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Manfrotto 732CY Carbon Fibre Tripod with A3RC1 3-Way Head

4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Manufacturer reference: 732CY-A3RC1
  • ASIN: B005THZ0PE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Aug. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This is the third tripod I have purchased over the years. The first being a small tripod only really suited to compact cameras. The next was a Manfrotto beast for supporting a medium format camera. I needed a tripod I could carry up mountains and over moors and down dale to take a major step in improving the quality of my images. This tripod is not for big cameras and/or big lenses. But it will take a high end consumer DSLR and shortish lenses with ease. The head is secure and rigid. The tripod is well made and light. I can't se me using the narrowest section of the legs much since they really are getting very spindly. Fine for inside work or for calm days, but will affect stability in much more than a light breeze. But the loss in height isn't really too much of an issue for my style of photography.

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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This is a very sturdy, small lightweight tripod, ideal for putting in a rucksack when you do not want to carry a larger one around. The key words are small and lightweight, do not expect this to be as good, ie steady, fully extended as a full size tripod, but ideal for me as a landscape photographer hiking on the moors when I do not want to lug a full sized tripod with me. It is very well made, has two leg positions and a reversible centre column and good for most work with the legs not fully extended, although on a calm day and the self timer set on the camera it would be adequate. Very pleased with this purchase to compliment my existing tripods, and using a full size Nikon DSLR on the tripod, smaller lighter cameras would be a breeze.
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i hate lugging hefty gear around so went for this little gem - and it serves me very well - it easily holds my alpha 65 with mounted flash and 18-270 zoom - never been out on a windy day with it so not sure how that figures - but suppose i could hang my camera bag from the centre column to keep it super sturdy if need be - the head too is great - so simple - one handed smooth operation for up-down, left-right - and a separate simple 2 second adjustment to set the camera to portrait angle - the quick release plate is not the standard manfrotto type but it's still very easy to use - i leave the attachment fixed to the base of my camera all the time so it's just ready to slot into place - definitely recommend
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I bought this for my Compact System Camera, so it's perfect for taking out in the field without being overburdened and conspicuous. The body is carbon fibre and very light but the head is relatively heavy, so if you take abroad you may need to split body and head in order to distribute the weight between cases / handluggage. The bottom leg extension feels quite flimsy but isn't in practical use, however I only tend to use the first 3 sections for most of my needs. It's not exactly expensive but there are cheaper models out there, however I liked the look and feel of this compared to the more chunky types.
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This tripod is far lighter than my old Velbon but seems to be just as sturdy. The head is fairly basic and I have found some difficulty in getting the camera level but that may be because I am still on a learning curve with it. The delivery was prompt and at the price this must be recommended as an excellent buy.
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I was looking for a tripod that I could carry even up mountains when walking. This tripod is quite lightweight and so easy to carry over distance, unlike some. Probably not as heavy duty as some but stability seems to have been ok. I did buy a second choice of head to give me an even lighter option
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Manfrotto must be amongst the best tripods you can buy although they do come with a price which is compounded when you purchase carbon.
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
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I've owned one of these for a few years now but only just got round to leaving a review.
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...
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