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Manfrotto Befree 2n1 Aluminum Tripod inc Monopod - Lever
Joining the Befree family is the new 2in1 Aluminum Tripod feature the level lock design and a monopod system, hence the 2in1.
The key features of this tripod are the integrated full-size monopod, QPL (Quick Release Plate Level) Travel lever, a ball head with three independent ergonomic controls, and a side pull selector.
How much weight can the monopod handle?
The monopod can easily hold up to 5kg (11 lbs) payload.
What is a QPL lever?
This model also provides a new locking mechanism called the QPL Travel lever, a brand-new system developed by Manfrotto, that brings the full locking power of the professional QPL lever on professional Manfrotto tripods like the 190 & 055 collections, to a more lightweight version that is ideal for travel.
What does the side pull selector do?
The side pull selector is an ergonomic leg-angle selector designed to be used by both right and left-handed photographers, enabling everyone to change shooting perspectives intuitively and to find the right tripod height without losing focus on the shot they want.
What head is included in this kit?
The tripod is kitted out with Manfrotto’s Advanced 494 aluminium Center ball head, a small but powerful and intuitive head that allows quick and precise camera movement. The 494 Center ball head features three independent controls: a main knob for managing the sphere lock, an integrated friction control knob that adjusts the ball tension so that equipment weight is always perfectly balanced and shots framed effortlessly; an independent panoramic knob that keeps the horizon flat and moves the camera horizontally, enabling astonishing landscape shots.
Does this kit include the quick release plate?
Yes, the head mounts a unique plate that makes it fully compatible with the world’s most widespread standard head attachments: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-swiss style. With this aluminium plate fixed to the camera, all Manfrotto heads and almost all tripod heads on the market featuring Arca-style attachments can be set up rapidly and effortlessly, with no need for disassembling components.
Clifton Cameras review of the Manfrotto Befree 2n1 Aluminum Tripod inc Monopod - Lever
The Manfrotto Befree series has been around a little while now and it just seems to keep improving. More often we are being asked 'Do I really need a tripod?' and our answer is Yes, espically for anyone doing landscape, macro, still life, long exposure etc. The new Befree 2n1 is close to being the perfect travel tripod, with a reasonable weight, good payload, compact, easy to use, and great build qaulity, and something you can keep in or on your kit bag all the time. They do say 'you will need a tripod most when you don't have it' so don't have this happen to you.