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Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod

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Product Highlights
  • Optional Heads
  • Load Capacity: 4.4 lb
  • Working Height: 1.77"
  • Closed Length: 5.12"
  • Weight: 3.3 oz

Made of rugged, heavy-duty aluminum, the Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod folds down small enough to slip into your camera bag or coat pocket, and is ready to give quick support to a lightweight camera. It features sturdy legs with sure-grip tips for stability. The tripod is 5.12" end-to-end when folded, and provides a working height of 1.77" when in use. The optional 259B column can be added to give an extra 10" extension.

Load Capacity 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
Closed Length 5.12" (13.00 cm)
Working Height 1.77" (4.50 cm)
Leg Angles 75°
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 3.3 oz (93 g)
Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod
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    Manfrotto209 Tabletop Tripod
     
    4.6

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Folds away (27)
    • Lightweight (25)
    • Stable (23)
    • Unfolds quickly (19)
    • Compact (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (21)
      • Night shots (10)
      • Home (9)
      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Video (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (11)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (25)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Sturdy and compact.

      Used this with a Nikon D90 and primarily the 18-105mm for my latest vacation. Added the 234 swivel tilt head for a cheap and light travel tripod option. Tripod stayed with me for...Read complete review

      Used this with a Nikon D90 and primarily the 18-105mm for my latest vacation. Added the 234 swivel tilt head for a cheap and light travel tripod option. Tripod stayed with me for the entire trip and never felt heavy or in the way. Overall quite pleased with the legs/head combination for simple shots where you have a wide enough place (like a rock or a wall, need around 8 inches wide) to setup the camera. Stable enough for what it is. Also works OK with the 70-300mm, this is getting a little bouncy, but the head can hold up this lens fine and the pod remains stable. The photo on the website is a bit misleading, as it doesn't show the legs of the pod fully extended. When set up, the bottom bolt is around 3/4 of an inch from the table. There is no stable intermediate setup, it's fully extended or nothing.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Center joint easily breaks apart.

      I had bought this tripod as a set, which also includes 482 Micro Ball Head, 709 Extension column, a thread adapter and a high quality leather bag. The whole set is extremely useful...Read complete review

      I had bought this tripod as a set, which also includes 482 Micro Ball Head, 709 Extension column, a thread adapter and a high quality leather bag. The whole set is extremely useful when shooting night scenes and macros. And it also serves as a great stabilization assist when shooting hand-held (just attach it to the camera and lean it against a stable table, wall, rock or even your chest!).But... and it is a big "but"... The most crucial part, the lower central part which holds the legs in place and meets the whole load by itself, is made of very weak material. Probably zinc, not aluminium. As the load increases, the legs pivoted by the upper part, push this part down and out on 3 axis. And there is not enough "meat" to bear a possible excessive load on the legs. It will hold your D-SLR with lens without a problem, but it will break apart if you put any more stress, or if there is a minor impact (and accidents always happen!). Mine has broken into 3 pieces when a smart friend leaned his arm against the tripod on the table.I inspected the broken pieces and saw that there were huge design flaws. The center hole is much wider than required. If the center hole was 5 mm, it would be much stronger and it would not effect it's operation in anyway. Plus, if the legs were placed only 0.5 mm more apart, it would have more meat and would be at least 2 times stronger. If this part wasn't conical. It would be possible to place a larger collar on the bottom and it would make it even stronger. And if it was made of brass instead of zinc, it would be -maybe- 20 times stronger. There are many other things could be done to make this crucial part much stronger.I definitely recommend having a table top tripod like this in your camera bag, but not this one. The others that have similar design (like Oben) seems to have a larger joints and may have more strength. Leica has a completely different design and it is obviously the strongest in this class. But it is not as compact when folded, it's heavier and much more expensive.

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      5.0

      Excellant compact trupod

      By bratliff

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

          This is perfect for when I need to mount my camera to something steady. I shoot with a Nikon d7100 and it's stable enough the keep it supported well, just have a leg directly under the lens.

