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Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head and Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Tripod with Middle Spreader

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Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head and Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Tripod with Middle Spreader
Key Features
  • Flat Base Head; Half Ball Included
  • Nitrogen Piston Counterbalance Mechanism
  • Continuous Counterbalance up to 17.6 lb
  • Continuous Variable Pan and Tilt Drag
The 608 Nitrotech Head and Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Tripod with Middle Spreader from Manfrotto provide content creators with a versatile solution for various applications. A compact head is paired with a lightweight three-section tripod and removable middle spreader that allows for added stability and more accurate angle adjustment. The head supports up to 17.6 lb and features a Nitrogen gas piston mechanism that allows for continuous counterbalance across the full payload range. It's also designed with improved fluid technology that allows smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements. Other key features of the head include a side lock camera plate system and two rosette adapters each with a 3/8"-16 accessory port and Manfrotto and ARRI anti-rotation slots.
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Manfrotto Nitrotech 608 Tripod System Overview

The 608 Nitrotech Head and Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Tripod with Middle Spreader from Manfrotto provide content creators with a versatile solution for various applications. A compact head is paired with a lightweight three-section tripod and removable middle spreader that allows for added stability and more accurate angle adjustment. The head supports up to 17.6 lb and features a Nitrogen gas piston mechanism that allows for continuous counterbalance across the full payload range. It's also designed with improved fluid technology that allows smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements. Other key features of the head include a side lock camera plate system and two rosette adapters each with a 3/8"-16 accessory port and Manfrotto and ARRI anti-rotation slots.

A half ball is included to convert the flat base head to fit the tripod, which has a 100mm bowl and 75mm bowl adapter. With a native flat base, the 608 Nitrotech can also be easily mounted on sliders, jibs, and other gear.

The combined maximum height of the head and tripod is 66" and the minimum height is 29". The tripod is designed with twin spiked feet with rubber overshoes, allowing it to be used on soft terrain and flat surfaces. A padded carrying bag is included for the tripod.

Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head

The Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech is a flat base fluid video head designed for the versatility needs of the independent content creator who's engaged in different types of projects. Thanks to its flat base with a 3/8"-16 mounting thread, as well as its relatively compact and lightweight design, the head can easily be moved between a compatible tripod and a slider, jib, monopod, and various other gear. One of the key features of the 608 Nitrotech is its Nitrogen gas piston counterbalance mechanism (hence, Nitrotech), which allows continuous counterbalance adjustment—as opposed to stepped or fixed—for the head's full payload range of 0 to 30.9 lb. Additionally, an upgraded fluid technology significantly improves continuously variable drag performance and enables smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements.

Providing further flexibility, the head's camera plate system features a side-lock mechanism that allows for quicker and safer mounting of your camera plate and camera load. Instead of having to align and slide in your camera plate from the rear, you're able to conveniently tuck in one side of the plate from the top and then push and click on the other side.

The 608 Nitrotech offers two rosette mounts for attaching the included pan bar on either the left or right side. These rosettes also feature Manfrotto's Easy Link system for mounting accessories via an articulating arm. Each rosette has a 3/8"-16 port in the center and both Manfrotto and ARRI anti-rotation slots surrounding the mounting port. The Easy Link system is designed to support Manfrotto articulating arms equipped with anti-rotation pins or those with ARRI locating pins to prevent twisting. At the same time, standard articulating arms can also be attached.

Other features of the 608 Nitrotech include improved resistance to lower operating temperatures in comparison to previous Nitrotech models and improved ergonomics and materials used for the different knobs.

