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Manfrotto458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod
 
4.6

(based on 61 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (28)
  • Unfolds quickly (27)
  • Easily adjusted (18)
  • Smooth movement (17)
  • Good footing (16)

Cons

  • Heavy (19)

Best Uses

  • Home (24)
  • Landscape/scenery (23)
  • Travel (21)
  • Portraits (18)
  • Night shots (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (8), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (25)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

458B NeoTec Pro Photo Tripod

What more can say, this tripod is just simply Awesome! This is my first professional quality tripod and I have to say I'm completely pleased. I made a trip out to the local...Read complete review

What more can say, this tripod is just simply Awesome! This is my first professional quality tripod and I have to say I'm completely pleased. I made a trip out to the local state park were hugh flocks of Canadian snow geese gather for wintering. After missing my first oppurtunity to photograph the flock as they flew away as entered the parking area, I setup and watched for them to return. After freezing my tail off in a 10 degree F temperature for more than an hour I returned back to my truck with my gear all packed up just in time to see the flock return! I snapped into action and grabbed the tripod. The tripod sets up and levels in a matter of seconds since the legs require no locks! In addition the quick release base which mounts directly to camera base snaps right onto the top of the tridop with a spring loaded quick release lever. In less than a minute I had my Nikon D90 with my Nikon VR 70-300mm zoom lense setup and snapping photos as the flock made serveral passes and setup on final to land in the water! This tripod is extremely sturdy and rugged enough to hold my entire camera bag suspended from the center post as a stabilizing counter weight which really steadies the entire assembly for rock solid photos! Serveral comments were posted about the tripod as being heavy, I have to say I find strength and outstanding features well worth the little extra wieght.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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...Read complete review

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!

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5.0

My favorite tripod for travel

By Countryboyshane

from Bloomfield, MI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Stability
  • Quick setup

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Home
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Night Shots
  • Portraits
  • Travel
  • Wildlife

Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

My photographic focus is travel and architecture. Since 2007, these legs paired with my Manfrotto ball head have served me extremely well. The quick-lock legs are the selling feature. Dealing with flip-lock levers makes me not want to use a tripod. With the quick-lock, you can set up instantly. Minor adjustments are quickly had with the three buttons near the head. So easy.

Minor downside is that it's a bit heavy, but that isn't a show stopper. Build some muscle! I oil the legs every season to keep them from getting stiff. Those complaining about replacing legs, well this is the step you missed. I also put blue loctite on the securing screws of the tripod since they can get a little loose from throwing the tripod around throughout the year. Minor mechanical maintenance that I'd expect with any device of this sort.

I'd recommend this to anyone that wants a tough, sturdy, and FAST tripod!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great Tripod

By don from hamburg

from hamburg, nj

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum 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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Decent for studio, not for travel.

    By ModifiedPhoto

    from Centennial, CO

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Sturdy
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

    • Cumbersome
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Portraits

    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

    I've owned this tripod since it was brand new to the market and I have used it extensively since then. (7+ years now) I've used it indoors and outdoors for portrait photography as well as for hiking and travel photography as the quick setup of the legs was very convenient.

    As others have mentioned, the legs will gradually get more difficult to extend or collapse in time. However, I've found that a good wipe down with a cloth followed by a light spray of silicone lube spray helped them regain the "like new" feel again for awhile.

    My biggest gripes are the fact that collapsed, this is a rather large tripod, yet it doesn't extend very tall unless you extend the center which I never do. At 6 foot tall, its OK for me to look down slightly into the camera, but a little more height would be nice, or it would be great as-is if I was a few inches shorter. The other gripe is, this thing is HEAVY, yet only has a 17lb capacity. On that, i've had heavier lenses on it including an older Nikkor 300mm F2.8 lens which was easily 10 lbs on its own.

    For something to quickly set up and take down for portraits / family photography and size or weight isn't a big deal, it is very sturdy and easy to use. For hiking, travel, etc, I'd highly suggest a carbon leg tripod for the weight savings.

