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Manfrotto Befree Compact Travel Photo Tripod Color: Black Type: Tripod Manfrotto Befree Compact Travel Photo Tripod available on July 27 2016 from NeweggBusiness for itemprop="offers" target="_external" title="" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Offer">199.88
4.0 out of 5 stars
I really like the compactness of this tripod. I take it on many trips and hikes with me.
It is of very good built quality. It has become my primary grab and go tripod.
I give it only four stars for two reasons - first, the strap of the bag that comes in is too short, so you can't carry it diagonally on the back but only on the side of the shoulder. This could be a problem when you hike, because it is not as secure.
The second thing is that for long exposure and with a slight wind you really have to put some weight or hold it down to reduce vibrations. I used it on a number of occasions for long exposure and found myself holding the tripod down most of the time to make sure there weren't any vibrations.
Overall I am pretty happy with the tripod and would recommend it.

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I really like the compactness of this tripod. I take it on many trips and hikes with me.It is of very good built quality. It has become my primary grab and go tripod.I give it only four stars for two reasons - first, the strap of the bag that comes in is too short, so you can't carry it diagonally on the back but only on the side of the shoulder. This could be a problem when you hike, because it is not as secure.The second thing is that for long exposure and with a slight wind you really have to put some weight or hold it down to reduce vibrations. I used it on a number of occasions for long exposure and found myself holding the tripod down most of the time to make sure there weren't any vibrations.Overall I am pretty happy with the tripod and would recommend it.
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I love my big Manfrotto tripod, but it's heavy to lug around on a hike, and kind of big to pack in a suitcase or carry on board when flying. This compact tripod is a good compromise in size and "heavy duty-ness" when you need to carry it for hours in the hills or out in the desert. The included carry case, with shoulder strap, is very handy if I haven't got anywhere left to tie it on my camera pack. It isn't as tall as my regular tripod, but I'm willing to live with that. I leave the big tripod at home more often now, or use both when I'm shooting with both normal and infrared cameras.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...Read more
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   Pros: Very light and compact for an aluminum tripod. Has enough strength to support a D800 Battery Grip SB900 24-70mm 2.8! Travel case is included. The included ball head is removable and can be replaced with any standard head that uses a 3/8" stud. The RC2 plate the ball head included was a plus for me as my other Monfrotto uses the same plate so now I have an extra. The small size of this tripod allowed me to easily attach it, without the carrying case, to my Lowepro bag...which has and integrated tripod mount, while keeping the total bag weight & balance to a minimum.Cons: Not a deal breaker, but having to flip the legs up and over to fit them into the included bag is time consuming and twisting the head into the correct position tends to cause some scratches on the leg assemblies. This can be avoided but requires some effort.
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