Manfrotto 509HD

Pro Fluid Video Head with 100mm Hemisphere

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The Manfrotto 509HD has been developed specifically for heavier camcorders and 3D rigs.
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The Manfrotto 509HD has been developed specifically for heavier camcorders and 3D rigs.  The 509HD systems are a synthesis of bridge architecture and their exclusive cutting edge engineering: Bridging Technology.  Thanks to the 509HD's bridge design, the PAN friction control is intuitive and easy to set, but also protected against knocks.  Movement around the PAN and TILT axes is smoothed by ball-bearing units which remove all unwanted vibration, no matter what the operating temperature.  Friction control combines with a step counterbalance system (covering the full weight range of video equipment) to allow the 509HD to be fine-tuned with extreme precision for the exact in-shot movements you need.  The 509HD's FDS (Fluid Drag System) is variable and directly controls action and resistance on both axes; the ergonomics of the controls have been noticeably improved to make use of the FDS even easier.  All of this guarantees ultimate control and excellent video camera support, no matter what the situation, the shooting style, or the equipment setup.  The load capacity has also been improved: the 509HD supports kit up to 13kg (28.8 lbs) at 55mm c.o.g and two 3/8" threads on the top plate allow accessories, such as monitors and arms, to be fitted straight to the head, thus eliminating the need for extra clamps, saving set-up time and freeing the video camera's hot shoe for other components.

The Manfrotto 509HD is itself a bridge, helping the professional videographer reach ever-better results, enabling your potential and leading ambitions on towards new challenges.  The Manfrotto 509HD systems give you the advantage of total stability and fluidity.  An advantage which allows you to go further, towards more dynamic, eye-opening and creative video.

Manfrotto 509HD Features:

  • Bridging Technology
  • Variable Fluid Drag Control on Tilt and Pan combined with ball-bearings
  • 4-steps counterbalance
  • Wider top plate and longer sliding plate
  • ABR – Advance Balancing Recorder
  • Easy Links Connectors


  • Rigidity, ergonomics, performance and unique design
  • Precise and smooth movements combined with optimal performance
  • Extra stability and balance while using video or photo equipment
  • Fastest balancing set-up of the equipment on the head
  • Flexibility to use different accessories around the camera

Manfrotto 509HD Specifications:

  • Additional Pan Handle: 509HLV
  • Attachment: 3/8" male thread
  • Attachment Number: 1/4" and 3/8" screws
  • Balance Control: 4 step: 0 lbs – 9.4 lbs – 19.06 lbs– 28.6 lbs
  • Center Of Gravity: 125 mm 
  • Counter Balanced Weight: 28.22 lbs (12.8 kg)
  • Front Tilt: -60° / +90° tilt range
  • Half Ball Diameter: 3.94" (100 mm)
  • Independent Pan Lock: yes
  • Independent Tilt Lock: yes
  • Levelling Bubble: illuminated
  • Material: aluminum
  • Maximum Working Temperature: 140° F
  • Minimum Working Temperature: -4° F
  • Pan Bar Positions: 2
  • Pan Bars Included: 1
  • Pan Drag: continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
  • Panoramic Rotation: 360°
  • Patent: pending
  • Plate Type: 509PLONG
  • Quick Release: yes
  • Safety Payload Weight: 29.76 lbs (13.5 kg)
  • Secondary Safety System: yes
  • Sliding Travel of Plate: 3.27" (83 mm)
  • Tilt Drag: continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
  • Weight: 8.38 lbs (3.8 kg)
  • Working Height: 7.01" (17.8 cm)

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