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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2009
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I purchased this tripod as a backpackable tripod, because I couldn't afford a carbon-fiber model. That said, this tripod is great, considering the relatively low price. My setup can be rather heavy, with a Nikon D200 + 80-200 f/2.8 lens, but so far the tripod in conjunction with the midi-ball head, has been very sturdy.

The great things about this tripod are the thumb clasps on the telescoping legs (rather than wingnuts), the leg warmers (great at 5am when it's 30 degrees), and the well built and adjustable pivot points on the legs. I find the ability to have legs go totally horizontal is highly useful.

This tripod does have some drawbacks. The first being the telescoping head - even with lighter setups, it introduces vibrations that take a few seconds to subside after hands are free of the camera. This extension is handy only in a pinch, with no wind, a small camera, and a remote release. Fully extended, it's shoddy, at best. This section also prevents the tripod from getting really low to the ground - the lowest it can go is limited by the length of this shaft, since it protrudes below the neck of the tripod.

Also, this tripod is short, fully extended. It's a compact tripod, so that's to be expected, but I'm just providing fair warning to those interested. With the legs fully extended, I have to crouch quite low to look in my camera's viewfinder.

All in all, excellent build quality, nice leg clasps, great adjustability, good for fairly heavy DSLR setups, and sturdy in fair weather conditions. I would recommend this to a friend, looking for a compact tripod for carrying around, and who couldn't get a carbon-fiber model.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2009
This tripod is amazing! It is solid and well-built. My last tripod was a cheap amateur tripod that wobbled a lot. One of the knobs recently broke so I decided to splurge for a good tripod. A good tripod is necessary for steady long exposure shots. So far, I'm very satisfied with this tripod. Manfrotto tripods are highly respected in the photography field and now I see why. This tripod is not wobbly at all. All the joints are rigid when locked and liquid smooth when not. I highly recommend this product!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2009
This tripod was stable and solid for my Canon D40, 24-70mm lens, and 580EX flash. Great construction and quality! It really holds!

I tried it in the snow on my recent trip to Yellowstone Nation Park and Park City without any problems. I also used my 70-200mm lens.

Well worth the price and necessary for my $2500 camera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2011
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I use this with a Bogen/Manfrotto 701 HDV head when travelling. It holds up reasonably well for video, and I can often get smooth pans towards the 100mm range, but not much above that. Build quality is excellent, weight is perfect for travel. It's a professional photographer/filmmaker's mini/travel tripod, for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2012
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I was disappointed with my first Manfrotto tripod because it didn't work with the Manfrotto head I was using, which I found very odd. Ended up having to buy a new one and just take the hit on the first one. In and of itself, it is sturdy. It isn't very heavy, so you need to weigh it down on some shots.
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on January 21, 2015
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this was one of the suggested tripods, sort of an entry level, on the site of a photographer I trust and admire, trey ratcliff. I am SO pleased I went ahead and got this and the head for it that hes also suggested. what a NICE product! I mean... its been a long while since I had a tripod this superbly made and well thought out. I am certain it will last me a lifetime. thank you for making GREAT STUFF
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on April 6, 2014
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A great tripod from Manfrotto. I travels well, is easy to set up and makes for a solid shooting platform.
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on February 19, 2015
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I love it, very good quality for that price. Much much better than kit stuff.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2011
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I have ordered two of these tripods, one for me and one for my girlfriend, these tripods are well built, very durable and basic, not too bulky, It's a little heavier than other makes but i'm ok with it since I know it is well made and durable for any conditions.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
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Paired this with the Manfrotto 701HDV head. Great size. Wish the legs were heavier, though. I'm usually putting a Canon 7D with some extras on it, and it holds it all really well. Looks sleek, too.
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