Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2

Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2

Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2

B&H # MA161MK2B MFR # 161MK2B
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 44 lb
  • Max Height: 105.1"
  • Min Height: 17.3"
  • Folded Length: 41.3"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weighs 17.5 lb
  • Geared Center Column
  • Bubble Level
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The Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2 is one of the tallest in the Manfrotto line of tripods, and is capable of supporting cameras up to 44 lb, at a height of 105.1". It is the ideal large format tripod for home and studio use.

The 161MK2's center column is geared for easy, accurate adjustment. This tripod can easily handle an 8x10 view camera even at full height and precarious angles.

The built-in mid-level spreader adds anti-torsional rigidity and stops the tripod legs from accidentally being knocked wider apart. Compared to a ground-level spreader or dolly, the mid-level spreader has the advantage that it stays well out of the mud and dirt and is more suitable for use on uneven terrain.
The geared center column allows for safe and precise height adjustments.
The three set screws in the camera platform can be used to permanently secure the head to the tripod, providing additional security.
The twist locks are slightly slower to use than the more common "Quick Action" flip lever leg locks, but give total control over locking force. In addition, they are much easier to service out in the field.
UPC: 719821288152
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Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 10 Years with Registration
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    • 1Description
    Load Capacity 44.1 lb / 20 kg
    Maximum Working Height 105.1" / 267 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 95.3" / 242.1 cm
    Minimum Working Height 17.3" / 43.9 cm
    Folded Length 41.3" / 104.9 cm
    Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 17.5 lb / 7.9 kg
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Bubble Level Yes
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread No
    Leg Sections 3
    Leg Diameter 1.6" / 40.6 mm
    Tripod Feet Features Spiked, Retractable
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Center Brace
    Center Column Shape Round
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Geared
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 42.5 x 9.0 x 8.5"
    161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2 is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Heavyweight Tripod.. I use the Super Pro indoors and out. The adjustable feet go from rubber to spike quickly. With the support rods connected to the center column and the legs, the adjustments make a rock-solid base at any height in the range. And the maximum height adjustment, to almost nine feet with tripod head, requiring a ladder or other means to raise oneself that high, provides just as steady an arrangement as if one set to the minimum 17-inches. So the the tripod is perfect for high-angle group shots or low-angle macro shots in the outdoors. Neither wind nor ordinary vibration affect the solid settings. One cannot in good conscience complain this is a heavy tripod. One gets this tripod BECAUSE it is heavy (around 20-lbs with head, more with camera.
    Date published: 2012-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heavy, but sturdy as all get out I bought this to hold a gimbal head for shooting eagles and other wildlife. I didn't want light and flimsy, I wanted heavy and solid. Boy is this thing both. I feel like I could hit it with a car and still not get flapping on it. I've done a 2 mile hike with it and towards the end, the tripod with a gimbal head, 1DmkIIn, and Bigma started to get a bit on the heavy end. However, it's an easy setup and solid as a rock.
    Date published: 2009-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a bohemoth I needed a beast of a tripod and this is the one, folks. If a studio camera suspender is out of the realm for you but a tiny tripod just won't do, this is the best of both worlds. It is heavy- too heavy to use as an excursion tripod but definitely doable to travel to studios or on-location shoots. This thing goes even higher than I could want and is SO sturdy I just cannot believe it. I put my own heads on this tripod and am amazed how well balanced this guy feels even with my horizontal arm pushed way out with my heaviest lenses. Well worth the price, I've replaced many tripods now and rigged up some sketchy situations trying to 'prop up' my tripods to make them shoot even higher. (I shoot mostly top-down foodscapes and often can't get far enough away)
    Date published: 2016-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sexy Beast This tripod is a monster, and I LOVE it. I got this beast for two main reasons: 1. I needed a high vantage point for the shooting I do 2. I needed a STABLE platform for my camera, to accommodate consistent frame alignment while shooting over a period of some time. This tripod is VERY satisfying to attach my camera to. It's completely stable and solid, resisting light accidental kicks and other forces that have interfered with my camera's stability on lesser tripods in the past. And the most satisfying thing of all is that it remains stable even at VERY tall heights. I may be in the minority in thinking this heavy thing is worth lugging around, and I certainly wouldn't advise folks to think of this as their one and only tripod - it's probably more of a special circumstance tool for most people... but I'm so taken with the stability of it that I'm probably going to bring this with me to every shoot from now on. I was a tiny bit surprised to realize (even after reading the specifications) that fully collapsed, this tripod still spans the full width of the back seat of my car. So, it's a commitment to bring with you, to be sure. But it's well worth the effort, I'm finding.
    Date published: 2014-05-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very sturdy but slow to open. I bought this because after 9 years my previous Manfrotto tripod broke where the upper and lower legs join. I needed something sturdier. This tripod is definitely set up for heavy duty support. My only complaint is, I have to open and close the legs every day in my studio. I wish I could just loosen one lock for all three legs.
    Date published: 2014-03-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable platform for remote studio I have a variety of monopods and tripods, including carbon fiber, but for times when you need a tall platform for large groups (such as at a conference when you can't put the audience on risers, or a school class), the extra height is great for keeping a steady, blur-free base. Because of the height and the climb down from a step ladder required to adjust the bottom legs, the geared center column lets me provide a foot's worth of adjustment quickly. When I'm using larger glass, such as my 800mm when birding, I load it up with the heavy glass, a large DSLR, and a solid gimbal-type head that itself adds several more pounds. The geared column and locking crossbars add safety when dealing with heavy loads especially, as the crossbars prevent the weight from splaying out the legs and collapsing, and the geared column a way of adjusting height without the risk of one of the leg sections getting away from you and collapsing. The legs are aluminum, but apparently have some steel components, as others I've seen in the field have rusty screws, especially the coastal area where I use this. A thorough cleaning with a damp cloth after outdoor use, and storage in a bag is advised.
    Date published: 2011-01-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tripod, doubles as a battering ram Whether you're taking photos or storming a castle, this beast of a tripod will be of good use.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Monster Tripod As an architectural photographer, height is something that I just can't get around sometimes. This tripod is great. Heavy, but great. It dwarfs my D800, so it looks a bit funny, but so what. I've paired it with my standard 410 head, so it's perfect for what I need it for. Will it travel with me? Probably not. I'll be sticking with my good old trusty 3236 for that. It may go with me on some shoots, but not many.
    Date published: 2013-10-07
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