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Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Aluminum Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head

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Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Aluminum Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Maximum Height: 64.6"
  • Minimum Height: 3.5"
  • Folded Length: 16.9"
The 4.4 lb Befree GT XPRO Aluminum Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head from Manfrotto is a 4-section support with the twist M-Lock leg system that quickly unlocks with a 90° turn, enabling you to extend the legs along with the rapid center column to a maximum height of 64.6". The ergonomic leg-angle button disengages the legs, so you can splay the legs at different heights, and you can completely splay the legs out to a minimum height of 3.5" for low-angle or macro photography. At the same time, the built-in 90° column mechanism allows you to pull the center column out and slide it back in on its side, letting you shoot right over your subject.
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Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Aluminum Trip... Overview

The 4.4 lb Befree GT XPRO Aluminum Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head from Manfrotto is a 4-section support with the twist M-Lock leg system that quickly unlocks with a 90° turn, enabling you to extend the legs along with the rapid center column to a maximum height of 64.6". The ergonomic leg-angle button disengages the legs, so you can splay the legs at different heights, and you can completely splay the legs out to a minimum height of 3.5" for low-angle or macro photography. At the same time, the built-in 90° column mechanism allows you to pull the center column out and slide it back in on its side, letting you shoot right over your subject.

The 496 Center Ball Head, which has a load capacity of 26.5 lb, has two independent knobs for the ball movement and for panning, and the main locking knob includes an adjustable tension control on the side of the knob. The head also has a quick release system, which is supplied with a dedicated 200PL PRO plate. To store the tripod or travel with it, the legs fold in the reverse to a length of 16.9" and fit into the included carry bag.

UPC: 719821443209

Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Aluminum Trip... Specs

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Female
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate TypeArca-Type, RC2
Number of Bubble LevelsNone
Friction ControlYes
Independent Pan LockYes
Pan & Tilt Range
Vertical Tilt+90° to 0°
Panning Range360°
General
Load Capacity26.5 lb / 12 kg
Maximum Working Height64.6" / 164.1 cm
Max Height without Center Column55.9" / 141.99 cm
Minimum Working Height3.5" / 8.9 cm
Closed Length16.9" / 42.9 cm
MaterialsAluminum Alloy
Weight4.4 lb / 2 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections4
Bubble LevelNo
Feet FeaturesRubber
Center Column
Center Column ShapeFaceted
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnYes
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19 x 5 x 4.75"

Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Aluminum Trip... Reviews

so much flexibility

By Kelley
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-08

so flexible for all shooting needs. highly recommend getting the weight too to prevent it from falling over.

Light and versatile but not perfect

By Casey
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-11

Pros: the light aluminum legs are easy to fold and carry for travel, and also easy to adjust for varying heights and angles. It holds the weight of my Canon 6D and bigger lenses without fear of tipping it over. Cons: I do a lot of overhead shots and the center column is not as sturdy as my old Manfrotto tripod - it is a bit finicky and sticks when retracting it back into regular vertical mode. I also wish Manfrotto would include a standard Arca Swiss mount instead of the one that comes with this, but I swapped it out for the Top Lock Travel adapter in a few minutes.

Solid Tripod!

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-06

This is a really well built tripod, it's been great so far, and very compact. One thing I thought it had which it didn't was monopod functionality. This model has the ability to go into a horizontal mode (not sure how to explain it) but it's probably the reason why it doesn't have a monopod. There's another model that looks very similar with the monopod and without the horizontal functionality. I think I would still rather have this one.

Great tripod

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

Great product, simple, sturdy, does what it's supposed to do.

all I hoped for!

By Lucy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-20

Sturdy, stable, light and easy to maneuver!

Best travel tripod

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-24

This is tripod legs and head combo is probably the strongest contender for best travel tripod. It is definitely the most versatile. With the ability to have the center column quickly pivot 90 degrees, this setup makes it easy to get quick low shots. I’ve used this tripod for hiking through the woods. It’s super quick to setup (less than a minute) and easy to change from low to high shots. The legs are very stable and quick to extend. Pros- versatility and ease of use Con- could use one or two more lock stops for the leg positions for the lower shots.

Great travel tripod!

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-20

It's a great little tripod, that can actually hold a fair amount of weight, all things considered. I use it backpacking and hiking with my RB67, which is a beast of a camera, and it acquits itself very well. The way it can get low to the ground by positioning the center column at a right angle to the body and splaying the legs is a neat trick--though admittedly this is one time the heavy camera is too much for the poor thing. But it is a travel tripod, after all.

Manfrotto

By Richard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-30

Tripod is great. The fluid head is exceptionally difficult to move for some reason. Other than that, it's great.

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Yes, you can remove and replace the Manfrotto 496 ballhead from the Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Aluminum tripod legs.
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Can I make this head Arca Swiss compatible? How do you do that?
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