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Manfrotto Carbon One Series Tripods Tripods

4.67/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

Lightweight Carbon Fiber and Magnesium tripods designed to make outdoor and location photography easier than ever -30% lighter yet strong and more rigid than aluminum equivalent! Seven models for photo and video.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by homecinemaman a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: June 2, 2005

Strengths:    Lite weight
Very stable for such a lite product.
fast set up.
Quality strap, a real bonus.


Weaknesses:    For use with my 70-200vr Nikkor and 2x converter i feel i need a bigger, higher mass tripod even though the Manfrotto ball head holds everything very well.

Bottom Line:   
I knew I needed a carbon fiber tripod for the weight savings. Quick release legs were a must for me. For years I used twist release style tripods and frankly I can not stand them.

I have the 4 section model 3444 and I love it. As noted in the other reviews this tripod is well made, a joy to set up in the field and at 53 I can handle the weight.

Yes the center column is a little sticky, but thats carbon fibre.

I would purchase again in a heart beat!

I am giving this a 3 in value because a slew of new CF tripods have hit the market in the last few years that are much less expensive. That said, the feature set on the 3444 is exactly what i need!

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $330.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Cheap Slik tipods for P & S's.
Vivitar pro tripod from the 70's. Built like a tank but very heavy.


Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Peter Jung a Expert from Markham. Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2000

Strengths:    1. Lightweight compared to the Triminor Duo Tripod 455C but not as light as the Gitzo G1227 carbon fibre tripod,
2. Relatively strong for its class but not as strong as the Gitzo G1227,
3. Rigid three faceted shaped tubes to prevent leg rotation (better than the Gitzo and aluminum Manfrotto counterparts),
4. Convenient convertible centre column,
5. Finger friendly Quick Action leg angle buttons (an improvement over the Gitzo and Manfrotto aluminum counterparts),
6. The quickest and easiest leg locks/unlocks I have ever had the pleasure to use (I can setup this tripod faster than the other medium weight tripods I used to own),
7. More comfortable to hold and handle in cold temperatures,
8. Better vibration and sound impact dampening compared to the aluminum counterparts,
9. Sleek, dark and low-reflective finish,
10. Swivel split ring design is perfect for enclosed tripod strap or weighted camera bag (Gitzo should take note of this convenient design),
11. Removable head attachment plate (smart design),
12. Tripod strap with four longitudinal rubberized lines for a slip resistant shoulder grip (an improvement over the Camera Strap for Tripod 402 and 402NAT),
13. Removable rubber foot on legs to fit the optional retractable rubber/spiked adaptor foot,
14. Handy built-in spirit level,
15. A regular slot or phillips head screwdriver is all that is needed rather than a difficult to locate special hex key wrench, and
16. Plenty of Manfrotto accessories to complement this tripod.


Weaknesses:    1. Expensive (more than four times the price of a Triminor Tripod 055),
2. Unlike the aluminum counterparts, vertical movement of the centre column is sticky (especially with a camera rotated to the eccentricly loaded vertical position),
3. Unlike the aluminum counterparts, extension of the legs are somewhat sticky but not as sticky as the vertical movement of the centre column,
4. Because of the faceted shape of the centre column, one must rotate the column to align the arrow on the shoulder with the locking lever to ensure 100% locking of the column (I have this phobia of overtightening the locking lever and thus damaging the centre column if the column was inadvertently misaligned),
5. To close the legs, one must unscrew the locking lever to allow the centre column to rotate so the triangular shaped camera plate/column end stop does not interfere with the legs, and
6. The tripod box incorrectly converted the closed length of 61.5 cm to 20 1/4 in. The correct metric to imperial conversion should read 24 1/4 in. Misleading when one is comparison shopping! I have since telephoned Amplis Photo (the Manfrotto distributor) in Markham, Canada, who will in turn notify Manfrotto in Italy of the unforgiveable error.


Bottom Line:   
It was either the Gitzo G1227 or the Manfrotto 441. The Gitzo is lighter and can carry an additional 2 kg load. The Manfrotto is $200.00 CAN cheaper in cost, has superior leg locks and has a built-in tripod strap connector where I can conveniently carry the tripod vertically down my side and the tripod will be ready for action at all times. Still not the perfect tripod, however. Overall, this is the best of the medium grade tripods I have owned. I am still waiting for either the perfect tripod or a self-levitating Nikon body to be invented. I just want to travel light for the remainder of my photographic life.

