Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon Fiber travel tripod review

A sturdy and lightweight tripod that’s packed with features and built to rack up the air miles

Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod
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Digital Camera World Verdict

If you’re looking for a lightweight tripod that’s small enough to fit in carry-on luggage and solid enough for outdoor pursuits then the Befree Advanced Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod is a great choice that hits the sweet spot between portability and stability.


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    Quality build

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    Vast Befree Advanced range allows you to tailor your tripod needs


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    Head isn't Arca-Swiss compatible

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    There are cheaper options in this class

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While it’s tempting to spend all your hard-earned on exciting new cameras and lenses, a good-quality tripod really is worth its weight in gold. Or maybe that’s not always the case. The goal of a travel tripod is to provide a harmonious blend of stability and portability, a solid tripod that you can depend upon time and again, yet is light enough and portable enough to accompany you on trips to far-flung places. 

Just like the best travel tripods, the Manfrotto Befree Advanced Carbon Fibre Travel Tripod excels when it comes to these prerequisites. It collapses into a carry-on sized package, is light enough to haul around on your back for hours on end and boasts Manfrotto’s exceptional build quality. The question is, does it have the legs to perform adequately out in the field?

Mike Harris
Technique Editor

Mike is Deputy Editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and brings with him over 10 years experience writing both freelance and for some of the biggest specialist publications. Prior to joining N-Photo Mike was the production editor for the content marketing team of Wex Photo Video, the UK’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, where he sharpened his skills in both the stills and videography spheres.  

While he’s an avid motorsport photographer, his skills extend to every genre of photography – making him one of Digital Camera World’s top tutors for techniques on cameras, lenses, tripods, filters and other imaging equipment, as well as sharing his expertise on shooting everything from portraits and landscapes to abstracts and architecture to wildlife and, yes, fast things going around race tracks.