Key Features

  • Flat base with 3/8"-16 mounting thread allowing for use on tripods, sliders, jibs, monopods, and other support gear
  • Nitrogen gas piston counterbalance mechanism allows for continuous counterbalance adjustment for the full payload range of 0 to 30.9 lb
  • Upgraded fluid technology enabling smooth and judder-free pan and tilt movements via continuously variable drag performance
  • Easier, safer side-lock camera plate mechanism
  • Two rosette mounts with a 3/8"-16 port and Manfrotto and ARRI anti-rotation slots for attaching the included pan bar and a standard or anti-twist articulating arm
  • 5.9" height
UPC: 719821443070

Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Legs with Mid-Level Spreader (100/75mm Bowl)

The Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Legs with Mid-Level Spreader is suitable for use on flat, smooth surfaces as well as uneven terrain, and it features carbon fiber tubes that are both strong and lightweight while being corrosion resistant. The legs incorporate a 100mm half bowl and include a 75mm adapter ring, so you can use them with heads that have either a 100 or 75mm half ball. The legs support up to 44.1 pounds, which allows you to mount an appropriately sized fluid head, camera, and accessories without straining the capacity of the legs.

With the included mid-level spreader attached the height of the legs can be adjusted from just under 2 to over 5 feet high, and the legs collapse to under 28 inches in length for transport and storage. Removing the included rubber feet reveals the dual spiked feet, which are useful for soft surfaces such as gravel, dirt, or sand. The legs weigh a mere 6.61 pounds, making them easy to take almost anywhere you can go.

The integrated lever locks are strong, durable, and increase the torsional stability of the legs.
The included adapter ring is removable and attaches with three mounting screws. Attaching the adapter converts the 100mm bowl into a 75mm bowl.
The removable mid-level spreader enables using the legs on uneven terrain, and can be used to stabilize the legs on uneven surfaces such as stairs.
UPC: 719821433972

Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Video Head Specs

Camera Plate
Camera Plate FeaturesQuick Release
Camera Plate Type504PLONG
Camera Mounting Screw1 x 1/4"-20 Male with Locating Pin
Tripod Platform
Base MountFlat Base
Pan & Tilt
Drag ControlPan: Continuous
Tilt: Continuous
Drag TypeFluid
Vertical Tilt+90° to -70°
Panning Range360°
Independent Pan LockYes
Independent Tilt LockYes
Physical
MaterialAluminum
Load Capacity0 to 30.9 lb / 0 to 14 kg
Counter BalanceContinuous (0 to 17.6 lb / 0 to 7.98 kg)
Pan Handle Fittings2 x Rosette
Bubble Level1 x Illuminated
Accessory Mounting2 x 3/8"-16 Female Thread
Operating Temperature-4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
Dimensions5.9" / 15 cm
Weight4.9 lb / 2.22 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.5 x 9.5 x 8"

Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Twin Leg Video Tripod Legs with Mid-Level Spreader (100/75mm Bowl) Specs

General
Head Mount Type100 mm Bowl
Load Capacity44.1 lb / 20.00 kg
Maximum Working Height60.24" / 153 cm (with Spreader)
Minimum Working Height23.03" / 58.5 cm (with Spreader)
Closed Length27.2" / 69 cm
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Weight6.61 lb / 3.00 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeLever Lock
Leg PositionsContinuously Adjustable
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections3
Feet FeaturesDual Spiked
SpreaderMid-Level (Included)
Packaging Info
Package Weight8.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)31 x 9 x 8"

Manfrotto Nitrotech 608 Tripod System Reviews

Manfrotto Never again... Sachtler is the way to go...

By Alejandro
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-17

We had a similar old aluminium version of this model and we all hate it so much because of how many times it crushed our fingers and got stuck while trying to spread the legs... I saw this one and wanted to have a decent tripod for my B Cam since for our A Cam the Flowtech 75 is just doing wonderful... so I said: this might be a good attempt to get it right from this guys.... OMG we are sending it back like now.... in a middle of a shooting one of the legs started to go loose on its second use... we checked and had a lot of design issues and feels so stiff and wrong.... sorry but we are spoiled by the Flowtech 75 and its just worth every penny you pay extra for it....

great tripod

By Vance
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-25

great tripod

Nice System

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-23

I love the head, very smooth and intuitive. The legs are great but they are heavy, not for quick run and gun but excellent fast set up for when precision is critical with a more stable solution.

