Manfrotto has announced the 504X Fluid Video Head, which supports a payload of 26.5lbs and features a four-step counterbalance system.
Designed for smooth, stable video footage, the Manfrotto 504X features a bridge architecture that allows for a wider top surface and a longer sliding plate to provide greater balance and stability. Though lighter than the 504HD, the 504x features an increased load capacity of 26.5 pounds (that is 12 kg for our readers in Europe and the UK) with a four-step counterbalance to help offset the weight of the camera while operating.
The head features a flat base with a 3/8″-16 female mounting thread, enabling you to mount it on most tripods, monopods, sliders and rigs.
The Manfrotto 504X is made of lightweight aluminium. It’s priced at $359 for the head only and is also available in kits. You can pre-order the Manfrotto 504X now from retailers such as B&H Photo (get the head only or check out the different kits available.
More details after the break :
Manfrotto has improved the performance of the continually variable fluid drag in the 504x using a new fluid technology, which allows the head to support heavier cameras and rigs and, as you would expect from a professional fluid head, pan and tilt axes are independent of each other for drag settings and locks. The 504x also incorporates the intuitive tilt drag and lock interface from the Nitrotech 608/612, which enables you to lock, unlock, and adjust the drag of the tilt axis on the fly with your left hand, without having to look away from the shot to find the controls. Both pan handle rosettes feature Manfrotto’s Easy Link and ARRI-style anti-twist indents for attaching accessories. A plastic cap is included to cover the rosette not in use, which is a nice little detail that Manfrotto has taken care of.