Manfrotto 732CY M-Y Carbon Tripod (Black)
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- Carbon Fiber and aluminum construction for lightness and durability.
- Adjustable leg angles.
- Ergonomic design.
- Perfect for compact DSLR or bridge camera.
- Great for travel.
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|Item Weight||2.7 pounds|
|Package Height||4.5 x 4.5 x 20 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.7 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Rated payload of this tripod: 3.5kg
Rated payload of 494RC2 ballhead: 4kg
Thus, I guess this combi is more than sufficient for a typical consumer to semi-pro user like myself. I'm using the following gears:
Canon 40D + 17-40 F4L + 430 EX ii = 1.8kg.
For tele purpose, assuming I mount my 70-200 F4 IS, the weight of my gear will be approximately 2.1 kg.
So this tripod is more than sufficient for my typical gear that i will be mounting on the tripod. After testing the stability, I'm quite satisfied with it. Thus the total weight of the 732CY tripod and the 494RC2 will be just 1.28kg. This is a highly manageable weight for a small size guy like myself.
My advise to fellow consumers: If you are having a similar set up like mine, get this tripod. Its well-worth it.
The tripod is nicely finished, you can just see and feel the precision finishing of the different parts when you hold it. It feels strong but light and looks just beautiful. However, after about 3 days of use one of the legs came off when pulling it to be extended. It could very well just be this tripod alone that was not checked at quality control but nevertheless this is manfrotto we are talking about. It is hard to explain the mechanism they use to attach the legs but they are being held by pressure from a screw from the inside. If you are not mechanically inclined you'd probably would not even attempt to reattach it.
It seems that the quality of the materials is only applied to carbon legs. The part the holds all the legs together is made from a metal that is not as strong as the rest of the unit. In my uploaded pictures you can see how thin is the part that holds this knob in place, about 1/8 diameter cylinder where a screw goes through. I was opening the legs to set it on a table and the knob came off broken as if it was cheap plastic. I had tried to deal with the leg falling off but the broken knob just made it useless.
Unfortunately I started using this thing after the 90 day guarantee expired, at the moment of this review I'm waiting on amazons decision after they receive my return.
Again, hopefully they will allow my images to be displayed so my explanation can make better sense. All my other manfrotto stuff is tough and well built. Not this baby though. I definitely expect better from a 200 + dollar tripod.
I also own Manfrotto's 190XB aluminum tripod for quite a while. It is very solid but often a bit too heavy for carrying it extensively. It's also too long to put it in a carry on luggage for a flight. So I decided to get a more compact and lightweight replacement. This isn't the cheapest carbon fiber tripod I found, but I've had good experience with Manfrotto so I decided to give it a try. Weighting 2 lbs it is exactly half of my 190XB, and the folded length is also much shorter. It fits in my tiny carry on suit case (without a head) perfectly, which is very convenient for traveling. I also attached it on my backpack (Lowepro Flipside 400) and it didn't add too much weight and balance, so I'm definitely happier.
Compare to my 190XB, it does not feel quite as strong, particularly the 4th section of the legs. I would not recommend using this in a windy condition for it might wobble. But when you're looking for a compact/lightweight tripod, this is the compromise you have to make, especially for this price. It's also a bit on the short side, even for me (I'm 5'6''). But for my purpose, I will keep both of them and use them under different situation.
Overall, I would recommend this for people who want a compact/lightweight and yet still quite sturdy tripod.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's light but a bit flimsy. The ball head I have for it is fairly heavy so some of the weight savings of the tripod is lost with the ball head. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Vonzo
I've had this tripod for about a week and love it. The best features are small and light. It weighs less than 1 kg, and fits in my messenger style camera bag, but I have to take... Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Robert Paden
Hi, when I tried to release the central columm, I tried to move the lever and broke it without much effort, as it would like to know how I can resolve this, perhaps with the... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Oswaldo
My wife enjoys bird photography. For that she uses a Canon DSLR with a 500mm F4 lens plus a 1.4x extender, attached to a Wimberley gimbal head and a Feisol carbon fiber tripod... Read morePublished on June 15, 2011 by Bowser B
This tripod is perfect for someone who travels... it's not so small that it falls over in a breeze... it's very solid and stable. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by The Den
I ordered it base on the picture & reviews but I returned it to Amazon the same day due to the quality does not meet my expectation. This one is just good for amateur only. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Agent
I just received the 732CY tripod and I love it! I will be carrying my Canon SX10IS compact zoom lens camera on combat missions in Afghanistan and I need a tripod for taking photos... Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Amazon Customer