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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 143 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (91)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (108)
  • Folds away (104)
  • Stable (83)
  • Unfolds quickly (68)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (73)
  • 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 (115), 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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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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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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    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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    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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      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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        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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          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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            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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            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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              5.0

              Hiker Friendly

              By Ola

              from Hawaii

              About Me Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hiking
                • Traveling

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

                I got this tripod as my main tool for hiking. It's light enough and compact enough to fit in my daypack and overnighter pack. The mud and dirt rinses off easily and it's durable enough to handle trekking through rainforest. It's still sturdy to hold my Canon 6D on the side of mountains and in the middle of rivers. I haven't used it with my heavier lenses but I plan on using it for hiking mainly. Other cheaper tripods I've used for hiking couldn't withstand the abuse but so far this one does well.

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                5.0

                I would buy again

                By Baseball Dad

                from Haverhill MA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    Great travel tripod

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                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    BeFree Travel Tripod -- Handy and Portable

                    By BioBenz

                    from Concord, Ohio

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • A Little Lightweight

                    Best Uses

                    • Stabilization
                    • Travel

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

                    The BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black) by Manfrotto is first --very handy and second, well built. It is a little light for use with a heavy camera-lens combination, but it does work. The leg adjustment is easy and they seem to tighten effectively. The set up and take down is fairly simple as well. I was able to put it in my carry-on suitcase so I did not have to carry it with my camera bag. The tripod coms in a very nice carrying case, which is a bonus. I would purchase this again for travel ease.

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                    5.0

                    Solid

                    By Stackwood

                    from Miami, FL

                    About Me Film Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Stabilization

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

                      Lightweight, Fast latches, Small build. From one man band Documentary shooting to frozen Icelandic landscapes this tripod holds up. Fits in small duffles or clips well on camera bags. I even have moment where I just slide into through my belt when in tough situations. Uses the same plate as the Peak Design Clip which makes belt to tripod a matter of seconds.

                      Not Flimsy.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Terrific For All Uses

                      By Brad

                      from Boston

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Storage For Base Pad

                      Best Uses

                      • Good All-around Tripod
                      • Stabilization
                      • Travel

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

                      I purchased this tripod for travel but find myself using it for nearly all purposes. It is very sturdy for a such a lightweight tripod and the quality is excellent. It folds ups so nicely due to the clever design and indented ball head that allows the legs to be tucked in tight to the head.

                      One small fault I found (this is really nitpicking) is that the case should have a pocket to store the camera base pad. The base pad cannot stay on the tripod when it is folded up as it would interfere with the clever collapsing design. As a result, the pad needs to be removed and stored separately. There is no place on the case to securely store the bad and I live in fear that I'll lose the pad and render the tripod useless.

                      The description of the tripod is that it is 3 lbs. I weighed it at 3.4 lbs and an additional .3 lbs for the case for a total closer to 4 lbs than 3.

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                      5.0

                      As advertised

                      By Jerry

                      from New Bern, NC

                      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):

                        Easy to transport, but as sturdy as you will ever need.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Mostly Well Designed

                        By Votawgrapher

                        from Peoria, IL

                        About Me Photographer, Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Easy To Bump Angle Levers

                        Best Uses

                        • Hiking Photography
                        • Travel Long Exposure

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

                        I decided over a year ago to get a new travel tripod because my old one didn't pack quite as small as I wanted and just because I needed another reason. . . the levers squeaked. It was an older version of this same tripod. I really thought I wanted one of those little carbon fiber ones and that although I love the lever locks, I thought I could get used to twist locks.

                        Actually playing with some a local store I decided I couldn't justify saving 30% of the weight for carbon fiber so I got an aluminum one. No, I couldn't get used to the twist locks and took it back after less than a day of ownership.

                        I got right onto B&H and bought this one.

                        Ok, now for the actual review. The tripod works very well for the most part. I like that I can unlock just one knob to move the camera wherever. With most other ball heads you have to fiddle with two knobs to do some simple things. I've found that holding the camera with my right hand and controlling the tripod with the other works very well and I'm glad Manfrotto didn't change that feature. I feel like the ball head can easily hold my Pentax K3 (a pretty solid body) and Sigma 18-35mm (which is a pretty big lens).

                        It is unfortunate that this tripod's quick release plate is mostly plastic rather than the previous metal ones, but I already have a few metal plates so this wasn't too much of an issue for me.

                        The part that I call a con has to do with the large leg angle levers. This is where this tripod looses a star. I wanted a more compact tripod and this one certainly does that, but the big levers that make this work easily change. I like the idea, but they are Very easily bumped from the normal or wide stance to the flip-all-the-way-over position. Thus, you might carry your tripod, accidentally bump the lever on one leg (or more) and pull out the legs again but have one just keep on swinging.

                        Anyway, sorry that wasn't very brief. It is a good tripod but I wish the levers weren't so easy to turn.
                        The legs are smooth, the levers are tighten-able with an included wrench, the bag works great, and the feet are well designed.

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