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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 113 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (71)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Folds away (84)
  • Lightweight (84)
  • Stable (66)
  • Unfolds quickly (53)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

  • Unstable (7)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Cumbersome (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (62)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Night shots (34)
  • Home (20)
  • Portraits (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (11), Tech savvy (10), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89), Yes (6)

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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5.0

Sturdy and best for travel.

By Chandra

from HIllsborough, NJ

About Me Hobbyist, Parent, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fits Stroller'n'dufflebag
  • Fits Strollerduffle Bag
  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro
    • Stabilization

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

    I was looking for a tripod that I can travel with and especially handy to carry on a two wheeler in India. This is a perfect one both weight wise and sturdiness. I cannot ask more than this as a travel companion for my camera.

    It easily supported my DSLR with 24-105 lens. I have looked few others and this stood out better mainly in sturdiness.

    I wish Manfrotto standardize and use the same base plates for all their products.

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    5.0

    Nice Tripod

    By delsteve

    from new castle, de

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

    • Height Is Limited

    Best Uses

    • Hiking
    • Travel

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

    This tripod is the perfect travel item. Almost as light as the carbon fiber but much more reasonably priced. Mine will be traveling to Jackson Hole this summer. I'm 5'8" and the height is fine. If you're taller you will need to adjust yourself since the height is limited.

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    4.0

    Love the Tripod

    By LDH

    from Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night Shots
      • Stabilization

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

      I purchased the BeFree and used it on my trip to San Fran in April. I wanted to use it for a lot of night photography. So, from my hotel room, I wanted to try and get a shot of car lights. I only wish the street was two way. The tripod performed perfectly. Strong, light and stable. Comes with it's on wrench to make sure everything stays tight.

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      4.0

      Very convenient and lightweight tripod

      By ttym11

      from Mandan, North Dakota

      About Me "hobby" Photographer, Avid Hiker, Outdoors Person, Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fits On Camera-bag Nicely
      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Ball-head Has Limitations

      Best Uses

      • Hiking
      • Landscape
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife

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

      This tripod is exactly what I was looking for because I am an avid hiker and outdoors person! It is light-weight, sturdy, and very easy to set up. It straps to my camera-bag in a manner where I hardly even realize that it is there. The only reason that I did not give it a 5 star rating was due to the limitations of the included ball-head. It is more than strong enough to hold my Canon 70D & Tamron 16-300 lens but it was not the best for "panning & panorama shots. I have now ordered a ball-head with those functions included. I do mostly landscapes, wildlife, and "macro" stuff. I strongly recommend buying this tripod but you may want to consider a better ball-head when you make your order.. Lastly, I felt that it was worth the cost.....

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      5.0

      Perfect!

      By Charm

      from Yorktown, Virginia

      About Me Parent, Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization

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

        Having had intensive shoulder therapy and hand suyrgery, I needed a light-weight tripod that was easy to use, compact and sturdy. My Vortex scope is under 2 pounds. The combined weight of the scope and tripod makes the ensemble incredibly lightweight - but it has stood up in some good winds and worked well for me. The ball head and quick-release are easy to use. The fact that I could get a tripod with red clips only made it more fun and easy to spot amongst the variety of scopes at our birding events! Because the tripod can hold up to 8.8 pounds, it also holds our 6-pound camera body & lens - dual purpose!

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        4.0

        Great, big-little tripod

        By Hiram

        from Hacienda Heights, CA

        About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Photographer, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Leg Position Dial Tricky

        Best Uses

        • Stabilization
        • Time-lapse

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

        I purchased this tripod to take on a trip, and it really lived up to the other reviews I read about it.

        It is small enough to fit in a back-pack (Manfrotto Veloce V), but extends to be big enough to get the job done. I really enjoyed using the ballhead to quickly change the framing of my compositions. It also feels sturdy enough to hold my camera configuration (Canon 5D Mark II with Canon 24–70mm f/2.8).

        There was a review I read warning of the included tripod plate (Manfrotto 200PL) being inadequate, but I found that doing a few tests beforehand really helped to determine the correct orientation of the plate: putting it in backwards can result in the rig falling off the tripod.

        The only thing I would improve on would be the mechanism for "locking" the legs into the correct position. Each leg has little dial to determine how that leg should extend. I found that it was a bit too easy to select one and have the dial move on its own when extending the leg. This never put the camera rig in jeopardy, but it was a bit annoying sometimes to get the tripod set up.

        I was originally considering purchasing the carbon fiber version of this tripod, but the weight difference was minimal and it was way more expensive. I would definitly recommend this tripod to others!

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        5.0

        awesome!

        By Maggie

        from Winfield, KS

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

        I've had this tripod for a couple of weeks so far and love it! It folds up small enough to fit into a small backpack, light enough to not be too heavy on my back but still sturdy enough to keep my camera still for night photography shots where the shutter is open for 30 seconds+. Can't wait to take this little guy with me to Europe!

