Manfrotto MKBFRA4-BH BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod Black
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- Light and compact design. The special design of this tripod with head ensures your camera stays firmly locked in position.
- Supports up to 8.8lbs
- Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks
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Compact lightweight tripod for travel photographyBefree is a new and innovative tripod dedicated to photographers who love to travel. Compact, light and portable Befree is the ideal travel companion.
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|BeFree is a new and innovative tripod dedicated to photographers who love to travel. Compact, light and portable BeFree is the ideal travel companion. |
A high quality tripod that fits into carry-on luggage and backpacks; it’s a dream come true for any photographer on the go. Thanks to the unique folding mechanism the legs fold perfectly around the head and quick release plate attachment. In the closed position it is only 15.8" long.
Its small size and portability don’t mean compromise on sturdiness and image quality. The Manfrotto BeFree delivers sharp images by keeping your camera steadily locked in the desired position. Its new aluminum ball head is solid, quick and simple to operate. The Manfrotto BeFree has a maximum payload of 8.8lb, guaranteeing stability and sturdiness even with longer zoom lenses.
The new patented leg angle selectors quickly allow you to select between two angles offering maximum versatility for camera positioning. Premium Italian design and finishing make BeFree stand out from the crowd. The perfect accessory to express each photographers individual unique photographic style.
|The Quick Release Adapter design enables the legs to fold tightly together, making it even more compact. ||BeFree is always comfortable and easy to carry round with its own padded carrying bag. The extra padding makes it easy to pack in your luggage while protecting it from any accidental damage. |
|Keep your camera steadily locked in the desired position with the integrated aluminum ball head. It is strong, fast and simple to operate.||The angle selectors allow you to quickly select between 2 different angles for maximum versatility in getting the shot you want. |
|Aluminum leg locks with adjustable tension ensure long term performance.||Rubber leg warmers deliver a firm grip.|
|Attaches by||1/4" attachment type |
|Center Column ||rapid |
|Maximum Height ||144.0 cm • 56.7 in |
|Maximum Height (with Center Column down) ||123.0 cm • 48.4 in|
|Minimum Height ||34.0 cm • 13.4 in|
|Closed Length ||40.0 cm • 15.8 in|
|Weight ||2.4 kg • 5.3 lb |
|Load Capacity ||4 kg • 8.8 lb |
|Column Cross Section ||three-faceted |
|Column Tube Diameter ||22 mm |
|Leg Sections ||3 |
|Leg Angles ||25°, 51°|
|Legs Tube Diameter ||22.5, 19, 15.5, 12 mm |
|Material ||Aluminum |
|Plate Type ||200PL|
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Because of the light weight, it's easier to knock over if you bump into it, so you might want to consider attaching a sandbag if that's a concern for you.
UPDATE 10 Nov 2013: Just wanted to add that I used this tripod recently during a landscape workshop in Yosemite National Park. I learned that you DO NOT want to use it with the center post fully extended if your shutter speed is below 1/90. At full extension, even the slap of the shutter from a dSLR can introduce a slight vibration that is noticeable as minor motion blur in the image; the slower the shutter speed, the more noticeable. For snapshots or images destined solely for the Internet at screen resolution, this may not be an issue for you. For anything that is going to be used at large sizes, it's definitely an issue. This only occurred with the center post at full extension. At half extension, I didn't see this problem. I stand by my earlier statements and am not deducting any stars. This sort of thing is only to be expected in a lightweight tripod.
1. The screw attaching the quick release plate mount to the top of the ballhead, gets loose after a few days of use, I have to tighten it every time I go on a trip.
2. The locking pin, either came loose or broke off after a month with regular use, although the mount still manages to hold the camera securely in place.
3. Yesterday, while adjusting the camera position, the ball head suddenly became loose, and since then I haven't been able to get it to lock in place. It's essentially useless right now until I can get a replacement.
I went on a night tour of the DC monuments that wasn't exactly "photographer friendly." At each stop we had 15 - 20 minutes to get out, walk from the van to the monument, take our photos and get back on board. I really had to hustle and was happy to not have a heavy tripod to lug around. I was able to extend the tripod while walking, setup my shots, and then fold the tripod back up on the walk back. Not once was I concerned that my camera was at risk of falling over, and all my shots were sharp and free from vibration blur, even with up to 90 second exposures.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the included ball head doesn't have a separate pan lock. I solved that problem by taking the Joby Ballhead X off my GorillaPod. As a bonus the Joby also has a Swiss-Arca quick-release clamp to match up with the L-brackets I use on my cameras.
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Just picked up this excellent example of Manfrotto’s World renowned built quality and at a decent price too, just £117.00 on Amazon at the time of this review (a 30% discount on the RRP) .
There are two different size options available, the 30cm or 40cm (Size when closed) but for this Review I will be focusing on their 40cm version.
At first glance this tripod is not only pleasant to look at, but also practical with a compact size and fairly light too, at just 1.4kg or 3lbs.
The full specs of this Semi-professional grade tripod are;
– Hight when fully extended: 144cm or 56.7inch
– Size when closed down for storage: 40cm or 15.7inch
– Colour options are: Black with either; Red, Blue, Gray or Green accents.
