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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Green)
 
4.5

(based on 157 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (100)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (110)
  • Folds away (104)
  • Stable (83)
  • Unfolds quickly (68)
  • Easy to use (10)

Cons

  • Unstable (9)
  • Poor quality (6)
  • Cumbersome (3)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (74)
  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Night shots (34)
  • Stabilization (24)
  • Home (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (40), Tech savvy (15), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (11), Casual photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (117), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The head is fragile

The head (which is made in china) can not take the weight of a Nikon D800 with wide angle lens when you need camera tilt. And if very tighten the screw, it fails...Read complete review

The head (which is made in china) can not take the weight of a Nikon D800 with wide angle lens when you need camera tilt. And if very tighten the screw, it fails and the camera tilts. Another negative is the QR, difficult to operate and is not firm.I have other old products of Manfrotto and the quality was far superior. (# 055C with heads # 029 & # 136)

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4.0

Great Tripod

By Joseph

from Undisclosed

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Green):

Great tripod for the price. Also works well as a hiking pole in snow.. I love the functions if the legs

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4.0

Great for me - Not sure about students

By Stuart

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Gray):

I teach at a University so I bought one to test it for our checkout system. For my own travel use, I think it will be fantastic. It is *almost* as light as those costing twice as much, yet has the excellent manfrotto build quality.

For all its designed ingenuity, the effective height is 3 feet. When the smallest legs are extended, it gets kinda wobbly and when the hidden top shaft is extended, it gets even moreso. I am not a tall man, but even fully extended I have to stoop. Again, for travel, I would sacrifice height for carry-ability.  But I am still trying to figure out if that is too short for students.

I have watched two faculty and 4 work-study students try to figure out how to get this back into the small bag- or even to unpack it for use. it is full of clever helpful parts that are perplexing. The leg limiters are one of those. In order to click them into place the legs have to be at a certain angle, and then it is easy to click them into the wrong position.

I will say that this would be a far better choice than about 8 different brands of tripods that are useless for our checkout center. So even with the few faults above, this is a well built and attractive option.

And of course, Manfrotto's camera plate and locking system can't be beat, although this does come with a plastic plate (that I did not know they made).

What I really want is more of my old Manfrotto 'Digi' tripods, that were sturdy normal tripods, not quite as small as this, not quite as light as this but were close enough but were sturdier at slightly taller heights.

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5.0

Exceeded My Expectations

By Jewel

from Sacramento, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Red):

I love my tripod! It's very well made and easy to use (it's my first time using a tripod). I film my daughters games and sometimes there isn't much room to set up a tripod. Because of the flexibility of this tripod, I am able to use it, even when there isn't much room in the stands. You can easily adjust the length of the legs so that it accommodates to your surrounding. It's also easy to set up and take down. It comes with a heavy duty canvas bag and it's small enough to carry around. It was well worth the price and more!

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5.0

Lightweight and Sturdy

By Thomas

from Brooklyn, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Gray):

I have a heavier, beefier Manfrotto, but needed something light to carry around. The BeFree is perfect for traveling. Lightweight and sturdy. The carbon fiber had a better feel and was lighter, but couldn't justify the extra $100 or so. The aluminum suits all my needs.

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4.0

I'd like to get another one.

By Moon Runner

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

I was traveling the east-coast and it just so happen that I needed a tripod to cover a story in DC. I stopped at the grand B&H store in New York and purchased the Manfrotto compact tripod. It was actually perfect for on the go action. It was very sturdy and the ball joint that the camera sits on is very useful for getting those high and low shots. I recommend getting this product. The only down side is that the prices vary on color, I wanted the red but it was more that the blue but all in all it's about the tool not the fashion unless you're a person who likes that.

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5.0

Love it!

By Lycurgo

from Los Angeles, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

Very compact, light, and great Manfrotto quality!

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5.0

I recommend this tripod

By Ananth

from East Brunswick, NJ

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

This tripod is light weight and fits into my carry on bag. Earlier i was hesitant to take my older tripod (they are heavy). Now its life made easy.

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4.0

Worth the money!

By Lisa

from Maryville, tn

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

Love the portability and ease of setting up. Holds my lens steady. However, I did purchase a Tamron 150-600 a few weeks after this tripod, and it doesn't keep this lens perfectly still,but that is a huge, heavy lens, and I didn't really expect it ,too.

