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These days when i'm asked to suggest a good Video Fluid Head to support small camera setups, my go to advice has been to suggest the Manfrotto MVH500AH (seen here). It's a great entry level head, but I mainly suggest this because it supports the 501PL style plate (heavily used in the industry), and also because it uses a 'Drop in' style quick release system. I prefer this over the type where you have to slide your QR plate into the head.

I've found the Drop-In style quick release system easier and faster on set, and also more compatible with all of the cheaper generic 501PL plates (found here) allowing me to save a lot of money when I need to buy new plates.

I've always found Libec to offer high quality equipment, but because many people depend on 501PL plates, they may not have been a popular choice. Some Sachtler and Benro Tripods use the 501PL plate system, which may have been a reason they were easier for many people to adopt. I probably would have used Benro more, but I chose to stick with the Manfrotto MVH500AH specifically because of the Drop-in style plate.

For these specific reasons, i'm excited about the new Libec TH-X Head. They have finally implemented the use of 501PL compatible plates along with the Drop-in Style Quick Release System. The TH-X Video Head is a great option for entry level shooters and cameras around 8-9 lbs as it is designed with a fixed drag on Pan and Tilt, and a fixed counterbalance.

I've been working the MVH500AH Video head for quite a long time, but only until I've been working with the Libec TH-X did I realize how much I prefer the quick release latch to be located on the left side. You'll typically use your right hand to pick up any camera (because every camera has a right hand grip), and so it makes perfect sense to release a latch with your left hand. On the Manfrotto it takes me a few extra hand swaps to release my camera.

The new Libec TH-X Head is also a Dual Function Head as it can be used on a 65mm Bowl Mount Tripod or any standard flat base with it's 3/8" threaded mount. For Manfrotto these are offered with two different heads - the MVH500AH for a flat base or the MVH500A for a bowl mount. The TH-X is versatile in this manner as you can level your camera on a tripod very quickly using the bowl mount, and then throw it onto any Video Slider, Table Dolly, or Jib without requiring any adapters.

Right now the Libec TH-X Head is offered as a complete Tripod System (here), yet is more affordable when compared with the similar Manfrotto MVK500AM Tripod System (found here). There is definitely a like to like with Libec's latest tripod system, and the fact is there is not many options for video heads that offer a 'Drop-In' style quick release system. The TH-X Head is easily one that I will suggest to others looking for that drop-in plate system, and something I will be using as part of my daily gear.

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Another Amazing Deal available now for One Day Only (Limited Time and Limited QTY). Normally this kit runs about $700 US, but for one day the ‪‎Manfrotto‬ ‪504HD‬ Video Fluid Head + MVT535AQ Three Stage Aluminium Tripod is going for Just $299 (Found Here).

Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid HeadMVT535AQ Manfrotto Tripod

The Manfrotto 504HD Video Head is a beast capable of carrying up to 16.5 lbs. Unlike the less expensive Manfrotto heads, this one has a 4-Step Counterbalance system and Variable Friction adjustments (most cheap heads are either Unlocked or Locked no variable drag adjustments).

The bowl mount is nice as you can level this Fluid Head quickly without fussing on individual legs. This is certainly a decent deal for anyone looking to pick up a good fluid head (with tripod) right now.

manfrotto 504HD Tripod Head
VIEW-ITEM MANFROTTO 504HD Fluid Head & MVT535AQ Aluminum Video Tripod Kit

[ The Manfrotto 504HD Head alone sells for $449+ (Seen Here) and the Manfrotto MVT535AQ Tripod sells well over $240+ (Seen Here).]


Nitsan writes in and shares his YouTube Review for the Fancier 270 Bowl Mount Tripod. I haven't used this particular tripod, but he seems to have good things to say about the Counterbalance feature, Sturdy set of legs, padded bag, etc. Keep in mind you're looking for the 270A version for the higher quality metal legs. On eBay, they can run upwards of $220 dollars, but there is one USA seller who offers it at $159 via eBay (click here).

find-price-button Fancier 270A Bowl Mount Tripod - via eBay

For USA customers, you can find one via Amazon for $149 + Free Shipping (here)
find-price-button FC-270A Professional Video Camera Tripod with Fluid Pan Head Bowl