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Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Maximum Height: 80"
  • Supports up to: 55 lb
  • Minimum Height: 10"
  • Folds Down to: 28"
  • Weighs: 7 lb
  • 75/100mm Half Bowl Adapter
  • 4 Sections
  • Leg Angles: 23, 50, 70°
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The Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod has 4-sections and a 75/100 mm half bowl adapter for industry standard fluid heads. With carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings, the 536 boasts great stability, high load capability, and light weight.

Materials
Thanks to carbon fiber single tube and magnesium die castings, this tripod provides great stability and load capability in a lightweight, ergonomic, easy-to-use and compact design
Angle Selector
An angle selector is offered for adjusting the leg angle in an easy and precise way
Half Bowl Adapter
A screw-in half bowl adapter offers the user the ability to work with 75 or 100 mm half bowl heads
General
Material of Construction Carbon fiber tubing with magnesium castings
Maximum Height 80" (203 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended Not applicable
Minimum Height 10" (26 cm)
Closed Length 28" (71 cm)
Load Capacity 55 lb (25 kg)
Weight 7.0 lb (3.25 kg)
Legs
Leg Stages / Sections 3/4
Head Attachment Fitting 75/100mm Head Bowl
Independent Leg Spread Yes, 23, 50, 70°
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Tube Diameters 39.2, 34.2, 29.2, 24.8
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Spiked/Retractable Feet No, rubber feet
Head Mount Thread Size None, 75/100 mm bowl
Center Brace No
Bubble Level No
Center Column
Center Column Type Not applicable
Head
Type Optional
Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
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    Manfrotto536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
     
    4.8

    (based on 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (33)
    • Lightweight (32)
    • Unfolds quickly (19)
    • Folds away (15)
    • Compact (4)

    Cons

    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Video (29)
    • Weddings (17)
    • Wildlife (17)
    • Sports/action (14)
    • Travel (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (6)
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    5.0

    This thing is huge!

    By Sean

    from Baltimore MD

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Run and gun

      Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

      I bought this to use with my edelkrone slider plus system and I am very happy with these sticks. These sticks are super lightweight and incredibly strong. They do a great job of keeping everything solidly in place. I also underestimated just how tall 80 inches is. Being able to easily go from super low shots to shots that tower over crowds with one piece of gear is incredible.

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      5.0

      One of the best investment for my career

      By V Tran

      from San Francisco

      About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Could Go Extremely High
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality
      • Take 100mm Head

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

        This is one of the best piece of gear I have ever bought. It is well made, extremely high + fabulously low due to the fact that it has no column. I can use this stick with both still and motion picture since a 75 or 100mm half ball will take both types of head. You don't need apple boxes to match your 6 foot 3 actor's eye level anymore.

        This might be a bit more expensive than others tripod but this thing is built to last. I've been traveling with it, using it on different terrace without any problems. Don't be cheap on tripod since this will stay side by side with you for your whole career.

        Thank you B&H! You guys are awesome as always!

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        4.0

        Best tripod I ever had

        By Cat3

        from Phoenix, Arizona

        Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

        Our style of shooting is mostly run and gun. We even take them (we have two) down to the Sea of Cortez to film our documentary. We operate from a sailboat. When we go ashore our time is usually limited so the fastest we can setup a shot the more we can cram into a session. The sticks are relatively light, mount a ball head which gives you a fast way to level the camera and is very sturdy.

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        5.0

        Super Solid

        By T2 Squared

        from Jupiter, FL

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects

          Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

          I've only used this tripod on a few assignments but I can say it is solid. I typically mount an Edelkrone slider and/or Kessler Pocket Traveler jib and it is solid. I love it. Great tripod. Lightweight. Goes High. Goes Low. Wish I had more for all my other cameras.

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          5.0

          Strong as an ox, light as a butterfly.

          By Rocco

          from Oswego, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

              Couldn't be happier with this tripod, expensive *yes*, but you get what you pay for. This is super strong yet super light. A dream set of legs!

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              5.0

              I love this tripod

              By RWPhoto

              from New Orleans

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Cumbersome

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

              This tripod is lightweight and rigid. It sets up quickly, goes real high and down pretty low. It has good weight capacity. Panning with a 504HD is smooth and without play. I've used it with a small jib and it was very stable and had strength to spare. It's been mounted on an Orbit Dolly and used with Flex Trac. I've also picked up an adapter and have even mounted a Wimberley head and a long lens for doing wildlife stills. If you are in the market for a tripod this size, and you have to carry your gear around, the carbon fiber is well worth it.

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              5.0

              Great bang for the buck!

