Manfrotto has just launched its newest product, the new Manfrotto 500 vdeo head. This lightweight fluid head, designed for users of the latest HDSLRs and video cameras, replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV and becomes the smallest head to be built around Manfrotto’s so-called Bridging Technology. The “hollowed out” structure of Bridging Technology heads gives the Manfrotto 500 Video Head a great advantage. Without sacrificing its light weight, it has a top plate that is broader, providing better support of the wider shape of DSLRs. The top plate is also longer, so its sliding plate has a greater range of adjustment to balance the shifting centre of gravity of a DLSR or camcorder used with interchangeable lenses. The Manfrotto 500 video head is available as a stand-alone head, in either flat-based or 60mm half-ball versions, in a kit with twin aluminum leg tripod or single carbon fibre tubes tripod. Prices range from £129.95 for the Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Video Head to £659.95 for the Manfrotto MVK500C Carbon Fibre 60mm Video System.