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ManfrottoBeFree Compact Travel Aluminum Alloy Tripod (Green)
 
4.5

(based on 185 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (121)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

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 for what it is

By Matthew

from Undisclosed

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

For being a compact travel tripod it's perfect. I can get the shots I need with hauling my larger tripod with me. It wouldn't be my go to tripod on a regular basis but it's solid and fits the bill.

 
5.0

Great product

By Rick

from Undisclosed

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

Very compact, sturdy, solid. Easy to set up. Quality components. All for a reasonable price.

 
5.0

Just what I was looking for and more!

By Pammer

from NC

Verified Buyer

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

Great tripod to support my Plein Air painting set up. Fast shipping and a great price, best I found.

 
3.0

Very light, but limited on the handling

By Andreas Buus

from Copenhagen Denmark

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

Very nice quality of the materials and also very light, how ever! Not very handy when it comes to handling the camera while filming. The camera is very unstable if you want to be able to move it(tilt/rotate) while filming.

Also, when trying to set up the camera you can't tighten the tripod enough, resulting in the camera floating away from what you initially had in focus.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best travel tripod so far

By Mark

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

I've bought a number of travel tripods just to return them or stick them in a dark corner of a closet after one use.  The BeFree is the first one I've kept as part of my travel kit, though I did need to make one modification.  I use Arca Swiss L-brackets or plates on all my gear.  I could have replaced just the QR clamp but I didn't like that the BeFree lacked a separate pan lock.  So I replaced the Manfrotto ball head with a Joby Ballhead X from my Gorilla Pod DSLR.  The base is a little bit wider than the supplied Manfrotto ball head, but the tripod still closes down and fits in the bag.

The tripod is small; small enough to carry inside my inCase camera backpack I use for jobs, but also light enough to strap to the outside without throwing-off the balance.  I used it for a week while on vacation in DC and was very pleased with how it handled and it's stability.  I went on a night tour of the monuments that was very fast paced, and had no problem setting-up, getting my shots and getting back to the van in the 15 minutes typically allotted for each stop.

I used this setup with Canon 80D and 70D with up to a 70-200/2.8L IS and it supported the weight fine, no problems with camera movement/vibration at 200mm (using the lens tripod mount).

 
5.0

Great for what it was intended.

By Steve

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This is a seriously nice, compact travel tripod. Well designed, well made, and fully functional for its intended usage. I am 6'2" tall, so I do have to bend over to use it, and I try not to extend it fully to maximize the stability, but it beats any other travel tripod I have ever used. Perfect for hiking and backpacking for a serious photo-hiker. I recommend it for this usage, or for anyone who needs a very portable tripod.

 
5.0

Great travel tripod.

By Kenneth

from undisclosed

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not for me

By Al

from undisclosed

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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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(4 of 4 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

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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.

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