              By Parfait Productions

              from Calgary, Ab, Canada

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                I love this tripod! It is extremely stable, quick to set up, and nice and light for it's size. I primarily use this tripod with my Edelkrone slider attached to a 100mm half ball and so far it has been the perfect choice of legs for this use. I read a few reviews saying that it was difficult to switch the angle of the legs to shoot extra low, but I have had the exact opposite experience. Great tripod. Great price. Simple as that

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                5.0

                Great for Prod/ Run & Gun hybrid shooter

                By matt wolfe [cc]

                from Earth

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Production Shoot
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                  First, if you are strictly a run & gun* shooter, especially a solo R&G shooter, you will more than likely need something smaller and lighter than these legs. But if you are a team R&G shooter, and if you are moving into more production style shoots, then these legs are great.

                  These legs are on the low end of professional heavy duty but are quick setup tripod legs. A little overkill if you are shooting with just a DSLR or small camcorder, but if you are thinking about adding in a jib/ crane or 3-5 foot slider, the 55 lbs weight limit is great. Weighing in at 7 lbs itself, lugging this around on a solo R&G shoot can get tedious once you add in the extra weight from head and any other equipment you've got to carry. The almost 80 inches of height you can get on this means you'll need a chair or step ladder to get up high enough to see your camera's LCD screen effectively, but does allow you to get up and above standing people to record what you need to.

                  And if you do production shoots, then this tripod can easily work in many different scenarios and still meets the need to look "professional grade" --- after all, you don't want to show up at a client shoot, charging thousands, and only bring a tripod that you bought for $30, right? Perception of quality and all that; these tripod legs meet that concern.

                  These are rugged, quick setup legs.

                  I would say, if you are buying an associated Manfrotto soft shell bag to carry these legs in, make sure you take into account the size of the tripod head you'll be using so you don't buy a bag that's too small. (Lesson learned.)

                  *Run & Gun - Lowel uses this definition and I think it fits well: "Run & Gun is a fast moving shooting style, often characterized by going quickly from location to location, and using fast setups that are simple yet effective." Think wedding shoots, war correspondent reporting, small documentary team, etc.

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                  5.0

                  Solid, varsitile

                  By Filmzhibo

                  from Arlington, va

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                    Love that it can so super low and serve as a high hat style mini tripod. And has decent height, also very light and quick easy setup. The leg locks are solid and at first I was worried they may slip, but after getting the tripod, it's pretty well thought out design. I'm an indie filmmaker shoot on red scarlet and this a great setup at good price.

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                    5.0

                    I think it's the best tripod for DSLR

                    By Konvas

                    from Russia, Moscow

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                      I think it's the best tripod for DSLR

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                      5.0

                      Broad capability

                      By 7thVictory

                      from International

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                        This unit has the range of height and inherent strngth that comes with carbon fibre. Tripod choice is about the application and efficiency. In this case it allows us to use the unit in the enviornment in which we work.

                        e will use other legs in a studio situation but for field work as well as event recording, these are well built and do the job.

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                        5.0

                        Big and awesome

                        By emacksey

                        from Vietnam

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • No Torque
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                        Compared to other sticks in the same price range these offer the most flexibility I have see.

                        Used it a couple of times for work already and I am extremely happy with the speed to get the height I want. They are solid like a rock and have no torque.

                        Couldn't ask for anything more except that they were about 1 lb less but that is a minor complaint.

                        Solid buy

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                        5.0

                        Nice, Very Nice!

                        By Danny Grizzle

                        from Longview, Texas

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                          I'm no Manfrotto fan boy, but this carbon fiber tripod is great.

                          Everyone remarks about the extreme height. How high is high? I am a little better than 6' tall, and with this tripod fully extended and a Manfrotto 100mm half ball adapter with long handle, I can easily walk through the legs. In fact, I can stand fully erect beneath the tripod, and the half ball handle does not touch the top of my head.

                          I purchased this tripod for video. My main use is intended to support a Kessler Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly. To this end, I mounted a Kessler Kwik Release atop the Manfrotto 100mm half ball adapter. Kessler's Kwik Release is superb, far better than Manfrotto alternatives.

                          I like these tripod legs much better than the tripod that came with my Vinten Vision Blue. It would be tempting to use these legs under the Vision Blue head. A 75mm bowl adapter is provided, but it appears to require a hex key and 3 set screws to install. Manfrotto provides everything, including the tool, but I will probably keep mine setup at the 100mm bowl size. On production days, I simply do not have time to mess with rigging tripods. This tripod will work perfectly either with 75mm or 100mm, but if you are like me, I won't be trying to use it both ways, at least not on the same shooting day.

