Written on: 30/12/2013 by RichardpPhillips (1 review written)
Sorry to be so rude but not just one but seven of the clips have fractured after most minimal of use with pocketable camera (I have several tripods, I know what hard use means). I repair the leg clasps each time with a cable tie. Then another one goes. Three years old. A disgrace to bear the name Manfrotto , hence my title. I use it for a flash mount now, that's all I will trust to it, it's a cheap second hand unit. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT. BEWARE OF THE MANFOTTO BRAND. DO NOT... (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2013 by susiecoops28 (1 review written)
I like the brand Manfrotto, I've always found their very versatile & easy to set up quickly. I have also when needed used it like a steady cam. People forget or don't know that you must maintain them & get them checked out once in a while for routine maintenance. I like how the legs have a good selection of lengths to go to & then you can lock them off. I had the same tripod for 6 years. If someone has broken the legs its either not been in a tripod case or is very harsh on their equipment.... (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2012 by loopygadgetgirl (1 review written)
My clips too have broke, and looks like some more are going to brake too. They must have used cheap plastic on this model of tripod and i agree with many of you, they should recall this product!! disgrace and a waste of money :( (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2012
We have used the 785b tripod in our laboratory of material testing for 3 years – no problem occurred. Two years ago I have bough the 785b tripod for use by the amateur-photographer. The guy use it 3-4 hours a month at photo-sessions, with Nikon D700 (full frame DSLR), about 50%-50% in studio and at landscape shooting. Today the tripod is in the same condition as two years ago – all locks are operating, all legs are OK. (read more)
Written on: 19/01/2011
I agree with the other reviewer's -- the Manfrotto 785B falls apart after about a year of mild use. Cheap plastic -- the leg locks break rendering the tripod useless.
It is a shame too, because the design of this product is excellent, it is light and one of the fastest tripods to adjust of the several I own. Just seems like the material (plastic locks) is not strong enough. Manfrotto should offer a recall.
Written on: 27/11/2010
Bought this just over a year ago since I was looking for a compact tripod that I could stow in my carry-on luggage. Like others, found the leg clips to be flimsy with obvious weak points at the joint. Five of the twelve leg clips are now broken, and Manfrotto no longer sells just the replacement clips, which means you have to buy the whole leg assembly. What a joke, the price for three new leg assemblies comes out higher than the tripod!
Stay away from this! If you're looking for a... (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2010 by jimbo1318 (1 review written)
6 leg locks (clip) are about to break, 2 always replaced a year ago. very poor product. without the leg locks, the tripod is useless.
I would only rated this tripod 785B -1. and I think the company should recall the product and replace with new metal clips (leg lock) to all the existing users. (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2010
I can't believe the other reviewers bought the same product I did. The Manfrotto 785B is not intended to be built like a tank. That's the whole point of it. I have used mine extensively for six months and not one part of it has failed or broken. Shattered legs? The reviewer must have driven over his. This tripod is very light and compact but also very sturdy. The legs move out sideways like any tripod, but can also be extended fully sideways so that for instance you can have two legs on the... (read more)
Written on: 01/02/2010
It doesn't matter how cheap this tripod is. The sad fact is that despite the fact that it has some really nice features the quality of manufacture makes it completely useless.
My experience of this tripod lasted 5 minutes. I extended the legs and the action of locking the in place caused 4 of the 16 leg locks to shatter! I didn't actually get to the third leg before I stopped.
Why haven't Manfrotto recalled this appauling product?! (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2009 by essbeeuk (1 review written)
Having seen many of these tripods I would wholly recommend that you buy something else.
The plastic used in the manufacture is of a very cheap standard, such that the leg clamps can spring open when locked, or even pull the hinges out!
It is however designed solely for use with digital compacts and handycams... so the previous reviewer was asking for trouble putting a dslr on it.
Having said that, the Manfrotto 785B isnt even good enough for a compact. (read more)
Written on: 30/01/2009 by johnd123 (1 review written)
The Manfrotto 785B tripol folds up to a small compact size, stable even at full length. Price is good. I though this would solve my problems when try to get straight horizontal and vertical shots but boy was i wrong. The handle is in a poor position which can sometime stop you from looking into the cameras view finder - you have to arch over the hanlde :( its very difficult for me to get the head level straight due to its "pivet on a ball action". There is a lock feature but its takes far... (read more)