B&H has the Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head for $124.99 (reg. $199.99) after mail-in rebate through February 28, 2015. This 502HD has a flat base with a 3/8″ connection for use on standard photo tripods, rather than the bowl or half-bowl base more common on dedicated video tripods. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Manfrotto has introduced a couple of new 502HD tripod heads, the MVH502A and the MVH502AH.
The MVH502A is equipped with a 75 mm ball base, while the MVH502AH comes with a flat base with 3/8″ thread. Both are designed for video use and can support up to 13.2 lbs. They feature Manfrotto’s bridge architechture, as well as a variable Fluid Drag System with adjustable cartridges.
The VariZoom VZ-TK75A tripod and fluid head is a nice entry-level video tripod. Let me be up front though, this is not a pro-grade combo that’s going to compete with your Miller and Sachtler units, but for those enthusiasts out there dipping your toes into the video realm, this little package is an affordable and capable starting point. [Read more…]
The Manfrotto 700RC2 is a basic, fluid head head for use with video cameras up to 5.5 pounds. At around $90 street price, this is an entry-level head with little in the way of creature comforts.
The 700RC2 still gives you a quick release plate, and it has a pan arm rosette on the right side of the head for adjusting the angle of the solid pan arm included with the head. The 700RC2 also has separate pan and tilt friction locks.
Read the rest of the review at Tech Tilt: Manfrotto 700RC2 Fluid Video Head Review