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Manfrotto161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2
 
4.9

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (13)
  • Unfolds quickly (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (9)

Best Uses

  • Video (7)
  • Night shots (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Sports/action (4)
  • Weddings (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (15)

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5.0

This is a great solid tripod

By Aj

from Brisbane, Australia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

I use this to shoot architecture and have finally found the solution I need for height and stability. Just make sure you take a ladder because this sucka goes up a long way.

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5.0

Terrific Towering Tripod

By Tyler

from Petaluma, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

I use this tripod very rarely, but it goes in the car with me on every architectural shoot that has an exterior angle I need to capture. When I need to get above foreground distractions or get a more balanced pov this tripod has the height. Great build quality, very stable even at full extension (with lightweight gear).

When you pick this monster up, lift with your legs...

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5.0

What a bohemoth

By Kelley Shoots Food

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

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)

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5.0

"The Beast"

By Theshootgroupinc

from Fort Myers, Florida

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

    Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

    That's what the assistants have named it: "the beast"

    However it is exactly what your looking for when it comes to solid support with no consideration with regards to it's weight..
    I love it... but I'm not the one who has to carry it. My assistants might have a different opinion of it....

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    5.0

    Manfrotto 161MK2B Review

    By Jake Mew Photo

    from Australia, Sunshine Coast

    Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

    Welcome to thee family, it's bigger brother, the brand new Manfrotto 161MK2B, you will have the Nickname ( The Monster). An absolute beast delivered by B&H this morning, soaring a massive 2700mm or 8FT high. This is truly gonna get some use and abuse. The build, construction, this has seriously had some use since it arrived in tethered capture. Best thing I vet bought.

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    4.0

    Great tripod, doubles as a battering ram

    By kenny

    from SF

    Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

    Whether you're taking photos or storming a castle, this beast of a tripod will be of good use.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sexy Beast

    By Clowney

    from Providence, RI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adaptable
    • Good Stability
    • Very tall

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Composite Shooting
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Time Lapse
    • Video

    Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

    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.

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    4.0

    Very sturdy but slow to open.

    By jeffneff

    from Las Vegas, NV

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

        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.

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        5.0

        Monster Tripod

        By Moss Photography

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Any High Shot

          Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

          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.

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          5.0

          Nice Legs

          By T

          from Rochester, NY

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Tall

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Sports/Action
          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

          A serious piece of equipment. Very versatile. Legs can be positioned many different ways. It's heavy, but has very good height, which is why I purchased it.

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          5.0

          Excellent, Flexible and Good Value

          By Wolfgang

          from Cambridge, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Studio

              Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

              Heavy duty and well made without being over the top and too heavy.
              Good value and adaptable tripod. I also bought the Manfrotto 181B folding dolly, which seems to work well so far!

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              5.0

              Great tall tripod

              By Sound guy

              from Toronto

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Acoustical Measurements

                Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                My application is pretty unique. I needed a tall tripod to hold a special motor which spins a boom around in a continuous circle which holds a special microphone in an acoustic measurement chamber. This tripod is perfect. It doesn't wobble and more importantly for me, it doesn't make noise!

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                5.0

                THE BEST TRIPOD EVER

                By Thats my opinion!

                from Sydney Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                This is the best tripod on the market. I am approaching twenty five years as a pro and I have tried nearly all the tripods on the market. I own many but this is my go-to pod of tri! I use this about 98% of my working time as a pro.

                If you are thinking about it just get it, you wont regret it. Its heavy but thats a good thing.

                It also is brilliant with a dolley.

                I cant recommend it enough.

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                5.0

                tripod expert

                By mark the camera man

                from minneapolis, mn

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Good value
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                  i was looking at the gitzo here is the problem with the gitzo it way to expensive for most people there are two many section to deal with it requires that unscrew the g locks on each section if there are six section this takes up two much time. this manfrotto is have the cost and it is easy to set up. use the 393 head and you save at least $ over the jobu head

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Heavyweight Tripod..

                  By BobP

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly
                  • Well built quality

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                  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.

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                  4.0

                  Monster Tripod

                  By Freakanoid

                  from Holland

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                  Very good Tripod, is made for doing what its meant to be, i think its the most stable tripod on the market.

                  Pros: Can carry very heavy stuff, like medium and large format cameras, big lenses, astronomy equipment. Very stable. Has a wide range of height.

                  Cons: This thing is like a tank, extremely heavy, not for very long walks in the field.

                  Coclusion: It gets 4 stars because of the weight, the rest is just perfect,couldnt be better i think

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                  5.0

                  GREAT FOR ASTRONOMY EQUIPMENT

                  By Tall Paul

                  from Columbia, SC

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                  When using telescopes or big binoculars the 161's hold their own. Heavy? Yes, you want a stable platform for highpower observing with alt/az mount heads.

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                  5.0

                  Stable platform for remote studio

                  By gulfcoastshooter

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Safe
                  • Sturdy

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • birding
                  • Group portraits
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                  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.

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                  5.0

                  Very sturdy

                  By CG

                  from Cranston, RI

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                  This tripod is extremely stable with heavy loads 40 lbs. very high quality parts.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Tripod!

                  By Juan Carlos

                  from Chantilly, Virginia

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto 161MK2B Super Professional Tripod Mk2:

                    Not only it's a great tripod by itself, but if you use the Manfrotto 325N Video Head Adapter Bowl for a 100mm Bowl it becomes an excellent video tripod!! (if you need a 75mm to 100mm Bowl Adapter get the Manfrotto 319)

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