With the Manfrotto Proball 308RC head, this assembly weighs 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs). With a Nikon F5, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8DN ED and Nikon SB-28 Speedlight mounted on the fully extended tripod, I lightly hit the side of the F5 and watched the centre column sway for about one second. I pushed down on the fully extended tripod with moderate force and the legs did not retract. This is an indication of an excellent structural designed tripod for its class.

Since the carbon fibre material is not friction-free, the sticky leg and centre column movements are minor complaints. It is still early to tell how this tripod will cope in the long run. If there are any major changes, I will submit an update on this website.

Please note that the purchase price of this tripod is in Canadian dollars before the 15% taxes.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $599.00

Purchased At:   Henry's Downtown Toronto

Similar Products Used:   Other light, medium and heavy duty products owned in the last twenty five years:

1. Manfrotto Mini Pro Tripod 190 in black (hated the screw leg locks),
2. Manfrotto Autodolly 057B (sturdy for its class but cumbersome to transport and store),
3. Manfrotto Triminor Tripod 055 in silver (one can and will be able to rotate the locked bottom legs),
4. Manfrotto Self-Standing Professional Monopod 434SS in silver (the retracted legs permanently jammed making its removal from the monopod tube impossible...this occurred a few days before my trip to Paris, France...I returned this poorly designed unit to the dealer for a full refund),
5. Gitzo G106 Standard Tatalux [compact, four section legs (I will never buy a time consuming to open and close four section tripod again), unstable when fully extended with a Nikon F5 and AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 28-70 mm f/2.8D IF-ED, expensive, and twist lock grips that were slow and sometimes sticky to unlock), and
6. My first under $20.00 CAN flimsy beginners tripod from Sears in the early 1970's, and
7. An under $30.00 CAN C-channel Velbon tripod in the mid 1970's.


Type of photography:   People


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rick Smith a Expert from Dayton, Ohio USA

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2000

Strengths:    1. high strength to weight ratio.
2. quick & easy to extend and adjust legs.
3. 3 choices in leg spread angle.
4. dark green in color - almost a camoflage.
5. seems quieter when brush/limbs strike it.
6. center post can be placed horizontally.


Weaknesses:    1. centerpost motion is a bit uneven (it sticks).
2. a bit on the expensive side.


Bottom Line:   
Like anything else - to succeed one must build on a good foundation. This tripod provides a very firm base for my cameras including my relatively heavy 6x6 stuff. It's strength/weight fits the need for someone who has to hump this gear around. I am not getting any younger! It also blends well with the bush - better than a brushed aluminum tripod.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   various

Type of photography:   Landscapes


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Marty Quinn a Beginner from Bellbrook, OH

Date Reviewed: May 30, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight
Easy to use leg locks
Easily adjustable
4 Section Legs
Carry strap included with rubber grips.


Weaknesses:    Pricey
Sticky at times


Bottom Line:   
This is a very easy to use, light weight, fully adjustable set of tripod legs. If you can afford them you will love it. Definitely more money than I wanted to spend on a set of tripod legs but all in all I am very happy with them.

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Landscapes


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Lawrence Foster a Intermediate from Tainan, na Taiwan

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2000

Strengths:    -Light weight, a lot lighter than it's 055C predecessor.
-Lever-type leg locks are lot easier to use than twist locks.
-Carbon fiber dampens a lot of the vibration that aluminum passes on.
-The 441 strap is a lot easier to use than the 102 and 402. It has sewn in rubber anti-slip surfaces instead of the separate rubber pad that always seems to get in the way when I'm trying to slide the strap over my shoulder.


Weaknesses:    -Legs and center post don't slide as easily as aluminum.
-Price, 4 times a comparable aluminum one.
-A bit too short (I'm 6'-2"), but it's also easier to carry than longer ones.


Bottom Line:   
I purchased the 440/460MG (3444 in the states) in order to have a shorter and lighter tripod to carry in a back pack while bicycling. My 055C/352C combination was fine, but too tall. But I'm finding that I carry the tripod with me a lot more often due to it's lighter weight. It takes a bit longer to set up than aluminum due to more sections and the CF legs don't slide as easily, but it's not too much more trouble.

It also doesn't hurt that CF is better for vibration than aluminum. I first started considering the 440 after having noticed a major improvement in vibration damping when I switched from an aluminum framed mountain bike to a carbon fiber one.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Similar Products Used:   Manfrotto 055C
Gitzo G1228
Velbon 640


Type of photography:   Landscapes



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