We needed a tripod to help capture long exposure pictures and time lapse video for our blog and YouTube Vlogging. As we will be running around London with it, a compact travel version was the best option for us. so you can watch our manfrotto befree compact travel tripod review here –
The light and compact design makes it fast to set up and easy to use. It is available with either aluminium or carbon fibre legs with the carbon version being a little lighter at just 1.1kg. We went for the aluminium version which weighs 1.4kg which is manageable for us and hopefully the little extra weight will provide extra stability on windy days.
When fully folded it is just 40cm long which makes it easy to carry around. The legs can operate either completely independently or at two pre-set inclinations. The ball head is made from aluminium and seems both simple to use but made well enough to take a fair size camera and makes levelling the camera and your shots quick and simple.
All Travel tripods are a compromise from the outset, but we were pleased with the Manfrotto Befree because it did not compromise on build quality. Once you get the hang of how it unfolds and then is re-folded it is very quick to get set up for your shot.