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Manfrotto785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg)
 
3.9

(based on 62 reviews)

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    (20)

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    (7)

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    (2)

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    (7)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (31)
  • Easily adjusted (21)
  • Large range of motion (18)
  • Attaches firmly (17)
  • Stable (15)

Cons

  • Unstable (8)
  • Weak clamp (7)
  • Jerky movement (5)
  • Slips out of position (4)
  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (40)
  • Home (29)
  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (12)
  • Night shots (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (15), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (5), Casual user (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Abused and still working great

After owning this tripod for over year now I have no complaints about it.

I am currently in the Middle East with a US Army transportation unit and my tripod has...Read complete review

After owning this tripod for over year now I have no complaints about it.

I am currently in the Middle East with a US Army transportation unit and my tripod has spent the last eight months being buried under heavy gear and equipment, tossed out of large trucks (larger than semis), been stepped on by unobservant soldiers, had a spare semi tired dropped on it, and wedged between vehicle seats. Other than a few scratches on the paint it still works great...and I haven't bothered to clean the sand out of it yet.

I have had more than the listed 2.2 lbs. mounted on it (a Nikon D40 and a very large/heavy lens) during night time shooting and had no issues with the head moving. I have also had it as low as it will go and didn't have any problems getting a good close-up still photo. The clasps on the legs are still holding strong, and the feet have yet to come off even after a few hours in burning sand and hot temperatures.

I am buy no means a professional, but I do work with professional equipment in my civilian employment. This tripod is a nice, lightweight, durable product that is great for smaller DSLR's, and mini DV camcorders (I use a Panasonic PV-GS300). Its size makes it easy to transport when folded, and allows a wide range of height for shooting at. Over all it fits its intended niche quite fine and I have yet to see it not work as advertised, even after all the abuse mine has been through.

If you are looking for a good entry to mid-level tripod for shooting either photos, videos, or both, then this is definitely a tripod to try out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Thumbs down.

This tripod is made for very, very, very, very lightweight applications; point and clicks, a really light video camera at most.

If you buy this tripod to mount...Read complete review

This tripod is made for very, very, very, very lightweight applications; point and clicks, a really light video camera at most.

If you buy this tripod to mount an SLR, you will regret it. I promise you. I know, because I regret it. I originally bought it to mount my HV30 video camera, but ended up in a situation where I mounted my DSLR on it.

Firstly, the grip is just a gimmick and offers no funtionality. You can tell it is a gimmick, because "real" tripods don't have them.

The "trigger" locking for the ball is pretty worthless. On day one, it seems pretty tight. But with use (and not too much of it) you have to lock tighter and tighter, to the point of it simply not holding anything in place anymore (especially if you are trying to shoot vertically). Eventually, even at the tightest setting, there will still be some play in the ball head.

In terms of panning with the pistol grip for video, don't expect anything smooth or special. Additionally, once you think you've got the handle set and you lock it in place, don't be surprised when you look through the view-finder and the image is no longer straight. Apparently, when locking the pistol grip, the head shifts.

With legs fully extended, it is very rickety and wobbly. So, again, this tripod is for VERY light equipment. Think light camera. Now think even lighter camera.

If you mount your SLR on this tripod, you'll be sorry. It WILL fall over. And if you are going to mount an SLR, use a cheap lens to break the fall.

Take this review for what it's worth. I've owned this model for more than 2 years, but wish I hadn't. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that Manfrotto put their name on this "thing".

If you just plan ONLY to mount your pocket camera, then you MIGHT be OK. That's all the weight this thing can handle. But in the end, the ball-locking mechanism will still wear out.

Lastly, forget the bubble-level. Once the camera is mounted, the bubble-level is obscured. From view.

OK, OK.... I'll say it: It's a hunk of junk. Good for horizontal shooting with a lightweight pocket camera. Forget even shooting vertical, the locking mechanism will never hold on the vertical after 1 day of wear and tear on the ball mechanism.

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1.0

Lightweight travel tripod..BUT!

By Ralph Auletta

from Fullerton, California

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Flimsy Construction
  • Poor build quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

    Great little size and weight for the casual photo compact camera user. The main problem with this tripod is that the leg locks are very poorly designed and break very easily rendering the tripod useless as there are no replacement parts for just the leg locks. You have to purchase an entire replacement leg with the same bad leg locks. The other issue is that the head does not use any of the standard Manfrotto quick releases. The Manfrotto Modo 785B is a nice design with extremely poor build quality. Don't waste your money.

