Looking for an ultra compact video tripod solution? The Manfrotto Befree Live might be the setup for you. The Befree Live is the most portable tripod in the range, with legs that fold around the centre column and lock in place. Instead of carrying a tripod over your shoulder, this now fits in your bag. Designed for travel, vlogging and journalism, the Manfrotto Befree Live is orientated around video and filming, with a new fluid head for smooth panning and tilting. This uses the standard Manfrotto tripod plate, so you don’t need to switch between a QR plate and standard plate. An advancement on this compact video tripod is the leveling system in the centre column. The ball leveling system is adjusted close to the video head, rather than at the bottom of the column, for quick adjustment. The tripod feet are also wider for more grip and stability. Although you can’t adjust the amount of friction, there is a locking brake you can use to adjust the level of friction before the panning is locked. The load of the fluid head is up to 4kg, enough for a mirrorless or DSLR camera and lens for on the go shooting. The Manfrotto Befree Live is already available as a stand alone tripod, separate head and as a tripod, head and bag kit. More information on the Manfrotto website.Read more
The new XPRO Monopod+ range of monopods from Manfrotto adds new fluid control and pan lock for greater control. Manfrotto has announced a new family of monopods that combine new technologies in camera support. The XPRO Monopod+ will be available in both aluminum and carbon fibre, with carbon fibre models being considerably lighter. The monopods also have a new fluid base system that smooths out the panning movement. From our test on the show floor this seems much smoother than the previous ball mounting on the monopod foot. This can also be locked for rigid support. The ‘Quick Power Lock’ clips have also been re-vamped to provide a more secure hold on the sections, and also reduce slipping when using heavier camera and lens combinations. The Manfrotto XPRO Monopod+ family is available in a number of configurations, either without a head where the camera can be screwed directly onto the monopod with a spring loaded 1/4″ screw, or alternatively with a 2-way head or fluid video heads attached using the 3/8″ screw. You can purchase the monopods from October with prices ranging from €188 for the 3 stage aluminium monopod (no head), up to €296 for the 4 stage carbon fibre monopod.Read more
Sachtler just announced their new, amazingly affordable Ace tripod system. Why amazingly affordable? So far the Sachtler FSB-6 has been one of your best bets for a small, high quality fluid head system, priced at $1418 (or 1200€). The new Ace offers fluid head goodness at a totally new entry price level of $650 (or 550€)!!! In our video review we inspect the tripod in detail to see what the Sachtler Ace does and does not offer. The Ace tripod system will be availble by October/November 2011. If you’re looking for an affordable tripod system for hdslrs and small cameras this one is definitely worth the wait. “Lightweight thanks to innovative material. For Ace, a glass fiber reinforced composite material was chosen which makes the new 75mm fluid head especially light and offers a comfortable and non-slip surface feel”Read more
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