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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 99 reviews)

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    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (74)
  • Folds away (72)
  • Stable (55)
  • Unfolds quickly (45)
  • Compact (6)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (61)
  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Night shots (33)
  • Home (20)
  • Portraits (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (8), Tech savvy (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (78), Yes (5)

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

 

My review

I bought it in late summer and after two very light uses the legs became very stiff to operate, and the QR is getting difficult to use, basically losing all the smoothness it supposed...Read complete review

I bought it in late summer and after two very light uses the legs became very stiff to operate, and the QR is getting difficult to use, basically losing all the smoothness it supposed to deliver.

I sent it back to Manfrotto for warranty service since late October, and I was told yesterday (12/10)that they are still waiting for three parts to be shipped from Italy in order to get my new tripod repaired. Such a long delay in service is not acceptable at all. I have requested twice to Manfrotto to ask for a quick solution in the last week as I need it for my upcoming shoot and surprisingly I have not received any response back so far :-(

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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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      • No

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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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            • No

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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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              4.0

              Lives up to the promise!

              By Jeff

              from North Andover

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

              While not as tall or sturdy as my full-sized tripod, it's ideal for general use, and - when laid up (or weighed) against its larger cousin - the difference is stunning. If the best camera is the one you have with you, the same rule almost certainly applies to tripods. The carbon fiber version carves off a few more ounces, but at at significantly greater cost. So for me, the aluminum version hit the sweet spot. As an added bonus, you can get it in a wide range of colors.

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              5.0

              Smaller Than Expected; Not A Bad Thing

              By Have Lens Will Travel

              from Tustin, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I always thought I was pretty much rock steady in my shooting technique. In my advancing years I see that one of two things has happened. I am either becoming weaker as I age, or, I am noticing my pictures were not as sharp as I once thought they were. At any rate, I became a believer in tripods about 3 years ago and I see quite the improvement in my photos. If I go on a trek with a nearly 5 pound tripod these days I tend to make it a shorter trek than I was once able to endure. This tripod make it a much easier walk, and I find myself more apt to take the tripod as opposed to look for an excuse not to.This tripod is smaller than I expected, and that is not a bad thing. I am very pleased with how compact of a package it can fold up into. The small diameter of the lower legs gave me pause at first, but as of yet I have experienced no problems with it's lighter stature. The construction of this unit looks as if it will be with me for years to come. I think Manfrotto has a hit on their hands.

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                  5.0

                  Excelent product

                  By hlenin

                  from new orleans

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery

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

                    little tricky to set up but well build .strong lightweight tripop , very pro look and fast attach .

                    now i want to get the carbon fiber one

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                    • Yes

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                    2.0

                    The head is fragile

                    By Cláudio

                    from Recife,Brazil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy Construction

                    Best Uses

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

                      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

                      LIghtweight champ

                      By ropp

                      from Florida

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

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

                        Used for the first time this past weekend. Not hard to set up once you get the hang of it. Very light to carry but held DSLR with superzoom lens with no difficulty.

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                        5.0

                        Great tripod for hicking or travel.

                        By PhilG

                        from Tempe, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

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

                          This tripod is compact and light for hiking around Arizona. It also fits very nicely in a suitcase for travel. It is quick and easy to open and set up.

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                          5.0

                          Another great product from Manfrotto

                          By Mo

                          from Northern New Mexico

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

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

                            This is another great product from Manfrotto! You'll get everything you expect in a "travel" tripod and then some. It's relatively light weight without skimpping where it counts. It folds up into it's advertized form very easily, although I typically just collapse it's legs and attach it to my manfrotto pack with ease. It never gets in the way but is always there when I need it. The tension nob design makes it easy to secure my camera (Nikon D610) in any position I want. Once again, this is another great Manfrotto product that is well worth the investment.

