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Manfrotto546B Pro Video Tripod with Mid-level Spreader
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (12)
  • Unfolds quickly (7)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Folds away (5)

Cons

  • Cumbersome (6)

Best Uses

  • Stabilization (7)
  • Movies (6)
  • Video (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (7), Aspiring film maker (3), Pro photographer (3), Tech savvy (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

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

 

Disappointing

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...Read complete review

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

Good Tripod for Event Work

By Eddie Valiant

from Massachusetts

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Removable Mid-spreader
  • Removable Spreader

Cons

  • Cumbersome
  • Strap The Legs To Carry

Best Uses

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

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

I have used this tripod about one year as this is written in June of 2015, and it's going strong. It is a bit difficult to handle without a carrying case, but using a piece of velcro strap around the legs or even a bungee cord will keep them together for transport.

I shoot a good deal of indoor video in auditoriums and on occasion, have to set up in a row of seats. The mid-level spreader can be removed to allow for one leg to be in the row in front of you and the other two legs in the row you're standing in. That's been a good thing for me, YMMV.

Construction of the tripod could be better, but considering what the prices are these days of some models, I consider this to be my main tripod. I often have a Panasonic HPX370 in a 504HD head, and it works well.

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5.0

Solid Sticks

By RK

from Jax, FL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability

Cons

  • Cumbersome

Best Uses

  • Video

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

Solid sticks for the price. The only frustrating this for me is that it takes some time to reposition the legs, but once it's set you're golden.

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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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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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