Manfrotto tripods might just be the most famous of all the photographic tripod brands around! And it’s not surprising – the venerable manufacturer has been making fast, adaptable and foolproof tripods for decades now. If you need a camera support, then chances are good that Manfrotto will have something suitable for you, whether it’s a tripod or a monopod.What’s more, Manfrotto has done a great job of filling out the affordable end of its product range, as well as the professional stuff. Models like the Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod have proved hugely popular among amateur and casual photographers, providing an excellent support system at a tempting price. There’s plenty more to choose from though, so scroll on for more!
The Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fibre 3-leg section tripod is an update to the popular 055 range, offering 50% more rigidity and a Quick Power Lock leg locking system to ensure your equipment is fully stabilised under any conditions. It accepts up to 9 kg, can extend to 170 cm, close down to 63 cm, and its 90° centre column mechanism allows the column to be extended vertically or horizontally.
The Manfrotto MK290XTA3-2W is the perfect solution in terms of stability for hobbyist photographers. The 290 Xtra is a 3-section tripod, the biggest in the 290 range, with aluminium leg tubes and special top casting enhancing rigidity, durability and performance. The tripod comes equipped with a lightweight fluid head with pan bar and quick release camera plate. It features smooth, fluid ...
Combining fresh design ideas and new technologies, the XPRO ball head provides a stable and drift-free platform for your camera, with a silky smooth panning action thanks to the use of grease-free polymer rings and triple wedges. The magnesium body is both light and strong; weighing in at 520g, with a maximum payload of 10kg - more than enough for a pro-level DSLR and long lens combination, plus flashgun and battery grip, should you desire. The MHXPRO-BHQ6 features two levelling bubbles and is supplied complete with a Manfrotto Top Lock: An innovative adaptor where the camera is inserted from above - rather than from the side - which is both faster and simpler. The plate features a safety lock to prevent camera falls; a feature the well-equipped professional will appreciate. We would recommend using exclusively with a Manfrotto plate, 3rd party Arca-Style quick release plates are not recommended with this quick release platform.
The Manfrotto MBAG80N is an unpadded tripod bag, which is slightly tapered to provide a better fit for your tripod with attached head. The wider end of the bag accommodates the head without requiring all levers to be removed. Please note; the internal length of this tripod bag is 77cm.
The Manfrotto 035 Super Clamp (without stud) is an ideal clamp for photographic applications including camera support, lighting and car rigs. Features an ergonomic lever to securely lock clamping position. The Manfrotto superclamp supports up to 15kg. Please note: No studs or spigots are included with this item. Please click the accessories tab.
Manfrotto has revamped their range of high-performance 190 Go M-series tripods for passionate hobbyists and professionals. The MT190GOC4 carbon fibre tripod is the lightest, most compact tripod in the 190 range weighing 1350g. Its four-section carbon fibre legs can extend up to 147cm and fold down to 45cm, and it boasts a new M-lock twistlock to ensure an extremely fast and precise setup.
Manfrotto has designed the PIXI Clamp safely and securely clamp your smartphone. It will take a smartphone with widths of 60mm to 104mm wide. They have included two ¼ attachments on its side and bottom which enables you to orientate your phone for portrait and landscape modes. There's also a shoe mount on top so that you can attach LED lights, mics or other accessories. Finally, the secure Y-lock lever ensures that your phone is safe in the clamp.
A lightweight fluid head with pan bar and quick release camera plate with secondary security, ideal for cameras up to 4kg in weight. It has smooth fluid movement, with pan and tilt locks. This version is black painted. Optional Plates: 200PL-38
The Manfrotto 196B-2 Single Articulated Arm supports 1 kg at full extension and extra versatility is provided by the sliding extension system which allows for easier positioning of lighting fixtures even in awkward and tight spaces. The maximum length of the arm is 605mm (23.8 inches) and the bottom 5/8" spigot (compatible with the Superclamp), also has a 1/4" thread.
Manfrotto’s XPRO Video Monopod with MVH500 head has been designed for professional videography. It has a max weight limit of 5kg enabling the use of bigger and heavier rigs. The monopod features Manfrotto’s state-of-the-art leg construction with the perfect combination of rigidity and locking safety. A full fluid base ensures shooting smoothness on pan, tilt, and swivel. Its 3 retractable feet ...
