Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod, Black

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About Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod

Manfrotto Befree is an innovative tripod dedicated to photographers who love to travel. Compact, light and portable Befree is the ideal travel companion.

A high quality tripod that fits into carry-on luggage and backpacks; it's a dream come true for any photographer on the go. Thanks to the unique folding mechanism the legs fold perfectly around the head and quick release plate attachment. In the closed position it is only 15.8" long.

Its small size and portability don't mean compromise on sturdiness and image quality. The Manfrotto Befree delivers sharp images by keeping your camera steadily locked in the desired position. Its new aluminum ball head is solid, quick and simple to operate. The Manfrotto Befree has a maximum payload 4kg (8.8lb), guaranteeing stability and sturdiness even with longer zoom lenses.

The new patented leg angle selectors quickly allow you to select between two inclinations offering maximum versatility for camera positioning. Premium Italian design and finishing make Befree stand out from the crowd. The perfect accessories to express each photographers individual unique photographic style.

Manfrotto BeFree Tripod
The tripod for travel photography! Super light, compact, intuitive to use, and fast to set up yet surprisingly stable for capturing stunningly precise and sharp images.

Compact
Thanks to the unique folding mechanism the legs fold perfectly around the head and quick release plate attachment. It folds to only 15.7".

Lightweight
The lightweight aluminum construction makes the tripod easy to carry and it weighs only 3lbs, less than the average laptop.

Portable
BeFree comes with a dedicated carrying bag to protect it while you are on-thego. The rubberized carrying strap makes it comfortable to carry. Photographers will no longer have to compromises on picture quality because they couldn't carry their tripod when travelling.

Stable and robust
Its small size and portability don't compromise the tripods sturdiness or your image quality. The Manfrotto BeFree delivers sharp images by keeping your camera steadily locked in the desired position. Its new aluminum ball head is solid, quick and simple to operate. It has a maximum payload of 8.8 lbs, guaranteeing stability and sturdiness even with longer zoom lenses. The aluminum leg locks ensure long life even after harsh usage.

Intuitive
BeFree is quick to set up and simple to use. The new patented leg angle selectors quickly allow you to select between two angles offering maximum versatility for camera positioning.

Design
Eye catching premium Italian design and finishing makes BeFree stand out from the crowd. The perfect accessories to express each photographers, individual unique photographic style.

The Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod: Folds away, Lightweight, Stable and Unfolds quickly

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Folds away (14),Lightweight (13),Stable (11),Unfolds quickly (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (12),Travel (12),Night shots (7),Wildlife (6),Portraits (5),Home (4),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (5),Pro photographer (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod Specifications

Attaches By
1/4" attachment type
Center Column
Rapid
Maximum Height
56.7" (144cm)
Maximum Height (with Center Column down)
48.4" (123cm)
Minimum Height
13.4" (34cm)
Closed Length
15.8" (40cm)
Weight
5.3 lbs (2.4kg)
Load Capacity
8.8 lbs (4kg)
Column Cross Section
Three-faceted
Column Tube Diameter
22mm
Leg Sections
3
Leg Angles
25°, 51°
Legs Tube Diameter
22.5, 19, 15.5, 12mm
Material
Aluminum
Plate Type
200PL
Mfr #
MKBFRA4-BH
SKU
BGMKBFRA4BH

Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.3

(based on 17 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Travel Tripod

I bought this tripod to save my back from the effort required to lug my big, sturdy carbon fibre legs around the globe while on assignment. In short, I wish I had purchased this item sooner - it has been a great tool while in the field. I held off on buying this for a while because I use fairly heavy gear - I usually shoot with a Nikon D800 and 24-70mm f/2.8 or 12-24mm f/2.8 attached. Even the tiny ballhead on this tripod can take the weight, though for how long, we'll see. No worries, though

