(From company literature) Manfrotto 475 Pro Geared. Equipment used in the present "digital era" requires a camera support system more stable and versatile than ever. Manfrotto geared tripods have always been the first choice of the professional photographer, whether in the studio or on location, for their medium and large format cameras.
All aluminum construction and unrivalled in stability, the 475 Pro Geared Tripod incorporates a unique center brace strut system, reliable quick-action leg locks, non-rollback three faceted center column, spirit level and rubber/metal spiked feet.
Manfrotto has always been concerned with the balance between minimum and maximum height, tripod weight, and load capacity. The 475 is no exception. Designed by incorporating the best features of the 3033 and 3036 tripods, the 475 has added two important features. The new center brace system can be operated in a symmetric or asymmetric way. This allows the best of both worlds: speed by locking the braces so that all of the legs will be spread to the same angle, or by individually setting the angle of each leg for the ultimate in tripod positioning.
To avoid annoying delays in leveling the tripod, the telescopic center braces have been designed with two "click stop" positions that allow you to easily find the same spread angle on all three legs. The second improvement has been made to the leg locking system. The 475 incorporates the new Quick Action leg locks. These locks have an amazingly quick and secure locking range. All it takes is a 45 degree flip of the lever to lock and unlock each section. Available in silver or black.
• Very sturdy and stable
• Very tall at maximum working height
• High load capacity
• World-wide spares and service back-up
• SLR cameras with mid-long focal length lenses and zooms
• SLR cameras with very long or heavy fixed length or zoom lenses
• Medium format cameras
• Heavy duty studio work
Specifications (leg set only):
Column Type: Geared
Number of Leg Sections: 3
Leg Lock Type: Flip Lever
Maximum Operating Height: 188 cm / 74 in.
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 162.1 cm / 63.8 in.
Manfrotto 475 Pro / 475B Pro review by matthewporter
Review Date: 1/14/2007
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 10
Very stable, Good quick release legs
Heavy, Geared column drops a bit when undone
I regularly use a couple of these at work for both digital SLRs and heavier imaging devices. This tripod is very reliable and has taken everything we have thrown at it. It is quick to set up and able to provide a very stable base for equipment a lot heavier than a Pro SLR! The legs extend and retract very smoothly but lock tight in position.
It is a bit heavy but that is to be expected of a tripod of this standard. My only gripe is that when you release the lock on the geared column it can drop a fair way which can be unnerving with expensive kit on top.