Hi, this is a review of the Manfrotto 785B MODO Maxi for anyone looking for a compact-ish (43.5cm when closed) tripod for small DSLR’s, Super-zooms, Compacts and Camcorders and is suitable for both centred and off-centred screw cameras.
Made of aluminium, it only weighs 0.98kg and is able to support a 1kg device, the 785B has five leg sections and stands at 150.5cm with column extended and so is a good height for most individuals and has a minimum height of 17.5cm - with bottom of the lockable two part column detached - and so is perfect for macro shots also.
Tripod fully extended.
The two part column and column lock.
The tripods legs can be positioned at three angles – 23, 45 and 80 degrees allowing the low height level and this is altered by using a dial at the base of the column.
Here are Examples of the three angles – 23, 45 and 80 degrees:-
The tripod which retails for around £60 or £40 on some online shops has a built in head with bubble level which can be locked/unlocked using a trigger system.
This ball head has two modes – Photo (Where the head can move on any axis) and Video (Where the head can move horizontally and vertically), and these are altered using a small switch on the side of the head.
This head also has a quick release plate with a 1/4" screw and removable vhs pin for quick attaching/detaching of devices and more of these can be acquired for around £8.
In practice the 785B is a very sturdy and compact tripod and although evidently it will not be able to support a DSLR with a large lens, it is a brilliant option for smaller camera consumer and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone in the market for exactly that.
The one downside I have found however is the ball head does not feature the ability to pan horizontally while locking the vertical axis for video cameras however there is a solution:
Make sure the head is level.
Extend the column so that the screw for taking it apart is above the lock.
Unscrew the top part of the column 1-2 turns.
Use the screw as a perfect horizontal panning tool.
Note: remember to tighten the screw at the end of the pan.
Hope this help someone and feel free to ask questions.