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I bought this tripod to save my back from the effort required to lug my big, sturdy carbon fibre legs around the globe while on assignment. In short, I wish I had purchased this item sooner - it has been a great tool while in the field. I held off on buying this for a while because I use fairly heavy gear - I usually shoot with a Nikon D800 and 24-70mm f/2.8 or 12-24mm f/2.8 attached. Even the tiny ballhead on this tripod can take the weight, though for how long, we'll see. No worries, though; I can always swap out the included ballhead for something sturdier. I love the size and weight - it fits into my field bag without issue - and it extends to a decent height. It folds VERY Small. My only real issue is with the plastic locking mechanism on the ballhead; I can see it wearing out or breaking without much force. Again, I'm not taking off a point because I can easily switch the ballhead. Overall, a fantastic purchase - I can't imagine taking my heavy tripod on a long expedition ever again. I'm currently shooting with this piece of kit in the Peruvian Andes, and it stands up exceptionally well even in decent winds (a bag hook on the bottom would be a neat little bonus).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor build quality, overpriced

I bought this tripod to replace a lost Mefoto Roadtrip. I thought the flip lock legs would be faster to set up than the twist legs on the Mefoto. That might be true, however if you shoot in the desert you will be constantly fighting the sand which keeps them from closing. That's forgivable, I suppose, as this isn't necessarily made for use in sandy environments, however, that's only the beginning of the problems with this tripod. Straight out of the box, this feels very chintzy compared to th...

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I bought this tripod to replace a lost Mefoto Roadtrip. I thought the flip lock legs would be faster to set up than the twist legs on the Mefoto. That might be true, however if you shoot in the desert you will be constantly fighting the sand which keeps them from closing. That's forgivable, I suppose, as this isn't necessarily made for use in sandy environments, however, that's only the beginning of the problems with this tripod. Straight out of the box, this feels very chintzy compared to the solid feeling Mefoto. The whole thing is made of cheap plastic and metal. It looks and feels more like an eighty dollar tripod, if that. The lack of an Arca Swiss release plate is disappointing. The rubber feet on mine fall off if used in the cold, so I had to order new rubber feet. The Manfrotto customer service was quite a runaround and it took many calls and then a month and a half to get replacement feet. This tripod has never been subjected to intense forces, yet the lower leg is bent enough make it impossible to slide it into the collapsed position. I had to disassemble the whole thing and unbend it to get it to work again. The only upside of this tripod is that it's very compact, and has a very simple and fast head with only one knob. I would highly recommend spending an extra 10 bucks and getting the MeFoto. Although it has flaws of it's own, it is much, much, better than this one.

Reviewed by 17 customers

 
1.0

Poor build quality, overpriced

By

from Salt Lake

I bought this tripod to replace a lost Mefoto Roadtrip. I thought the flip lock legs would be faster to set up than the twist legs on the Mefoto. That might be true, however if you shoot in the desert you will be constantly fighting the sand which keeps them from closing. That's forgivable, I suppose, as this isn't necessarily made for use in sandy environments, however, that's only the beginning of the problems with this tripod. Straight out of the box, this feels very chintzy compared to the solid feeling Mefoto. The whole thing is made of cheap plastic and metal. It looks and feels more like an eighty dollar tripod, if that. The lack of an Arca Swiss release plate is disappointing. The rubber feet on mine fall off if used in the cold, so I had to order new rubber feet. The Manfrotto customer service was quite a runaround and it took many calls and then a month and a half to get replacement feet. This tripod has never been subjected to intense forces, yet the lower leg is bent enough make it impossible to slide it into the collapsed position. I had to disassemble the whole thing and unbend it to get it to work again. The only upside of this tripod is that it's very compact, and has a very simple and fast head with only one knob. I would highly recommend spending an extra 10 bucks and getting the MeFoto. Although it has flaws of it's own, it is much, much, better than this one.

 
4.0

Compact compromise

By

from Corvallis, OR  -  Photography Instructor

Very nice compact size - fits in my carry on luggage if need be but I usually throw it in my check-in luggage. Due to its compact size and relatively light weight(compared to other Manfrotto tripods I own), this is great for hiking and backpacking trips. I hate to carry much weight on those trips and often have left a tripod at home to save weight, but this tripod was light enough for my to strap on my pack and not notice the weight too much. In saving weight, the tripod legs are not the sturdiest when fully extended. As long as it's not overly windy and I use the 2-second self-timer, I can get in-focus shots at slower shutter speeds. Also, if you do not extend the skinniest/lowest leg section, the tripod is sturdier. Overall, it's a decent compromise between light weight, small size, and stability. Better than other travel-type tripods I've purchased. It's a keeper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well designed, sturdy and light weight

