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Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod

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Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Maximum Height: 67.32"
  • Supports Up to: 44 lb
  • Minimum Height: 10.63"
  • Folds Down to: 28.94"
  • Weighs: 5 lb
  • 75 mm Half Bowl
  • 3 Sections
  • Leg Angles: 23, 50, 70°
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You Pay: $649.88

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The Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod has 3-sections and a  75 mm half bowl for fluid heads. With carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings, the 535 boasts great stability, high load capability, and light weight.

General
Material of Construction Carbon fiber tubing with magnesium castings
Maximum Height 67" (171 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not applicable
Minimum Height 10.63" (27 cm)
Closed Length 28.94" (73.5 cm)
Load Capacity 44.09 lb (20 kg)
Weight 5.07 lb (2.3 kg)
Legs
Leg Stages / Sections 2/3
Head Attachment Fitting 75 mm Bowl
Independent Leg Spread Yes, 23, 50, 70°
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Tube Diameters 34.2, 29.2, 24.8 mm
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Spiked/Retractable Feet No, rubber feet
Head Mount Thread Size None, 75 mm bowl
Center Brace No
Bubble Level No
Center Column
Center Column Type Not applicable
Head
Type Optional
Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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    Manfrotto535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
     
    4.7

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (26)
    • Stable (15)
    • Unfolds quickly (11)
    • Folds away (9)
    • Professional quality (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (14)
      • Sports/action (9)
      • Travel (8)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Wildlife (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (11), Business owner (3), Pro videographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (26)

      Reviewed by 29 customers

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      4.0

      Lightweight and Sturdy

      By T2

      from Jupiter, FL

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

          The tripod is great. Quite sturdy and stable. The quick lock leg extensions operate very securely. The only thing I'd like to see added is some way to keep the legs together when picking it up to transport it. The built in stiffness helps but that will loosen as time goes on. This is just a personal preference though and in no way detracts from the tripod's usefulness.

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          5.0

          Light And STURDY! Collapses Small!

          By Carl King

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible
          • Improves Performance
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

              I used this on the show floor at CES 2015 in Las Vegas to capture B-Roll. It was totally sturdy. And it collapsed quickly. I could easily plant it down for 10 seconds, get a shot, stick the legs back together and carry it through the crowd to my next location. If you fully extend the legs to maximum height the camera is probably 7' in the air (although check the measurements to be sure). It also fits well inside the recommended bag. Oh, and the tripod can also be set up very LOW, so it's got a crazy amount of range.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Beautifully made, light and tall

              By Galen

              from Minneapolis

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Highly Compatible
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                  I'm 6'3" and this thing lifts my video cams higher than my eye line! Amazing! I put a Sachtler Ace head on it and it is the perfect traveling combination, light and smooth. Almost as smooth as my Miller 30 on massive Gitzo sticks, which now costs practically an airfare to bring on location.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Excellent durability for the price.

                  By Nadroj

                  from Huntington, WV

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                    Seems to be very durable. Much better than previous Manfrotto tripods I have purchased in the $ range.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Magnificent Tripod

                    By Lion Heart

                    from Lancaster, Ca

                    Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                    The Manfrotto 535 CF Tripod is lite and easy leg adjustment with it's lever locks. All Manfrotto tripods should have these type of lever locks. I also purchased the Manfrotto 181B Folding Auto Dolly. Setting the tripod on the Dolly is very ease with it's tripod leg locking device. Very easy to setup. 5 Stars for B & H for selling excellent products.

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                    5.0

                    Very solid, but still light weight!

                    By Herb

                    from Poulsbo, WA

                    About Me professional photographer, Professional Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Highly Compatible
                    • Lightweight
                    • Professional Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Complex Projects
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                      Married up with my Manfrotto 540HD Fluid Head, I'm off to the races. I really like this combination.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Choice

                      By Lost Art

                      from Sao Paulo, Brazil

                      About Me Full Time Pro

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Professional Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Location Work

                        Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                        Solid sticks, very stable, lightweight, and well built. A 75mm bowl makes it very easy to level. I am using this with a Kessler Pocket Jib Traveller and it is perfect.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        First shoot with 535 tripod legs

                        By Leadbelly 1966

                        from San Antonio, Texas

                        About Me Commercial Photographer, Digital Cinematographer, Freelance Videographer, TV News Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Compact Lightweight
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Covered Leg Hinges
                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                        • Commercial shoots
                        • Complex Projects
                        • Documentary Style
                        • Engnews Shoots
                        • Independent Films