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    • No
     
    3.0

    Read reviews - both pro and con!

    By Allen

    from Bakersfield, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Pull Down Leg Extension

    Cons

    • Height
    • Stability
    • Too Expensive

    Best Uses

    • With Smaller Cameras
    • With Smaller Lenses

    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

    When buying a tripod you really have to consider how and when you are going to use it. I use a tripod for almost every photo I take. I bought this tripod from B&H in 2006 or 2007. I believe it was a new design at that time. It was my first high quality tripod and it has been my only tripod until recently and for the most part has worked well. I liked the leg extensions without lever or twist locks which, in my opinion, are its best feature and why I bought it - Quick, easy adjustment of the legs. I also liked that, with three sections and the head removed, it was short enough to fit into my large suitcase when flying on airlines.Now my 458B tripod is 7 years old and I have probably gotten my money's worth so shouldn't complain too much. However, I would not buy another one. It is too expensive when compared to the lighter weight yet just as or more stable carbon fiber tripods available today. Although the pull down leg adjustment is handy it does take a good pull. To collapse the legs you must push the release button at the top of the legs and they are not easy to push if you have weak or arthritic hands. Others have mentioned the extension of the legs eventually gets more difficult. I have also experienced that problem. Another negative is that it is rather short. 51.57 inches without center column extended and no one I know extends the center column of any tripod when trying to take sharp photos. Consider this if you are looking to purchase this tripod.I have doubts about its stability when used with any larger lens. My largest lens is a Nikon 70-200 used with a Nikon D300 at one time and now with a D600. I really feel that, unless conditions are optimal (solid footing, ballast, no wind, mirror up, etc.) there is movement with this tripod/camera/lens combination when the shutter is released. At one time I probably didn't recognize this, but my abilities have improved and I have to be really careful to get sharp photos with this combination on this tripod. I would not recommend using any lens larger than a 70-200.Three Stars because I have used it a lot and it worked well under most conditions.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Legs Died

    By Rex

    from Spokane, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Flexible

    Cons

    • Doesn't Last

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

      I loved this tripod for 5 years. Then the legs gradually increased resistance. I used it mostly indoors, or clean outdoors. No exposure to dirt or weather.
      When one leg got too stiff to use, I called the national authorized service center and asked about repairing it. They said they see this all the time, send it in and they'll contact me with a quote.
      So I paid $20 so ship it. Two weeks later they emailed me saying it wasn't feasable to repair. When I called them, they said they never repair these because it is always the legs that go bad and they cost as much as a new tripod to replace. If I left them the tripod, they thought I could get a 15% coupon on a new one, or I could pay $25 to have it shipped back.
      While it worked, this is a great tripod, just don't count on it for the long run. And never send it in for repairs, even when they say they fix them all the time.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      My favorite tripod ever

      By Brucep

      from Sebastopol, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Fast Fast

      Cons

      • Ok It Is Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Executivevip Portraiture
      • Family Photos
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

      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.

       
      3.0

      Rapid Opening & Closing Mechanism

      By TY

      from CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

          Innovative Tripod but VERY disappointed about Horizontal Center Column ; it takes (1)Remove, (2)Unlock, (3)Remove,
          (4)Insert, (5)Tighten to make it a horizontal column...
          Why didn't Manfrotto apply the same mechanism as 190XPROB for the Horizontal Column??

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great Investment

          By Dmboxster

          from Denver, PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

            I went on a commercial assignment and another photographer had this tripod and let me use it on my commercial shoot. I love this tripod as to raise it you just pull the legs down to the desired height with no levers to turn. and to collapse it you just push the button where the legs attach to the head and it is so fast and easy. The tripod is also sturdy and light weight and is great when traveling by airplane. I couldn't find a con at this point. I came home from the trip and I bought myself this great investment.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            Great all round tripod

            By Trevor

            from Sydney, Australia

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

              This tripod is great for when you are on the move, it can be very quickly deployed with the quick release buttons located at the top of the tripod and just as quickly folded down.
              I find it to be very stable though it does loose a little of that stability with the centre column extended. As it is made from aluminium tube it is an acceptable weight to be carrying around town.

