Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod

Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod

Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod

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  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Maximum Height: 56.7"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.75"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3 lb
  • Independent Leg Angle Selector
  • Quick Release Ball Head
  • QR Plate Included
  • Fitted Case
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Material: Aluminum Alloy

Aluminum Alloy Carbon Fiber

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Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod is a sturdy, compact tripod that extends to 56.7", supports 8.8 lb, and folds up to only 15.75". The tripod's legs can be spread independently, with two-position leg angle stops. The legs fold up and around the ball head, a feature that helps makes this tripod so compact.

The ball head has a large ergonomic locking handle and a quick release with an included QR plate that has a 1/4"-20 mounting screw and a durable carrying case for storage and transport.

UPC: 719821362364
In the Box
Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod
  • 200PL Quick Release Plate
  • Fitted Case
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
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    • 1Description

    Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH specs

    Head
    Head Type Ball Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type 200PL
    General
    Load Capacity 8.8 lb / 4 kg
    Maximum Working Height 56.7" / 144 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 48.4" / 123 cm
    Minimum Working Height 13.4" / 34 cm
    Folded Length 15.75" / 40 cm
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Weight 3 lb / 1.4 kg
    Legsevqrrzeyea
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 2 Positions
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Diameter 0.9" / 22.5 mm
    Center Column
    Center Column Shape Faceted
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Center Column Diameter 0.87" / 22.0 mm
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.5 x 4.7 x 4.6"

    Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH reviews

    BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 206.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from My review I bought it in late summer and after two very light uses the legs became very stiff to operate, and the QR is getting difficult to use, basically losing all the smoothness it supposed to deliver. I sent it back to Manfrotto for warranty service since late October, and I was told yesterday (12/10)that they are still waiting for three parts to be shipped from Italy in order to get my new tripod repaired. Such a long delay in service is not acceptable at all. I have requested twice to Manfrotto to ask for a quick solution in the last week as I need it for my upcoming shoot and surprisingly I have not received any response back so far :-(
    Date published: 2013-12-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Girlfriend loves it! I originally got her a much larger Manfrotto tripod which she liked but wanted something less bulky for hiking and traveling. This one fits the bill. You sacrifice a few features, such as the built in level and the head seems to be of slightly lower quality compared to the one I got her before (not as fluid, but still works just fine!). But it's WAY smaller when folded than the one I got her before, which I think was the 055XPRO3 or something. The smaller size means she'll use it a lot more, which means she'll like it a lot more, which means she'll maybe like me more too. The verdict is still out on that last one.
    Date published: 2015-01-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Questionable Longevity I was happy with the tripod initially. It was well suited to my needs and seemed of high quality construction. However after 6 months of relatively light usage I'm running into some build quality issues. The friction of one of the legs has progressively loosened to the point where it now flops loosely about (the other two legs are still ok). Also one of the rubber stops on the bottom of a leg has detached and been lost. Hence that leg is now of a differing height and the tripod stability suffers accordingly. Summary: Good tripod but with build quality issues.
    Date published: 2015-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for the price I paid. Have been wanting a small sturdy travel tripod for a while. Got tired of carrying my 3021 & 3001 legs around for quick shoots here & there. I took a chance on the Blue BEFREE for 2 reasons, Manfrotto quality & sale price of $ Overall it's good quality except for the cheap flimsy Ball Head as mentioned by other users. It does hold my 7D II with the 70-200L 2.8 II, but you really have to tighten the Ball Head to the max, so I assume it will wear out quickly. With lighter lenses it works good. I expect to buy another sturdy Ball Head to compensate for this. It is light & quick to set up.
    Date published: 2015-12-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Tripod, slightly overpriced First off, take this review like a grain of sand, this is my first professional tripod and finally moving away from using cheap * tripods and into a real tripod makes this one feel awesome. This tripod is great, lightweight, very small, and smooth ballhead. $200 for a travel tripod however is a little steep for just an aluminum tripod (wish it was carbon fiber), but in the scheme of things, it isn't too bad. Being that it is a travel tripod, it is best to only use it with the center column down to be usable. With it up, it is just too shaky. Overall, I would only recommend it to someone who travels a lot, which is what it is intended for.
    Date published: 2014-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love It This is so fast/easy to set up and take down. I can bring it so easily with me anywhere as it's so light to carry. I hear there's a carbon version coming out that's maybe 400 g lighter but this is so light already -- can't justify the cost difference if weight is the deciding factor! This is great for those who do not need exact way of measuring tilt/angles/whatever to take photos (e.g. if you're trying to piece together multiple photos for a bigger photo or a panorama or something, then you'd need a more serious tripod with a more serious ballhead). I am a moderately avid hobbyist so this is perfect. For what it is, I give it 5 stars.
    Date published: 2014-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Travel Tripod for small camera I use this tripod mainly for traveling and day trips. It packs up so small and weighs only 3 pounds. It's perfect to stick in the checked baggage and not fear going over weight or not having room. It comes with a nice bag so you don't get grease all over your shirts. I wouldn't recommend using this tripod with a heavier DSLR: maybe a mid-range prosumer model at most. I'm using a Leica M system with it and it's perfect for long exposures and is very stable in windy conditions. It's sometimes a bit goofy to pack up properly so it fits in the bag, but that's a small gripe. Overall, I'm very happy with it.
    Date published: 2013-06-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice tripod, a few little quirks I was looking for a nice travel tripod to replace my Slik Sprint and having the larger 190 and 290 Manfrottos, I thought I would give this a try. At first, there was a few things that I didn't like about this unit: the fact that you have to remove the QR plate when folding it (minor) and the fact that it's not a panoramic head. The QR plate locks in a bit differently than the other Manfrottos too. I ended up also purchasing the MePhoto Road Trip, which is around the same price and the same folded length (I know, I probably could have bought a carbon fiber for the combined cost of the two). The MePhoto is about 6-8 inches taller because of an extra leg section and about a half pound heavier. It does have a panorama control, which is nice. Also can handle a heavier camera and converts to a monopod. But the RoadTrip has a few issues too: twist locks and the arcaswiss QR plate. Some people like those features, I personally do not. On twist locks I sometimes miss one, and sometimes I have to tighten them twice. With the flip locks on the BeFree, you know when its locked or unlocked - no guessing. The BeFree sets up much quicker, so I usually take that one unless I know I'm going to do a panorama or invert the center column (both invert, but its a little easier to do on the RoadTrip). Both are great tripods, well made, and sturdy. You wont go wrong with either one.
    Date published: 2013-07-22
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