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    • Yes

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    3.0

    So So tripod

    By photogui86

    from Dallas, Tx

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

    really love this tripod as a lightweight, compact tripod for my LX3. But as others have mentioned, the contruction is not the best. The grey plastic collar, just below the head, which is used to dial in the angle of the legs, easily gets stuck between settings, and even when I had it locked in to the standard angle, one leg would pop the collar out of place and go off at a random angle. I also don't like the 4 section legs. I would have preferred 3 as the extra 3 sections really can add a lot of time setting up, especially when that perfect shot comes along...but I know it would have been less compact with only 3 sections. I still would reccoment this tripod, for the price, it is still worth it. Just use it carefully, and plan on buying a new one every year or two if you use it daily.

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    5.0

    This is a solid tripod

    By Volkan Cetin

    from Istanbul

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly
    • Good Stability
    • Large Range of Motion

    Cons

    • Weak Clamp

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

    After using many cheap and unstable tripods, now I'm satisfied.

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    • No

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    1.0

    Good Idea, poor locks

    By Tom

    from Sandy, Utah

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Attaches Firmly

    Cons

    • Unstable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

      I bought this tripod for lightweight travel use. The pistol grip, and camera foot are adequate. Unfortunately, the leg locks are of the cheapest possible plastic. After just a few uses, three of them are broken, rendering the tripod an expensive piece of useless junk. Manfrotto will do nothing to help. Avoid this item, and spend less money for something that will give you longevity without the expensive brand name. If this tripod were a car, it would have been recalled.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nice start

      By Isidoro

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Not always stable

      Best Uses

      • Almost anywhere

      Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

      Without doubt one of the best tripods out there. Specially if you've just started learning about pictures like me.

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      • No

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      1.0

      Thumbs down.

      By BKK Brian

      from Bangkok, Thailand

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • OK for a pocket camera

      Cons

      • Level obscured by camera
      • Lock has a lot of play
      • Lock wears out quickly
      • Unstable
      • Weak Clamp

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

      This tripod is made for very, very, very, very lightweight applications; point and clicks, a really light video camera at most.

      If you buy this tripod to mount an SLR, you will regret it. I promise you. I know, because I regret it. I originally bought it to mount my HV30 video camera, but ended up in a situation where I mounted my DSLR on it.

      Firstly, the grip is just a gimmick and offers no funtionality. You can tell it is a gimmick, because "real" tripods don't have them.

      The "trigger" locking for the ball is pretty worthless. On day one, it seems pretty tight. But with use (and not too much of it) you have to lock tighter and tighter, to the point of it simply not holding anything in place anymore (especially if you are trying to shoot vertically). Eventually, even at the tightest setting, there will still be some play in the ball head.

      In terms of panning with the pistol grip for video, don't expect anything smooth or special. Additionally, once you think you've got the handle set and you lock it in place, don't be surprised when you look through the view-finder and the image is no longer straight. Apparently, when locking the pistol grip, the head shifts.

      With legs fully extended, it is very rickety and wobbly. So, again, this tripod is for VERY light equipment. Think light camera. Now think even lighter camera.

      If you mount your SLR on this tripod, you'll be sorry. It WILL fall over. And if you are going to mount an SLR, use a cheap lens to break the fall.

      Take this review for what it's worth. I've owned this model for more than 2 years, but wish I hadn't. Frankly, I'm a little surprised that Manfrotto put their name on this "thing".

      If you just plan ONLY to mount your pocket camera, then you MIGHT be OK. That's all the weight this thing can handle. But in the end, the ball-locking mechanism will still wear out.

      Lastly, forget the bubble-level. Once the camera is mounted, the bubble-level is obscured. From view.

      OK, OK.... I'll say it: It's a hunk of junk. Good for horizontal shooting with a lightweight pocket camera. Forget even shooting vertical, the locking mechanism will never hold on the vertical after 1 day of wear and tear on the ball mechanism.

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      5.0

      Light ,easy and versatile

      By Albino

      from New York, NY

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Light and Sturdy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

        can be used for both my Nikon D3000 & my Sony HD camcorder

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        • No

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        1.0

        a piece of junk

        By jimmy

        from Vancouver, BC Canada

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak Clamp

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

            By Tavo from Branson, MO on 2/7/2010
            I used it one time to hold a Canon 30D. Really liked how it was lightweight, compact and had neat features. As I was putting it away the quick release lever housing that holds the pin (plastic) broke when I closed the lever. I tried to use it once more to no avail. As I write this 4 of the levers have broken all in the same manner. No way to fix or replace. Again, only used once, indoors and no longer useful.

