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Manfrotto546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Unfolds quickly (7)
  • Folds away (5)

Cons

  • Cumbersome (4)

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (7)
  • Movies (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (7), Aspiring film maker (3), Tech savvy (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's a beastie

I'm a pro photographer/videographer. I wanted a tripod that would hold both by DSLR and JVC cams and give me fluid motion. This one does that. It is rock solid. Not hard...Read complete review

I'm a pro photographer/videographer. I wanted a tripod that would hold both by DSLR and JVC cams and give me fluid motion. This one does that. It is rock solid. Not hard to level. I shot in a slipper, muddy construction site last week without problem.

It is heavy though and hard to manage without a proper case. Forget throwing it over a shoulder.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Terrible, leg locks worn out under 2yrs

The tripod is JUNK. I am so disappointed with it, I have used it VERY lightly with a Panasonic AF100 and the only added weight was a Audio Technica shot-gun. In other words...Read complete review

The tripod is JUNK. I am so disappointed with it, I have used it VERY lightly with a Panasonic AF100 and the only added weight was a Audio Technica shot-gun. In other words WELL within the spec'd weight limit. I have used Manfrotto products for years, and have always had a positive experience, but this thing is not, in any way, as well-built and secure as the 3191 I replaced. I wish I could get that one back. Now I am stuck with a tripod that looks brand new, but will not support more than 4-5 pounds without one leg sliding out. The worst part is the way the lock is designed, you cannot tighten the mechanism! If you do the cheap plastic bracket pops-off the pivot screw.If you are pro and use anything heavier than a un-accessoriezed DSLR, avoid this thing like the plague. Note in the picture how the cheap plastic lock pops off the screw if you tighten, once this happens you have yourself a $ piece of scrap metal.

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1.0

Terrible, leg locks worn out under 2yrs

By Educational Media Producer

from Durham, NC

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Design
  • Poor Performance
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

    Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

    The tripod is JUNK. I am so disappointed with it, I have used it VERY lightly with a Panasonic AF100 and the only added weight was a Audio Technica shot-gun. In other words WELL within the spec'd weight limit. I have used Manfrotto products for years, and have always had a positive experience, but this thing is not, in any way, as well-built and secure as the 3191 I replaced. I wish I could get that one back. Now I am stuck with a tripod that looks brand new, but will not support more than 4-5 pounds without one leg sliding out. The worst part is the way the lock is designed, you cannot tighten the mechanism! If you do the cheap plastic bracket pops-off the pivot screw.If you are pro and use anything heavier than a un-accessoriezed DSLR, avoid this thing like the plague. Note in the picture how the cheap plastic lock pops off the screw if you tighten, once this happens you have yourself a $ piece of scrap metal.

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    5.0

    Love it

    By JamesS.

    from Denver, Co

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects

      Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

      So far so good. Nice and solid, with a wide foot print

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      5.0

      durable

      By finesse

      from new york

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Cumbersome

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Stabilization

      Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

      use for interviews
      very durable droped it about 10 times off my truck and still works fine. nothing really bad to say about it

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      4.0

      Stout and Stable

      By Prof.Jerry

      from Conroe, tX

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Educator, Tech Savvy

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • High Weight Limit

      Cons

      • Cumbersome

      Best Uses

      • Movies

      Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

      Use this with a 502 HD head and it is very stable. I use it with an AG-AC160A and it is both smooth and steady. The extra weight gives me room to grow.

      Setup can be complicated at first, with the mid-spreader, but it is easy to sort out.

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      3.0

      Adequate for most shoots

      By bouche

      from Toronto Canada

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Cumbersome

      Best Uses

      • Stabilization

      Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

      Good tripod for studio and interview work. The spreader arms are awkward to set up and combined with the two releases for each leg would make this unit clumsy in the field when fast set-ups are required. However, this tripod is sturdy and a good match for my Manfrotto 504 HD head and 524 zoom which is the way I will use it.

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      4.0

      So far, so good!

      By Jim

      from Cary, NC

      About Me Film Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good height
      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

          I've only had this for a few weeks, but so far I like it. I've not had a problem with the spreader, but I am careful when I set it up and tear it down. The height is great -- we shot a wedding last week and had no problem getting the camera up over most people's heads. The leg latches are very stiff, so this isn't a super fast setup.

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          5.0

          Great Legs

          By Ronin FX

          from Denver Colorado

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Overall
          • Price
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Movies
            • Overall
            • Stabilization

            Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

            Manfrotto 546B Tripod is some the best tripod legs I have used thus far. I have been working in Film since 2005 and I have used all kinds of set ups.
            I would brake down the item, but they would all get five out of five in my book.

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            5.0

            Beautiful Gear

            By xczonetv

            from Ottawa Canada

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Movies
              • Stabilization

              Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

              I purchased the 546 as my primary tripod for our Red Scarlet X in the most rugged conditions for high performance sports cinematography. It's surprisingly light and versatile on the side of a mountain or in the studio.

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              4.0

              SOLID!

              By Ry

              from Lake Tahoe

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                Great set of legs. Heavy duty, but not too much. Much more than I was expecting for the money.

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                3.0

                Disappointing

                By Lummo

                from Canberra Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Weak Construction

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                I shoot video mostly with a 504HD head and I use these legs. The mid level spreader snapped on the first day. I bought a ground level spreader after that. I've had to tighten the fasteners as they began to slip. My rig is not very heavy ( a 5d Mk2 with a juciedlink attached and a Canon 28-300mm lens mostly). This tripod looks the part but I am disappointed with the overall construction. I'm switching to the 536 4-section carbon fibre. I love Manfrotto products as I own a few of their tripods but this one I would not recommend. To make matters worse the 504HD head is not that great either. The leveller fell out and the covers fell off. By the way my tripod is only six months old and i look after my gear.

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                4.0

                Beautiful Legs

                By Podgevision

                from Oklahoma City, OK

                About Me Film Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Lightweight
                • Produces High Quality Film

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Documentaries
                  • HD Shooting
                  • Shooting Indoors
                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                  I use these legs as support for any and every camera I've touched. They truly are a sweet set of legs. Very sturdy, very strong and very industrial. No loose parts here. Great feet and locking rings. Pretty tall set of legs too. Slap a head on these beauties and you got your dream girl. Toss the 504 Fluid Head and you can go ahead and curl up to coziness. Easy and sweet. Maybe a little thick to travel with though...

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                  4.0

                  Good legs!

                  By JGatsby

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                  The legs are great for stability. They are a little heavy, but with the tripod bag, it is easy to throw over your shoulder.

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                  4.0

                  It's a beastie

                  By Renee

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome
                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                  I'm a pro photographer/videographer. I wanted a tripod that would hold both by DSLR and JVC cams and give me fluid motion. This one does that. It is rock solid. Not hard to level. I shot in a slipper, muddy construction site last week without problem.

                  It is heavy though and hard to manage without a proper case. Forget throwing it over a shoulder.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Outstanding Tripod

                  By slick

                  from FL

                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Stabilization

                    Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                    I would certainly buy this again!

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                    4.0

                    NICE

                    By Huntson

                    from Rockville Centre, NY

                    About Me Broadcast TV director, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Too light

                    Best Uses

                    • Heavier cameras

                    Comments about Manfrotto 546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader:

                    Not a Vinten but still nice. I wish it had a bit more heft so as to hold still when smaller cameras are on it - hence 4 starts.

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