Manfrotto going downhill?
On Oct 9, 2017, Rich A wrote
First, they ship production of some things to China, then they announce new,
cheapo carbon fibre tripod. If you look at the ball-head on this, you can
match it directly to any number of no-name Chinese models out there. I've
seen monopods for $25.00 with the same head, exactly the same head, sans the
The thing to remember is Manfrotto and Gitzo come out of the same stable, and
Manfrotto has taken on the role of the budget line. Sort of like FCA owning
and manufacturing Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Ferrari, with Chrysler, and FIAT.
These days there is good value to be had from some of the other
manufacturers, Sirui, Oben, and Manfrotto at the medium to budget end
($120-$300), and with premium Gitzo, Induro, and Really Right Stuff tripods
in the $900+ range, If I were spending big money, I would go with the RRS
I have a quite hefty aluminum Manfrotto 3021BPro, and a slightly lighter Slik
CF. I would not consider either one for more than car trips. So I am
considering a more packable and lighter travel tripod, not another heavy
tripod. In that regard I am looking at either the Sirui T-025X/T-024X, Oben
CT3535/CT-3561, or the Manfrotto BeFree. As far as the two Manfrotto tripods
mentioned in the dpreview article, I would have to wait to see the full specs
as I am looking for something which would fit comfortably in a carryon bag.
All of the travel t-pods I have listed meet that criteria with regard to
weight, and folded length.