By

from Rochester, NY  -  Tech Savvy

I must admit I was a bit skeptical about a travel tripod, but I needed one for an upcoming trip and didn't want to have to lug my full sized tripod around the airport. I ordered the Manfrotto and honestly cannot find any fault with it. It seems that the Manfrotto team put a lot of thought into the design of this tripod and it does everything I need it to do. It holds my Nikon D7100 with a 28-300 zoom effortlessly. All adjustments to the ball head are made with only one knob (there is no panning knob). The only thing missing is a bubble level. I don't know why they didn't include that in the design.

 
5.0

good compact easy to carry tripod

By

from Port Orchard, WA

for an easy to take tripod it is great. A lot better than my old tripod and much more stable than a smaller one. Haven't used it a lot but what I have it has been easy to use. Will see how it holds up with more use. I will use it as my everything tripod

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Travel Tripod

By

from Toronto, Canada  -  Pro Photographer

I bought this tripod to save my back from the effort required to lug my big, sturdy carbon fibre legs around the globe while on assignment. In short, I wish I had purchased this item sooner - it has been a great tool while in the field. I held off on buying this for a while because I use fairly heavy gear - I usually shoot with a Nikon D800 and 24-70mm f/2.8 or 12-24mm f/2.8 attached. Even the tiny ballhead on this tripod can take the weight, though for how long, we'll see. No worries, though; I can always swap out the included ballhead for something sturdier. I love the size and weight - it fits into my field bag without issue - and it extends to a decent height. It folds VERY Small. My only real issue is with the plastic locking mechanism on the ballhead; I can see it wearing out or breaking without much force. Again, I'm not taking off a point because I can easily switch the ballhead. Overall, a fantastic purchase - I can't imagine taking my heavy tripod on a long expedition ever again. I'm currently shooting with this piece of kit in the Peruvian Andes, and it stands up exceptionally well even in decent winds (a bag hook on the bottom would be a neat little bonus).

 
5.0

Traveling Tripod

By

from Gilford, NH  -  Pro Photographer

Compact - sturdy - does the job

 
5.0

Perfect for my needs

By

from Charlestown, RI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this to have a light weight fully functional tripod. It does everything I need and it fits in my backpack for hiking.

 
5.0

Manfrotto Quality - Sturdy Compact Light

By

from Wyoming  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A great compact and lightweight tripod. Very sturdy with the quality expected from Manfrotto. Even comes with its own travel bag.

 
5.0

Great tripod in a tiny package

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Pro Photographer

Love this little tripod. When my monster medium format tripod gave up, I decided to replace it with something uber compact and lightweight now that I'm all digital. This did the trick! I love Manfrotto products so I stuck with my brand and it's worth the $$$.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

By far the best travel tripod for 35mm

By

from Dominican Republic  -  Semi-pro Photographer

If you are looking for a truly portable tripod that can give you the best stability under 4 pounds for a 35mm DSLR, look no further. Of course it is not intended to give you stability in a river current with 8 seconds exposure or in a desert storm wind... but for most pictures under normal conditions, you get surprisingly great and sharp results. I use a heavy Sony A-850 with high quality Zeiss lenses that weights about 4.5 pounds body+lens and this little marvel is strong enough to hold it with no movement from the ball head. A great asset when you need a small tripod to walk many hours and cannot carry a 10 pounds giant! Have a nice day!

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Devi N  does the kit include a head?
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Devi N  Hmmm...not sure if its sarcasm there...I asked because I was not sure...
Devi N  does the kit include a head?
Nomi W  Yes, the head is included. But if I were you, I'd actually try to use it before I bought this item.
Devi N  Hmmm...not sure if its sarcasm there...I asked because I was not sure...
Devi N  does the kit include a head?
Nomi W  Yes, the head is included. But if I were you, I'd actually try to use it before I bought this item.
Devi N  Hmmm...not sure if its sarcasm there...I asked because I was not sure...
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