Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head

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Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod with 496 Center Ball Head
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 22.1 lb
  • Maximum Height: 64.6"
  • Minimum Height: 3.5"
  • Folded Length: 16.9"
The 3.9 lb Befree GT XPRO Carbon Fiber 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 Carbon Fiber ... Overview

The 3.9 lb Befree GT XPRO Carbon Fiber 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 22.1 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: 719821443223

Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO Travel Carbon Fiber ... 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 Tilt0° to +90°
Panning Range360°
General
Load Capacity22.1 lb / 10 kg
Maximum Working Height64.6" / 164.1 cm
Max Height without Center Column55.9" / 141.99 cm
Minimum Working Height3.5" / 8.9 cm
Folded Length16.9" / 42.93 cm
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Weight3.9 lb / 1.77 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 Weight4.92 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)19.4 x 5.9 x 4.9"
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Are there spiked replacement feet for this model?
Asked by: Stephen
To the best of my knowledge, there are not. With that said, there is a simple modification that can be done. Standard spiked feet, etc, as used on most other still photography tripods have standard external threads that screws into an internally threaded end in the lowest (bottom, ground) segment of each tripod leg. The rubber "feet" on this tripod simply have right circular cylindrical "stems" that are pushed into, and held by elastomeric compression and friction. These "feet" are field replaceable parts, and can be removed by simply pulling each one out. Once this is done, there is a cylindrical hole in the ground/bottom end of the ground/bottom leg segment. One simply inserts (held by a bit of synthetic rubber, vinyl, or heat shrink tubing) a internally threaded insert made from a non-corroding material (stainless steel, aluminium, nylon, etc.) of the same internal thread as a spiked or other foot and with an external diameter to just slide into the cylindrical hole mentioned above, secured by the friction of the tubing mentioned after that above. One can set the threaded insert into place with epoxy, but this would void the warranty were Vitec (the actual transnational corporation that owns Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lowepro, and many other brands as of this writing) to disapprove of the modification. If the threaded insert merely is held by friction, and is removed if the unit must be warranted by Vitec in which case the minimal rubber "plug" foot would be re-installed. The lack of an internally threaded "hole" in the end of each leg is one small shortcoming of this Vitec Manfrotto otherwise professional travel tripod. However, the Vitec Gitzo "equivalent" does not have a macro-swing-over column design, an even worse shortcoming for my use. As the instructions from BH are: Please do not include HTML, links, references to other stores, pricing or contact info -- no one using this BH reply-to-question mechanism may provide actual ways to find the above threaded inserts unless BH sells these, which BH does not as far as I can find.
Answered by: Yasha
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Can you use Manfrotto 504HD Video Fluid Head with this tripod?
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What's a good way to add weight to this tripod? ...

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Asked by: Alexander
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Can I use my RRS L bracket with this tripod?

Can I use my RRS L bracket with this tripod?
Asked by: Paula
I disagree. There is a Manfrotto Arca-Swiss adapter, but I do not like it. However, with a Wimberley C-12 Quick Release Clamp BH #WIQRCC12 • MFR #C-12 and a Desmond DBAD Female to Male Boss Adapter for Select Manfrotto Heads B&H # DEDBAD MFR # DBAD , the Manfrotto ball head easily can be adapted to Arca-Swiss, assuming the RRS L-plate you have is the typical RRS pattern with a "built-in" Arca-Swiss style plate. With the Wimberley clamp, the entire tripod unit will fit in the bag supplied with the unit. I bought this to replace a much heavier Gitzo aluminum travel tripod along with the fact that it has a vertical center column that will shift to horizontal; this is a travel tripod when I do not want to (or cannot) haul a regular Gitzo tripod and "large" head. I have tested this tripod plus Wimberley clamp with a gripped Nikon D850 and Sigma 150-600 Sport with a Wimberley foot and a Sigma TC-1401 with the column in the vertical position; the tripod unit will carry the weight and is stable enough for real work in the field. As both Manfrotto and Gitzo now are Vitec divisions, and this tripod uses the Manfrotto G-lock system (a copy of Vitec Gitzo), I recommend it as a travel tripod.
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