The new entry-level Manfrotto 500 fluid video head ensures smooth shots and fine control with up to 5 kg of equipment.
Two of the tripod kits that include the Manfrotto 500 fluid video head. (Source: Manfrotto.)
Replacing the Manfrotto 701HDV video head, the 500 stand-alone head comes in two variations: 60mm half-ball (MVH500A) or flat base (MVH500AH). It features professional fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes, a new side lock system that allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above and Manfrotto’s Bridging Technology, which provides a wider platform for HDSLR bodies, and more sliding plate travel for balancing the latest cameras used with interchangeable lenses. One Easy Link 3/8″ connector allows an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted.
The 500 has a pre-set counterbalance of 2.4kg, but is able to support equipment of up to 5kg. The 500 is also available in a number of pre-matched tripod kits with prices ranging from AU$765 for an aluminium tripod to $1375 for carbon fibre. A special monopod kit is available for AU$545. Details are available at http://www.manfrotto.com/video-heads-pro.