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          5.0

          Manfrotto 209 tabletop tripod

          By Dave B

          from California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • May Sit Too Low For Some
          • No Leg Adjustment
          • Thin Foot Pads

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Ok For Light Video Camera
          • Shooting At Odd Angles
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

          At first I was worried that this tripod might be too small for a Canon VIXIA HF G20 video camera but it has been quite stable. (It is important to understand that the G20 is lighter than many high end SLR's with a zoom lens attached). Coupled with the Manfrotto 128LP micro fluid head, the setup gives me the flexibility to shoot low angles in odd positions. I also have the 209B 10" extension that allows more up and down movement but stability is somewhat compromised. I do wish they made a 5" extension. For its purpose, most of the time I use it with the fluid head W/O the 10" extension and there is enough height to have reasonable camera movement. Disassembled everything packs up in a very small bag. The biggest problem is working on uneven surfaces. The tripod sits low with a wide stance for its size and the legs only unfold to one position when open. Also without wide foot pads on the three legs, loose or sandy surfaces will not provide a stable platform. On smooth solid surfaces the tripod can slide while slewing the camera because of the setups light weight. I can deal with that. For me it's one more tool in the box when a standard tripod won't work.

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          5.0

          Tiny Tripod

          By Sliegher

          from Portland Oregon

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None Now

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

          Known manufacturer with ideal product. I wanted a tripod to put in my camera bag and this works. I carry everything for on the street tabletop video recording.

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          5.0

          Just Great

          By Francisco

          from Chile

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

            I´m using it with a Gopro Hero3

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            4.0

            Nice and sturdy

            By Kate

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Not Adjustable

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Macro

            Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

            I love this tripod for macro tabletop shots. It is not extremely adjustable but sturdy, and very compact to fit nicely in my kit, definitely recommended for heavier camera and lens combinations.

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            3.0

            too limited

            By ghmcs

            from Elkhart, IN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Unstable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

              After using this leg set (and separate center column)I think it is suitable for indoor use and for smaller cameras. Outdoors there isn't enough adjustment in the legs to be stable. Also, the footprint of the extended legs isn't large enough to adequately support a full size DSLR + macro lens. While the components are sturdy enough, I had difficulty getting the mounting plate collar tight enough to stay put; same problem with the center column.

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              5.0

              Legs--need ballhead, too!

              By Sam

              from Georgia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

              Even though the reviews are separate, the legs and the baby ballhead can be purchased together (as I purchased them.) I have had this outfit before and gave the old one to a friend. Invaluable for travel. Works well for a "chestpod" to help steady with a tele, too.

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              5.0

              Quality!

              By Mathieu

              from Gatineau, canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                Great build quality. This tripod performs as it should!

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                5.0

                solid & compact

                By hansolo54

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                  I use it with Manfrotto 492 Micro Ball Head.
                  It's sturdy and compact, and does a good job of holding a microphone or a second camera under 1kg.

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                  4.0

                  Small but sturdy

                  By jimpg

                  from Northern California

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                  This is smaller than I imagined. It has a 125mm (aprox. 5 inches) radius with a 45 mm height. The extension for an extra $ is very useful. Both pieces are strong and well made. I put the Manfrotto 128RC head on it plus a spotting scope and it works despite some shaking. I put a small dslr on it and it was very stable.

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                  1.0

                  Center joint easily breaks apart.

