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Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod

You Pay: $469.88
Product Highlights
  • Optional Pan/Tilt, Ball, Fluid Heads
  • Load Capacity: 17.64 lb
  • Max Height: 61.42"
  • Min Height: 3.94"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.29 lb
  • Pull Down Height Adjustment, Carry Strap
  • 90 Degree Horizontal Column Feature
  • Independent Leg Angle Selection

With a full range of professional features as well as the innovative NeoTec rapid opening and closing mechanism, the Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod is geared for the professional photographer on location. The tripod features the innovative NeoTec rapid opening and closing mechanism. The legs open up by simply pulling down on each one, and automatically lock into any position, with no screws, knobs or levers to tighten. By pressing the release button at the top of the legs the legs can be collapsed again fully, or locked at any intermediate point for perfect positioning. This mechanism exerts more locking power the heavier the weight pushing down on it from above. Other professional features include an improved minimum-maximum height range and a 90 degree horizontal center column feature.

Legs
Material Aluminum
Load Capacity 17.64 lb (8.00 kg)
Maximum Height 61.42" (156.00 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 51.57" (131.99 cm)
Minimum Height 3.94" (10.01 cm)
Folded Length 25.20" (64.01 cm)
Leg Stages / Sections 2/3
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Tube Diameters Not specified by manufacturer
Independent Leg Angles Yes, 25, 43, 73, 90°
Spiked / Retractable Feet No, rubber
Leg Lock Type Push-pull, with release button
Center Brace No
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Bubble Level Yes
Weight 5.29 lb (2.40 kg)
Center Column
Material Aluminum
Type Rapid, friction lock with 90 degree horizontal column feature
Column Cross Section 3-Faceted
Column Diameter 25 mm
Sections 1
Ballast Hook Yes
Head
Type Optional Pan/tilt, ball, fluid
Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod
  • Detachable Carrying Handle
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension after Online Registration
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    Manfrotto458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod
     
    4.6

    (based on 58 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (25)
    • Unfolds quickly (25)
    • Easily adjusted (18)
    • Smooth movement (17)
    • Good footing (16)

    Cons

    • Heavy (17)

    Best Uses

    • Home (22)
    • Landscape/scenery (21)
    • Travel (19)
    • Portraits (16)
    • Night shots (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (12), Enthusiast (8), Semi-professional (7), Semi-pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Simply incredible!

    I bought the NeoTec 458B as part of a package that included the 322RC2 ball grip and the quick release shoe mount. I hated using my old tripod. Each leg extension had to be...Read complete review

    I bought the NeoTec 458B as part of a package that included the 322RC2 ball grip and the quick release shoe mount. I hated using my old tripod. Each leg extension had to be released, positioned and locked. The camera was then mounted on the pan head and screw locked in place. After completing the shots, the camera had to be removed (I'd never trust carrying it on the tripod for more than a short distance.)
    The NeoTec 458B is a joy to work with. I can quickly pull the legs out to the desired length without releasing latches. Each leg can be adjusted to a shorter length with the push of a button and pushing the leg up or just pressing down on the leg. The 322RC2 ball grip is perfect for quick adjustments and the quick release is great for fast removal of the camera. Then, I just collapse the tripod by pressing leg release buttons simultaneously and pushing down on the legs. I press the ball grip handle and the tripod and handle line up vertically. I'm ready to move to my next photo site.
    There are additional features that are also great like legs that can be positioned horizontally to 180 degrees, removable center column that can also be positioned horizontally and an integrated carrying handle.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Didn't live up to the hype

    After doing very extensive research, I took the plunge and ordered this tripod. Here are the main reasons I chose this one over the others I was considering:

    1. No...Read complete review

    After doing very extensive research, I took the plunge and ordered this tripod. Here are the main reasons I chose this one over the others I was considering:

    1. No manual locks on the leg sections
    2. Pull legs out instantly to lock them at any position
    3. The ability to level it easily on uneven terrain
    4. Many positive reviews

    After receiving it, I certainly wasn't disappointed in the build quality. It feels good and solid in your hands, looks great, and it wasn't too heavy for me at all, even though some reviewers complained about the weight. Instead of feeling too heavy, it felt solid and well-built to me... a very important factor considering the fact that it is supporting thousands of dollars worth of gear on top!

