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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 179 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

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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5.0

Great travel tripod.

By Kenneth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Nice & light. Fits in a suitcase with room to spare. If you're hiking it comes with a nice bag that can be carried on your shoulder. If you will be using a longer lens, set the tripod on the lowest setting, to make it more stable.

 
4.0

Manfrotto tripod with ball rotating head unit

By Bilal

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a great tripod. Light, compact, and sturdy. It seems like the perfect triod for travel. The plate locks down on the bottom of the camera without issues. The only downside i noticed with this is when you have a heavy camera and lens, locking down the position will still sag. So you'll need to lock it in place a little bit above the position you'd like to capture.

 
4.0

Easy to use and portable

By Jessica

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Light weight and compact. Not sure how sturdy.

 
5.0

Very light

By Marcelo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I was in doubt with this model if it was really light as described. In my opinion, the product is perfect for traveling and fits perfect with manfrotto backpack. Although it's very light, the tripod is very stable, even with some wind.

 
5.0

Basic portable tripod

By Jonathan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Took it on a 10.5 mi hike in Big Basin and slung it over a backpack compression strap. It does what it's supposed to do. It folds nicely (and easily) into a small form factor.

Great build quality.

The quick release plate can be a little confusing. I mounted a 577 QR plate (note that the included bag will not fit the tripod with an added QR plate).

 
5.0

recommended by photo instructor

By Barbara

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I love this tripod...easy to use and infinite adjustability.

 
5.0

Manfrotto compact tripod

By Harley Man 57

from Undisclosed

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

Just what I needed for the back of my motorcycle.

 
5.0

Great For Bring Along Travel

By Paul

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I travel for work and was looking for an easy way to bring my camera along and shoot from a tripod so bought a Manfrotto "Befree" tripod and the 15" Manfrotto messenger advanced Befree bag. Took it on a business trip and they allowed me to bring my gear and get out after work to do some shooting. I couldn't be happier. The tripod is light and folds up small. The bag carried all my gear, the tripod and work computer plus more.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not for me

By Al

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I send it back, It is good, just not for me.. the wind nock it down a couple of time with my Canon 80D

 
5.0

Good to go!

By Joel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good light weight tripod that has no problem supporting my D500 Nikon with battery grip and two batteries and a pretty heavy lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small and light travel tripod

By al

from Chicago west burbs

Verified Buyer

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

Was looking for a small and light travel tripod from a good manufacturer that was not real expensive, this definitely fits the bill. Unit folds up nicely into a small travel bag with strap which will fit into luggage and go over the shoulder when walking around. I chose this model vs a similar Vanguard model because on this model the camera base plate "locks" into the holding plate mounted on the ball head. The Vanguard model had a screw to tighten the plate holding the camera to the ball head mount. If do not tighten enough the camera goes crashing down. Did not want to take the risk of that so bought the BeFree. The one negative to this tripod is no bubble level so I will have to buy a level that fits on the hot shoe. The ball head does not rotate so if want to take a panorama have to rotate the tripod or loosen the ball head some and then rotate the camera which will tighten down the ball head. A pano ball head would have been nice, but then the price would have jumped so a compromise.

 
5.0

Manfrotto BeFree Tripod

By Mo

from Undisclosed

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

Exceeded my expectations! This tripod does everything I need and comes with a convenient carry case. Shipping was quick.

 
5.0

Very good tripod

By Luis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased this product to use during our vacation, and it proved to be very useful: lightweight, stable and easy to carry.

 
5.0

Worked!

By Drew

from Undisclosed

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

This tripod just got me through a 2 week trip in Europe. And helped me shoot the Northern Lights in Norway. 

I also was able to fit the Manfrotto fluid video head on this tripod using the 200PL plate that this tripod comes with. 

I only wish this tripod had a hook on the end of the center column to hold sandbags or whatever it may be. It would be a nice feature.

 
5.0

Great tripod!

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Really high quality, light and easily portable tripod. Would definitely recommend.

 
5.0

A nice compact and sturdy lightweight tripod

By Eugene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this tripod when I travel light. I hate carrying heavy gear and this tripod does its job and it fits in my bag. I would recommend this tripod to a friend.

 
5.0

Light tripod

By Paola

from México

Verified Buyer

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

Light and steady

 
5.0

Good tripod

By Carolyn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great for tramping through the woods. Appreciate the case. Reasonably light and really compact.

 
5.0

My favorite tripod - with a few quirks

By Steven

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

First, let me state that I love this little tripod. It's what I take with me whenever I leave home. I've replaced the tripod head with a BeFree Live fluid head, as I primarily shoot video and typically use that quick release plate so I can swap between the tripod and the mount on my glidecam, but the default head is very nice.

As long as you know what you're doing with it, this product is excellent. Very durable, very lightweight, and very portable. Make sure to anchor it, though, as it has a tendency to vibrate easily in high winds and if you're not being careful with your motions (as will any lightweight tripod).

I've taken this with me to trade shows, hiking, and all around town. If you're looking for an excellent little travel tripod, I'd seriously consider getting one.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best On-The-Go Tripod

By Brian

from Orlando, FL

Verified Buyer

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

The perfect tripod for hiking trips and on-the-go shoots. It's very small in size and weight, which is great for me since I mostly travel as light as I can. Works great with the Sony a7 cameras!

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