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Manfrotto161MK2B Super Pro Tripod
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (12)
  • Unfolds quickly (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (8)

Best Uses

  • Video (7)
  • Night shots (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
  • Weddings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (8), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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5.0

Sexy Beast

By Clowney

from Providence, RI

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Adaptable
  • Good Stability
  • Very tall

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Composite Shooting
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Shots
  • Time Lapse
  • Video

Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

This tripod is a monster, and I LOVE it.
I got this beast for two main reasons:
1. I needed a high vantage point for the shooting I do
2. I needed a STABLE platform for my camera, to accommodate consistent frame alignment while shooting over a period of some time.

This tripod is VERY satisfying to attach my camera to. It's completely stable and solid, resisting light accidental kicks and other forces that have interfered with my camera's stability on lesser tripods in the past.

And the most satisfying thing of all is that it remains stable even at VERY tall heights.

I may be in the minority in thinking this heavy thing is worth lugging around, and I certainly wouldn't advise folks to think of this as their one and only tripod - it's probably more of a special circumstance tool for most people... but I'm so taken with the stability of it that I'm probably going to bring this with me to every shoot from now on.

I was a tiny bit surprised to realize (even after reading the specifications) that fully collapsed, this tripod still spans the full width of the back seat of my car. So, it's a commitment to bring with you, to be sure. But it's well worth the effort, I'm finding.

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4.0

Very sturdy but slow to open.

By jeffneff

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

      I bought this because after 9 years my previous Manfrotto tripod broke where the upper and lower legs join. I needed something sturdier. This tripod is definitely set up for heavy duty support. My only complaint is, I have to open and close the legs every day in my studio. I wish I could just loosen one lock for all three legs.

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      5.0

      Monster Tripod

      By Moss Photography

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Pro Photographer

      See all my reviews

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      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Any High Shot

        Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

        As an architectural photographer, height is something that I just can't get around sometimes. This tripod is great. Heavy, but great. It dwarfs my D800, so it looks a bit funny, but so what. I've paired it with my standard 410 head, so it's perfect for what I need it for. Will it travel with me? Probably not. I'll be sticking with my good old trusty 3236 for that. It may go with me on some shoots, but not many.

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        5.0

        Nice Legs

        By T

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Tall

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

        A serious piece of equipment. Very versatile. Legs can be positioned many different ways. It's heavy, but has very good height, which is why I purchased it.

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        5.0

        Excellent, Flexible and Good Value

        By Wolfgang

        from Cambridge, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Studio

            Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

            Heavy duty and well made without being over the top and too heavy.
            Good value and adaptable tripod. I also bought the Manfrotto 181B folding dolly, which seems to work well so far!

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            5.0

            Great tall tripod

            By Sound guy

            from Toronto

            About Me Casual Photographer

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            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Acoustical Measurements

              Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

              My application is pretty unique. I needed a tall tripod to hold a special motor which spins a boom around in a continuous circle which holds a special microphone in an acoustic measurement chamber. This tripod is perfect. It doesn't wobble and more importantly for me, it doesn't make noise!

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              5.0

              THE BEST TRIPOD EVER

              By Thats my opinion!

              from Sydney Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                    This is the best tripod on the market. I am approaching twenty five years as a pro and I have tried nearly all the tripods on the market. I own many but this is my go-to pod of tri! I use this about 98% of my working time as a pro.

                    If you are thinking about it just get it, you wont regret it. Its heavy but thats a good thing.

                    It also is brilliant with a dolley.

                    I cant recommend it enough.

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                    5.0

                    tripod expert

                    By mark the camera man

                    from minneapolis, mn

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Good value
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                      i was looking at the gitzo here is the problem with the gitzo it way to expensive for most people there are two many section to deal with it requires that unscrew the g locks on each section if there are six section this takes up two much time. this manfrotto is have the cost and it is easy to set up. use the 393 head and you save at least $ over the jobu head

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Heavyweight Tripod..

