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(From company literature) Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi. Modo Maxi offers the height you need, but folds up to a compact 43.5 cm (17.13 in). The 785B is ideal for travelling, hiking, sports or even web photo/video applications.

  • Hybrid joystick head shape for photo and video use - comfortable, natural grip to easily position your camera.
  • Ball Head - unlimited positioning to achieve any angle.
  • Thumb lock button - to lock, push down on the lever with your thumb, release by pullung up with your index finger.
  • Photo/Video selector button - when shooting stills, choose the digital camera symbol and enjoy the freedom to move the head on any axis. For video simply turn the dial to the video symbol, and use the grip bar as a pan-handle for tilt and pan movements.
  • Small Dovetail Quick release plate - ultra compact quick release plate to match the same small size of your digital camera. For video use, the plate comes equipped with an anti-twist alignment pin.
  • Quick release plate button - With the quick push of this button you can take your camera off the tripod. The button is specifi cally situated to prevent accidental disengagement.
  • 3 leg angles + selector - Turn the dial to select normal leg angles (25 deg), medium leg angles (45 degrees) or low-angle (80 degrees) to achieve ground level shots.
  • Column Lock - Hidden away between the tripod legs, but easy to find, the lever quickly locks and unlocks the column to obtain higher camera positioning or to remove the column for low angle positioning.
  • 2 section split column - the column unscrews and splits into 2 sections. In combination with the low angle leg setting you can get your camera all the way to the ground.
  • Oval leg shape - a natural anti-rotation shape to ensure the legs don’t turn. The elliptical shape also provide greater to rigidity at the point where the legs attach tom the tripod.
  • Quick flip leg locks - quick and easy to open and close the Modo.
  • 5-section telescopic legs - to allow the Modo to fold up to its compact size, yet reach great heights when fully extended.
  • Rubber feet - non-slip rubber feet offer protection to delicate floors and surfaces while maintaining a secure grip.

  • Head: Ball head, joystick style with quick release
  • Number of Leg Sections: 5
  • Leg Lock Type: Flip Lever
  • Maximum Operating Height: 150.5 cm / 59.2 in.
  • Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 127 cm / 50 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 17.5 cm / 6.9 in.
  • Folded Length: 43.5 cm / 17.13 in.
  • Maximum Load: 1 kg / 2.2 lbs
  • Weight: 0.98 kg / 2.16 lbs

Keywords: Manfrotto Tripod Rapid Ballhead Quick-Release


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Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi review by kazrak
Review Date: 4/16/2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $73.00| Rating: 7 

Pros: Small, light, easily controlled, bubble level, opens wide
Cons: Short, low weight limit, tool required for quick-release plate

This is a decent starter tripod for someone with a high-end P&S camera. It's very small and light (2 pounds), and the joystick handle and level are useful. A two-section center column and ability to open the legs to 85 degrees combine to give it the ability to stand about 6 inches off the ground. However, it's got a few issues that keep it from being truly great.

First off, it's short. I'm 5'8", and I'd prefer it to be an inch or two taller. If you're taller than that, it'll be more of an issue; also an issue if you tend to shoot downslope a lot. (This is for using the viewfinder; if you generally compose using the LCD, you're probably okay.)

Second: the weight limit is quite low. It's rated to 1kg (2.2 pounds), and that's easily reachable if you have any accessories. In particular, it won't hold my Canon S5IS and 380EX flash in place without locking the handle. (Total weight is just about 2 pounds.) Once you lock the handle, though, it's solid with this load.

Finally, the quick-release plate is nice, but requires a tool to tighten sufficiently or remove when fully tightened. The bottom cap on the center column will act as one, but if you tend to leave the QR plate on the camera when it's not in use, you may find an urgent need to remove it when the tripod itself isn't handy. (This is more of an issue if the plate blocks the battery and/or memory card door, as it does on the S5IS - not the tripod's fault, the door and the tripod socket are just too close together on the camera.) Fortunately, a coin or the end of a USB connector will generally work as well.

This isn't meant to say this is a bad tripod - I'm extremely pleased with it. It just has a few issues that need to be kept in mind. For the money, and for what it's good at, it's very good.


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