Excerpt: I bought the 502hd panning and tilting in independent videos. The video head has significant drag and allows for shake free movement, as long a your tripod is heavy/stabilized. It also supports enough weight for an enthusiast with a heavier dslr/mic/light set up.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion
Excerpt: I had the 501 since about 2007 and liked it, but recently I noticed it did not track on a level balance through a pan. There also developed a bit of a stick when starting pans and tilts. This head fixed both those problems. It is larger than the 501 series head.
Excerpt: The 502HD Manfrotto tripod head is solid. There are a few little quirks but nothing that affects the overall use of the product. It's smooth and sturdy. It's a great investment for Indie filmmakers. This product easily exceeds my expectations.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Strong Clamp
Excerpt: Replaced old style bulky manfrotto tripods with these and got more than I expected. Working with kids I wanted to upgrade to a fluid head tripod and a sticks system comparable to what they will see after graduating.
Pros: Easy To Use, Highly Compatible, Improves Performance, Professional Quality
Excerpt: When I bought this tripod it was the first professional video tripod I ever owned. At first I thought it was kind of complicated when I got it out of the box, but after a few times of putting it up and taking it down, it is quite easy.
Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Performance, Professional Quality
Excerpt: This is a really great fluid head for this price range and Manfrotto does an excellent job with the build quality. The only thing that is hindering me from giving it a full 5 stars is the fact that they put the pan and tilt locks in awkward places.
Excerpt: * This is my first video head, and first time using a video head. Bought it sight-unseen. I have multiple still photo tripod heads - pro photographer getting into some video. Got this based on my budget, the reviews on this model, and the Manfrotto name, and so far I am very pleased.
Pros: Attaches Firmly, Good Stability, Large Range of Motion, Smooth, Sturdy, Well Built
Cons: Bubble Level Visibility, Pan Locking Knob Hard To Reach
Excerpt: I'm very happy with this purchase. This is a solid head / tripod combo for mid and light weight camera systems. I know the rule of thumb is to spend as much on your tripod as you do on your camera (stability and control is key) but I was not in a situation that allowed for the expense.
Pros: Highly Compatible, Improves Performance, Professional Quality