BeFree Advanced Tripods From Manfrotto

Manfrotto's BeFree travel tripods are setting a new standard of excellence for travel photography.

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Setting a new standard of excellence for travel photography, the Befree Advanced Collection from Manfrotto has been designed to be compact, portable and incredibly sturdy – providing a professional solution for photographers on the go. The initial launch of the collection saw twist locks included on the Befree for the first time, a brand-new centre ball head – the small but powerful 494, a unique 200PL-PRO aluminium plate, a newly designed spider and new leg angle selectors.  

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Now, for the first time in the history of the Befree range, Manfrotto have added the Befree 2N1 – the most versatile model in the Befree series. An all-in-one solution that allows the tripod to be converted into a robust monopod, the Befree 2N1 means that the Befree Advanced Collection now offers a full range of travel tripods.

The ideal solution for photographers who want versatility and maximum performance, the Befree 2N1 is intuitive and fast to operate. Simply unlock the mechanism on the leg with the leg warmer on, pull out the tripod column and join the two solid aluminium blocks using the dedicated cap screwed under the column. The monopod has a payload of 5kg, whilst the tripod has a payload of 8kg.

Available with a choice of either Advanced M-locks (twist) or QPL Travel lever leg locks to cater for all. The M-Locks are a fast, easy-to-use solution with no protruding parts, whilst the QPL Travel lever locks are a lighter version of the locks used by the 190 and 055 collections that make set up and adjustment easy and secure.

Both versions of the Befree 2N1 feature ergonomic leg angle selectors that are smartly positioned to enable right and left handed photographers to change shooting perspectives intuitively and to find the right tripod height without losing focus on the shot they want.   

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The spider has been designed to ensure perfect stability on all types of terrain, even the most uneven so your camera is always kept completely steady and ready to capture sharp images. The Easy Link is included, allowing photographers to add accessories such as lights or reflectors to enhance their creativity – something that was only previously achieved with heavily accessorised tripods.  

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The Befree 2N1 is kitted out with the 494 aluminium Centre ball head – a small but powerful and intuitive head that allows quick and precise camera movement. Featuring 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 are framed effortlessly and an independent panoramic knob that keeps the horizon flat and moves the camera horizontally, enabling astonishing landscape shots. In addition, the head mounts a unique plate that makes it fully compatible with the world’s most widespread attachments: Manfrotto RC2 and Arca Swiss style. When this aluminium plate is fixed to the camera, all Manfrotto heads and almost all tripod heads on the market that feature the Arca style attachments can be set up rapidly and effortlessly with no need for disassembling components.

Alongside the Befree 2N1, there have been several other additions to the Befree Advanced range. The Befree Nerissimo is the most elegant travel tripod for photographers with an eye for design and detail. Constructed of the finest aluminium, the Befree Nerissimo blends high-quality materials with an exclusive matte black finishing which gives an unusual and distinctive finish but also avoids light reflection.

For professional photographers needing a superior performance when they are travelling, the Befree GT is the most professionally advanced solution Manfrotto’s travel tripod range. With a payload of 10kg, it features the same quality of build and design as the rest of the Befree Advanced collection. With thicker legs for added stability it is the perfect combination of portability and sturdiness – folding down to just 43cm. Mounting the 496 aluminium Centre Ball Head that allows smooth and precise camera movement, the Befree GT is lightweight yet solid and easy to set up and operate.  

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Perfect for videographers on the go, the Befree Live is a compact travel video tripod kit that is now available with both M-locks and QPL travel locks. Despite its small size there is no compromising on sturdiness or image quality thanks to the Befree Live Fluid Head. The head has a fluid drag system on pan and tilt and keeps your camera perfectly balanced thanks to its sliding video plate.

The Befree Advanced, Befree GT and Befree Live are available in both carbon and aluminium versions.

The final addition to the Befree range are two limited edition Camouflage models that will be exclusive to

All models in the Befree Advanced range are manufactured with superior materials in Manfrotto’s Italian headquarters that are recognised as a flagship of operational excellence and innovation. The full Befree Advanced range offers photographers a tripod whatever their travel needs and plans are.

Prices start from £174.95. For more information please head to the Manfrotto website.

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