"We are thrilled to debut the new lightweight system at the 2012 National Association of Broadcasters show," said Wayne Schulman, Sales & Product Manager, Video. "The new system is an extension of our "Bridging Technology" to a lightweight and compact system. This new system incorporates the new MVH502A fluid head and the new MVT502AM tripod. The system is lightweight, compact and is amazingly sturdy. The new telescoping tandem; or twin tubes are a first for Manfrotto. The design provides the stability of a twin tube tripod with the ease of use of a single leg tripod and we look forward to showcasing it to NAB attendees at this year's show."
The MVH502A head is specifically designed to provide versatile support for the latest camcorders and HDSLR cameras, and can support up to 13.2 lbs. of equipment. Made entirely of aluminum to ensure rigidity and safety during shooting, the head also come with a longer sliding plate ensuring better camera balance for the videographer. The head also feature a wider cross-section which is designed to comfortably fit the new designs of the latest cameras and camcorders and also allow for easy access to the heads' secondary accessory connectors. Unwanted vibrations for PAN and TILT movements have been removed thanks to ball-bearing units as both heads feature a variable Fluid Drag System (FDS) with adjustable cartridges.
The 502 head Counterbalance System (CBS) ensures that head rotations are always fast and easy, allowing for more control no matter how the camera's weight is distributed. The new quick release button has been moved for better accessibility, while the pan bar can be attached to the left or right side of the head for a steadier, more comfortable grip. The head is made with PVC-free material, as part of Manfrotto's ongoing commitment to designing environmentally friendly products.
Manfrotto's compact new telescopic tripod gives improved stability. The MVT502AM tripod is a 2 stage tripod with three telescopic-twin sections, assuring a compact size when folded. In the MVK502AM system it comes with a 75mm bowl but can be adapted to 60mm.
Innovative ellipse-profile aluminum twin tubes with newly designed leg locking collars give the tripod excellent rigidity and stability.
The new rubber feet improve grip on all floor and ground surfaces.
As with all video products Manfrotto designs and makes, the new MVK502AM and its components embodies our long heritage and our advanced approach to research and development. Manfrotto ensures that the MVK502AM's build quality and reliability are up to the same exacting standards as ever; while focus on cutting edge technology and design gives the system and its components professional performance and ease of use.
Street price of the system is $450.
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About Manfrotto Distribution
Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. is a leading distributor of key accessories brands for the photographic, video, cine and lighting production markets. Manfrotto Distribution is an international company within the Imaging Division of the Vitec Group, which owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, Avenger and Lastolite.. As the U.S. distributor of National Geographic, Metz, Gossen, Elinchrom, Genus and Rotatrim, which are available nationwide through an extensive network of authorized dealers, Manfrotto Distribution offers the most complete range of exceptional camera and lighting accessories in the business. The Manfrotto Distribution international network covers the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, U.K., Hong Kong, China and Japan. www.manfrottodistribution.us