Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head (Lever Locks, Black)

Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head (Lever Locks, Black)

Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head (Lever Locks, Black)

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Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head (Lever Locks, Black)

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  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 59.1"
  • Folded Length: 15.7"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.6 lb
  • 494 Ball Head with Pan & Friction Knobs
  • RC2 and Arca-Type Compatible QR Plate
  • QPL Lever Leg Locks
  • Easy Link Attachment and Integrated Hook
  • Three Leg Angles with Side-Pull Selector
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Configuration: Aluminum Legs, 494 Ball Head

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Manfrotto Befree overview

  • 1Description

Sporting a 17.6 lb load capacity at a weight of only 3.6 lb, this black Befree Advanced Travel Tripod from Manfrotto is a robust support option that can serve as a convenient travel companion for professional photographers and passionate hobbyists alike. It is made of aluminum alloy and reaches a maximum height of 59.1" with its column extended, folding down to 15.7" in length for simplified transport in its included carrying case.

Each leg of the Befree Advanced is composed of four sections, which can be adjusted and securely locked into place with the QPL lever locks found on all segments. A side-pull selector allows you to set up the tripod at three different angle configurations, enabling low angle shooting with the simple push of a button. Complementing the legs is an equally sturdy center ball head, which offers a dedicated knob for panoramic movement as well as a friction control knob for precise control over the tension during use. The final element is a quick release plate, which offers dual compatibility for RC2 and Arca-type compatible systems, except for the Manfrotto 804-3W and MH804-3W tripod heads.

An Easy Link attachment is available at the top portion of the leg section, and allows you to connect compatible accessories such as flashes or reflectors. This enables you to use the tripod as a support system and reduce the amount of gear you need to carry while travelling. Rubberized feet are used to avoid skidding and help keep the Befree Advanced stable in most types of terrain. Finally, an integrated hook found at the bottom can be used to add a weight and increase the stability of your tripod when shooting in more difficult conditions.

  • Weighs 3.6 lb, can hold up to 17.6 lb of gear
  • Four leg sections which extend and fasten via its lever locks
  • Maximum height of 59.1", folds down to 15.7" in length for storage
  • Aluminum-alloy construction
  • Side button allows you to select between three different leg angles
  • Ball head with separate pan lock and friction control knobs
  • Quick release plate compatible with both RC2 and Arca-type systems, excluding the 804-3W and MH804-3W tripod heads
  • Rubberized feet provide increased stability on most surfaces
  • Easy Link attachment for use with optional accessories
  • Integrated hook for weighing down and stabilizing tripod during use
UPC: 719821419280
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Manfrotto Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head (Lever Locks, Black)
  • Manfrotto 494 Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate
  • Padded Tripod Bag
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    Manfrotto Befree specs

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    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type 200PL
    Friction Control Yes
    Independent Pan Lock Yes
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +40
    Vertical Tilt -90 to +40
    General
    Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 8 kg
    Maximum Working Height 59.1" / 150.0 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 52.4" / 133 cm
    Folded Length 15.7" / 40 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 3.6 lb / 1.6 kg
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Tripod Feet Features Rubber
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Ballast Hook
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.5 x 5.25 x 5.0"