    The legs do, indeed, pull straight out without having to unlock any clips. This is a very nice feature. But unfortunately, that's where my love of this tripod ended. I hate to be the black sheep of the family and go against all the glowing reviews of this unit, but here are the reasons I couldn't end up keeping it:

    1. Extending the legs is NOT a smooth process at all. In fact, these are without a doubt the least smooth legs I've ever encountered on any tripod. While I love being able to pull the legs out without fiddling with leg locks, I found that all three legs had to be tugged and persuaded considerably in order to extend. They stuck at different points and the movement felt somewhat gritty and "herky-jerky" rather than smooth. I worked with this over and over again, hoping it would start to loosen up, but it didn't. For the movement of a brand new tripod to feel like it was rusted just wasn't something I was willing to put up with.

    2. As other reviewers have already pointed out, you cannot grab any of the legs in the upper two sections, or you will end up with a hand full of grease. The top two sections of each leg are coated in some kind of lubricant. Only the bottom section is dry. While this does not present a big problem when extending the legs (since you typically grab the bottom of each leg to pull them down,) this does present enormous problems when trying to perform all other adjustments on the legs. Just try changing the spread of the legs or picking the tripod up to move it without ever touching the upper two-thirds of the legs! That is an extremely difficult thing to do. The only place I found that you can grab without getting grease all over your hands in on any of the rings that connect the leg sections together. However, those rings are only about an inch tall at most, which means you can only grab them with your thumb and index finger... hardly enough to maneuver a large tripod with heavy gear on top.

    3. One of the main reasons I was so eager to own this tripod is because it was supposed to be very easy to level the legs on uneven terrain. You just press the buttons on top of all three legs simultaneously, then lower or raise the unit to any desire position. Boy, what a photographer's dream that would be! Sadly, this feature didn't work well at all. With the legs fully extended, I pressed the three buttons on top, then pushed down on the tripod. It took a fair amount of force to lower the legs... but the real problem was that if you got the tripod lower than you wanted, you could lift it back up, but the legs would not extend back out on their own due to issue #1 I mentioned above! So you still had to end up reaching down to the very bottom of each leg and manually extending them again. This was a huge disappointment.

    I eventually decided to return it, because, in reality, the very features I bought it for did not work as I had hoped. I ended up purchasing another model that was in my original top 3 -- the Manfrotto 055XPROB. Even though it was a fraction of the cost compared to the NeoTec, from the moment I unboxed the 055XPROB, I knew it was a much better choice. It is a rock solid unit which feels even sturdier and more rugged than the NeoTec. It stands much taller than the NeoTec, and since I'm 6'2" it means I can pretty much see through my viewfinder at eye level on this tripod without ever raising the middle extension tube, which of course means better stability all around. The legs on the 055XPROB are absolutely silky smooth to open and close -- the polar opposite of the NeoTec! And the 055XPROB also comes with padding on two of the legs, which makes it much easier to grab and maneuver, gives better grip, keeps your hands from touching freezing metal in the winter, and provides nice cushioning while carrying the tripod and heavy ballhead and camera gear attached.

    All in all I am extremely pleased with the 055XPROB over the NeoTec, even though I still have to mess with leg locks. I found that I can actually set up, adjust, level, and close this tripod faster than the NeoTec, because I'm not having to work around all those other issues I mentioned. Plus I don't end up with grease all over my hands... something I wasn't thrilled about when handling expensive cameras and lenses!

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    3.0

    Read reviews - both pro and con!

    By Allen

    from Bakersfield, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Pull Down Leg Extension

    Cons

    • Height
    • Stability
    • Too Expensive

    Best Uses

    • With Smaller Cameras
    • With Smaller Lenses

    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

    When buying a tripod you really have to consider how and when you are going to use it. I use a tripod for almost every photo I take. I bought this tripod from B&H in 2006 or 2007. I believe it was a new design at that time. It was my first high quality tripod and it has been my only tripod until recently and for the most part has worked well. I liked the leg extensions without lever or twist locks which, in my opinion, are its best feature and why I bought it - Quick, easy adjustment of the legs. I also liked that, with three sections and the head removed, it was short enough to fit into my large suitcase when flying on airlines.Now my 458B tripod is 7 years old and I have probably gotten my money's worth so shouldn't complain too much. However, I would not buy another one. It is too expensive when compared to the lighter weight yet just as or more stable carbon fiber tripods available today. Although the pull down leg adjustment is handy it does take a good pull. To collapse the legs you must push the release button at the top of the legs and they are not easy to push if you have weak or arthritic hands. Others have mentioned the extension of the legs eventually gets more difficult. I have also experienced that problem. Another negative is that it is rather short. 51.57 inches without center column extended and no one I know extends the center column of any tripod when trying to take sharp photos. Consider this if you are looking to purchase this tripod.I have doubts about its stability when used with any larger lens. My largest lens is a Nikon 70-200 used with a Nikon D300 at one time and now with a D600. I really feel that, unless conditions are optimal (solid footing, ballast, no wind, mirror up, etc.) there is movement with this tripod/camera/lens combination when the shutter is released. At one time I probably didn't recognize this, but my abilities have improved and I have to be really careful to get sharp photos with this combination on this tripod. I would not recommend using any lens larger than a 70-200.Three Stars because I have used it a lot and it worked well under most conditions.

