Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Besides the camera and lens, a tripod is also an indispensable tool in photography creation. Generally speaking, we will give priority to the weight-bearing capacity and portability of the tripod, but sometimes some additional functions are needed. Ordinary tripods can only be used upright, which is completely unable to meet the needs of macro or low-angle photography. The Befree GTXPRO carbon fiber tripod to be introduced is the latest product launched by Manfrotto in response to this demand. This tripod supports horizontal central axis, which is convenient for users to shoot from multiple angles. Not only does it have excellent load-bearing capacity, its own weight and volume are also well controlled, making it very suitable for travel photographers who pursue light travel.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO carbon fiber tripod

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

Detailed parameters of Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO tripod

   Before the evaluation begins, let’s take a look at the basic parameters of this tripod. The BefreeGTXPRO carbon fiber version has a self-weight of 1.76kg, a maximum load of 10kg, and a storage length of 43cm that can be large In most travel bags, the maximum extension height of 164cm is sufficient to meet the needs of most situations. Of course, the most important thing is its horizontal axis function, which I will focus on below.

  Tripod appearance design

  BefreeGTXPRO carbon fiber version continues the consistent design style of Manfrotto tripod. The main body adopts black and red color, which is calm and low-key. The carbon fiber leg and bottom bracket are unique The texture also highlights the high-end positioning of this tripod.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO Carbon Fiber Edition Tripod

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO carbon fiber tripod

  As a travel tripod, Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO carbon fiber version adopts a 180-degree folding leg design. You can easily adjust the leg by pressing the silver button above. Angle, this design not only facilitates the storage of the tripod, but also makes it possible to shoot more angles.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  silver adjustment button

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Maximum angle

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Middle angle

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  Minimum angle

   Tripod detail function

   This Manfrotto tripod is made of carbon fiber as a whole and has a total of four leg tubes. The M-lock can be used to adjust the height of up to 4 levels. Users can While framing, you can adjust the twist lock with one hand to easily control the balance and height of the tripod. This design can save a lot of time for shooting.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  M-Lock Spin lock

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   spin Lock details

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   adjustment The highest height is reached after the four-speed rotary lock

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   one-handed adjustment of the twistlock during viewfinder to control the angle of the tripod

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   adjust the twist lock to achieve more angle shooting

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   adjust the twist lock to achieve more angle shooting

   In order to facilitate the installation of the camera, the BefreeGTPRO tripod is included The 200PL-PRO all-aluminum quick release plate is equipped with two rubber pads to improve the grip of the camera. In addition, it is also compatible with Manfrotto RC2 and Yajia PTZ accessories.

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  200PL-PRO all aluminum quick release plate

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  The effect of installing the quick release plate on a tripod

   gimbal On the other hand, this tripod uses a 496 spherical pan/tilt with independent panoramic and damping knobs, which can smoothly adjust the shooting angle while ensuring the stability of the camera. According to official data, the maximum load-bearing capacity of this gimbal can reach 10kg, which can meet the shooting needs in most situations.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  496 spherical cloud Station

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   PTZ lock knob and panoramic rotation knob

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  The bottom of the 3/8 screw of the tripod base is closed

  BefreeGTPRO is still on the tripod The base is designed with an international standard 3/8 screw port, which can be used to connect various photography and video auxiliary equipment. It can also be covered with a rubber plug when not in use, which can protect the screw port, prevent dust from falling, and ensure the whole tripod. The aesthetics.

   Bottom Axis Horizontal

   Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO is Manfrotto’s first travel tripod with a built-in 90-degree bottom axis, which greatly expands the use of the tripod. First, loosen the knob, press the button at the bottom of the bottom end of the bottom bracket, and then pull out the bottom end of the bottom shaft until the red shell pops out to easily achieve the bottom side. After adjusting the extension length of the bottom bracket, tighten the knob again.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   Loosen the knob

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  Press the red button to pull out the bottom bracket

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   central axis horizontal position effect

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   Use the camera to take overhead shots after horizontal placement

   in After placing the central axis horizontally, low-angle overhead or macro shooting can be achieved by setting the angle of the leg tube. After adjusting the angle of the camera with the 496 spherical pan/tilt, it’s not a problem to shoot upside down.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

   after horizontal Use the camera to shoot upside down

  After shooting, loosen the knob again, pull the center axis back to its original position, and press the rotation angle to quickly restore it.

Lightweight and portable Befree GT XPRO tripod review

  After the shooting is complete Fold the tripod again and take it away

  Editorial view:

   As a high-end product in Manfrotto tripods, BefreeGTXPRO is produced and processed in Italy. The frame is made of carbon fiber. Rugged and durable, light weight and excellent volume control make it a preferred choice for me to carry around in the near future; of course, the most attractive is the horizontal axis function of this tripod, and the 360-degree rotating gimbal can be easily matched The foot tube that controls the angle and height can achieve super-multi-angle shooting. This design is especially suitable for macro and low-angle photography; the 3/8 expansion hole at the base of the pan/tilt can be used for shooting with other digital equipment. In general, as a travel tripod with a horizontal axis, Manfrotto BefreeGTXPRO can meet the needs of most travel photographers.

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