Manfrotto 502HD Flat-Base Tripod Head

Manfrotto 502 Head
Manfrotto 502 Head 2
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What You Get
  • Manfrotto 502HD Flat-Base Head
  • Manfrotto Pan Bar
  • 1/4" 20 Mounting Screw
  • 3/8" 16 Mounting Screw

Product Description

The Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head with Flat Base is an affordable yet remarkably full-featured professional head that represents an advance over the popular 501HDV, with sturdier construction and featuring Manfrotto’s patented bridging technology. This head is designed for executing cinematic moves with compact camcorders and DSLR video cameras.

Weight capacity is 12.2 lb and counterbalance supports 8.8 lb. It can support 13 lb as a static weight. 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 of course 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.

Sliding quick-release place secured by secondary safety system.

  • Manfrotto 502HD Flat-Base Head
  • Manfrotto Pan Bar
  • 1/4″ 20 Mounting Screw
  • 3/8″ 16 Mounting Screw

Load Capacity

  • 12.2 lb (5.5 kg) Static
  • 8.8 lb (4 kg) Counterbalance Support

Head to Tripod Mounting Thread

  • 3/8″-16 thread

Counter Balance System

  • Spring-loaded

Counter Balance Range

  • One fixed spring for 8.8 lb (4 kg) camera weight

Center of Gravity

  • Not specified by manufacturer

Quick Release/Wedge Plate

  • 504PLONG plate with 1/4″-20 & 3/8″-16 screws

Balance Plate

  • 504PLONG plate slides 3.27″ (83.0 mm)

Tilt Drag

  • Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level

Tilt Range

  • -80° to +90° tilt range front to back

Tilt Lock

  • Yes

Spring Loaded Counter Balance

  • Yes

Pan Drag

  • Continuously adjustable from 0 to max level

Pan Range

  • 360°

Pan Lock

  • Yes

Pan Bar

  • 1 included
  • 2 possible positions

Leveling Bubble/Illuminated

  • Yes/not specified by manufacturer


  • Aluminum


  • Black

Temperature Range

  • -4 to 104°F (-20 to 40°C)


  • 5.12 in (13.0 cm)


  • 3.53 lb (1.6 kg)