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    2.0

    Legs Died

    By Rex

    from Spokane, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Flexible

    Cons

    • Doesn't Last

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

      I loved this tripod for 5 years. Then the legs gradually increased resistance. I used it mostly indoors, or clean outdoors. No exposure to dirt or weather.
      When one leg got too stiff to use, I called the national authorized service center and asked about repairing it. They said they see this all the time, send it in and they'll contact me with a quote.
      So I paid $20 so ship it. Two weeks later they emailed me saying it wasn't feasable to repair. When I called them, they said they never repair these because it is always the legs that go bad and they cost as much as a new tripod to replace. If I left them the tripod, they thought I could get a 15% coupon on a new one, or I could pay $25 to have it shipped back.
      While it worked, this is a great tripod, just don't count on it for the long run. And never send it in for repairs, even when they say they fix them all the time.

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      5.0

      My favorite tripod ever

      By Brucep

      from Sebastopol, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Fast Fast

      Cons

      • Ok It Is Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Executivevip Portraiture
      • Family Photos
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

      My original review is probably someplace among the reviews. I bought it five or six years ago and have been loving it ever since. I have five tripods. One is much taller (and heavier) than this one. One is carbon fiber and FAR lighter than this one, so I take it when I need one to sling on my back for hours.

      Using this NeoTec, executives and their staff don't have to impatiently wait while I snap and unsnap (or twist and untwist) several locks on each leg. I just pull out as much leg as I need or push retraction buttons and push down to lower one or more legs. Heavy, yes, but lightning fast.

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      3.0

      Rapid Opening & Closing Mechanism

      By TY

      from CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

          Innovative Tripod but VERY disappointed about Horizontal Center Column ; it takes (1)Remove, (2)Unlock, (3)Remove,
          (4)Insert, (5)Tighten to make it a horizontal column...
          Why didn't Manfrotto apply the same mechanism as 190XPROB for the Horizontal Column??

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          5.0

          Great Investment

          By Dmboxster

          from Denver, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

            I went on a commercial assignment and another photographer had this tripod and let me use it on my commercial shoot. I love this tripod as to raise it you just pull the legs down to the desired height with no levers to turn. and to collapse it you just push the button where the legs attach to the head and it is so fast and easy. The tripod is also sturdy and light weight and is great when traveling by airplane. I couldn't find a con at this point. I came home from the trip and I bought myself this great investment.

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            5.0

            Great all round tripod

            By Trevor

            from Sydney, Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

              This tripod is great for when you are on the move, it can be very quickly deployed with the quick release buttons located at the top of the tripod and just as quickly folded down.
              I find it to be very stable though it does loose a little of that stability with the centre column extended. As it is made from aluminium tube it is an acceptable weight to be carrying around town.

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              5.0

              Just What I was Looking For!

              By Mark

              from Peoria IL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                This tripod is so easy to use and adjust when in the pocess of taking pictures. It is a bit long when folded up, but it will be fine. The built-in carrying handle helps. I was able to use the tripod space on my camera bag -Lowepro, but it made the bag a bit too heavy.

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                5.0

                Awesomeness Personified

                By Scottish Nomad

                from Cleveland, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                  This tripod is simply amazing. No matter what the terrain or weather has to offer this product really shines. From rock hillsides to grassy flats set up is fast and efficient. Even in strong winds I have had no problem with stability. The ease of adjustment coupled with , varying angles of leg settings, stability, wide range of camera heights, and superb construction make this tripod as near to perfect as you can get. A little on the pricey side, but well worth the money for a great piece of equipment that will last for a very long time. Remember to properly maintain it and it should last a lifetime.

