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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 150 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (110)
  • Folds away (104)
  • Stable (83)
  • Unfolds quickly (68)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

  • Unstable (9)
  • Poor quality (6)
  • Cumbersome (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (74)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Night shots (34)
  • Stabilization (24)
  • Home (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (40), Tech savvy (15), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (117), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice tripod, a few little quirks

I was looking for a nice travel tripod to replace my Slik Sprint and having the larger 190 and 290 Manfrottos, I thought I would give this a try. At first, there was...Read complete review

I was looking for a nice travel tripod to replace my Slik Sprint and having the larger 190 and 290 Manfrottos, I thought I would give this a try. At first, there was a few things that I didn't like about this unit: the fact that you have to remove the QR plate when folding it (minor) and the fact that it's not a panoramic head. The QR plate locks in a bit differently than the other Manfrottos too. I ended up also purchasing the MePhoto Road Trip, which is around the same price and the same folded length (I know, I probably could have bought a carbon fiber for the combined cost of the two). The MePhoto is about 6-8 inches taller because of an extra leg section and about a half pound heavier. It does have a panorama control, which is nice. Also can handle a heavier camera and converts to a monopod. But the RoadTrip has a few issues too: twist locks and the arcaswiss QR plate. Some people like those features, I personally do not. On twist locks I sometimes miss one, and sometimes I have to tighten them twice. With the flip locks on the BeFree, you know when its locked or unlocked - no guessing. The BeFree sets up much quicker, so I usually take that one unless I know I'm going to do a panorama or invert the center column (both invert, but its a little easier to do on the RoadTrip). Both are great tripods, well made, and sturdy. You wont go wrong with either one.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The head is fragile

The head (which is made in china) can not take the weight of a Nikon D800 with wide angle lens when you need camera tilt. And if very tighten the screw, it fails...Read complete review

The head (which is made in china) can not take the weight of a Nikon D800 with wide angle lens when you need camera tilt. And if very tighten the screw, it fails and the camera tilts. Another negative is the QR, difficult to operate and is not firm.I have other old products of Manfrotto and the quality was far superior. (# 055C with heads # 029 & # 136)

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4.0

Worth the money!

By Lisa

from Maryville, tn

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

Love the portability and ease of setting up. Holds my lens steady. However, I did purchase a Tamron 150-600 a few weeks after this tripod, and it doesn't keep this lens perfectly still,but that is a huge, heavy lens, and I didn't really expect it ,too.

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2.0

Badly designed "quick-release" mechanism

By Murman

from British Columbia, Canada

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

Bought this travel tripod for a photo tour of Europe. Before leaving I familiarized myself with the operation from bag to "ready for action" so I wouldn't miss any shots. While I like its size and weight for travel, I never was comfortable with the quick release mechanism the BeFree employs. It's a two-stage operation requiring some dexterity maneuvering two separate levers while loading a DSLR and lens onto the base. While shooting a waterfall in Croatia my Nikon D7100 with 18-300 lens fell off the tripod onto rocks 5ft. below. Luckily the lens hood, which broke, took the brunt of the blow and the camera and lens were undamaged. Apparently the second safety lever which appeared to be engaged had not fully caught. This confirmed my need to exchange the finicky ball head and poorly designed QR for an Arco-Swiss type system. The tripod itself isn't bad for travel, but I found it a little short, and a hook on the center column to stabilize the tripod would also help. I think I'll start again and get a taller tripod with a better ballhead and QR.

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5.0

Excelent

By Afonso

from Brazil

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

It's a really good tripod.

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5.0

Works Great!

By Bill

from Grand Haven, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

We use it to Mount small projectors in multiple orientations, up, down, horizontal... It is flexible to set up by height, and by pivoting the top adjust it can cover any direction.

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5.0

Quality feel with light weight

By Jerry

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

I bring this hiking and have found it to be sturdy and precise. Some of my other experiments with lightweight and compact tripods have been unpleasant. The true test will be how it lasts after a year of use.

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5.0

Great option!

By Edreamer

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Traveling

    Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Red):

    This tripod is light, strong and compact. Fits perfectly inside my backpack, instead of have it hanging outside.
    I have also a Manfrotto 190x, but is a lot much heavier.
    This is a perfect choice.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Tripod

    By YGBSM

    from NYC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

      Very nice and sturdy and very compact. I am using this with a Sony A7 series mirrorless with a short wide angle lens (video, though no panning necessary), and the ball head works very nicely with this (lightweight) combination. The rig deploys relatively quickly, though one has to flip all the rotating multi-position leg locks into the same position. Also not sure that the flip locks for leg extension make the most sense for this compact size tripod.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Another winner by Manfrotto