            * It also happen to me like that 8 out of 12 broken or near broken. a piece of junk, useless.
            but I am surprise only 4 (included me) complain out of 54. is there something funny about this tripod?

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            • No

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            5.0

            very good for travel

            By simone 274

            from Rome, Italy

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

              Wonderful tripod easy and fast, and also chep for the quality!!! It has light weight and good stability, buy it!!!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Lite weight easy to pack on a hike

              By aarron

              from Farmington, NM

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                Iuse it to mount my binoculars on to spot big game animals in there habitat. Its alot of bang for the buck,and with the locking pistol grip it easy to move around.

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                • No

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                5.0

                This that i need

                By efrain

                from bogota colombia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                  field fast work

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  pleased, got what was advertised.

                  By stephesue

                  from Cookeville tn

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Large Range of Motion
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                    light, versatile

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                    5.0

                    Great tripod

                    By savpires

                    from Forest City, NC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Firmly
                    • Good Stability
                    • Large Range of Motion
                    • Strong Clamp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                      Loved the tripod. It is a tripod for very small cameras, but it is of excellent quality, extremely light, and small and compact when collapsed.
                      The head has a video and a photo position and it works great. It is not a "fluid" head but it is smooth enough for small cameras.
                      I like it a lot.

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                      5.0

                      Great for semi professional cameras

                      By BlueFire

                      from Boston, MA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to carry
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Weak Clamp

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                      Very light weight and easy to carry.
                      I used it with my Canon 500D + Cannon 70-200 F4.0 (Using a ring) <-- it can barely carry it with out sliding.

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                      1.0

                      DON'T BUY

                      By AL

                      from Clovis, Calif

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                          While it is a reasonable tripod, the camera mount needed does not fit any other product. So you must unscrew the adapter from the camera and probably loose it. THIS PRODUCT IS A BAD DECISION.

                          TOTALLY NON-STANDARD ATTACHING SYSTEM.

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                          4.0

                          So far, so good

                          By rovingmagpie

                          from East Mountains, NM

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                            I've taken it out in the badlands a few times now and it works well. The pushbutton ball head is a wonder, just get the legs out so that the tripod is stable and the head does the rest - fast setup!
                            I'm using a bridge camera (Canon SX20) and the head seems plenty secure no matter what angle it's at. It's no match for a heavyweight tripod for stability but I won't carry a heavyweight on hikes so this is much more stable than no 'pod at all. And with a short self-timer functioning as a cable release, the results have been very good.

                            The inclusion of a "screwdriver" to attach the quick-release plate to a camera is a nice touch. It's always there - see the manual to find it.

                            I am concerned with so many other reviews mentioning cracking of the leg clamps but so far, so good. Time will tell. I will be back to update if anything bad happens.

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                            4.0

                            Small but too small

                            By Lukas

                            from NJ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion

                            Cons

                            • Weak Clamp

                            Best Uses

                            • Home

                            Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                            It's a great tripod but can only support very light cameras - I do not recommend it to anyone with DSLR or bigger compact camera w/ flash. The clamp will not hold it's weight.

                            On a good side - veeeeeeery small and very high quality finish. Definitely good tripod for home users.

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                            4.0

                            Fine for compacts, not for D-SLRs

                            By Rural Mat

                            from Arizona

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Clever stillvideo switch
                            • Convenient operation
                            • Light

                            Cons

                            • Unsuitable for any D-SLR

                            Best Uses

                            • Point and shoot cameras

                            Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                            For the price, this is a very well made, convenient tripod. It truly is meant for compact cameras and small video cameras, however. It says so explicitly on the box. It works OK with my Nikon D60, but it's not exactly rock solid, and larger lenses would certainly create a problem.

                            If you need a versatile tripod that's a great performer for your point and shoot or camcorder or both (the capability to switch between the two is a great idea) in this low price bracket, this is the one to get.

                            For my small-ish D-SLR, it works, but I wish I'd spent a little more and gone for a slightly sturdier model with a higher max. load weight.

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                            4.0

                            Tripod even gets on the ground

                            By Dawn

                            from Mesa, AZ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Firmly
                            • Good Stability
                            • Large Range of Motion
                            • Strong Clamp

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                              This is a great lightweight tripod that supports a lot of different positions. I like the fact that it can get down to ground level. My only complaint is that the "trigger" lock for the head is close to the camera, but that is not often a problem.

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                              4.0

                              good product

                              By bonnie

                              from bismarck, nd

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Firmly
                              • Good Stability
                              • Large Range of Motion
                              • Strong Clamp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head - Supports 2.2 lb (1kg):

                                easy to use

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