    Manfrotto Befree reviews

    Befree Advanced Travel Aluminum Tripod with 494 Ball Head (Lever Locks, Black) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb even with pro camera and pro lens I had been searching for ages for a lightweight small packing tripod which would support my Canon 5D MK111 and 24-70 L 2.8mm. Originally I was looking at the BeFree but the specs said it only supported 4KG’s. Then in December 2017 I found the Manfrotto has released an ‘advanced’ version that takes 8kilos. Despite reading the usual reviews and worries about suitability for pro gear I ordered one. I have to say I delighted. I am have put shooting all weekend and also in some extremely high winds. The BeFree advanced has been superb and supporting my pro gear. The ball head locks tight and the tripod is sturdy. There is some movement when the tripod is at full length when in high winds but what do you expect! The tripod is very light and packs nicely into my day pack. Very easy and quick to erect and and pack away.
    Date published: 2018-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong, compact, and light weight I've been using a rather heavy Manfrotto for years and it has served me well, but I wanted a light weight, compact model for when I have to walk or hike to a shooting site. I have tried a couple of other brands that are truly light weight but hardly rigid and steady enough and they have a fixed leg spread that is not really wide enough for some situations. This Befree tripod fits my needs perfectly: light weight, sturdy, compact, and variable leg spread. A very good safety feature is that the leg locks cannot accidentally be bumped and released -- you must move the leg back slightly from its spread position in order to operate the release lock levers. Wish I had not procrastinated so long before buying one.
    Date published: 2018-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best travel tripod by far Brought this with me during our trip to Scotland, it's amazing how stable and sturdy this tripod can do for its convenient, compact, lightweight size. Although it still cant compete with Manfrotto 055XPRO series in terms of stability (obviously since 055 has thicker, heavier legs), it does the job. Tried 30 sec exposure on different weather conditions, and the results i got were great.
    Date published: 2018-05-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for travel I did purchase this through a local vendor due to time constraints but still wanted to leave a review. I found that it is only a half pound heavier than its carbon fiber counterpart. I didn't use the ball head much but it did come in extremely handy on a vertical shot with my D850 and 16-35. Since it has a 3/8" thread on the center column, I used my Manfrotto 128 RC Quick Realease micro fluid head for smooth buttery video. Worked like a charm. I don't like the plastic pieces for the quick release mechanism as my other manfrotto gear is all metal. I love how it folds backwards to cover up the center column top which also protects it from getting dinged up on the threads. Overall satisfied as it proved to be perfect for backpacking. I strapped it to my Lowepro backpack which had a convenient tripod holder at its base.
    Date published: 2018-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slight learning curve but love it There are some fine points about adjusting positions that took some deductive mastering, but this tripod is sturdy and yet extremely portable. As a rule I hate working with a tripod, but my yearning for excruciatingly sharp images often makes one a necessity. This is a great tripod for a tripod-hater like me.
    Date published: 2018-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well I've had a couple weeks to get used to this, and I've decided I'm happy with it. My old tripod is an old (bought before I bought my now sold D700) 055 series, and with the head I have on it (three way head) it weighs about 3 pounds more than this. Not a lot, but more than I want to carry on short hikes. I was out with the BeFree for 4 hours today, hiking in a nature preserve. I've worked through the shots from the walk: any issues with them were due to me. I didn't see any impact on sharpness due to vibration from the tripod. Now, I didn't use heavy stuff: I have a D750 and only had two lenses: 16-35 and 24-120 Nikkors, both f4, so my comments are limited to equiptment in that weight/focal range. I'll also add that I don't really need to raise the center column on this -- I'm fairly short, 5'7'', so I can get away with using only the first two leg sections for setup. I don't NEED to raise the center column, but I have done it a little, and have not seen any harm to my shots. (Mirror-up+ remote delay, or timer, always when on tripod.) Summary: This has been working great for me and I don't have any regrets about its purchase. As always, if your equipment is heavier and/or involves longer lenses, these results may not be relevant. .
    Date published: 2018-07-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice little tripod Overall I liked this tripod. I had the opportunity to use this tripod over the weekend for a few sunset pictures. I carried it around for several hours and it did not feel like it was weighing me down. It is only a little heavier than the carbon fiber version, so it is a good compromise in terms cost vs overall weight. The legs were a little stiff, which makes it difficult to fold and unfold the tripod. Hopefully it will loosen up some with use (don't want the legs to be too loose). The only thing I really do not like from a design perspective is that the head needs to be positioned very just right in order to fold the legs all the way up. You have to tilt the ball head away from the two nobs and twist it in the right direction so that it fits correctly. I found that it is easier to just leave the head pointing straight up. This makes the overall length of the folded tripod a little longer (maybe an inch), but it still fits easily into the carrying bag. Leaving the head up makes setup a little faster, and for me is an acceptable compromise for better usability. I recommend this to other photographers. Pros: 1. very light weight and compact, 2. easy to carry around with the included carrying case, 3. sturdy when setup 4. good value Cons: 1. The legs are very stiff (hopefully it will get better with more use) 2. positioning the head when folding up the tripod is tricky
    Date published: 2017-12-11
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from didn't trust it with my 5Dmark3 This tripod is rated for 17lbs. but with the center shaft extended up all the way it is top heavy and there is a lot of camera shake. It may work fine for the smaller DSLR camera. I have tried both of the Befree tripods and ended up getting the elements big tripod the legs spread out a little farther and less camera shake when center shaft is extended.
    Date published: 2017-12-16
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