                        Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                        I picked up my new carbon fiber sticks yesterday & drove straight to my shoot! It was a documentary style, run-n-gun shoot w/interviews & lot's of cover video. Overall, I like them a lot. In my humble opinion, there's no such thing as a perfect set of sticks (or perfect camera, for that matter). Setting them up was quick & easy. I like the Manfrotto bag, also. I'm using the 504HD fluid head. I LOVE the 504HD!!! I noticed that the hinges at the top of the legs (connecting them to the ball mount) look like they're covered. (?) Overall, I like just about everything about these legs.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Sticks

                        By Not quite struggling artist

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Professional Artist, professional photographer, Professional Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Complex Projects
                          • Independent Films
                          • In the field
                          • In The Studio

                          Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                          I use these and the 4 section version for my photo/video work. Could not be happier. This particular set of sticks is super light and compact. In fact, I thought we had been sent an empty box because they are so light.I have always liked Manfrotto's tripod legs and heads. Some of the legs I've used have issues with retaining tension in the height selectors (? I'm unaware of an actual name for the parts with the levers you open and close to move tripod up and down) but I have never had an issue with the 535 sticks.One complaint is the rubber feet tend to unscrew themselves throughout a shoot (something not experienced with my 4-section) revealing the metal spikes that are definitely not friendly to hardwood flooring. This is hardly a complaint though because I plan on putting some plumbers tape on the threads to make it a little firmer. And if worst comes to worst a little duct tape over the spikes should prevent any scoring in surfaces.If you are looking for a set of sturdy, reliable, and frankly sexy looking sticks then these should be strongly considered.

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                          5.0

                          Great great great

                          By Jesus Velazquez

                          from Oahu, Hawaii

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                              This is a really great tripod overall.

                              Its so light that you can even use it as a monopod at times, if you really needed it to.
                              I love the 75mm bowl so that you can easily level your camera at any given time.
                              Finally, my favority feature is how the legs spread out far enough to the ground where you can get really low shows.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great, Great, Great

                              By Jesus

                              from Oahu, Hawaii

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • High Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                  I love this tripod for a number of reasons:

                                  1. Light and versatile. I can take it anywhere and adjust as needed depending on conditions.

                                  2. I love that you can spread the legs and get really close to the ground. I shoot with DSLR, so this feature is really good for these type of cameras.

                                  3. I never owned a tripod that had a 75mm bowl, but really love that you can level the camera once you have it in the tripod very easily.

                                  The only down side is that the tripod is so light that in windy outdoor days, it can get a little shaky. Adding some sand bags helps a lot, except that you actually have to carry sandbags with you.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect combination stable+portable

                                  By Mwita

                                  from Lynchburg, VA

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • High Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Slider
                                    • Traveling
                                    • Wedding

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                    Fits in my production bag. Its light yet large enough to keep a slider rock solid and extends extremely high.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business
                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    light and durable

                                    By t.c.

                                    from new york

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Carbon Fiber
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • No Spreader Option

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Documentary
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                    Took it up 50 floors at the world trade center construction site with an EX-3 and a 504 head. It held up well against the wind and dust. Conveniently weighs 5 lbs, so you can bring it anywhere.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great legs

                                    By Montana Wild

                                    from Missoula, MT

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                      Quick and easy adjustments to height. Solid build quality.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      this product will worth money.

                                      By Harry

                                      from Ahmedabad, India and NY

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                        maximum and minimum heights is great features and coz of CF it is light.

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Super light!

                                        By Mike

                                        from San Diego

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                          Used for landscapes, interviews, action shots. It's amazingly light for the size and stability it offers.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Light and Durable

                                          By Pixel Pete

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                          • Expensive

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Industrial
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                          Industrial Video inside Power Plants. The biggest Virtue is the light weight. It makes it easy to lug Camera and Tripod thorugh tight spots and not be sore after a full days shooting. The other nice feature is the 3 position locking legs - just pull apart and snap to the position you need. The height makes this lightweight a real Heavweight in Production.

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                                          5.0

                                          I would buy this product again an again

                                          By wild Bill

                                          from Mason Neck VA

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Travel
                                            • Video

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                            easy to use I have a sachtler tripod and this is easier to use

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                                            • No

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                                            4.0

                                            Great Investment!

                                            By DucatiGP

                                            from Oceanside Ca,

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Folds Small
                                            • Good Stability
                                            • Lightweight
                                            • Unfolds Quickly

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Sports/Action
                                              • Video
                                              • Wildlife

                                              Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                              These are great tripod legs very light easy setup. this should have been the first thing I should of purchased earlier. Don't make the same mistake it's worth it...

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                                              • No

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                                              4.0

                                              Great investment!

                                              By DucatiGP

                                              from Oceanside Ca,

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Folds Small
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Lightweight
                                              • Unfolds Quickly

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Portraits
                                                • Sports/Action
                                                • Travel
                                                • Video
                                                • Wildlife

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 535 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                                Wish I would have invented in this earlier-very light and incredible height

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