Manfrotto has just released a replacement to their successful 701HDV video head, the MVH500 which now sports Bridging Technology, bringing the entry-level fluid head up to date with the rest of their line up.
The MVH500 is available in two styles, the MVH500AH flat base and MVH500A with 60mm half ball. The former makes it a great candidate for mounting on top of a slider and the latter makes it a great choice for DSLR filmmakers looking for a cost effective fluid head. It also replaces the industry favorite Manfrotto 561BHDV-1 monopod (please note that the new monopod with 500 combo does NOT come with pan lock, therefore the head can only be used exclusively on the monopod).
One new feature to note is the head’s new side locking plate. This is a first for Manfrotto video heads, and is hopefully a sign of things to come. The technology is nothing new for professional grade tripods already made by the other companies under the Vitec group such as Sachtler and Vinten. Despite the new 500 head having a unique plate (longer with a ridge down the side), the older 501PL plate will fit the head. Post by Eric C. Petrie