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                  4.0

                  Great Tripod

                  By Mike

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                  I use this tripod during my landscape photography. It is very sturdy and has a very solid feel. I love how the legs easily collapse with just a button push. This tripod would only be better if it was a little lighter.

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                  5.0

                  Fast and easy to use

                  By Craigtk

                  from Lewisburg, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                    This tripod is the fastest to setup and easiest to use that I have seen.

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                    3.0

                    Didn't live up to the hype

                    By Phillip

                    from South Carolina

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clever unlock design
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Greasy
                    • Gritty leg movement

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                    After doing very extensive research, I took the plunge and ordered this tripod. Here are the main reasons I chose this one over the others I was considering:

                    1. No manual locks on the leg sections
                    2. Pull legs out instantly to lock them at any position
                    3. The ability to level it easily on uneven terrain
                    4. Many positive reviews

                    After receiving it, I certainly wasn't disappointed in the build quality. It feels good and solid in your hands, looks great, and it wasn't too heavy for me at all, even though some reviewers complained about the weight. Instead of feeling too heavy, it felt solid and well-built to me... a very important factor considering the fact that it is supporting thousands of dollars worth of gear on top!

                    The legs do, indeed, pull straight out without having to unlock any clips. This is a very nice feature. But unfortunately, that's where my love of this tripod ended. I hate to be the black sheep of the family and go against all the glowing reviews of this unit, but here are the reasons I couldn't end up keeping it:

                    1. Extending the legs is NOT a smooth process at all. In fact, these are without a doubt the least smooth legs I've ever encountered on any tripod. While I love being able to pull the legs out without fiddling with leg locks, I found that all three legs had to be tugged and persuaded considerably in order to extend. They stuck at different points and the movement felt somewhat gritty and "herky-jerky" rather than smooth. I worked with this over and over again, hoping it would start to loosen up, but it didn't. For the movement of a brand new tripod to feel like it was rusted just wasn't something I was willing to put up with.

                    2. As other reviewers have already pointed out, you cannot grab any of the legs in the upper two sections, or you will end up with a hand full of grease. The top two sections of each leg are coated in some kind of lubricant. Only the bottom section is dry. While this does not present a big problem when extending the legs (since you typically grab the bottom of each leg to pull them down,) this does present enormous problems when trying to perform all other adjustments on the legs. Just try changing the spread of the legs or picking the tripod up to move it without ever touching the upper two-thirds of the legs! That is an extremely difficult thing to do. The only place I found that you can grab without getting grease all over your hands in on any of the rings that connect the leg sections together. However, those rings are only about an inch tall at most, which means you can only grab them with your thumb and index finger... hardly enough to maneuver a large tripod with heavy gear on top.

                    3. One of the main reasons I was so eager to own this tripod is because it was supposed to be very easy to level the legs on uneven terrain. You just press the buttons on top of all three legs simultaneously, then lower or raise the unit to any desire position. Boy, what a photographer's dream that would be! Sadly, this feature didn't work well at all. With the legs fully extended, I pressed the three buttons on top, then pushed down on the tripod. It took a fair amount of force to lower the legs... but the real problem was that if you got the tripod lower than you wanted, you could lift it back up, but the legs would not extend back out on their own due to issue #1 I mentioned above! So you still had to end up reaching down to the very bottom of each leg and manually extending them again. This was a huge disappointment.

                    I eventually decided to return it, because, in reality, the very features I bought it for did not work as I had hoped. I ended up purchasing another model that was in my original top 3 -- the Manfrotto 055XPROB. Even though it was a fraction of the cost compared to the NeoTec, from the moment I unboxed the 055XPROB, I knew it was a much better choice. It is a rock solid unit which feels even sturdier and more rugged than the NeoTec. It stands much taller than the NeoTec, and since I'm 6'2" it means I can pretty much see through my viewfinder at eye level on this tripod without ever raising the middle extension tube, which of course means better stability all around. The legs on the 055XPROB are absolutely silky smooth to open and close -- the polar opposite of the NeoTec! And the 055XPROB also comes with padding on two of the legs, which makes it much easier to grab and maneuver, gives better grip, keeps your hands from touching freezing metal in the winter, and provides nice cushioning while carrying the tripod and heavy ballhead and camera gear attached.

