Manfrotto 714B Digi Tripod Tripods

Manfrotto 714B Digi Tripod Tripods 

DESCRIPTION

The most compact, full-size tripod in the Manfrotto range and designed for the new compact digital and conventional point and shoot cameras.

  • Made of Black Anodized Aluminum
  • Max height: 64.1 inches
  • Collapsed length: 17.3 inches
  • Max load: 5.5 lbs

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Mar 05, 2009]
    DustAndShadow
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    None that I could experience before taking the thing back.

    Weakness:

    Bad engineering with leg locks.

    Broke 4 out of 9 leg locks during first 5 tripod set-ups... No strain, but plain normal use. Returned to store... needless to say, not looking back to Manfrotto.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    1
    [Mar 04, 2008]
    Jan Erik Stokke
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    it is lightweight, compact and comes with a carrying bag.

    Weakness:

    The quick-release levers for the legs brake. The Digi name is just strange. Why should we accept lower quality just because it can be used with digital cameras?

    This product does not deserve to carry the Bogen/Manfrotto quality name.

    Customer Service

    They usually have spare parts - which you will need sooner or later with this tripod.

    Similar Products Used:

    Bogen Manfrotto 190 B - a great tripod

    OVERALL
    RATING
    2
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    [Jul 02, 2007]
    Cameron
    Casual

    Strength:

    Light
    Nice feel (smooth)
    confidence in that it wont fall over
    Studry
    quick clasps! A+

    Weakness:

    Could have more angles, legs should be able to spread more.
    Somewhat pricey. but Manfrotto name, build and quality is worth it.

    Paid 150 CDN

    Overall a nice tripod, good feel, light, nice grips and fast to use. I have a Nikon D80 and it seems to do the job fairly well.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Mar 04, 2007]
    N. Pierce
    Casual

    Strength:

    Light, and the clips that adjust leg length are easier for my arthritic hands to manipulate.

    Weakness:

    The very first time I used the tripod one of the leg lock clips shattered. Now it's happened a second time, in completely ordinary use (that is, no particular or unusual strain).

    Leg lock clips have broken twice

    Customer Service

    Bogen has been cooperative about replacement, but it's a pain to be without the tripod and really annoying and tedious to have to go through the trouble.

    Similar Products Used:

    Bogen 728

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    [Sep 09, 2005]
    jpg
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    Comparing it to the Velbon, you get more for your money (same price), it's seems to be the sturdiest of the compact lightweight tripods.

    Weakness:

    It's still a lightweight compact tripod, but it seems to be the best of it's class. It could use a spirit level.

    This review also is for the 718B which is just a 714B with a panlever and threeway quick clip-in head instead of a ball head. This is the third and try. I wanted something compact and lightweight and yet could hold my smallest p/s all the way up to a Hasselblad. My first try was a Manfrotto 728B, which was great for my Hasselblad but the attachment plate was too large for my little Leica CM. Since the turn-on switch is at the bottem edge of the CM, it was very difficult to move it on and off. So I exchanged it for Velbon. It's three way head worked great, was very light and compact. It just seemed too fragile and flimsy, specially with the Hasselblad, but was OK with the light p/s cameras. The little plastic turning handle that raises and lowers the head seemed very fragile and could be the first thing to break if I wasn't careful. So, I exchanged it for the Manfrotto 718B which was exactly the same price ($99.95) but seemed much sturdier, no weak plastic parts, was only slightly heavier and longer, plus it comes with a much nicer carring bag. This one looks like the 'keeper'.

    Customer Service

    none

    Similar Products Used:

    Manfrotto 410 heavy studio tripod, Manfrotto 728B, and Velbon.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    [Mar 04, 2004]
    lovedilo
    Intermediate

    Strength:

    Better quality than the cheaper tripods. Metal head, metal quick release plate. Quick release plate is small enough to use with compact cameras.

    Weakness:

    Controls are a bit hard to operate. (Flip levers, center locks, tighteners) Not smoother than some cheaper tripods. Not of very high value.

    This review is for Bogen 718B. I wanted to buy a tripod for a high-end digital camera (not SLR). I also wanted to be able to use it with my camcorder. So I am not a professional, but an enthusiast. So altough there are rock stable tripods; they are mostly heavy and expensive; so I'd rather have something lighter, cheaper but also of high quality. I guess there are lots of people like me. Probably that's why even the professional companies began to produce items for us (eg. Manfrotto's new 7xx series) There are two types of tripods for this purpose: 1.Cheap ones with plastic heads (Slik u9000) 2. Expensive ones with metal heads (Bogen 718B) Slik U9000 is one the best in the first category. I tried both Slik U9000 ($50) and the Bogen 718B. I must say that controls of Slik are as smooth as the Bogen, if not better. Bogen doesn't feel all that more stable than the Slik also. So its your choice, but I think Slik is a pretty good tripod; and I am not sure if the Bogen is worth the extra $$$. Advantages of Bogen 718B to Slik U9000 are: * Bogen slightly smaller when folded * Bogen slightly taller when opened * Smaller quick release plate for compact cameras * Metal head and quick-release plate Advantages of Slik u9000 to Bogen 718B * Slik is way cheaper * Slik is as smooth as Bogen, if not better. * 3 way head have 3 different tighteners, Bogen uses 2 tighteners. * Altough the head is plastic, controls are well placed and are oversized for ease of use. * Flip levers are slightly easier to operate than Bogen. * Slik has a level.

    Similar Products Used:

    Slik U9000.

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
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