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• Manfrotto BeFree Tripod Kit... The new 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
• Thanks to the unique folding mechanism the legs fold perfectly around the head and quick release plate attachment. It folds to only 15.7¨
• The lightweight aluminum construction makes the tripod easy to carry and it weighs only 3lbs, less than the average laptop.
• 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
• 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 positio ning.
• 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.
This Bundle Version includes a Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack, Black.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
Compact - sturdy - does the job
I bought this to have a light weight fully functional tripod. It does everything I need and it fits in my backpack for hiking.
A great compact and lightweight tripod. Very sturdy with the quality expected from Manfrotto. Even comes with its own travel bag.
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 $$$.
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!