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                            4.0

                            Great for mobility

                            By soleful2001

                            from pleasant garden, nc

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife Photos

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

                              I like the compact form and the case included. I love my full size Manfrotto 55XDB but it got left at home a lot because it is large and heavy. I bought this tripod because it was much more compact and lightweight while it also supports 8.8 lbs. I find it supports my two big lenses very well except at full extension. At full extension the support is slightly shaky. I can use this tripod with my Tamron 70-200 Di VC (heavy) and my Canon 100-400L with confidence as far as support goes, but it is slightly shaky at full extension and care is needed to get a steady shot with these lenses mounted. Collapse the lower leg sections and you will not have this issue. The head has smooth adjustment and the mounting plates are universal with my other Manfrotto heads.

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                              5.0

                              Lightweight and great!

                              By DEUCE

                              from New York

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

                              This is my 4th Manfrotto tripod, great reliable brand. I was looking for a compact and lightweight tripod that I could move around the big city of New York and for an upcoming overseas trip. This product fit the bill and is surpassing all my expectations. I've gone on two late night shoots with it and it was like I wasn't carrying anything at all. Using it with my SONY a7 and some lenses was great, it allowed me to carry a complete full frame setup without the weight and bulk. I strongly recommend this tripod to beginners, intermediate and professional photographers, and at the price it's a bargain.

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                              5.0

                              good tripod

                              By tanrininlutfu

                              from Davis, CA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  I use this tripod for my short trips. It is not heavy and it comes with its original bag which helps me carry it with me during my trip. I can put it to my backpack but it will not fit to smaller backpacks. You can orient it in different ways and its ball head is good and firm enough up to now.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good quality

                                  By Salvador Garcia de Alba

                                  from Guadalajara, Mexico

                                  About Me Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Stabilization

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

                                    I was looking forward on having a light tripod for traveling. Manfroto's befree tripod has great quality materials and it's stable using it with my Nikon D7100. I wish the tripod's head had a bubble to check the horizon.It's a little bit havier than I thought but not to worry much about it definitly lighter than larger tripods.Comes with a nice carrying bag.

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                                    5.0

                                    I Love It

                                    By BoNexus

                                    from Vancouver, Canada

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                    • Limited Precision
                                    • Limited Range Of Motion

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      This is so fast/easy to set up and take down. I can bring it so easily with me anywhere as it's so light to carry. I hear there's a carbon version coming out that's maybe 400 g lighter but this is so light already -- can't justify the cost difference if weight is the deciding factor! This is great for those who do not need exact way of measuring tilt/angles/whatever to take photos (e.g. if you're trying to piece together multiple photos for a bigger photo or a panorama or something, then you'd need a more serious tripod with a more serious ballhead). I am a moderately avid hobbyist so this is perfect. For what it is, I give it 5 stars.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good travel tripod

                                      By Richard

                                      from Hampton, NH

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Great build quality

                                      Cons

                                      • No Pan Lock

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel Tripod

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

                                      This tripod is a very good compromise between portability and sturdiness. It has excellent Manfrotto build quality, while being fairly lightweight and very compact.I do wish that the ballhead had a separate pan lock knob. You should note this fact - you cannot use it for doing panaramic photography (stitch together multiple shots), or video, because there is no way to pan the camera without unlocking the ball.Related to that complaint, the case fits so perfectly that if you try to put an alternate head on it that will allow separate pan locking (like the Joby Ballhead X), you cannot fit the tripod into the case, even if the alternate head is VERY close in size to the original head. Couldn't they have made the case slightly larger, to allow a little flexibility?But on the whole I recommend this tripod, and from what I could find, it seems to be the best compromise between small size and sturdiness.

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                                      5.0

                                      Fits in the backpack!

                                      By Sara

                                      from Santa Rosa CA

                                      About Me Professional photographer, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          I use this with a Canon DSLR when I'm doing hiking nature photography. Fits great in the side pocket of the Manfrotto backpack I bought with. Light, pretty stable and tall enough for me 5'7". Would love a taller one, but for the price, whatever. Fits all the Bogen QR plates I already have.

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