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Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly

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  • Replaces #3156

You Pay: $319.88

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The Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly is a folding tripod dolly. This device features central pedal locking and has 3" caster wheels. This dolly accepts tripods with 20" (50cm) radius.

Replaces part number 3156.

Folding
This dolly folds to 27" (69cm) for easy transport.
UPC: 719821288794
Construction Aluminum
Doorway Width 50.0"
Folded Length 27.0"
Wheel Diameter 3.0"
Wheel Lock Yes
Cable Guards No
Weight 10.6 lbs
Packaging Info
Package Weight 12.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.0 x 11.5 x 9.5"
Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly
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    4.0

    (based on 6 reviews)

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    80%

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    1.0

    Big mistake

    By LLI

    from Florida

    About Me Professional Artist

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unstable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly:

      It's very hard to control the movement of this dolly. I used it once (on a flat surface). Never again. You have to get a running start to get the wheels to go in the right direction, then you might get 2 seconds of stable video before it drifts in the wrong direction.

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      5.0

      Perfect quality

      By Nyul

      from Hungary, Europe

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Tripod Function
      • Solid/Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly:

        I bought this dolly together with a Manfrotto 028B STUDIO PRO TRIMAN TRIPOD. They are working together perfectly. The dolly moves so smoothly that you want to push the whole stuff around and around in your studio all day. Great quality!
        There is something what is not a real drawback but something you need to keep in mind. If your tripod is not able to stretch its legs to a very wide position then you will need to pull the legs out and raise the tripod up to about chest level in order to make the legs fit into the attachment points of the dolly. So when you need to shoot from significantly lower then eye-level, you will need to remove the tripod from the dolly - takes too much time.
        Anyway, this is a great and high quality stuff when you need mobility in the studio without sacrifying the stability.

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        4.0

        181 Folding Auto Dolly by Manfrotto

        By A-Z

        from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Tripod Function

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization

        Comments about Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly:

        This dolly is nice, but you really need to use it on a super smooth floor, ie, smooth concrete, marble or tight carpet. I found more then once that my foot would catch the locking mechanism and ruin my shot. But ya I like it.

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        5.0

        This thing is sweet

        By Isra

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Can Handle Heavy Loads

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Moving Heavy Objects

          Comments about Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly:

          This thing is nice, beside the fact that it makes any tripod look ten times better, plus it is very light weight and really really easy to move around even with the camera already mounted

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          • Business

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          5.0

          great tri-pod because of the expandable

          By oldman

          from Dolton,IL.

          About Me Quality Oriented

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          Pros

          • Can Handle Heavy Loads
          • Easy To Load
          • Lightweight
          • Maneuvers Well
          • Stores Easily

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly:

              use this product in banquet halls where space at times are very limited
              You can make it smaller or large diameter in just a couple of minutes
              the locking feet are to long and hang up on carpeting

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              4.0

              well made but not very versitile

              By SharonB

              from Chesapeake, Virginia

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              Pros

              • Well made
              • Wheels easily

              Cons

              • Not adjustable
              • Not for small rooms

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 181 Folding Auto Dolly:

                The protduct it self is a fine one, but for the ways I had planned to use it, it has limited me. I would have rather had a Dolly that could be adjusted. There is no way to make it smaller if you have a tight spot you need to move through. If you have plenty of space I recommend this product, if not or not sure where you may be traveling, you may want to check into one that is more versitile.

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