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Manfrotto BeFree Tripod with Fluid Head Review

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The Manfrotto BeFree tripod is available in a number of different variants, the version reviewed came with a fluid head aimed at those using the tripod in a filming situation.

As with most tripods, the BeFree has been designed to be as compact as possible.  It uses a familiar locking system to allow you to extend and retract the legs, giving a decent height which can be further extended by raising the central pole.

The tripod feet are fixed in place and can’t be swapped out.  Unlike other tripod there isn’t a weight hook on the central pole, not a deal breaker, but could be an issue for those who shoot in conditions that require the tripod to be weighed down for stability.

The BeFree has the option of standing in a narrow stance or a wide stance.  There are 3 toggles, one at the top of each leg, that allow you to quickly swap between each stance and it means the BeFree has greater flexibility when it comes to using it on difficult terrain.

Manfrotto BeFree Leg Modes

The fluid head system has a quick release plate, although a sturdy system it relies on having a screwdriver to tighten the plate to your camera whereas other tripods often have a tool free design.

There is a long handle to control the camera motion and this can be easily adjusted to a position that suits you best.  The fluid head has a number of adjustments that can be made to increase or decrease the resistance of movement, you want some resistance as this is what helps create a nice steady shot.

In the review video below you’ll see footage shot using the Manfrotto BeFree tripod compared to the Zecti tripod, which doesn’t have a fluid head.  In use the Manfrotto fluid head makes a noticeable difference, especially when shooting up/down shots.  It’s much steadier than a non fluid head system and the long handle makes it really easy to control the cameras movements.

The Manfrotto BeFree tripod is a solid bit of kit, however the star of the show is the fluid head, which help create much smoother panning videos.  Note the head can be purchased separately if you already have a tripod you’re happy with.

The Manfrotto BeFree is available from:

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Manfrotto BeFree Tripod with Fluid Head Video Review


Manfrotto MVKBFRTC-LIVE Befree Live Travel Tripod, Twist Lock with MVH400AH Fluid Head for DSLR, Mirrorless, Compact and Video Cameras Up to 4 kg, Carbon Fiber

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Features

  • Lightweight video tripod kit built for travel performance
  • Superior performance with maximum lightness
  • Amazing smooth footage with befree live fluid video head
  • New M-lock twist lock system for fast, secure operation
  • Unique premium design, 100% made in Italy

Manfrotto Befree Live, Travel Video Tripod with Video Camera Head and Lever Closure, Aluminium Tripod for DSLR, Mirrorless, Reflex Cameras and Video Cameras, Camera and Video Accessories

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Features

  • PORTABLE: Intuitive to use and easy to configure, this travel tripod is convenient in all travel situations, furthermore its aluminium body makes it lightweight to carry but strong and complete
  • COMBINABLE: Befree Live can be used to record video with Reflex cameras, CSC cameras or small video cameras, holding up to 4 kg of equipment
  • SAFE: Thanks to the spider and the QPL Travel locking system, maximum stability is guaranteed in all circumstances, increasing the precision and sharpness of your video
  • VERSATILE: Allows you to change the perspective and tripod height without losing the camera's focus. The angles of the legs are independent to have full creative freedom
  • COMPLETE: The Befree Live fluid head guarantees smooth movements, having a fluid drag system on pan and tilt and video sliding plate

Manfrotto Befree Advanced Twist Camera Tripod Kit, Travel Tripod Kit with Fluid Head and Twist Closure, Portable and Compact, Carbon Camera Tripod for DSLR, Reflex, Mirrorless, Camera Accessories

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Features

  • PORTABLE: Intuitive to use and easy to configure, this travel tripod is convenient in all travel situations, furthermore its carbon body makes it lightweight to carry but strong and complete
  • COMPACT: The exclusive M-Lock locking system has a Twist closure that leaves no protruding parts and therefore makes the closed tripod much easier to transport
  • COMBINABLE: The supplied plate is compatible with the most common standard head attachments - Manfrotto and Arca-Swiss - which can be easily and quickly configured
  • VERSATILE: Allows you to change the perspective and tripod height without losing the camera's focus. The angles of the legs are independent to have full creative freedom
  • COMPLETE: The 494 aluminium ball head allows you to position the camera quickly and precisely, through the 3 independent controls for clamping, friction and pan

Mark J Draper is a self-confessed gadget lover who forged a career in the telecommunication and utility industry while maintaining a hobby of writing and filming reviews that are published on YouTube and Reviewify.co.uk.

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