Manfrotto Element Big Tripod Review

October 18, 2017 | Tim Coleman | Accessory Reviews | |

Introduction

The Manfrotto Element Big Carbon tripod is the flagship model of Manfrotto's new ‘Element’ collection of lightweight and portable camera supports. Don’t want to lug a sizeable tripod around with you? Then the Element range could be for you.

There are five options in the range; two sizes of tripod that are available in carbon fibre or aluminium, plus an aluminium monopod. As its name suggests, we are reviewing the larger carbon fibre tripod version. 

The like-for-like aluminium and carbon fibre models are identical in size and features, but the carbon fibre versions are approximately 10% lighter and way more expensive. You pay a premium for what is in this case a tripod that is 200g lighter.

Element Big tripods are better equipped for large DSLRs, while Element Small tripods offer half the payload, being designed for small-form cameras such as CSCs, though one could happily support a mid-size DSLR. 

Let’s take a glance at the Element collection, the key features of the Element Big Carbon tripod and then an in-depth review of the product.

Manfrotto Element Big tripod

Manfrotto Element Big tripod: At a glance

Max height: 140cm
Max height with column extended: 164cm
Min height: 41cm
Closed height: 42cm
Max pay load: 8kg
Weight (including head): 1400g (carbon), 1600g (aluminium)
Leg sections: 5
Upper disc diameter: 46.5mm
Carry bag: Included

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Manfrotto Element Small tripod: At a glance

Max height: 127cm
Max height with column extended: 143cm
Min height: 35cm
Closed height: 32cm
Max pay load: 4kg
Weight (including head): 1050g (carbon), 1150g (aluminium) 
Leg sections: 5
Upper disc diameter: 38.5mm
Carry bag: Included

Manfrotto Element Big tripod

Manfrotto Element monopod: At a glance

Max height: 150cm
Min height: 41cm
Closed height: 42cm
Max pay load: 15kg
Weight: 500g (aluminium)
Leg sections: 5
Carry bag: No

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Manfrotto Element Collection: Pricing and Availability

The Manfrotto Element range of travel tripods and monopods are available now in black, blue, red and grey versions with the following prices:

Monopod in aluminium: £44.95
Small Element tripod in aluminium £109.95
Large Element tripod in aluminium £129.95
Small Element tripod in carbon fibre £174.95
Large Element tripod in carbon fibre £199.95

For more information, please visit www.manfrotto.co.uk

Manfrotto Element Big tripod

Manfrotto Element Big tripod: Key Features

  1. 5-section carbon fibre legs 
  2. Three leg angles
  3. Folds away to 42cm
  4. 1,400g including ball head
  5. Removable leg that can be used as a monopod
  6. Included Aluminium Ball Head with Arca-Swiss quick release
  7. Spikes and transport bag included
  8. Twist leg locks
  9. Cold weather soft grip
  10. Reversible 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch screw for tripod heads or camera
  11. Reversible centre column
  12. Strong minimum to maximum height ratio

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Manfrotto Element Big tripod: In the Box

  1. Manfrotto Element Big tripod
  2. Aluminium ball head
  3. shoulder case
  4. spikes
  5. Allan key and instructions
  6. Spare reversible 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch screw
  7. Standard compulsory warranty, can be extended by registering product at www.manfrotto.com/warranty

Manfrotto Element Big tripod