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Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod

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Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Maximum Height: 56.7"
  • Min Height: 13.4"
  • Folded Length: 15.75"
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.
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Manfrotto BeFree Overview

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.

Manfrotto BeFree Specs

Head
Head TypeBall Head
Base Mount3/8"-16 Thread
Camera Mounting Screw1/4"-20 Male
Quick Release Plate Type200PL
General
Load Capacity8.8 lb / 4 kg
Maximum Working Height56.7" / 144 cm
Max Height without Center Column48.4" / 123 cm
Minimum Working Height13.4" / 34 cm
Closed Length15.75" / 40 cm
MaterialsAluminum Alloy
Weight3 lb / 1.4 kg
Legs
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Leg Positions2 Positions
Leg Sections4
Leg Diameter0.9" / 22.5 mm
Center Column
Center Column ShapeFaceted
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Center Column Diameter0.87" / 22.0 mm
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnNo
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.5 x 4.7 x 4.65"

Manfrotto BeFree Reviews

Too bad they discontinued this

By Bob
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-11-19

For a small, lightweight travel tripod, this is great. My only complaint was the Manfrotto QR system. I recently ordered the MSQ6T QR adapter that replaces the old one. Now I have a truly useful, and lightweight travel tripod. I especially like the flip-locks on the legs. One glance and you know everything is locked down. I cannot understand why Manfrotto switched to twist locks on the new version. I have nothing but flip lock type tripods and I won't buy or recommend anything else.

light and easy to carry

By Richard
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-24

if you need a light tripod that's easy to carry this one is good. However, if you have a pro style camera body you will not use the ball head that comes with it. Recommend you upgrade to a better ball head or use your existing one.This is good for general LIGHT use; not with large heavy lenses nor windy or gusty outdoor shoots. Worked fine with Nikon 800 w 17-35; 24-70 lens; calm morning on Appalachian trail

it's a tripod

By Phong
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-22

a good, lightweight tripod that i've been looking for a long time.

Bought on sale, it's good deal.

By Steve
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-16

The main reason I bought this was to try a bag different from my LowePro. I liked that the BeFree had good outside mounting for the tripod. My version of the LowePro did not. I don't like that the padding for the waist strip is minimal versus the LowePro (much more padding).

A excellent add-on to my Astro gear.

By Umberto
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-25

I purchased the BEFREE COMPACT TRAVEL PHOTO TRIPOD strictly for Astrophotography. I was traveling to some of the darkest skies, which did not require tracking. Three to seven second exposure(s). Tripod preformed as expected. Shot with a Nikon 7200, Rokinon 135. A heavy lens, and setup. ,and yes l do recommend.

Super light. Sturdy. One drawback.

By Serge
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-18

It's a great travel tripod for backpacking. The included ballhead is good. I haven't had problems. Of course part of making this tripod light is the height. I could have used about another 12 inches of height. That would have been the sweet spot.

Going from heavy to light.

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-28

I received my new BeFree tripod for fathers day. From that day forward, I'm impressed with the quality of and lightness. I use a Pentax K3 with battery pack. I tried my camera with a Sigma 50-500mm, which is my heaviest, for weight testing. It worked very well and stable. There is a slit degree of moved in the wind, but I carry a small plastic bag that I can attach to the ball head and add weight such as rocks, dirt or sand. I even carry a heavy string to tie my Sling Pack if need be.

Awesome walk-around tripod

By Nicholas
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-26

Really fantastic tripod. Though the legs are thin, it's very sturdy and the ball head had no problem securing my GH5 with the 35-100 lens when I threw it over my shoulder to walk. I walked around filming b roll for a client for about 4 hours and it was perfect. My complaints are it's a touch short, but that comes at the expense of portability. The clips to spread the legs out are easily knocked between settings, though it's mostly a non-issue. Finally, the tripod won't close up all the way with the plate attached, though presumably in most situations you'd keep the plate on your camera.

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