The new 290 Xtra is the perfect solution in terms of stability for hobbyist photographers. The 290 Xtra is a 3-section tripod, the biggest in the 290 range, with aluminium leg tubes and special top casting enhancing rigidity, durability and performance. Its aluminium leg-locking levers are tension-adjustable, so they can be tightened to counteract any effects of aging and wear, keeping the tripod ...
The Manfrotto Befree GT XPRO is the first Manfrotto travel tripod developed for professional macro photographers. The tripod combines portability with maximum versatility enabling the most creative photographers to push their limits. The Befree GT XPRO aims to satisfy all photographers using heavy gear ensuring a secure shooting experience, even at the most creative angles and in the most ...
There are lots of decisions to make when it comes to picking the right Manfrotto tripod. Indeed, the first one is whether you need a tripod at all!
Manfrotto tripod or monopod?
Manfrotto makes fantastic camera supports in both three-legged and one-legged varieties. While a monopod doesn’t provide the same level of stability as a tripod, still requiring a hand to hold it, it is much more portable and easier to set up in a crowded place. They’re more affordable too.
For instance, the Manfrotto XPRO Photo Aluminium 4 Section Monopod has loads of the professional features that appear on Manfrotto’s tripods. Its Quick Power Lock lock system makes it quick to set up. If you just need a simple way to get stable photos and smooth movies, it’s a great choice.
But ultimately, if stability is what you need, there’s no real substitute for a good tripod. It doesn’t have to be heavy – something like the Manfrotto Compact Tripod Light can be picked up for a super-low price and offers superb stability. Alternatively, there are more fully featured models like the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fibre Tripod.
Aluminium or carbon fibre?
Something you may have noticed about some of the previous examples – a cheaper tripod like the Manfrotto Compact Action is an aluminium tripod, while the more expensive Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 is a carbon fibre model. What’s the difference?
This refers to the construction material that comprises the body of the tripod. In general, carbon fibre is both stronger and lighter, with the trade-off that it’s more expensive. As such, you tend to find it in professional tripods, while budget models tend to be constructed from aluminium. The fact that aluminium is heavier does make it more stable in high winds, though many carbon fibre models come with a weight hook to compensate for this.
Which one you choose is down to your budget and your needs! If you have a lightweight setup – perhaps an entry-level DSLR or small mirrorless camera – most aluminium compact light tripods will do the job perfectly well.
Which Manfrotto tripod head to buy?
While most tripods will come with a standard head included, it’s worth picking up a specialist Manfrotto tripod head if you can afford it. There are a few different types with different applications worth considering. Here are a few examples:
Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head:
A simple sophisticated ball head that gives you a great deal of camera flexibility. It carries a maximum payload of 10kg while weighing only 520g itself, making it suitable for the vast majority of setups.
Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick Head:
The Manfrotto joystick tripod head is a novel means of positioning your camera, providing a handle by which to pilot and point it in precisely the right direction.
Manfrotto MSQ6 Quick Release Adapter with Plate:
Not a head by itself, but a means by which to make it easy to attach and detach your camera. The quick-release system can be fitted to a Manfrotto photo head, and means the camera can be removed via the quick release plate, rather than having to be unscrewed. This kind of effortless camera attachment can be hugely useful if a situation suddenly changes and you need to get the camera on or off the tripod.
Manfrotto MVH502AH Pro Video Head:
For video users, it’s worth getting a dedicated video head. This is a kind of grip head with special fluid mechanisms that allow for smooth panning and other camera movements.
Frequently asked questions
- Which Manfrotto tripod should I buy?
This of course depends on your specific needs, but if you’re asking this question then chances are good that you’re fairly new to photographic tripods. The Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod with quick release is a superb choice – affordable, and capable of taking an entry-level DSLR with a kit lens attached, or a mirrorless or compact system camera. Its maximum payload is 1.5kg (3.3 lb).
- Where are Manfrotto tripods made?
The vast majority of Manfrotto tripods are hand-made in Italy, and have been since 1972.
- How do you use a Manfrotto tripod?
Manfrotto tripods are designed to be easy to get to grips with, but all tripods bought new will come with an instruction manual if you’re having trouble. Even something as simple as the Manfrotto Compact Action tripod will have a manual to help you understand the quick-release plate and other such features.