                    All in all I am extremely pleased with the 055XPROB over the NeoTec, even though I still have to mess with leg locks. I found that I can actually set up, adjust, level, and close this tripod faster than the NeoTec, because I'm not having to work around all those other issues I mentioned. Plus I don't end up with grease all over my hands... something I wasn't thrilled about when handling expensive cameras and lenses!

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                    4.0

                    Nice Tripod

                    By Gordie

                    from Adelaide SA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                      Easy set up and down. The unit is not the lightest, but is also not too heavy. Solid platform. I recommend the carry bag as it also carrys my Monopod. Very happy so far.

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                      5.0

                      Okay for what it is

                      By Tim

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                      I've used a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod for several years and got this tripod after seeing it demonstrated at a recent photography meeting. The feature that caught my attention was the leg adjustment. Now that I have this tripod, this feature is nice. It takes a little getting used to the operation but it can make for easier height adjustments than the twist/screw mechanism on the Gitzo. I also like the removable center column that allows for low shooting. Removing this center column takes about a minute or two.

                      On the downside, this IS an aluminum tripod and this is the downside to this tripod. Fundamentally, a tripod needs to be stable and there's just nothing more rock-solid than carbon fiber. Just go to a camera store at some point and see for yourself. I wish this design were available in carbon fiber and not only aluminum. Also, the piece that attaches to the base of the camera or plate is made from plastic and althought this piece is high-quality plastic, this piece is not as rigid as metal.

                      This tripod is full of tradeoffs like so many pieces of gear including its price. I plan on keeping it to use in situations where my rock-solid Gitzo doesn't have the features that this tripod offers. In situations where the rigidity of the platform is paramount, this (or any aluminum tripod) is not the tripod of choice.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic tripod

                      By Alex Xu

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                      Balanced combination of Weight and Steady,
                      Easy to use, since the tripod leg is controlled by three BUTTONS!
                      I use it with a Manfrotto 3 way standard head.
                      Highly recommanded.

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                      5.0

                      Makes you want to use a tripod

                      By Double Exposure

                      from New Zealand

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                        I avoided using a tripod before because I couldn't be bothered with clipping and unclipping the legs. Problems solved. This tripod is so quick that its a pleasure to use. Just pull out the legs and your good to go.

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use!

                        By Gary Photo Guy

                        from Bear, DE

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                        I love how easy it is to adjust and collapse this tripod. It was a little heavier than expected, but it's a sweet piece of equipment.

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                        5.0

                        quick and easy setup

                        By rs

                        from tucson, az

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                          I am really happy with this product. I didn't want the hassle of turning knobs or screws, so this was the perfect solution. It sets up and adjusts quickly and is very good for adjusting on uneven surfaces. The only thing missing is a bag to carry it in:)

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                          5.0

                          Revolutionary!!!

                          By crazydiver

                          from Dededo, GU

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Architecture
                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                            This tripod uses a system where the legs can adjust with the reach of your finger tips is very convenient for all kinds of shootes especially for uneven rough terrain... The neotec is versatile and light for its class and price, I bring it on all my shoots!

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy Legs

                            By Bwana_DC

                            from South Africa

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • Absolutely rock-solid
                            • Easy Levelling
                            • Good Stability
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Macro photography
                              • Night Shots
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                              I received my Manfrotto 458B Neo Tec Pro from B&H on August 23, 2010. I have used it extensively since and am absolutely happy with it.

                              I use it with Manfrotto's 405 Pro geared head and camera/lens loads of up to about 4kg.

                              The tripod is absolutely sturdy, showing no flex whatsoever. It is not a light-weight, but the solid construction makes it worth living with the weight. The weight also helps to steady the tripod and it is not easily tipped or blown over.

                              The leg adjustment and automatic lock work seamlessly and positively and without slip, and are a great improvement over the usual clamp system! They make fine adjustments to level the head a lot easier than they are with clamps!

                              Releasing the locks can sometimes be a little difficult, but rather that than that they should slip!

                              I highly recommend this tripod!

                              While I am not a pro-photographer, I have been using SLRs and tripods since 1964.

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                              5.0

                              Built for speed

                              By cadent_2.0

                              from Sydney, Australia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod:

                                A rock-solid perfomer!
                                The promise of a quick setup and leg adjustments (especially on uneven ground) is what attracted me to the NeoTec- it delivered.
                                The lubricated legs take a little getting used to but once you get into the habbit of handling the legs from the base, its a breeze and sticky fingers will not be an issue.
                                The legs are rock solid once fully extended, as expected.

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