– Weight: 1.4kg or 3lbs
The build quality of this tripod dose not disappoint, which is what we have come to expect from Manfrotto. When out and about it is great to have the option of such a compact tripod that is easy to carry, easy and fast to set up and has a quality ball head system for composing your shot, locking the ball head and getting your desired composition every time with the least hassle possible, compared to some of the other options out there. The Camera mounting system is well thought out too and secure with a double locking latch system for added protection of your camera. The tripod has a well built smart adjustment system for the legs, easily allowing you to select three options; 1. Packing mode, which allows you to fold the legs back giving you the compact storage design. 2. Normal use mode and 3. Low level shooting mode. The only possible downside to this tripod would be its weight restrictions, if you are planning on using a larger Pro DSLR or a Semi-Pro DSLR with a battery grip and a X-300mm lense, then this is not the tripod for you. However if you are using a standard Canon 70D size camera like myself with my trusty 17-85mm, then you will have no problems what so ever.
All in all I am well impressed with this tripod and I look forward to using it out on location. My main reason for getting the tripod was obviously its compact looking design, but after actually holding it in my hands and getting to test it out around my local area, I am a satisfied customer and would give this model top marks. (Based on my requirements)
My first major test of this tripod will be in the Scottish Highlands next week (October 13-18 2016) when I will fully put it through its paces and post a full on location, hands on review on my YouTube channel so check it out if you are looking around at different travel tripod options and can’t make a decision or if you are just interested in Travel Photography in general.
My overall star rating: 5 out of 5
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Ich hatte das Stativ als Ersatz für mein Mantona Reisestativ bestellt, weil dieses eien Beinverriegelung mit Drehmechanik hat, was immer wieder zu Problemen führt und mich ziemlich nervt. Daher hatte ich nach einem Stativ mit anderer Verriegelung der Beine gesucht und war hier fündig geworden.
Was mir gefällt:
+ Beinverriegelung mit Schnappverschlüssen.
+ Ausstellmechanik mit leichgängigen Hebeln
+ Sehr schöne und solide Transporttasche
+ Große Drehverschlüsse an der Mittelsäule und am Kopf
+ Schnellverschluss an der Schnellwechselplatte
+ Sehr gute Verarbeitung
Bis dahin alles prima, was mir aber überhaupt nicht gefällt:
-- Es gibt am Kopf nur einen gemeinsamen Feststellhebel für Neigung und Azimut, d.h. wenn ich die Aufnahmerichtung ändern will muss ich auch den Kugelkopf lösen. Panoramen gehen daher eigentlich mit diesem Stativ nicht. Da hat Manfrotto nun wirklich an der falschen Stelle gespart.
- Keine Wasserwaagen am Kopf (o.k., hab ich gewusst, bewerte ich auch nicht)
- Schnellwechselplatte nicht Arca-Swiss kompatibel (o.k., hab ich auch gewusst, bewerte ich auch nicht)
Wen das mit dem Feststellhebel nicht stört, sollte ruhig zugreifen, qualitativ ist das Stativ durchaus in Ordnung, er fehlt aber ein wichtiges Merkmal.
I purchased a Triopo Carbon Fibre tripod that is not only lighter, by some 300 grms when fitted with a similar head to the Befree, it was also cheaper. But bare in mind that the Befree does come with a head, whereas the Triopo did not.
The Be Free is small and light enough to slip into a cabin bag without taking up to much space or weight allowance. It's reasonably sturdy supporting my Canon 7D and Sigma 17-70 lens well. I haven't tried it with anything heavier yet but I don't expect it to be as good as the 055XPROB.
For what it's worth I tried the above camera combo on a small Gorilla Pod and learnt the hard way that it's not very stable when doing long exposures. The Be Free handles this situation just fine.
I quite like the ball head which I've not had before and might convert the 055XPROB to one as well.
So, very compact and lightweight, beautifully made, very flexible in use - best travel style tripod I have used.
It's a great buy.....
However it is compact, so it is not really sturdy or strong enough for a big SLR with telephoto lens attached, but I only bought it to use with my lighter Nikon P510 crossover for which it is perfect, hence five stars!
If you are looking for a tripod for serious use with a big SLR, this is not going to work, you will need something bigger and more chunky.
Surprisingly for a cheaper tripod in the Manfrotto range it comes with a nice little bag which fits it perfectly, shame the more expensive ones did not come with a bag too.
A must for air travel due to size/weight restrictions where my 055 takes up space, and my 410 junior swallows the weight allowance !
Wouldn't go for the carbon fibre version, which is only 300g lighter, (1.4 Kg Versus 1.1) and over twice the price...
This is a valued addition to my camera equipment, and I should have purchased one way before I actually did.
I have used & still own several Manfrotto tripods due to my work. I like their products as they are made to a very high standard & that shows throughout the various builds. This tripod itself is a brilliant solution when you need to travel light & still get results.
I have very confident to use this with up to a Canon 5d4 body for example & a 16-24 for on the go landscape work. Knowing that this tripod will provide a stable solution to achieve results.