                  By Kench

                  from Istanbul

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small

                  Cons

                  • Weak Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                  I had bought this tripod as a set, which also includes 482 Micro Ball Head, 709 Extension column, a thread adapter and a high quality leather bag. The whole set is extremely useful when shooting night scenes and macros. And it also serves as a great stabilization assist when shooting hand-held (just attach it to the camera and lean it against a stable table, wall, rock or even your chest!).But... and it is a big "but"... The most crucial part, the lower central part which holds the legs in place and meets the whole load by itself, is made of very weak material. Probably zinc, not aluminium. As the load increases, the legs pivoted by the upper part, push this part down and out on 3 axis. And there is not enough "meat" to bear a possible excessive load on the legs. It will hold your D-SLR with lens without a problem, but it will break apart if you put any more stress, or if there is a minor impact (and accidents always happen!). Mine has broken into 3 pieces when a smart friend leaned his arm against the tripod on the table.I inspected the broken pieces and saw that there were huge design flaws. The center hole is much wider than required. If the center hole was 5 mm, it would be much stronger and it would not effect it's operation in anyway. Plus, if the legs were placed only 0.5 mm more apart, it would have more meat and would be at least 2 times stronger. If this part wasn't conical. It would be possible to place a larger collar on the bottom and it would make it even stronger. And if it was made of brass instead of zinc, it would be -maybe- 20 times stronger. There are many other things could be done to make this crucial part much stronger.I definitely recommend having a table top tripod like this in your camera bag, but not this one. The others that have similar design (like Oben) seems to have a larger joints and may have more strength. Leica has a completely different design and it is obviously the strongest in this class. But it is not as compact when folded, it's heavier and much more expensive.

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                  5.0

                  versatile

                  By Haddock

                  from Switzerland

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                    This tiny tripod fits standard heads.
                    It may be an option for light weight pano support.
                    I plan to try it with arca swiss monoball p0 head as
                    integrated levelling + pano unit and a nodal slide
                    to be used from table/rock top positions.
                    The small footprint may require down pressing.

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                    5.0

                    Small Tripod Big Strength

                    By Jelloneck

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

                      Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                      Wow is all i can say about this tripod, I bought this to take on a trip LA in a few weeks and for taking up to the Hancock and Sear Tower observatories. I didnt want to travel with my large tripod and the observatories do not allow tripods (this is so small you can sneak it in). I use this with a manfrotto 488RC2 ball head attached. My Canon 7D with my heaviest lens Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS is supported by this tiny little tripod. I dont think I will be using that lens with it much but its nice to know I could in a pinch. Overall I wish I had picked this up earlier. Many times I dont bring my full size tripod and then wish I had it for a shot. With this being so small it stays in my bag just in case. Highly recommended!

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                      5.0

                      smaller than i thought it would be

                      By Cooks Books

                      from Phil

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                        unit is small but well made and solid

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                        4.0

                        Stronger than it claims

                        By Travel fan

                        from San Francisco, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                            This bears the weight of the 494 mini ball head plus my 5D Mk II and 24-105 L lens with no problem. The legs are obviously limited in what they can do because of their size, but for travel this is a great alternative to lugging a full-size tripod.

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                            5.0

                            Nice, stable, and compact

                            By Steve

                            from Madison, WI

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                              Great little tripod for the money. I put a small Really Right Stuff ball head on it and it works like a charm.

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                              5.0

                              High Quality From Manfrotto

                              By kokoshawnuff

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                                I use these with the Manfrotto 492 micro ball head. These legs are really well made and very sturdy. They have little non-slip pads on the end with prove quite useful. I use these legs mainly for my Leica M cameras, but have had success using with my Canon 7d. They fit easily into a small camera bag

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                                5.0

                                Excellent for macro work.

                                By badrufus

                                from East Tennessee

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macrophotography

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                                  I use this with the short extension and a small ball head with a quick release as a mounting platform for small objects for macrophotography. I use black foam core that I clamp in the quick release as a horizontal platform for the objects, then raise and lower the tripod extension as needed. This unit is quite well-constructed and will hold a DSLR and lens.

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                                  5.0

                                  Small, light, stable and cheap

                                  By nikonos

                                  from San Diego, CA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                                    This is rigid small and light. This is a perfect tabletop tripod leg. I keep it in my pocket when I go outside with my camera. You will not be disappointed with this. I want small rigid ballhead.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good product, recommend extender

                                    By Dave

                                    from Flint, MI

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 209 Tabletop Tripod:

                                      Stable, nice tripod. Picture shows leg only about 50% extended. Fully extended the head of the tripod is only a few inches (like 4-5 max) off the ground even with a ball head. I would recommend the central extender arm. I tried to use this at the beach and my camera was very close to touching the sand with the arms extended.

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