                      By BobP

                      from Chicago

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly
                      • Well built quality

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                      I use the Super Pro indoors and out. The adjustable feet go from rubber to spike quickly. With the support rods connected to the center column and the legs, the adjustments make a rock-solid base at any height in the range. And the maximum height adjustment, to almost nine feet with tripod head, requiring a ladder or other means to raise oneself that high, provides just as steady an arrangement as if one set to the minimum 17-inches. So the the tripod is perfect for high-angle group shots or low-angle macro shots in the outdoors. Neither wind nor ordinary vibration affect the solid settings. One cannot in good conscience complain this is a heavy tripod. One gets this tripod BECAUSE it is heavy (around 20-lbs with head, more with camera.

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                      4.0

                      Monster Tripod

                      By Freakanoid

                      from Holland

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                      Very good Tripod, is made for doing what its meant to be, i think its the most stable tripod on the market.

                      Pros: Can carry very heavy stuff, like medium and large format cameras, big lenses, astronomy equipment. Very stable. Has a wide range of height.

                      Cons: This thing is like a tank, extremely heavy, not for very long walks in the field.

                      Coclusion: It gets 4 stars because of the weight, the rest is just perfect,couldnt be better i think

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                      5.0

                      GREAT FOR ASTRONOMY EQUIPMENT

                      By Tall Paul

                      from Columbia, SC

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                      When using telescopes or big binoculars the 161's hold their own. Heavy? Yes, you want a stable platform for highpower observing with alt/az mount heads.

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                      5.0

                      Stable platform for remote studio

                      By gulfcoastshooter

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Safe
                      • Sturdy

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • birding
                      • Group portraits
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                      I have a variety of monopods and tripods, including carbon fiber, but for times when you need a tall platform for large groups (such as at a conference when you can't put the audience on risers, or a school class), the extra height is great for keeping a steady, blur-free base. Because of the height and the climb down from a step ladder required to adjust the bottom legs, the geared center column lets me provide a foot's worth of adjustment quickly. When I'm using larger glass, such as my 800mm when birding, I load it up with the heavy glass, a large DSLR, and a solid gimbal-type head that itself adds several more pounds. The geared column and locking crossbars add safety when dealing with heavy loads especially, as the crossbars prevent the weight from splaying out the legs and collapsing, and the geared column a way of adjusting height without the risk of one of the leg sections getting away from you and collapsing. The legs are aluminum, but apparently have some steel components, as others I've seen in the field have rusty screws, especially the coastal area where I use this. A thorough cleaning with a damp cloth after outdoor use, and storage in a bag is advised.

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                      5.0

                      Very sturdy

                      By CG

                      from Cranston, RI

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                      This tripod is extremely stable with heavy loads 40 lbs. very high quality parts.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Tripod!

                      By Juan Carlos

                      from Chantilly, Virginia

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                        Not only it's a great tripod by itself, but if you use the Manfrotto 325N Video Head Adapter Bowl for a 100mm Bowl it becomes an excellent video tripod!! (if you need a 75mm to 100mm Bowl Adapter get the Manfrotto 319)

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Product

                        By Phil

                        from Puyallup, WA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                          This is an excellent tripod. Sturdy and tall is exactly what we needed for our church recording.

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                          5.0

                          Heavy, but sturdy as all get out

                          By Scott M. Evans

                          from Aurora, IL

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Cumbersome
                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Long Exposures
                          • Photography
                          • Stabilization

                          Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Pro Tripod:

                          I bought this to hold a gimbal head for shooting eagles and other wildlife. I didn't want light and flimsy, I wanted heavy and solid. Boy is this thing both. I feel like I could hit it with a car and still not get flapping on it.
                          I've done a 2 mile hike with it and towards the end, the tripod with a gimbal head, 1DmkIIn, and Bigma started to get a bit on the heavy end. However, it's an easy setup and solid as a rock.

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