Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod

Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod

Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 17.6 lb
  • Max Height: 61.4"
  • Min Height: 3.9"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.3 lb
  • Pull-Down Height Adjustment
  • 90° Horizontal Column Feature
  • Independent Leg Angle Selection
  • Carry Strap Included
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Employing the innovative NeoTec rapid opening and closing mechanism, the Manfrotto 458B Neotec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod has legs that open up by simply pulling down on each one, and automatically lock into any position, with no screws, knobs or levers to tighten. By pressing the release button at the top of the legs the legs can be collapsed again fully, or locked at any intermediate point for perfect positioning. This mechanism exerts more locking power the heavier the weight pushing down on it from above. Other professional features include an improved minimum-maximum height range and a 90° horizontal center column feature.

UPC: 719821240181
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Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod
  • Detachable Carrying Handle
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 10 Years with Registration
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    Manfrotto 458B specs

    General
    Load Capacity 17.6 lb / 8 kg
    Maximum Working Height 61.4" / 156.0 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 51.6" / 131.1 cm
    Minimum Working Height 3.9" / 9.9 cm
    Folded Length 25.2" / 64 cm
    Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 5.2 lb / 2.4 kg
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Bubble Level Yes
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Push-Pull, with Release Button
    Leg Positions 4 Positions
    Leg Sections 3
    Tripod Feet Features Rubber
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Ballast Hook
    Center Column Shape Faceted
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Center Column Diameter 1" / 25.4 mm
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column Yes
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 6.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 26.221 x 6.221 x 5.433"

