Manfrotto 732CY Carbon Fibre Tripod with A3RC1 3-Way Head
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Whilst the tripod itself is light, the head is fairly weighty, which was a bit disappointing, but I suppose an acceptable compromise for this price band and it does seem to be sturdy enough. The best thing about this tripod is that it will slip onto the belt I carry my camera pouch on and sit comfortably there whilst I walk. It's light enough to be not very noticeable and short enough not to trip me up. As a result it fulfilled my requirement for a go anywhere tripod.
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Luckily this was on special offer so I didn't take the full hit.
It's lightweight and sturdy with plenty of adjustments and some clever little innovations I've never had on previous tripods I've owned
I'm a real believer that there's no such thing as a one size fits all with tripods. We're all using different kit, doing different work and working in different situations. If you're thinking of buying this as your general use go-to tripod for anything other than a compact camera then you should think again. It is very well made and surprisingly sturdy for its size, weight and price but it's not an every day good solid tripod for confident use in demanding situations. However, if you're obsessed with size and weight when traveling (like I am), then this starts to get interesting. Start by throwing away the awful A3RC1 head that it usually comes packaged with and get a good quality mini ball-head and it starts to get quite attractive as a light weight, compact travel pod. I believe in keeping all my weight and size to an absolute minimum and work with what I can just about get away with. I use a tiny manfrotto 482 mini ball mounted on this and the combination allows me to get away with mounting my D810 or D700 (I don't carry vertical grips) along with a hefty mid ranged zoom or weighty wide angle. I'm not in the business of trying anything stupid like mounting a 70-200 2.8 on it and walking away but I'm quite relaxed about putting a few £K of sensible size camera lens combo on it so long as I'm close by. Don't expect it to give you the ultimate in stability or load handling but if size and weight are more important then you may be surprised at what you can get away with (just be careful).
I take this everywhere with me when I'm flying and want to have a tripod, just in case, but don't want to lug around a good hefty tripod only to find I didn't even use it. I've thought about replacing it with something much more expensive but to be honest, it does the job...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased this for my son a keen photographer who wanted a lightweight tripod for his trekking trips,he was delighted with it which is praise enough.Published on 11 Feb. 2014 by PA Newton
Very sturdy and light. Holds a Nikon D600 with 200mm lens with no movement. When fully extended vibration takes a couple of seconds to settle. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2014 by John Chandler
Very lightweight tripod Very compact cant really faulty it in the respect you cannot compare it to full size tripods due to the fact it needs to be lightweight BUT the manfrotto... Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2014 by Paul Green
Yes it's light and well made and ideal for BSC packing but too light for commercial use and does not extend hug enough for video. Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2013 by Paul
I bought this tripod for it's light weight and sturdy construction. I already use other Manfrotto products. Which I've had for some years. Totally reliable.Published on 16 Oct. 2013 by Andy Turner
Good light travel tripod and sturdy enough for most uses. Head is basic but the included quick release plate is a good feature. Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by Reviewer