      By SacGarza

      from Yosemite National Park

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • None Really

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

      First, I have used only Manfrotto (Bogen) tripods for 20 years. Though I have tried another brand I chose to sell it and go back to Manfrotto. It just wasnt sturdy enough. I had high hopes for the BeFree because I needed a sturdy and lightweight tripod for my new A7II with a battery grip. Coming out of the box however, I thought it would not fit the bill. But it did and then some. It is sturdy, durable, compact and light. It holds my Sony flawlessly and for this review I even tested it on my Canon 5DS with a battery grip and 70-200. Though it is up to that task I will not use this tripod with that rig. There was a lot of possibility for vibration. But for a mirrorless or compact DSLR? You cant go wrong with this tripod. The only quirk for me was the mechanism on how you fold up the legs. But I got used to it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice tripod

      By Wendy

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

        Love the ease of disconnecting the camera with one hand.
        Extremely sturdy. Ball head provides excellent maneuverability.
        Well worth the money.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Solid and good features for the size

        By dtess

        from Portage, WI

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Set Of Features
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Gray):

        This will be used mostly for travel. Like that the legs are independent. Ball head seems solid for its rating.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good for travel

        By Dada

        from Washington DC

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Size

        Cons

        • No Hook

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

        I have only few utilization but there are already some good points about this tripod.

        1- The weight and the size : I put the tripod in my backpack and walk all the day without any problem.

        2- Very easy to use.

        3- The maximal extension is good enough, my size is 6'1" and I have no problem to use it.

        4- The head is fine. You can put your camera in all the direction that you want.

        For the moment I had only use a D3300 with kit lenses. Camera-lense weight was to low to test the supports of a high weight by the tripod.

        For the moment I see only one negative point, there are no hook.

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        5.0

        Great Product Excellent Value

        By Paul

        from Jackson, NJ

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

          I had the opportunity to use this tripod at Longwood Gardens in PA just the other day. Everyone in my group was in awe of how light, small and convenient it was compared to the monster tripods they were all lugging around. Yet mine was light in weight and small in stature it did not hamper the performance of holding a Nikon D750 with any lens I happen to shoot.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Good compact tripod

          By Ethan

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

            Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

            Good quality. Very light!

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            • No

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            5.0

            When a tripod is necessary

            By Maestro

            from North Carolina

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Short

            Best Uses

            • Stabilization

            Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

            I prefer to take hand held photos in ideal conditions. Since this isn't always possible a good tripod is necessary. The BeFree by Manfrotto is light, easy to pack in a suitcase, easy to set up and very stable for a lightweight tripod.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Ideal for travel

            By Maestro

            from North Carolina

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Light Conditions

              Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

              I prefer hand held photography under ideal conditions. Sometimes that just isn't possible. This BeFree Manfrotto is light weight, easy to set up and very stable.

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              4.0

              Love the portability

              By Mason

              from Philadelphia, PA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy

              Best Uses

              • Stabilization

              Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Gray):

              I bought this product because of I wanted something to fit into my luggage. This tripod is very portable. It stays steady I have done a few 30 minute exposures in wind, no shake.

              Cons the head is a little flimsy. The stickers to show leg position we never securely on and starting falling off within minutes not a big deal they are stickers. overall great product for the price and great for travel.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good for the price I paid.

              By Tour Bus Guy Jim

              from Ringgold, Ga

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hiking
                • Landscape Photography

                Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

                Have been wanting a small sturdy travel tripod for a while. Got tired of carrying my 3021 & 3001 legs around for quick shoots here & there. I took a chance on the Blue BEFREE for 2 reasons, Manfrotto quality & sale price of $ Overall it's good quality except for the cheap flimsy Ball Head as mentioned by other users. It does hold my 7D II with the 70-200L 2.8 II, but you really have to tighten the Ball Head to the max, so I assume it will wear out quickly. With lighter lenses it works good. I expect to buy another sturdy Ball Head to compensate for this. It is light & quick to set up.

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                5.0

                Very travel friendly tripod

                By Mokaveli

                from California

                Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Red):

                Manfrotto does it again with this compact yet sturdy and versatile tripod. Loves how it folds up to fit virtually anywhere

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy this tripod again and again.

                By Pete

                from League City, Texas

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Price Point
                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Stabilization

                Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

                I took this tripod on a trip and it fit beautifully in my travel luggage. It folds up to a really small footprint yet is surprisingly sturdy with a camera and lens attached. I also love the ball head and quick connect attachment. A great tripod for the money.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Perfect for traveling

                By rodrigoungaro

                from Venezuela

                About Me Professional photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Stabilization

                  Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Red):

                  Tough, light and compact. This is what I needed for a long time. I use to have an old manfrotto but this one really solved my tripod situation when I needed to travel.

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                  • No

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