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Manfrotto have introduced a new Video Head to replace their 701HDV model.
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head is the smallest head to be built around Manfrotto’s Bridging Technology and is designed for users of HDSLRs and video cameras.
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 said: "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."
The Manfrotto 500 Video Head features a "hollowed out" structure so it's lightweight and a broader top plate, plus 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. The head's 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 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.
Both the pan and tilt axes feature professional fluid cartridges 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.
For more information, visit the Manfrotto website.