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(From company literature) Manfrotto 714SHB Compact Digi. The 714SHB goes even a step further than the 714B! An ultra-compact tripod that can be carried in your briefcase, backpack or camera bag, traveling with you where other tripods would be left at home.


Designed for the new compact digital and conventional point and shoot cameras, the 714SHB features a shorter center column and folded length of just under 14".


Manfrotto engineers were careful not to comprimise stability for size and weight reduction. This was achieved with two engineering breakthroughs. First, the leg pivot was re-designed with a unique single hinge allowing the leg to fold shorter than conventional designs. Secondly, an integral ballhead is recessed into the main shoulder casting for transport.


But that’s not all! This compact ballhead allows a preset but adjustable tension to be set so that all you have to do is point the camera and shoot. No more locking off handles before you take that shot! This adjustment is done with a handle found on the bottom of the column, set it for your camera and forget it, then just aim and shoot. If you want to lock it down, just turn the handle further and it will lock off the head.


The 714SHB also features quick-action leg locks for fast set-up and breakdown, and an innovative three faceted center column design prevents any column rotation. A rucksack-style bag (MBAGD) is also included.



Specifications:

  • Head: Ball Head
  • Number of Leg Sections: 4
  • Leg Locks: Lever
  • Maximum Operating Height: 121.2 cm / 47.7 in.
  • Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 97.3 cm / 38.3 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 32.5 cm / 12.8 in.
  • Folded Length: 35.1 cm / 13.8 in.
  • Maximum Load: 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs
  • Weight: 1 kg / 2.2 lbs

Keywords: Manfrotto Tripod Rapid Ballhead


Xtian

Registered: December 2006
Posts: 6
Manfrotto 714SHB Compact Digi review by Xtian
Review Date: 12/25/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $70.00| Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Small, Light, Compact
Cons: Stupid Head.

Very small, and very light/compact. I carry this around on my hikes when I go in groups (so I can be in the shot as well) and it barely adds any weight. Very sturdy and I like the snap close legs. You open them and let them slide out and lock them in place. Easy to adjust in uneven terrain.


The worst thing as the previous reviewer mentioned is the head. After a few tries I gave up, as you'll have to twist your CAMERA around tangling your neck strap if you have it, but even if you don't it'll take you at least 10 seconds, and sometimes you might even drop your camera while trying to get that thing to go in right.


So, I added an RC2 rapid connect ball head as well, as I like instant on/off the tripod. (before I added the RC2, I carried the camera and the tripod ATTACHED, right hand holding camera, left hand holding tripod... not the safest of ways)
Bobcopeland

Registered: November 2005
Posts: 7
Manfrotto 714SHB Compact Digi review by Bobcopeland
Review Date: 4/2/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Compact, solid design, perfect for vacations.
Cons: New ball hed system.

Th tripod structure is well made and stable but the new ball head system is hopeless. It adds a lot of weight whilst offering no real advantages and the mechanism seems crudely made compared to Manfrottos other products. I have removed the ball unit and replaced it with one of Manfrottos smallest ball heads. This makes the tripod lighter, even shorter and easier to use. Now it is a perfect vacation tripod.


 






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