(Large Tripod) 546GB Pro Video Tripod with The Manfrotto 502A Pro Video Head:
with 75mm Half Ball is an affordable yet remarkably fully featured professional head that
represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and a half
ball for precise leveling on a corresponding tripod. The 502A comes in two
versions—the “A” ball-base version such as this one, and the “AH” flat-base version
which is separately available.
Featuring Manfrotto’s patented bridging technology (inherited from the 509 and 504
heads), the 502A is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders
and DSLR video cameras. The weight limit is 15.43 lb and counterbalance supports up
to 8.8 lb. The balance plate’s 3.27″ range allows you to correct for uneven payloads that
might be due to matte boxes or exotic DSLR rig configurations.
The bridging technology ensures that the pan friction control is intuitive and easy to set,
but also protected against knocks. There are independent locks for pan and tilt, and
drag for both is selectable in a continuous range from zero to the max level. This allows
you to operate the head in a confident, smooth manner using the included pan bar.
The Manfrotto 546GB Pro Video Tripod with Ground-level Spreader is an aluminum two
stage/3 section tripod that combines stability and strength with affordability. Reaching a
maximum height of 62.4″, the 546GB is capable of supporting up to 44 lbs (20kg). Its
spiked feet come with rubber overshoes, allowing setups on both smooth floors and
uneven surfaces, while a newly designed ground-level telescopic spreader keeps the
legs exactly where you need them.