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Manfrotto ™
A Vitec Group brand




Part # 503


The 503 is designed to support the latest professional digital video cameras. Particular care has been taken to achieve the best fluid control, the smoothest possible pan and tilt movements and the most customisable performance using a manually adjustable drag variation mechanism. Additionally, the 503 is equipped with a built-in balance spring (set for an ideal load of approx. 2.5 kg) to maintain camera positioning during tilt movements. The 503 head has the best price/performance ratio of any fluid head on the market today. Designed for payloads up to an ample 8kg, its light but positive fluid movement provides exceptionally smooth control, thanks also to its new fine-control drag device, which offers continuous adjustment from nearly 0 drag to maximum. The 503 has a quick-release sliding plate with VHS pin, a single telescopic pan handle and flat base with 3/8” tripod socket.
    • Warranty Manfrotto Video Products

      This products is warranted to be fit for the purpose for which it has been designed, and to be free from defects in materials and workmanship. This guarantee does not cover the product against subsequent damage or misuse. The period of validity of the Standard Limited Warranty is defined by the law in force in the country, state or region where the product is sold. Please retain your receipt as proof of purchase to repair your product under warranty.

      How to get an extra 3 years' warranty coverage
      Beyond the standard compulsory coverage outlined above, this product is eligible for a warranty extension up to 3 years. The Limited Conventional Warranty Extension does not affect the standard compulsory coverage. To take advantage of the warranty extension scheme, you must register your purchase at warranty.manfrotto.com.

  • additional pan handle 503LV 503LV
    attaches by. 1/4'' and 3/8'' screws attachment type 1/4'' and 3/8'' screws attachment type
    attachment 3/8'' female thread attachment type 3/8'' female thread attachment type
    balance control one fix spring for 5.5lbs camera weight one fix spring for 2.5kg camera weight
    bubble spirit level (no.) 1 number 1 number
    Color black color black color
    front tilt -60° / +90° tilt range -60° / +90° tilt range
    independent pan lock yes yes
    independent tilt lock yes yes
    material aluminum aluminum
    maximum working temperature -4 °F -20 °C
    minimum working temperature 140 °F 60 °C
    pan bars included (no.) 1 number 1 number
    pan drag continuously adjustable from 0 to max level continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    panoramic rotation 360 ° 360 °
    plate type 501PL 501PL
    quick release yes yes
    secondary safety system yes yes
    sliding travel of plate 2.28 in 58 mm
    tilt drag continuously adjustable from 0 to max level continuously adjustable from 0 to max level
    safety payload 17.64 lbs 8 kg
    weight 3.53 lbs 1.6 kg
    working height 4.13 in 10.5 cm