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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (15)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Wildlife photos (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (4)
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    5.0

    Great deal!

    By Cvcpinhal

    from Brazil

    Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

    Very light and small! Easy to carry and very fast to setup!

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    4.0

    recommended by Pro Photographer

    By JimMagellan

    from Redlands, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

      Very lightweight but sturdy tripod. Quick release mounting is very useful. Very versatile and compact. However, could be a problem for shooting vertical positions if one is not careful.

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      5.0

      Worth the cost

      By Rtpace1

      from Vero Beach, FL

      Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

      As advertised, lightweight yet sturdy. Compact folding design for airline travel and backpacking. Hoping that it will also be durable.

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      5.0

      Travel tripod

      By Billyho

      from Philadelphia

      Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

      Perfect for travel and day trips. Exactly what i was looking for. Light, durable & well constructed. Would recommend.

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      5.0

      Compact

      By Reader003

      from Olympia, WA

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

            Great little tripod!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Solid and Portable for the price

            By thejonnysan

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Designed To Fit Backpack
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • No Ballast Hook
            • No Micro Fluid Panning
            • Some Cheap Plastic

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

            I travel frequently and always try to bring a tripod; you never know when you'll need it. My last tripod (a decently light Rocketfish tripod I picked up years ago from @) was just too bulky to carry onto planes, and was a pain to lug around on my SlingShot 102AW bag.So it was perfect when Manfrotto introduced their new Advanced Travel Backpack/BeFree Tripod combo (with rebate!). This tripod is super light, folds up super compact, and gets the job done! And it looks great doing it, too!Just a few minor complaints:- Cheap feeling plastic leg releases; no issues so far but strange material choice for a load bearing joint- Leg sections have a lot of slop/slack when extending; when open, the sections can rotate and almost feel like they'll jam when you lock down again- No ballast hook for windy situations- No panning tripod head; probably to save packaging spaceDespite these minor gripes, this tripod is a no brainer when coupled with the Advanced Travel Backpack. It's light, relatively sturdy, and fits the tripod pocket perfectly on the backpack. If you're looking for something portable, this tripod is hard to beat in this price range.

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            4.0

            Very portable

            By A Hanging Thread

            from NJ

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

              I received this in the mail today and was very excited at how light this is. I have switched to Mirrorless cameras so I don't need a heavier tripod most of the time. I do own a more substantial tripod that I would use except for travel. I would give it 5 stars except I was disappointed that it wouldn't allow me to use my L-Bracket. As a result, it doesn't feel as sturdy or as secure when attached with the plate it came with. Time will tell. The weight, however, is a huge advantage and it appears to be very well built. I ordered the special Manfrotto bag that will allow me to put this in a back[pack but this could easily be packed in a suitcase adding very little weight. You wouldn't believe how light it is.

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              5.0

              first rate travel tripod

              By Tom the traveler

              from Boulder, CO.

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                Very light weight. Works well. Easy to set up and break down. Given how light it is, it is very sturdy.

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                5.0

                Travel'n Tripod

                By Ron

                from Aurora, Co.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                  I've wanted a smaller useful tripod for sometime and this unit fits the bill. It's lighter than most and the size offers the ability to stow it in most any luggage or travel bag. The Manfrotto quality is outstanding.

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                  5.0

                  Best travel tripod ever had

                  By Amit

                  from Hamilton, NJ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                    Light, sturdy and a small size to carry.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    light and sturdy

                    By Rich

                    from Rochester NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Stable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                      I used this tripod for travel with a Nikon D7100 and 16-85 mm Zoom lens. The tripod held up even in windy conditions on the summit of Haleakalā on Maui. It was necessary to shield the camera and tripod from the wind, but I got good long exposure shots of the Milky Way and the sunrise.I wouldn't recommend any larger camera or lens with this tripod. Also, using an L-bracket when taking vertical photos is recommended, as leaning the camera over to the side for vertical shots makes a very unstable platform. With a smaller camera tilting the camera for vertical shots would probably be OK.The tripod is very compact and lighweight, and fit nicely in my suitcase. A carrying bag is included.The tripod comes with a small ballhead and standard Manfrotto quick release plate. Operating the quick release requires pushing down on a locking mechanism with a finger while simulatneously opening the clamp with the thumb and holding the camera with the other hand. This is a bit awkward and requires some practice.One thing the tripod needs and lacks is a hook to hang weight on the tripod for additional stability.

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                      5.0

                      A bit expensive but an excellent choice

                      By Mike

                      from Northeast Pennsylvania

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                        Has already proven to be a useful accessory for taking photographs during hiking and convenient for travel given the fact that it is light yet strong. Feel comfortable with camera in place even in uneven terrain.

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                        5.0

                        Very pleased

                        By Gina

                        from Livermore, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                          I bought this tripod as I was traveling by plane to do a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. Havasupai Falls. I had to pack light and I knew I would be in the water a lot with my tripod with rough or uneven terrain. I very happy with the stability it promised for the weight it can handle. I used it for long exposures for shooting moving water. It proved to be what they advertised.

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                          5.0

                          The Best Travel Tripod ever.

                          By Niko

                          from ISRAEL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                            This is must buy for Travel.

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                            5.0

                            Great light tripod

                            By a customer

                            from Australia

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • None

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                            A well made compact light weight tripod when using zoom lens. You get what you pay for.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Amazing Utility in Small Package

                            By Jack

                            from Trussville, AL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                              Perfect for backcountry photo jaunts - gets the job done, light and compact - handles fx dslr's with no problem.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Travel Tripod

                              By Photo Tom

                              from Plano, TX

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                                It folds down to fit easily into a 27 liter day pack. Very light for travel.
                                Good stability with top 3 leg sections extended. Less so when the 4th section is extended.

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                                5.0

                                Best Travel Tripod

                                By Toro

                                from Santa Barbara, CA

                                Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                                This tripod is so light weight that I can carry my camera (5D Mark III) with one hand while attached to it. I've used it for traveling, hiking, night time exposures, and interior architecture with no issues. It doesn't have the versatility of other tripods, but makes up for it in compactness and lightness.

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                                5.0

                                Good tripod

                                By Jonathan

                                from Denver, CO

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                                  Light, solid, compact... all good words to discribe the tripod. I'd defn buy it again.

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                                  5.0

                                  Quality Product!

                                  By JC

                                  from Virginia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod (Black):

                                    Superb construction...light weight. Exactly what I needed in a travel tripod.

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