Manfrotto PRO Middle-Twin Kit 100 509HD,545BK is a complete tripod-and-head kit, including both the Manfrotto 509HD Video Head and the Manfrotto 545B Professional Video Tripod w/ Mid-level Spreader.
The Manfrotto 545B Pro Heavy-Duty Aluminium Video Tripod is a two stage, twin leg, lightweight aluminum professional video tripod. Due to optimization of the upper and lower collars, the tripod guarantees more torsion rigidity and payload (55 lbs.), plus improved shooting performance. The collars have also been redesigned to be aligned with the single tube tripods. The die cast aluminum crown features a built-in 100mm interface bowl, which can be adapted to a 75mm if needed. The tripod is equipped with an innovative mid-level spreader for improved tripod stability. It comes with quick on-off rubber shoes for better grip on smooth floors.
The Manfrotto 509-HD Video Tripod Head included with this tripod kit is designed specifically for heavier camcorders and the new 3D rigs. The Manfrotto 509HD Tripod Head is the result of an important technical evolution - the perfect synthesis between Manfrotto's innovative "bridge architecture" and cutting edge engineering. Thanks to the bridge design of the Manfrotto 509HD Tripod Head, 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 Manfrotto Pro Video 509HD Tripod Head to be fine-tuned with extreme precision for the exact in-shot movements you need. The tripod head 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: this Manfrotto video head supports kit up to 13kg (28.8lb) 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.