Tripod fell apart upon 2nd use

By Jimmy
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-16

I purchased this set in November, shipped in February. I used it once a couple of months after and then once again in June. When pulling it out of the bag, some little piece of plastic fell out of one of the legs and then one leg wouldn't lock. I couldn't find where the little piece could possibly fall out from and then the cap at the top of the leg broke off from the leg so if you lift the entire tripod high enough, the one leg will just slip right out . This was at the beginning of the shoot so I had to scramble to come up with an alternative solution. I contacted Manfrotto/Vitec and they told me send it into their repair shop C.R.I.S. in Arizona. It was under warranty and I was not happy that they wanted me to ship the tripod in at my own expense. I let them know that and the rep was kind enough to send me a shipping label. I shipped it in early August and they didn't get back to me after 2-3 weeks so I e-mailed them and they e-mailed me right back telling me that they don't have the part in stock so they need to get it from Italy, but that Italy is on summer holiday so it won't be until September that they get the part and then begin fixing it. I have jobs that require three tripods, this being one of them, before September and this is just really disappointing that I have go searching for a solution while I wait for them to return the tripod. I'm disappointed that such a pricey item could fall apart so easily and that dealing with a fix has become such a difficult and lengthy process.

Nice Light Tripod

By Sandra
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-21

I was looking for a lighter tripod to use with my FS7 and found a great one here. Super light. Easy set up. Big thumbs up.

A good tripod and head with some ridiculous design flaws

By Emile
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-23

This tripod is quite heavy/sturdy and the head is smooth. I bought this instead of the Sachtler Flowtech 75 and Ace XL head to see if it could be a viable alternative for about $600 less. It kind of is, but the Sachtler is definitely better for obvious reasons once you've used both. Also, this Manfrotto setup has some really stupid design choices. Possibly the dumbest design choice of all is so minor but so annoying, it's mind-boggling. The tripod won't fit in the included padded carrying case unless you remove the pan bar. I emailed Manfrotto wondering if this was an accident and they said they designed it that way to prevent damage to the head during transport. What?? No other tripod I've ever used has been damaged this way, and they've all fit in the carrying case with the arm attached (including the Sachtler!). Also, the shoulder strap on the case is on the opposite side of the zipper, which makes picking it up really awkward. The Sachtler is significantly lighter than the Manfrotto, which is no surprise. That's just a personal preference thing. On one hand, I like the weight for added stability. On the other hand, it's hard to pick up and carry around. The Sachtler has a super convenient handle built into the top of the tripod. Not sure why all tripod don't have this, at least as an option. Of course it's missing from the Manfrotto too. Manfrotto's FAST leg adjustment mechanism seems solid and is much quicker than a standard tripod. Still nowhere near as good as the Sachtler, which has the quick release handles always at the top for easy access. This Manfrotto system makes you bend down and reach around the tripod a bit more, but it's not too big of an issue. The Nitrotech head looks and feel a bit higher quality than the plasticky Sachtler Ace XL, but they're probably equally smooth. The base-plate release mechanism on the Manfrotto is awkward and overly complicated. You have to push a lever with your thumb and move another lever at the same time to get it to come out. Why overcomplicate something so simple? Standard quick release plates have never been a problem. It's like they were bored and wanted to change it just to say they could. Overall, this feel like a sturdy and well-built system with some major improvements over a standard multi-stage tripod. However, it's completely outclassed by the Sachtler, which doesn't have any of the ridiculous, impractical design choices Manfrotto has made. There's a good reason everyone buys the Sachtler and not this Manfrotto. However, if you really can't spend the extra $600 and the weight is not an issue, this is an okay alternative (if all you want is something sturdy with quick leg adjustment). I'm probably going to return it and buy the Sachtler, though. Practicality is everything on jobs.

Fantastic Platform

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-29

The Manfrotto 608 Nitrotech Fluid Head married with the 645 FAST Twin Carbon Fiber Tri-Pod is a perfect combination for photographers and cinematographers. I wanted beef will minimal bulk. Some thing that could travel and hold up. Super smooth, super adjustable, and super stable.

Great Product

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-29

The Manfrotto 608 Tri-Pod head is everything it's advertised to be.

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