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Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod

BH #MA536 • MFR #536
Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod
Key Features
  • Maximum Height: 80"
  • Supports up to 55 lb
  • Minimum Height: 10"
  • Folds Down to 28"
The Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod has four sections and a 75/100mm bowl adapter ring for industry standard fluid heads. With carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings, the 536 boasts great stability, high load capability, and a light weight.
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Manfrotto Single Leg Tripod Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Materials
  • 3Angle Selector
  • 4Bowl Adapter Ring

The Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod has four sections and a 75/100mm bowl adapter ring for industry standard fluid heads. With carbon fiber tubes and magnesium die castings, the 536 boasts great stability, high load capability, and a light weight.


Thanks to carbon fiber single tube and magnesium die castings, this tripod provides great stability and load capability in a lightweight, ergonomic, easy-to-use and compact design

Angle Selector

An angle selector is offered for adjusting the leg angle in an easy and precise way

Bowl Adapter Ring

A screw-in bowl adapter ring offers the user the ability to work with 75 or 100mm half ball heads
UPC: 719821290582

Manfrotto Single Leg Tripod Specs

Head Mount Type100 mm Bowl
75/100 mm Bowl
75 mm Bowl
Load Capacity55 lb / 25 kg
Maximum Working Height80" / 203 cm
Minimum Working Height10" / 26 cm
Closed Length28" / 71 cm
MaterialsCarbon Fiber, Magnesium
Bubble LevelNo
Weight7 lb / 3.25 kg
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Leg Positions3 Positions
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections4
Leg Diameter1.5" / 39.2 mm
Feet FeaturesRubber
Packaging Info
Package Weight9.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)31 x 8.8 x 8"

Manfrotto Single Leg Tripod Reviews

Great Legs but terrible spreader mechanism

By Gary
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-20

The legs themselves are great, very stable, very tall. The locking mechanism that allows the legs to spread out is GARBAGE. 2 of the 3 legs are now broken and wont lock into place. I can still use it but not what I'd expect from Manfrotto.

Both Sets Are A+

By Horatio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-26

What a wonderful product! I have owned one for 4-5 years and purchased another 2 years ago. Both are taller, stronger and easier to use than almost any of the competition. They are actually priced on the low end for their purpose and build quality. I use both with Sachtler FSB-8 heads. Wonderful combination. My only real criticism would to just be careful (read don’t) crank down on a magic arm on these round, carbon tubes, they could be damaged.

Hold massive weight!

By tom
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-18

These are basically art and science in one lovely user-friendly package. I would buy again and again.

Light but Rock Steady!

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-12

I am so happy with my Manfrotto 536 Carbon Fiber sticks! I shoot nature, landscapes, and travel photo and video. The 536 is the perfect gear for those long hikes to get the shots! Manfrotto really did a great job when they designed these. You'll be very glad you got these!

Great Tripod

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-11-18

Super sturdy yet light with a huge height range, 11 to 7.  Used for Lidar surveying.  Also purchased a 100mm ball level adaptor to go with it that strangely has no bubble level.  Oh well, not the tripods fault.

Legs buckle

By Eric
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-01

I have been using Manfrotto for almost 20 years. I never leave reviews, but felt compelled to do so in this case. Went through two Manfrotto legs. Both cases the legs buckled with weight load of 9 pounds. I had two cameras drop because of faulty legs buckling. In one case, I had Touch Screen LCD destroyed and lens destroyed because of the legs buckling in and the camera tipping over. Forget bad customer service, as Manfrotto does not even return emails. The last shoot I had to tape the legs clips with gaffer tape in order to get through the rest of the shoot. The legs could not handle payloads well under their limitation.

Really big, really sturdy

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-10

For a long time I have always thought of carbon-fiber tripods as super lightweight travel tripods that got the job done, but were not the most sturdy or rigid. Certainly not something you would mount a big fluid-head on, with pan drag maxed out, and expect to get rock-solid pans. But then I bought this Manfrotto 536 and it completely changed my mind. It is REALLY big, REALLY sturdy, and moderately heavy - but no complaints. I love this tripod. I have a Miller CX10 fluid head mounted on it, and it is a beautiful combination. I can get butter-smooth tilts and pans even with a 400 mm lens. The rigidity of the tripod is as good as any conventional video tripod (with double-legs, spreaders and what-not) I have ever used. I have not used it outdoors much so far, so I can't comment on how it handles salt-water, mud, sub-zero etc.

Built Well

By Matthew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-07

The tripod is fairly solid and compact and light considering how big it gets fully extended.

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How long is the warranty on this product?
Asked by: Marc
A Limited 2-Year Warranty is included from Manfrotto.A Limited 3-Year Warranty Extension with Online Registration is also offered.
Answered by: Dana G.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Any recommendations on what half bowl to purchase with these sticks?
Asked by: Michael
This tripod is really a 100mm bowl but comes with an adapter to size it down to 75 if needed, so you could go with either size. The 520BALL & 520BALLSH are the 75mm half balls. The 500BALL and 500BALLSH are the 100mm half balls. The ones that end in SH have shorter handles.
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2020-01-17


Is it possible to use this tripod with a photo head? I'd like to purchase this for both video and photo use. I would use the 504HD for video work, then swap it out for a photo head. Is there any way to adapt this tripod for a photo head? Thank you!
Asked by: Hatef Y.
The tripod comes with a 100mm ball mound and a 75mm adaptor. Does the 504HD have a flat mount or is it ball mount? If it is flat then you would be able to use for both the 504 and photo head.
Answered by: MICHAEL O.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does this come with a half bowl adapter for either a 75 or 100mm flat base fluid head?
Asked by: Shelby
Yes, this comes with a 75/100 mm half bowl adapter.
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


How low can the legs go off the ground?
Asked by: Antonio
You could use the Manfrotto 165 On-Ground Tripod Spreader (B&H #MA165) or a 181 Folding Auto Dolly (B&H #MA181) to get the tripod legs off of the ground. If this is not the kind of product you had in mind feel free to email us directly at [email protected] and we can see what other solutions there are for you.
Answered by: Joseph P.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Are these legs compatible with the manfrotto 556 leveling center column ?
Asked by: Emiliano A.
Sorry, the 536 Carbon Fiber Video Tripod since it has a bowl top cannot accept the Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column. So that we may be of further assistance with your application, please email us [email protected]<a href= target= _blank ></a>
Answered by: Dennis A L.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is there a mid-level spreader that is compatible ...

Is there a mid-level spreader that is compatible with this tripod?
Asked by: Lynn
No mid-level spreader that I have found. But you can use a floor spreader.
Answered by: Will
Date published: 2021-09-16


Which dolly works with this for mostly cinematography work? Also if legs are taken to the lowest height, will it still fit on the dolly?
Asked by: Clint D.
The following Manfrotto dollies are compatible with this tripod: 114, 127, 127VS
Answered by: Dideo M. Manfrotto Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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