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Manfrotto BeFree 2N1 Tripod Review

We take a look at the Manfrotto BeFree 2N1 tripod with detachable monopod.

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Quick Verdict

If you're looking for a reasonably priced tripod that compacts down well, doesn't weigh too much and also becomes a full sized monopod - you've hit the jackpot! The Manfrotto BeFree 2N1 ticks all the boxes. It's a fairly no-frills tripod but for the money, it's a great all-around performer. 

+ Pros

  • Good price 
  • Well built 
  • Versatile
  • Friction adjustable ball head 

- Cons

  • Fiddly to make into a monopod
  • No feet options for different terrain



The Manfrotto BeFree 2N1 is an aluminium travel tripod with a detachable full-sized monopod. Manfrotto say it's aimed at advanced hobbyist photographers who want versatility and maximum performance in one simple solution, ideal for travelling. The BeFree 2N1 is available for £199. It's available in both lock lever and twist lock versions. 


Manfrotto BeFree 2N1 Features

The Manfrotto BeFree 2N1 comes with a ball head featuring 3 independent ergonomic controls. There's a max height of 150cm (centre column down 120cm). There are 4 leg sections and the tripod can support a max weight of 8kg. 

The BeFree 2N1 introduces a new locking system called M-lock, which is a new twist lock developed by Manfrotto. It has no protruding parts and its mechanism closes around the head so that the tripod can be taken in and out of the storage bag easily. The amount of friction on the ball head can be adjusted, and there are separate knobs for the rotation of the head as well as the ball. 



The centre column is reversible and there's a rubber collar built in, to help dampen slamming if the column is loosened too fast. The keg that doubles as the tripod has a rubber grip, ideal for when using the tripod in the cold with gloves on.

Above this rubber grip is a collar, which when unscrewed lets you detach the lag. The centre column can then be pulled out by unscrewing the bottom connector - this connector is then used to join the leg to the centre column and create a full-sized monopod. Cleverly, this has a wide thread on one side and a screw thread on the other to securely join the two. The process isn't quick, but it is secure. 

There are 3 leg angles available - 22, 54 and 89 degrees. Leg locks are easily twisted open to allow quick setup. The tripod has a subtle, striped design. The feet have ridged rubber shoes for grip, and on the side of the collar, there's a hook for ballast as well as an Easy Link connector - allowing you to attach an external monitor or other accessories to the tripod. 



Key Features

  • 150cm max height
  • Detachable full-size monopod
  • 4 leg sections
  • Ball head with 3 ergonomic controls
  • 3 leg angles 
  • Available in twist lock and clip lock models
  • 40cm folded length
  • Friction control
  • Aluminium build
  • Reversible/removable centre column



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Rick259 10 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2018 1:34PM
Interesting article

I have the similar Manfrotto Elements tripod and that does come with alternative feet for soft ground etc. As did my other two Manfrottos. I wonder why they have left them off of this one.

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