compared to hand held or trying to use a head designed for stills work. If using on a stills tripod then a levelling base is a great addition because it will allow faster levelling of the head (otherwise you run the risk of panning on an arc.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                A worthwhile replacement for 701HDV

                By wowfactorpix

                from Port Macquarie

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Handy 10mm Thread Socket
                • Quick attachment

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head:

                  I've used the predecessor 701HDV head for a while. The MVH500AH is just as smooth but is more convenient to mount/dismount a camera (top loading), and has a 10mm (3/8" thread) socket that's handy for attaching other devices to: such as a portable digital recorder (with an appropriate adaptor post), or a 'side-car' GoPro to get a camera #2 view of the same action captured by camera #1 mounted on the MVH500AH.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  • Q:

                    Is this camera head suitable for the Panasonic gh4?
                    Asked on 11/9/2016 by Ryan from Boat harbour

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Yes, the head would be suitable for the GH4.

                      Answered on 11/9/2016 by Sales Team from Videoguys
                  • Q:

                    Does this use the 504PLONG quick release ? I was going to get one separately, but would be easier if it's within this product
                    Asked on 21/7/2016 by Big Mouth Media Digital from Melbourne, Australia

                    1 answer

                  • Q:

                    Will this head attach to the ifootage m1 ii crane?
                    Asked on 12/3/2016 by TIM from New South Wales

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Yes it does.

                      Answered on 14/3/2016 by Michael from Videoguys
                  • Q:

                    Hi I just wanted to check that the plates that come with this Video head can support both video cameras and DSLR's. I have a Canon 7D but also use video cameras, thanks
                    Asked on 19/8/2015 by Flash from Melbourne

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      yes it does.

                      Answered on 19/8/2015 by Michael from Videoguys
                  • Q:

                    Will this work on 190XDB? also with will it in Konova k3?
                    Asked on 10/2/2015 by Blitz from Sydney,AU

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      This item will attached to any manfrotto tripod. No idea about any other brand. It use a 3/8"-16 thread to attach to the tripod.

                      Answered on 10/2/2015 by Michael from Videoguys
                  • Q:

                    Which carbon-fibre tripod would you recommend to go with this? 190CXPRO4, 055CXPro4 or other? I only need a payload of max 3kg..
                    Asked on 9/9/2013 by Boo from Sydney

                    1 answer

                  • Q:

                    Will this work with the 190XB Tripod?
                    Asked on 24/8/2013 by Peter from Melbourne

                    1 answer

                    • Staff Reviewer

                      A:

                      Yes it will.

                      Answered on 25/8/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
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                  Manfrotto MVH500AH Flat Base Video Head

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