This lightweight fluid head, designed for users of the latest HDSLRs and video cameras, replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV and becomes the smallest head to be built around Manfrotto's successful Bridging Technology. ''
Debuted at the recent National Association of Broadcasters NAB show in Las Vegas where it achieved the accolade of Best Support of NAB 2013 Wayne Schulman, Manfrotto Sales & Product Manager, Video commented, ''We are happy to debut the new Manfrotto 500 video head, as it provides vastly improved support and balance for equipment while not sacrificing ease of use, safety or efficiency. The Manfrotto 500 Video Head delivers beautiful shots, ensuring smooth and controlled camera movement.''
Better support and balance for your equipment
The hollowed out structure of Bridging Technology heads gives the Manfrotto 500 Video Head a great advantage. Without sacrificing its light weight, it has a top plate that is broader, providing better support of the wider shape of DSLRs. The top plate is also longer, so its sliding plate has a greater range of adjustment to balance the shifting centre of gravity of a DLSR or camcorder used with interchangeable prime and zoom lenses.
Faster, easier and safer to use
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is faster to set up and safer to use. The new side lock lever allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above. It is simpler to remove the camera now as well; with only one locking control to release, the camera lifts easily out from above.
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is set to a fixed counterbalance of 2Kg but locking power on the tilt axis ensures the head is perfectly stable under camera equipment weighing up to 5Kg. To allow an external monitor or other accessory equipment to be fitted and properly supported, the Manfrotto 500 Video Head has an industry-standard Easy Link 3/8 connector.
Beautifully smooth shots The Manfrotto 500 Video Head has professional fluid cartridges on both pan and tilt axes which ensures that every movement made with the camera is smooth, controlled and gentle.
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is available as a stand-alone head, in either flat-based or 60mm half-ball versions, in a kit with twin aluminum leg tripod or single carbon fiber tubes tripod. A combination including the Manfrotto 500 Video Head with Manfrotto's patented fluid monopod is also available. The head's comfortable pan bar can be switched between left and right sides depending on personal preference.
Prices range from £129.95 for the Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head to £659.95 for the Manfrotto MVK500C Carbon Fibre 60mm Video System. Product will be available to purchase as of the start of May 2013.
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