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Manfrotto Element MII Aluminium Blue Tripod Review

We review Manfrotto's Element MII Aluminium tripod, part of a new range which is an update to the Element Big range, featuring a stylish design and several upgrades.

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Quick Verdict

The Manfrotto Element MII Aluminium Blue is a lightweight and trendy tripod ideal for urban pursuits. With a payload of 8kg and the ability to flip the centre column around for low-level shooting, it's a versatile option that won't break the bank.

+ Pros

  • 8kg payload
  • Ergonomical and quick to set up
  • Good value
  • Light

- Cons

  • Ball head doesn't offer friction control
  • No option to change to spiked feet



The Manfrotto Element MII Aluminium is part of a new, updated range of Element tripods which update the Element Big range of travel tripods. MII stands for 'Made In Italy, with the 'II' also denoting that this is the second version of the tripod family. This is a smaller, lighter tripod than the Element Big, but still maintaining the 8kg payload. The newer model features one less leg section and doesn't feature a detachable monopod like its predecessor. 


There are 3 different colours available in the range, as well as a model designed for use with a mobile which features a Bluetooth remote so you can capture an image from a distance. It's available from £114.95 depending on the model.


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Manfrotto Element MII Aluminium Features

The Element MII is a stylish tripod with a funky design on two of the legs with the third one featuring a textured rubber grip. It has twist-grip leg locks, which quickly secure the legs at your chosen length.


There are 4 leg sections giving a maximum height of 160cm. The centre column can be reversed for low-level shooting - the minimum height you can set the tripod up to is 43cm. 

The Manfortto Element MII is a compact, stylish tripod that seems to be aimed at a younger, urban generation with a balance of light weight, decent pay load and model options aimed at smartphone shooters.


The tripod weighs 1.55kg and when folded down it's 42.5cm long. A slightly padded drawstring bag is provided for storage. At the top of the legs are Manfrotto's patented leg angle selectors, which can be flicked into the desired position with your thumb. There are 3 leg angles to choose from, one of which is folding the legs upwards for storage. There's a small knob which is used to adjust the height of the centre column nestled in between the leg angle selectors.



The tripod comes with an optional plastic hook, which can be screwed on to the bottom of the central column if you want to add ballast. The tripod head features two knobs - a large one for altering the position of the ball head and a smaller one which allows you to pan. 

The Arca-swiss compatible techno polymer 200PL-PRO Light plate is loosened and tightened by a rubberised knob and features two rubber strips where the camera rests for grip.


Key Features

  • Aluminium build
  • 8kg payload
  • Reversible centre column
  • Non-friction ball head
  • Pan ability
  • 4 leg sections with twist grip locks
  • Rubber grip on one leg 
  • Ballast hook, carry bag and Allen key included
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Henry161 3 7 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2020 4:32PM
Thanks for your review. I've just purchased based on this. I needed a better tripod but I didn't want anything too heavy or cumbersome.

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