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(From company literature) Manfrotto 718SHB Compact Digi with 3-Way Head. Like the 714SHB, the 718SHB is an extremely compact 4-section tripod with a short folded length that will fit in your luggage with space left over.


The 718SHB has a built-in hybrid video/photo 3-Way head with a "dovetail" quick release camera plate (can be locked in place one-handed), separate pan and tilt locks, and a short pan/tilt bar for more ergonomic use while panning or tracking moving subjects.


The leg pivot system uses a unique single hinge design in aluminum which both keeps the cross section smaller and allows the leg to fold shorter than conventional tripods. The tripod is built with "D" profile tubular legs for extra torsional rigidity and quick flip leg locks for ease and speed of set-up. A quick action lever also blocks the reversible center column extension.


The 718SHB comes complete with a rucksack-style bag (MBAGD).



Specifications:

  • Panhead: 3-Way Pan/Tilt with Quick Release
  • Number of Leg Sections: 4
  • Leg Locks: Lever
  • Maximum Operating Height: 123.2 cm / 48.5 in.
  • Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 104.6 cm / 41.2 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 39.6 cm / 15.6 in.
  • Folded Length: 40.6 cm / 16 in.
  • Maximum Load: 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs
  • Weight: 1.18 kg / 2.6 lbs

Keywords: Manfrotto Tripod Rapid Panhead Quick-Release


xavier

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 12
Manfrotto 718SHB Compact Digi review by xavier
Review Date: 11/24/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $120.00| Rating: 6 

 
Pros: relatively light, not too expensive, ok for a standard kit.
Cons: video head not convenient, not much freedom in camera orientation, fairly limited for carrying long lenses.

I got this tripod as a relatively light and not too expensive support, to be used trekking and travelling around. The price of this tripod is indeed very reasonable for what you get: a quite high support, weighting around 3 lbs. I upgraded recently to a higher quality setup, but had used this kit during one year and a half.


I have used it with the following combos:


- Canon 10D + 17-40 L (3 lbs, 1.5 kgs): works very well, including for long exposures (20 or 30 seconds).
- Canon 10D + 70-200/2.8 (5 lbs, 2.2 kgs): not very useful.


In my experience, this tripod will work well for standard DSLR kits, but will probably not give satisfaction beyond that. I could take some great pictures with it, using my 10D + 17-40 L, but cannot really say the same for the heavier Sigma 70-200/2.8.


The main issue I had with it is related to the video head, which is not convenient. First, it locks both the vertical orientation and the horizontal panning: it should lock the panning first and then the orientation, but this is not always very easy to judge, so I often found myself unlocking the thing completely whereas I just wanted to unlock the panning. As a consequence I found this head rather awkward to use, for composing pictures. Compared to my newer setup (with RRS Bh-25 and Bh-40 heads), this one allowed much less freedom for composing shots.


The construction of the tripod is just ok: not great, not under par, just average. I had to tighten the screws from time to time, so as to make sure the legs would not unfold to easily.


Overall, I would recommend this tripod for "standard" use: small size DSLR + standard lens, landscape, studio and group shots setup. However, it is inappropriate for applications like macro (due to lack of freedom in camera orientation), wildlife (and use of telephoto lenses).
ronen_we

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 7
Manfrotto 718SHB Compact Digi review by ronen_we
Review Date: 11/15/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $90.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: compact, light
Cons:

Bottom rang of the manfotto line, and slightly feels it. the constuction is heavy and robust, but some of the minor details such as center colum lock, or the leg locks have a flimsier feel.


a bit weightier and clumsier to operate than I originally expected.


 






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