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2.0

Badly designed "quick-release" mechanism

By Murman

from British Columbia, Canada

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

Bought this travel tripod for a photo tour of Europe. Before leaving I familiarized myself with the operation from bag to "ready for action" so I wouldn't miss any shots. While I like its size and weight for travel, I never was comfortable with the quick release mechanism the BeFree employs. It's a two-stage operation requiring some dexterity maneuvering two separate levers while loading a DSLR and lens onto the base. While shooting a waterfall in Croatia my Nikon D7100 with 18-300 lens fell off the tripod onto rocks 5ft. below. Luckily the lens hood, which broke, took the brunt of the blow and the camera and lens were undamaged. Apparently the second safety lever which appeared to be engaged had not fully caught. This confirmed my need to exchange the finicky ball head and poorly designed QR for an Arco-Swiss type system. The tripod itself isn't bad for travel, but I found it a little short, and a hook on the center column to stabilize the tripod would also help. I think I'll start again and get a taller tripod with a better ballhead and QR.

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5.0

Excelent

By Afonso

from Brazil

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

It's a really good tripod.

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5.0

Works Great!

By Bill

from Grand Haven, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

We use it to Mount small projectors in multiple orientations, up, down, horizontal... It is flexible to set up by height, and by pivoting the top adjust it can cover any direction.

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5.0

Quality feel with light weight

By Jerry

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

I bring this hiking and have found it to be sturdy and precise. Some of my other experiments with lightweight and compact tripods have been unpleasant. The true test will be how it lasts after a year of use.

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5.0

Great option!

By Edreamer

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Traveling

    Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Red):

    This tripod is light, strong and compact. Fits perfectly inside my backpack, instead of have it hanging outside.
    I have also a Manfrotto 190x, but is a lot much heavier.
    This is a perfect choice.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Tripod

    By YGBSM

    from NYC

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use

      Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

      Very nice and sturdy and very compact. I am using this with a Sony A7 series mirrorless with a short wide angle lens (video, though no panning necessary), and the ball head works very nicely with this (lightweight) combination. The rig deploys relatively quickly, though one has to flip all the rotating multi-position leg locks into the same position. Also not sure that the flip locks for leg extension make the most sense for this compact size tripod.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Another winner by Manfrotto

      By SacGarza

      from Yosemite National Park

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • None Really

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

      First, I have used only Manfrotto (Bogen) tripods for 20 years. Though I have tried another brand I chose to sell it and go back to Manfrotto. It just wasnt sturdy enough. I had high hopes for the BeFree because I needed a sturdy and lightweight tripod for my new A7II with a battery grip. Coming out of the box however, I thought it would not fit the bill. But it did and then some. It is sturdy, durable, compact and light. It holds my Sony flawlessly and for this review I even tested it on my Canon 5DS with a battery grip and 70-200. Though it is up to that task I will not use this tripod with that rig. There was a lot of possibility for vibration. But for a mirrorless or compact DSLR? You cant go wrong with this tripod. The only quirk for me was the mechanism on how you fold up the legs. But I got used to it.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice tripod

      By Wendy

      from Asheville, NC

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Black):

        Love the ease of disconnecting the camera with one hand.
        Extremely sturdy. Ball head provides excellent maneuverability.
        Well worth the money.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Solid and good features for the size

        By dtess

        from Portage, WI

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Set Of Features
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Gray):

        This will be used mostly for travel. Like that the legs are independent. Ball head seems solid for its rating.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good for travel

        By Dada

        from Washington DC

        About Me Getting Started

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Size

        Cons

        • No Hook

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

        I have only few utilization but there are already some good points about this tripod.

        1- The weight and the size : I put the tripod in my backpack and walk all the day without any problem.

        2- Very easy to use.

        3- The maximal extension is good enough, my size is 6'1" and I have no problem to use it.

        4- The head is fine. You can put your camera in all the direction that you want.

        For the moment I had only use a D3300 with kit lenses. Camera-lense weight was to low to test the supports of a high weight by the tripod.

        For the moment I see only one negative point, there are no hook.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Product Excellent Value

        By Paul

        from Jackson, NJ

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

          I had the opportunity to use this tripod at Longwood Gardens in PA just the other day. Everyone in my group was in awe of how light, small and convenient it was compared to the monster tripods they were all lugging around. Yet mine was light in weight and small in stature it did not hamper the performance of holding a Nikon D750 with any lens I happen to shoot.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Good compact tripod

          By Ethan

          from Pittsburgh, PA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Unstable

          Best Uses

            Comments about BeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue):

            Good quality. Very light!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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