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              • No
               
              5.0

              Just What I was Looking For!

              By Mark

              from Peoria IL

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                This tripod is so easy to use and adjust when in the pocess of taking pictures. It is a bit long when folded up, but it will be fine. The built-in carrying handle helps. I was able to use the tripod space on my camera bag -Lowepro, but it made the bag a bit too heavy.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Awesomeness Personified

                By Scottish Nomad

                from Cleveland, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                  This tripod is simply amazing. No matter what the terrain or weather has to offer this product really shines. From rock hillsides to grassy flats set up is fast and efficient. Even in strong winds I have had no problem with stability. The ease of adjustment coupled with , varying angles of leg settings, stability, wide range of camera heights, and superb construction make this tripod as near to perfect as you can get. A little on the pricey side, but well worth the money for a great piece of equipment that will last for a very long time. Remember to properly maintain it and it should last a lifetime.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Great Tripod

                  By Mike

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                  I use this tripod during my landscape photography. It is very sturdy and has a very solid feel. I love how the legs easily collapse with just a button push. This tripod would only be better if it was a little lighter.

                   
                  5.0

                  Fast and easy to use

                  By Craigtk

                  from Lewisburg, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                    This tripod is the fastest to setup and easiest to use that I have seen.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Didn't live up to the hype

                    By Phillip

                    from South Carolina

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clever unlock design
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • Greasy
                    • Gritty leg movement

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                    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!

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                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Nice Tripod

                    By Gordie

                    from Adelaide SA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                      Easy set up and down. The unit is not the lightest, but is also not too heavy. Solid platform. I recommend the carry bag as it also carrys my Monopod. Very happy so far.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Okay for what it is

                      By Tim

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Unstable

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                      I've used a Gitzo carbon fiber tripod for several years and got this tripod after seeing it demonstrated at a recent photography meeting. The feature that caught my attention was the leg adjustment. Now that I have this tripod, this feature is nice. It takes a little getting used to the operation but it can make for easier height adjustments than the twist/screw mechanism on the Gitzo. I also like the removable center column that allows for low shooting. Removing this center column takes about a minute or two.

                      On the downside, this IS an aluminum tripod and this is the downside to this tripod. Fundamentally, a tripod needs to be stable and there's just nothing more rock-solid than carbon fiber. Just go to a camera store at some point and see for yourself. I wish this design were available in carbon fiber and not only aluminum. Also, the piece that attaches to the base of the camera or plate is made from plastic and althought this piece is high-quality plastic, this piece is not as rigid as metal.

                      This tripod is full of tradeoffs like so many pieces of gear including its price. I plan on keeping it to use in situations where my rock-solid Gitzo doesn't have the features that this tripod offers. In situations where the rigidity of the platform is paramount, this (or any aluminum tripod) is not the tripod of choice.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic tripod

                      By Alex Xu

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                      Balanced combination of Weight and Steady,
                      Easy to use, since the tripod leg is controlled by three BUTTONS!
                      I use it with a Manfrotto 3 way standard head.
                      Highly recommanded.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Makes you want to use a tripod

                      By Double Exposure

                      from New Zealand

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Portraits
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                        I avoided using a tripod before because I couldn't be bothered with clipping and unclipping the legs. Problems solved. This tripod is so quick that its a pleasure to use. Just pull out the legs and your good to go.

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                        5.0

                        Easy to use!

                        By Gary Photo Guy

                        from Bear, DE

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                        I love how easy it is to adjust and collapse this tripod. It was a little heavier than expected, but it's a sweet piece of equipment.

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                        5.0

                        quick and easy setup

                        By rs

                        from tucson, az

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 458B NeoTec Pro Photo Aluminum Tripod:

                          I am really happy with this product. I didn't want the hassle of turning knobs or screws, so this was the perfect solution. It sets up and adjusts quickly and is very good for adjusting on uneven surfaces. The only thing missing is a bag to carry it in:)

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