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Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader

B&H # MA165MV Mfr # 165MV
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Product Highlights
  • For Tripods with Spiked Feet
  • Replaces 3138

The Manfrotto 165MV is an "on-ground" spreader for tripods with spiked feet. This device has variable diameter width adjustment to accomodate tripods from 31" to 51" in legspread.

Replaces part number 3138.

Construction Plastic
Type On-Ground
Adjustable Yes
Minimum Length 12.0"
80cm
Maximum Length 24.0"
130cm
Weight 1.5 lbs
0.65kg
Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader
  • 2 Year Warranty
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    Manfrotto165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader
     
    4.2

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Fits well (15)
    • Improves tripod function (14)
    • Solid/sturdy (11)

    Cons

    • Poor design (3)

    Best Uses

    • Video (14)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (16)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great option for extra stability

    Bought this as an alternative to a mid-level spreader. While the mid-level is good for uneven surfaces, in certain situations it just allows for too much spread. In tight spaces with flat floors,...Read complete review

    Bought this as an alternative to a mid-level spreader. While the mid-level is good for uneven surfaces, in certain situations it just allows for too much spread. In tight spaces with flat floors, the on-ground spreader gives GREAT stability and a smaller footprint at higher heights.
    Wish this rubber, though, hence only 4 stars.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good quality for price

    This spreader is great for switching between photo and video heads/work. My only beef is whilst on the tripod the legs do not fold in fully and so it is bulky at the...Read complete review

    This spreader is great for switching between photo and video heads/work. My only beef is whilst on the tripod the legs do not fold in fully and so it is bulky at the bottom, I have to remove it from the tripod to travel with it, also it makes the tripod much heavier, which is a good thing for stability, also when you lift your tripod to reposition the spreader falls downwards in the middle! which is a pain, actually that's 3 beefs! but still I'll keep mine!

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    3.0

    Replacement for broken piece

    By Rich_Video Guy

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

        I bought this to replace the spreader that came on my manfrotto tripod. Never thought much about the spreader until I forgot to lock the last leg one day. The leg slipped, twisted the spreader and it snapped. Doesn't seem very sturdy, but since I busted it and needed a replacement, I was glad this wasn't super expensive.

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        5.0

        The usual good quality from Manfrotto

        By Robert A.

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

          My mid-level spreader broke and I bought this ground spreader as a replacement. Works better than the mid-level spreader. Decent part and holds up to hard use.

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          4.0

          Pretty solid so far

          By Louis

          from Plainfield, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well
          • Improves Tripod Function

          Cons

          • Plastic

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

          I've only had this for a few weeks but so far it's been much better than the mid-level spreaders I've had on my Manfrotto 546B legs. Creates a smaller footprint and I don't have to lift up the tripod to close in the legs a bit to lower the bottom risers. Everything is smooth and the knuckles in the center seem sturdy for now. Time will tell how long the seemingly plastic spreader will hold.

          I do have to note that this is not recommended for rough terrain, in which the mid-level spreaders will perform better. But since I'm rarely on rough terrain, this serves me better purpose. I just wish they could make the two systems more interchangeable incase there needs to be a switch in the field.

          Tip for those who are trying to make this fit in your tripod bag/case, make sure to fold the feet inward as to not make it so wide. I find this best before you fully close the legs completely for storage.

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          5.0

          i like spreaders

          By hayzens productions

          from greensboro, nc

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                these are nice for manfrotto pods. I like the floor spreader better than the metal mid level ones. you can stand on them for a little added support. has a ring in the middle to help when folding the tripod up. easy knobs to open the spreader up wide.

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                4.0

                so much better then middle spreader

                By Stevesy

                from ny ny

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Tripod Function

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                    take out ur middle spreader and use this!!

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                    4.0

                    It's light, strong, and works. what else

                    By Jim Long

                    from Ashland, Oregon

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                      I needed a spreader for an old set of sticks. It worked.

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                      2.0

                      Good under normal/Not Great For Cold

                      By Derek Hallquist

                      from Burlington, VT

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cheap Plastic
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well

                      Cons

                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                      Only good for simple, non active shoots. Cheap plastic broke in Alaska immediately. No way of repairing either. I had to throw the old one away!

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                      5.0

                      Needed it and worked well!

                      By Orlando Rocks Awesome

                      from Houston TX

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                        I bought a used tripod and it did not include the spreader. I already know how well Manfrotto builds there product, and it was no problem putting it to work right away. For the price its a must for your tripods.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent!

