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Manfrotto 718B Tripod Tripods
Product Description: The 718B is a compact tripod with a built-in hybrid video/photo 3-Way head. The 718B has a dovetail quick release camera plate (which can be locked in place one-handed), separate pan and tilt locks, and a short pan/tilt bar for more ergonomic use while panning or tracking moving subjects.
Submitted by Gail Damerow a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2008
reversible center post
Weaknesses: sticky vertical tilt
After going through several less expensive tripods, all of which were entirely unsatisfactory, I settled on this one as the perfect tripod for my purpose--mainly outdoor photography of flowers, landscapes, wildlife, and livestock. It is lightweight and telescopes small enough for carrying in the woods (and comes with a carry case), is easy to use, and has a quick release when I need to ditch the tripod in a hurry for a hand-held shot. The advertised one-hand quick release is not always one-handed for someone with small hands (compared to my Slik monopod, which I have no trouble releasing one-handed).
The tripod is easy/fast to extend or telescope for getting the right height (although the clips sometimes pinch fingers). The center post is reversible for close-ups (such as of small flowers near the ground), although it's a bit cumbersome to reverse and not something you want to do in a hurry or under adverse conditions.
The fluid head worked great when I first got it, and the horizontal (pan) is still smooth, but after a few months the vertical tilt got sticky and cannot be adjusted easily (such as when trying to follow the movements of an insect on a plant). I sent it in for repair and the head was refurbished, but is still sticky and therefore frustrating for situations requiring fine-tuned vertical tilt.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $95.00
Purchased At: B&H
Type of photography: Outdoor