    Manfrotto 458B reviews

    458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 65.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use stable platform We started using this with a Canon 20D and now use it with a Nikon D200 and Canon 1D Mark III with a EF 100-400mm lens. It supports all of this equipment without any problem whatsoever. It's a stable platform for everything we clamp onto it. I like the feature that you can just pull the legs out for setup. No clamps or latches need to be released to open it up. Closing is almost as simple by pressing three buttons and shoving the top down towards the ground. I marked it down one star because, after years of service, the legs are harder to slide in-and-out. I can't figure out how to lubricate or loosen the leg sliding action.
    Date published: 2008-03-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast But Heavy I absolutely loved the push/pull leg action of my Neotec monopod. So, since I hate the twist locks on my Gitzo's legs, I thought I'd try a Neotec tripod. ( I bought the apparently discontinued National Geographic model which has leg pads and multi-terrain feet.) The leg action is a wonderful relief and the tripod has a sturdy feeling. But it's quite a bit heavier than my carbon fiber legs. If you need light-weight I suggest sticking with more conventional leg designs with carbon fiber. But if weight is not really a big issue for this purchase, and if you want the fastest legs in town, this is your tripod.
    Date published: 2008-06-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great Tripod I have had this tripod for 5 or 6 years and find it to be great, I take mostly Wildlife and scenic photos and the tripod is super fast to set up,just pull the legs out to the height you wish and you are ready to go. I use either a D 810 or D 700 camera both with a battery pack and up to a 300 2.8 lens with no problem. It is a bit on the heavy side but that is a plus when windy. Fits inside a normal suitcase with the head removed when flying. Height is fine for me but I am not tall,frequently I bend over a bit when looking through the viewfinder. Wish that there were leg protectors available for this tripod.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would but it again ! I use it for landscapes. Easy to set up and take down. Heavy, but the ease of use compensates for the frustration of a tripod with a less efficient means of lengthening an shortening the legs. Biggest issue: make sure you lubricate the legs. I was at the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Arches, and the fine dust/sand caused one leg to seize in one day at the GC. Fortunately, I found some 3-in-1 oil at the Desert View general store. It took a while to work the oil in. It worked great for the rest of the trip. Always keep it lubricated.
    Date published: 2008-08-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool tripod, but poor quality control THe tripod is nice and really fast to set up. However, when I unscrewed the center column, I have found that the screw inside is bent! While not affecting the function of the tripod at the time (the head wobbles during disaasembly and reassembly of the column) I am worried that it may cause mechanical failure later on. I think there is no was this would not have been noticed diring factory assembly. Something like this should not happen on a product with such a high price tag, that is meant to last a while. I am also experiencing a QC issue with the 488 RC2 head (see there). I will send both back to Manfrotto to see if they repair it.
    Date published: 2008-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Absolutely love this tripod. I will never go back to atripod with the traditional leg locks. This thing is soconvenient and fast to set up. I don't mind actually settingup my tripod now. Before I would try to find a way not touse one. LOVE IT! Expertise: Advanced Problems Encountered: None yet. Have had it for about 6 months.If I had one comment here, I would say it is a bit heavy. Itweighs about 5 pounds. That's a bit heavy if you want tocarry it around all day. Doesn't bother me though. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Various carbon fiber Items I Recommend: BH40 RRS ballhead
    Date published: 2007-09-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Didn't live up to the hype After doing very extensive research, I took the plunge and ordered this tripod. Here are the main reasons I chose this one over the others I was considering: 1. No manual locks on the leg sections 2. Pull legs out instantly to lock them at any position 3. The ability to level it easily on uneven terrain 4. Many positive reviews After receiving it, I certainly wasn't disappointed in the build quality. It feels good and solid in your hands, looks great, and it wasn't too heavy for me at all, even though some reviewers complained about the weight. Instead of feeling too heavy, it felt solid and well-built to me... a very important factor considering the fact that it is supporting thousands of dollars worth of gear on top! The legs do, indeed, pull straight out without having to unlock any clips. This is a very nice feature. But unfortunately, that's where my love of this tripod ended. I hate to be the black sheep of the family and go against all the glowing reviews of this unit, but here are the reasons I couldn't end up keeping it: 1. Extending the legs is NOT a smooth process at all. In fact, these are without a doubt the least smooth legs I've ever encountered on any tripod. While I love being able to pull the legs out without fiddling with leg locks, I found that all three legs had to be tugged and persuaded considerably in order to extend. They stuck at different points and the movement felt somewhat gritty and herky-jerky rather than smooth. I worked with this over and over again, hoping it would start to loosen up, but it didn't. For the movement of a brand new tripod to feel like it was rusted just wasn't something I was willing to put up with. 2. As other reviewers have already pointed out, you cannot grab any of the legs in the upper two sections, or you will end up with a hand full of grease. The top two sections of each leg are coated in some kind of lubricant. Only the bottom section is dry. While this does not present a big problem when extending the legs (since you typically grab the bottom of each leg to pull them down,) this does present enormous problems when trying to perform all other adjustments on the legs. Just try changing the spread of the legs or picking the tripod up to move it without ever touching the upper two-thirds of the legs! That is an extremely difficult thing to do. The only place I found that you can grab without getting grease all over your hands in on any of the rings that connect the leg sections together. However, those rings are only about an inch tall at most, which means you can only grab them with your thumb and index finger... hardly enough to maneuver a large tripod with heavy gear on top. 3. One of the main reasons I was so eager to own this tripod is because it was supposed to be very easy to level the legs on uneven terrain. You just press the buttons on top of all three legs simultaneously, then lower or raise the unit to any desire position. Boy, what a photographer's dream that would be! Sadly, this feature didn't work well at all. With the legs fully extended, I pressed the three buttons on top, then pushed down on the tripod. It took a fair amount of force to lower the legs... but the real problem was that if you got the tripod lower than you wanted, you could lift it back up, but the legs would not extend back out on their own due to issue #1 I mentioned above! So you still had to end up reaching down to the very bottom of each leg and manually extending them again. This was a huge disappointment. I eventually decided to return it, because, in reality, the very features I bought it for did not work as I had hoped. I ended up purchasing another model that was in my original top 3 -- the Manfrotto 055XPROB. Even though it was a fraction of the cost compared to the NeoTec, from the moment I unboxed the 055XPROB, I knew it was a much better choice. It is a rock solid unit which feels even sturdier and more rugged than the NeoTec. It stands much taller than the NeoTec, and since I'm 6'2 it means I can pretty much see through my viewfinder at eye level on this tripod without ever raising the middle extension tube, which of course means better stability all around. The legs on the 055XPROB are absolutely silky smooth to open and close -- the polar opposite of the NeoTec! And the 055XPROB also comes with padding on two of the legs, which makes it much easier to grab and maneuver, gives better grip, keeps your hands from touching freezing metal in the winter, and provides nice cushioning while carrying the tripod and heavy ballhead and camera gear attached. All in all I am extremely pleased with the 055XPROB over the NeoTec, even though I still have to mess with leg locks. I found that I can actually set up, adjust, level, and close this tripod faster than the NeoTec, because I'm not having to work around all those other issues I mentioned. Plus I don't end up with grease all over my hands... something I wasn't thrilled about when handling expensive cameras and lenses!
    Date published: 2011-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite tripod ever My original review is probably someplace among the reviews. I bought it five or six years ago and have been loving it ever since. I have five tripods. One is much taller (and heavier) than this one. One is carbon fiber and FAR lighter than this one, so I take it when I need one to sling on my back for hours. Using this NeoTec, executives and their staff don't have to impatiently wait while I snap and unsnap (or twist and untwist) several locks on each leg. I just pull out as much leg as I need or push retraction buttons and push down to lower one or more legs. Heavy, yes, but lightning fast.
    Date published: 2013-10-04
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