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Manfrotto MKBFRA4L-BH BeFree Compact Aluminum Travel Tripod, Blue [amazon.com]

Light and compact design
Supports up to 8.8 lbs.
Designed to fit into carry-on luggage and backpacks
Folds to compact size
Features ball head with quick release
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Seems to be a good price, I have heard some good things about some of the Carbon fiber tripods made abroad.
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anyone have any info on this tripod? looks solid.
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anyone have any info on this tripod? looks solid.
I have it. Bought it for the same price in Germany. My friend has a Manfrotto carbon one and he loves it, great quality. I have the be free for 1 year now and never had any problem, it's solid, it easily holds my alpha 6000 with zeiss lense in any angle. Less than 3 lb in weight. It's a travel tripod so make sure the measurement are enough for you.
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What type of shooting do you do? I find that most tripods are adequate until I started getting into long exposure night sky photography or shooting the moon with a 400mm lens and every little shake is picked up when you are trying to do ultra precise focus in magnification mode. I am looking for a very solid and stable tripod that is still portable but can handle about 5-6lbs of equipment VERY VERY stable.
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I have it. Bought it for the same price in Germany. My friend has a Manfrotto carbon one and he loves it, great quality. I have the be free for 1 year now and never had any problem, it's solid, it easily holds my alpha 6000 with zeiss lense in any angle. Less than 3 lb in weight. It's a travel tripod so make sure the measurement are enough for you.
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What type of shooting do you do? I find that most tripods are adequate until I started getting into long exposure night sky photography or shooting the moon with a 400mm lens and every little shake is picked up when you are trying to do ultra precise focus in magnification mode. I am looking for a very solid and stable tripod that is still portable but can handle about 5-6lbs of equipment VERY VERY stable.
that doesnt sound possible with a lightweight tripod. lightweight is light for a reason.
if long exposures what you do, you just gotta find different ways. or just lay your camera on the ground with leverage on the lens etc.
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What type of shooting do you do? I find that most tripods are adequate until I started getting into long exposure night sky photography or shooting the moon with a 400mm lens and every little shake is picked up when you are trying to do ultra precise focus in magnification mode. I am looking for a very solid and stable tripod that is still portable but can handle about 5-6lbs of equipment VERY VERY stable.
You need to buy something called a gimbal head if you want to do long exposure telephoto shots. The strongest tripod legs or even ball heads will not substitute as a solution.

Unfortunately portability, stability, and affordability are all at odds here and you can't have it all.
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I own this.

It is light and small, but in exchange you give up some capabilities and it also has a lower maximum weight (8.8 lbs). If I had to describe it "solid travel tripod." Only thing I wish it did better was panning. It is ideal when combined with a mirrorless camera (due to weight).

Here's a video unboxing/showcase:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-09LnWHTcGA

Are there better tripods for more money? Yes. Are there cheaper tripods? Yes. But this one hits a nice quality/price intersect where it is "good enough" and well made enough to give you years of solid service.
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Yeah I already own a quality light weight tripod and even if i attach a center weight or a beefier ball-head, it's not making a lot of diff. I guess laws of physics still win Smilie . I never though of a gimbal for long exposure, I assumed it was for video stabilization but that's a good point.

I wasn't looking for absolute cheap, but there must be something that fits portability, stability, and affordability somewhere (in that order). Thanks for suggestions guys.

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that doesnt sound possible with a lightweight tripod. lightweight is light for a reason.
if long exposures what you do, you just gotta find different ways. or just lay your camera on the ground with leverage on the lens etc.
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You need to buy something called a gimbal head if you want to do long exposure telephoto shots. The strongest tripod legs or even ball heads will not substitute as a solution.

Unfortunately portability, stability, and affordability are all at odds here and you can't have it all.
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Its sold for $120 on
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Price went up to $120 now. ;-(
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I was looking for a new, compact tripod. Set deal alert for 3 stars and it was triggered 15 minutes after LDirect expires. Gah!
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What type of shooting do you do? I find that most tripods are adequate until I started getting into long exposure night sky photography or shooting the moon with a 400mm lens and every little shake is picked up when you are trying to do ultra precise focus in magnification mode. I am looking for a very solid and stable tripod that is still portable but can handle about 5-6lbs of equipment VERY VERY stable.
Like the other guys said, I dont think this is the right one then. For a 400mm lens its probably not right. I do long exposure often. Had a 100sec one on this tripod and a clear sharp image. You probably better of spending a couple more bucks for a bigger one. I bought this one because I do a lot of weekend airplane trips and the size is just perfect for personal luggage.
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I was looking for a new, compact tripod. Set deal alert for 3 stars and it was triggered 15 minutes after LDirect expires. Gah!
if you still want it, they have one at Warehousedeals. here the link. https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-l...ition=used

Mine was a WD and it was like new.
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