                        By A.Correa

                        from Panama

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                        Best and cheap!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Fits Vinten

                        By Drew

                        from Los Angeles, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                          Just got Vinten 3821-3 tripod legs, and this was a great alternative to Vinten's spreaders - it fits just right. (Obviously it doesn't fit ANY Vinten, but it worked on that model.)

                          I already have a 165MV on my old Manfrotto 501 tripod so I was familiar with the spreader - hasn't broken after years of use, and sure it's not the world's best, but it does what it does just fine at great value.

                          The spreader, collapsed and mounted on the legs, was too wide to fit in our Manfrotto MBAG100PN bag. However you can easily twist the spreader ends into a spear shape, which minimizes the footprint.

                          As any floor spreader, it's mainly for interiors and hard surfaces. If you're out in the dirt or at the beach you use a mid-level spreader or the spiked feet.

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                          5.0

                          165MV Ground Spreaders

                          By Agent Paper

                          from Burbank, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                            The product came through in perfect condition. We were able to apply it to one of our tripods immediately.

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                            5.0

                            easy set up

                            By JM

                            from Boston

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Tripod Function

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                the mid level spreader that came with my tripod was a bit of a hassel, getting the ground spreader made my set ups and break downs quick and easy

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                                4.0

                                A must have for tripods

                                By WCTV

                                from Surprise, AZ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                    Light weight, easy to install and stabilizes the tripod. We use it on our heavy duty jib tripod. This is the second one we've bought though because the first one broke when the jib fell off a doorway dolly because the students forgot to tie it down. Wish there was more metal and less plastic.

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                                    3.0

                                    Good quality for price

                                    By Jinkscat

                                    from Chicago

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fits Well
                                    • Improves Tripod Function
                                    • Solid/Sturdy

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky
                                    • Drops down in middle
                                    • Heavy bulky
                                    • Poor Design

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                    This spreader is great for switching between photo and video heads/work. My only beef is whilst on the tripod the legs do not fold in fully and so it is bulky at the bottom, I have to remove it from the tripod to travel with it, also it makes the tripod much heavier, which is a good thing for stability, also when you lift your tripod to reposition the spreader falls downwards in the middle! which is a pain, actually that's 3 beefs! but still I'll keep mine!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great

                                    By funblue

                                    from New York, NY

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                      I use it for wedding shoots. Great for fast moving and set-ups. Kick and folds, step and spreads. What more can I say.

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                                      1.0

                                      Garbage

                                      By stringer

                                      from Portland Or

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • There are none

                                      Cons

                                      • Cheaply made
                                      • Poor Design

                                      Best Uses

                                      • none
                                      • Throwing in the garbage

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                      I'm a Television News Stringer. With that said I have to say this spreader is garbage after 6 months of use mine broke, the plastic the plastic broke in half where one of the spreader meets in the middle.

                                      This is the second thing from manfrotto to break I'm beginning to think their products are over priced garbage.

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                                      5.0

                                      Alternative to mid-spreader

                                      By Alex

                                      from Los Angeles, CA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                      The ground spreader is easier and faster to breakdown and set up than the mid spreader. It adds more stability to the tripod. However, it is made from plastic and I have to be a bit careful at times.

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                                      4.0

                                      Must have for tripods

                                      By BKnize

                                      from DE

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                      This makes it a lot easier to break down my tripod! Just stick your foot underneath, and lift up! Pulls the legs in just great. Also great for when I raise my tripod very high, as I can spread the legs to add more stability! Yeah, I wish it wasn't plastic, but what can ya do. I've also found that after I have extended the spreaders all the way, trying to slide them back in can be a bit challenging. I guess they get caught on some plastic bits when fully extended. Sometimes a good kick works, sometimes it doesn't. The spreader also has marks/lines on it, so that you can spread each side to the same length. Nice feature!

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                                      4.0

                                      Better than mid-level spreader

                                      By Panshot

                                      from SW US

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                      • Adds length when folded

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                      If you're using a mid-level spreader, switch to this one. It offers more stability for the tripod and the cost is worth it. When folded on the tripod, this spreader adds a couple of inches of length, so it may make for a tighter fit in your tripod case.

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                                      4.0

                                      Great Spreader

                                      By JJ

                                      from Plymouth, WI

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel
                                        • Video
                                        • Weddings/Events

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 165MV On-Ground Tripod Spreader:

                                        We use this spreader for most of our location shooting. Quick to set up. Plastic is a drawback when cold. Had a recent incident where spreader cracked, but may have been partially operator error. Good product, fair price.

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