                          This is not my first carbon fiber tripod. I like to take care of my equipment, but with carbon fiber, (as in fiberglass), protecting the legs is especially important, especially during transportation.

                          To this end, I researched padded leg covers and got an exact size from the manufacturer. I do not believe Manfrotto offers a factory option on this tripod, so I purchased the LensCoat LegCoat Wraps 514 (Black, 3 Pack). They fit perfectly and are an excellent accessory.

                          I also purchased a case, the Manfrotto MBAG80PN Padded Tripod Bag. This bag is the perfect size for my configuration of tripod, half ball, and Kessler Kwik Release, but this page is not large enough to accommodate any fluid head. For that, you will need to order a larger sized tripod case.

                          With carbon fiber tripods, I would be very careful with load. Particularly if you have any thought of running a jib arm crane atop these legs. I have been told by Jerry Johnson, president of Microdolly, that carbon fiber tripods are prone to slipping and that telescoped legs can collapse if you put too much weight on them. I believe this, and see that Manfrotto includes a clip-on tool affixed to the one of the legs holding a hex key for adjustment of the leg height locks.

                          I do not consider this a negative, that carbon fiber is a little more slick and that leg joints cannot or should not be overtightened. Point being, if you don't abuse and misuse this tripod, I believe it will perform great, but if you disregard the intended load capacity, you could set yourself up for a sudden failure that could potentially do a lot of damage to equipment and perhaps cause injury.

                          Very pleased with this purchase. Looking forward to years of service.

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                          5.0

                          Solid & light!

                          By Not walking by sight.

                          from Ontario Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                            Tall solid legs that I would recommend to anyone whom wants quality!

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                            5.0

                            Versatile and steady

                            By Robert P

                            from New Orleans

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                              The most important consideration is that a tripod be very solid and steady for the gear one uses -it absolutely is. This tripod works well with my 504hd head, but with the Manfrotto ball adapter one can use photographic heads too. I mounted a Manfrotto 057 head to use with a super tele to do a nature/wildlife shoot and the tripod worked beautifully. The weight was was good. I hiked about 3 miles using a Lowepro long lens bag and carried the tripod slung using an OpTech tripod strap - it was a comfortable hike and the weight was never a problem for me. This tripod works well for me pulling double duty for video projects and still photography with big lenses.As others have said the max & min heights are awesome. The unit is built so solid that I haven't noticed any issues with torsion rigidity while panning (although the 536 is billed as ENG sticks). Changing leg angle is only slightly difficult in that the buttons aren't easy to manipulate, but that to me is a very very minor issue. The leg adjustment clips feel very solid and strong. I would feel confident mounting a small jib and rig to this tripod. The 536/535 are definitely recommended.

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                              4.0

                              Versatile

                              By Doug_EX

                              from Gaspé, Qc

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                This is a versatile piece of equipment. The only reason I didn't gave 5 stars is the awkward button to change the angle of each leg. It's not too bad but not too good either. The tripod goes from very low (hi-hat low) to ridiculious hi. Great product!

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                                5.0

                                My second sticks I've ever owned!

                                By Darren

                                from Maui

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • 75mm Adapter Inculded
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                  This is my second set of sticks in 7 years, and this is first tripod I bought made for a bowl head. I love the flexibility to adjust the head instead of the sticks to level your shot, and with the legs spread out near flat, you can get some great low angle shots.

                                  This is not a downside, but you need to realize that these are big sticks. When I grab one of the legs to carry it (completely collapsed) my thumb and fingers barely touch - it's that thick. But lighter than it looks due to carbon construction.

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                                  4.0

                                  Steady, tall, and light

                                  By Sully

                                  from Connecticut, USA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatility

                                  Cons

                                  • Need a new tripod bag

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                  Beautifully crafted, solid platform for filming with HDSLRs. Incredible range from low to high angles -- at full extension, I started to conceive of new perspectives to shoot from. ALways a good thing when a piece of gear inspires creative thinking. And it's surprisingly light for such a large tripod. Great for video, probably overkill for still photography with a DSLR.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good build quality; lightweight

                                  By Jim

                                  from Philadelphia

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                      Very happy with this tripod. It's solidly built and easy to carry.

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                                      5.0

                                      A strong, very tall video tripod

                                      By Seven Wong

                                      from Hong Kong

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability

                                      Cons

                                      • Heavy

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod:

                                      I use it for a HD-DSLR setup. This tripod provides extremely robust support for the whole rig.

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