Manfrotto 785 Modo Maxi Photo Video Grip Head Tripod
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- Supports digital cameras and camcorders weighing up to 2.2 lbs.
- Height adjusts from 6-15/16" to 59-1/4"
- Ball head and joystick-style grip for positioning camera
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|Item Weight||0.98 pounds|
|Package Height||3.8 x 3.9 x 20.5 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.85 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
What this tripod IS NOT: it is not a substitute for a serious, tall tripod for everyday use. It not designed for anything heavier than our lightest Digital SLRs, and won't be the steadiest in the world with those.
But this is a very fine travel tripod for someone with a good digicam, such as the Canon Powershot S3 IS. It will easily support that weight, even in vertical. It can also easily be used with most Mini DV camcorders.
Considering how many leg sections it has, it is steady enough. Amazingly, it also allows you to spread the legs out, if necessary. The center column can be shortened, so that you might work very close to the ground.
One cool tripod.
My previous tripods have been the type that you buy at the local general stores (Target, Sears, etc.).
I find that this tripod is lighter than what I am used to carrying, and sturdier. The extra buckles are a nuisance - but the thing folds down into nothing! Plus, like another reviewer said, you can drop the height practically to the floor. The whole thing could be taller, maybe.
Bearing that in mind, I'll still rate this tripod with 3/5 stars for the simple reason that I listed above; the tightening mechanism simply doesn't do its job very effectively.
The tripod's saving graces are that for an un-braced unit, it is quite sturdy, and it certainly allows for a great range in height. This, however, means little when your camera is constantly pointed sky-ward due to a sudden loosening in the head.
If you're only going to be using this with a consumer-grade digital camera, then you'll most-likely be happy with the product. In my opinion, however, a near $80 price tag is a bit hefty for such a simple application.
I received a new 25$ coupon from my Amazon card (LUV it) and decided it would use it towards a light / small tripod that I would take with me on my casual field trips to the local Indiana Dunes state park and other outdoor locations where I wanted a tripod yet needed to pack lightly with my camera backpack.
After reading up in various sites I decided to use this with my Nikon D50 with zoomlens. It clips onto my Microtrekker 100 camera backpack with velcro and weighs near nothing. Furthermore, the collapsed footprint is so small it does not get in the way.
Is it any good?
Yes, if you use it for what it is intended. I see people on here state that this is only for consumer DSLR's.... uhmmmm yes. I cannot impagine a pro purist walking around with a low cost consumer grade tiny tripod that does not provide the pro stability and features they need. Why even bring that up.
For a pro-sumer like myself that has 2 DSLR's, one a D90 with a big toot 18-200MM VR lens and a smaller older D50 this is fine.
I do have a 500$ heavyweight carbon fiber tripod with pro ballhead but ONLY use that for serious portrait work and when I go out to ONLY shoot and to places where I can reach my location without a massive tricky haul.
For all those other times I use this one now. It doesn't bother me to carry and frequently I have found myself pleasantly surprised I had this with me as it enabled some cool shots that I could not have taken by hand.
The tripod is ofcourse not super stable. Especially when fully extended then lowest leg pieces are so thin that that can wobble of you push against the tripod with a D50 or similar camera one. That is OK as you should not bump it and trigger it with your timer or remote.Read more ›
This review should be informative to anyone, but I'm going to address a lot of stuff related to my hand tremor, so other folks with a tremor will know the design limitations I've found.
---I was aware of these limits before I bought the tripod---
I'm not complaining, or saying it is inferior in any way. Just informing others of the way the design restricts usefulness for folks with a tremor like me.
Because of a hand tremor I cannot handhold a camera. I also need to use the remote, or set the shutter timer, and have my finger off the camera before shutter release. This tripod has a single head release lever that releases all 3 axes at the same time. If I try to hold the handle of the ball head, with it unlocked, for any kind of pan, my hand tremor is transferred to the camera.
Although the trigger is progressive (It isn't On/Off - it goes from really tight to looser and looser until free) it doesn't help at all. The friction added by the trigger is sticky and movement is jerky. If I could release one axis at a time and add some smooth friction in the head, I might be able to pan. With friction it still wouldn't be locked in one axis, so drifting would be a problem. I can pan some heads by pushing on one point of the handle with my fist. For me holding a tight fist keeps my hands pretty steady, and a little smooth friction in the head will usually damper the bit of tremor still present.
Even if I get some friction going, I'm going to have to lower the center of gravity to the center of the ball to really make it useful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned the Manfrotto 785B for four years. Love it. The nicest tripod I have ever owned. It quickly sets up & snaps to the camera. I don’t miss shots fiddling with equipment. Read morePublished 21 months ago by NormalEyes
I had read the reviews about broken clamps, and thought it must have been from careless use, but I just set mine up and *pop* a clamp broke. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Phauton
Love my Manfrotto tripod. It's everything that's advertised. Easy to use, light, portable and fits in my laptop cases. Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Wade Galt
Got one of these for my wife to use with her Canon Rebel DSLR. The head just does not have enough friction to hold a camera of this type, even with a light weight lens. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by D. Knapp
Unfortunately for me the head cannot really support (and the box makes it clear) and DSLR/SLR with a weightier lens - which was what I was hoping for. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Francois Carstens
This seemed to be just what I wanted, but I had to send it back immediately. One of the legs' last segment just collapsed, the clip wouldn't lock at all . Read morePublished on September 13, 2012 by Dr. Mom