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        5.0

        great quality

        By Heero

        from VA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

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

          bought it on sale, great quality made in italy. stable with a D7100+18-140. Have a lock to control how much the legs open.

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          5.0

          Great design

          By Barb

          from Atlanta, GA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              Just what I needed, and so easy to use. It's light enough for travel, and has enough weight to feel confident when fully extended holding a Mark II.

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              5.0

              ULTIMATE TRAVEL COMPANION

              By aaraiz

              from San Miguel Allende, MX

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  Purchased this tropod to take on a serious 25mile hiking and camping trip throughout Kauai and was extremely wary of doing so simply because of weight concerns.. Not only did the BeeFree become the perfect travel companion it provided with the most incredible shots. A must have. Perfectly built.

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                  5.0

                  Quick setup that fits in my small bag

                  By Foxo

                  from New York City

                  About Me Film Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Movies
                    • Stabilization

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

                    When traveling, shooting video with my Canon 70D, it's great to have sticks that set up quickly and are solid. I try to keep all my gear in one bag and the BeFree helps achieve that.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product, New Go to tripod

                    By Chris

                    from Orange

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

                    Wow. What more can I say. I had been in the market for a new light weight travel tripod for about 6 months and this is what I ended up pruchasing. Having come from a manfrotto 055x pro series tripod before I knew I wanted to stick with the brand. I ordered this on b and h and product was received within 4 days.

                    Features
                    I love how light and compact this tripod is. I used to hate lugging my tripod out of the car and onto location do to the weight but with this new befree I find myself shooting from the tripod more than ever and wanting to explore all new possibilities. It is very easy to set up and pretty self explanatory when taken out of the box. The head is not the most heavy duty but gets the job done and is excellent for anything up to a body and 70-200.

                    Although this tripod is not suited to hold more than 8 lbs it is completely suited for my needs have a 6D and 24l that I use it with most of the time and results are excellent. I use mirror lockup and 2 second delay to ensure no camera shake as there will be some play if not, but other than that works perfect.

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                    4.0

                    Great travel tripod, support a DSLR too!

                    By zanderhoff

                    from Boise, ID

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        Although a little on the expensive side this tripod works great for travel photography. Very compact size makes it easy to put with luggage without taking up too much space. Its all pretty lightweight! The ball head is basic but works and can hold a DSLR with lightweight lens. With all of the legs extended it becomes a little wobbly and would struggle if there was any wind. Overall a great purchase for someone looking for a compact tripod to travel with.

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                        5.0

                        Girlfriend loves it!

                        By Someone's boyfriend

                        from Denver, CO

                        About Me Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Stabilization

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

                          I originally got her a much larger Manfrotto tripod which she liked but wanted something less bulky for hiking and traveling. This one fits the bill. You sacrifice a few features, such as the built in level and the head seems to be of slightly lower quality compared to the one I got her before (not as fluid, but still works just fine!). But it's WAY smaller when folded than the one I got her before, which I think was the 055XPRO3 or something. The smaller size means she'll use it a lot more, which means she'll like it a lot more, which means she'll maybe like me more too. The verdict is still out on that last one.

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                          5.0

                          BeFree the best!

                          By Georpier Rod

                          from Mexico

                          About Me Technically Challenged

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Stabilization

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

                            I do wedding photography and this tripod is the best! Better BeFree...

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Perfect travel tripod

                            By wmack

                            from Phoenix AZ

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Stabilization

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

                              Love the fact this tripod is super lightweight, comes with a carrying case, and expands to a full size tripod.

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                              4.0

                              Perfect for Travel & Complicated Shoots

                              By Bone Daddy

                              from Denver, Colorado

                              About Me Graphics Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Added Camera Setup
                                • Hiking
                                • Parks

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

                                The missing star in my rating is for the not-quite-perfect foldup fit involving the proprietary ball head on this thing, which requires the most tinkering and practice to fully stow, but otherwise this lightweight beauty is a lot more stable than I thought it would be. Keep in mind the relatively featherweight nature of the aluminum design is a double-edged sword, making it perfect for bag transport but tricky for high-traffic shooting areas.

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                                5.0

                                Bringing Portable Tripods to a New Level

                                By Ken

                                from Northern California

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Stabilization

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

                                  Best features: Lighter, and half the length of other tripods. Comes with handsome carry case.

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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent travel tripod

                                  By Tetra Pack

                                  from Houston, TX

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travels

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

                                    Compact, lightweight and sturdy tripod - perfect for traveling photo enthusiasts. Took excellent pictures during my recent trip to Big Bend National Park.

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                                    5.0

                                    Traveler's Best Friend

                                    By Toccara

                                    from San Diego, CA

                                    About Me Traveling Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Night Photography

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

                                      This tri-pod is perfect for on-the-go travelers like us. With the Manfrotto BeFree, you certainly aren't sacrificing quality in the name of space. Easy to set up, easy to use, sturdy, yet lightweight. Love it!

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