Product Reviews (12)
A lot of nothing
Strengths: extra camera bag, tripod fits in bag
Weakness: pouches weird size, tripod ball head weak
After using this bag/tripod combo for 3 months I've finally given up on it. At first it seemed like the perfect bag to haul all my gear -- it's big enough for two bodies and two lenses (70-300,16-86) and the tripod. There are three other pouches for storing stuff but they're weird shaped and useless. The tripod legs are tight and reasonably strong but the ball head is tiny and won't support my D90 with a SB600 flash -- it just flops over unless it's perfectly balanced. I finally gave up on the bag and tripod. No serious photographer would buy the tripod. The fact that the tripod fits in the bag is an incitement, it's strong enough but little else about the bag is useful -- it's just poorly designed.
By BrianS32198 - Apr 16, 2011
Love the legs! Would give up the bag for a quick release on the ballhead.
By Me? on Adorama - Jul 18, 2012
just got back from the Bahamas were I used this pack worked ideal I was able to carrie everything I needed for the shoot co.mfortable
By The Don on Adorama - Dec 26, 2011
So so so much for it's value!
I use it everyday for my photography needs...I love it.. And I love it... The Tripod is so much useful too.. Makes work easier all in a bag behind me. Though I wish the bag as camera dividers inside. But instead... I've permanent the smaller bag inside it and it holds my lens and place my two cameras on top of it. Also I wish it's padded too..Would have been so great. Anyway it's a very nice bag!
By Spicytee on Adorama - Dec 17, 2011
A lot for the money
I was more interested in the tripod than the backpack but had another Manfroto backpack and tripod combo and loved it. The quality of this backpack compared to the other is less but the access is easier. The tripod sticks out the top of this pack whereas it fits completely inside the other. I am using this setup for HDR photography and for that it is perfect! A very good buy where the cost of the tripod alone is almost the value of the whole package.
By Get Moore on Adorama - Dec 12, 2011
Great Value for the Money
A wonderful, lightweight combination of a compact tripod and backback. The tripod is very functional for a small digital camera. I used mine with my Canon G12 and it worked perfectly on a recent outing to Sequoia National Park. The backpack is terrific as well. Not only does it store the compact tripod perfectly, I was able to pack my Canon 60D with a zoom lens in the camera bag that fits perfectly inside the backpack in addition to my Canon G12. The backpack had room enough for other things I took along on the trip...hat, gloves, sunglasses, wallet, mobile phone. Lots of pockets and compartments for those sorts of things. For a combination backpack and compact tripod, this is a tremendous amount of bang for your buck. I highly recommend this as your traveling companion on your next photo outing!
By CWBreen on Adorama - Dec 5, 2011
good for what it is
for those of us on a budget the tripod is useable. The legs are thin enough that is not very stable in a fully extended position. i sit on the groud with only the first two sections extended and at the larger angle it is stable enough. the bag is junk. the ball head is small so it is not going to hold much more than a small dslr with a f4-5.6 type zoom but it is cast alumiminum so its not going to fall apart. as stated the bag is junk there is really no padded space execpt for a small insert that will only fit a small dslr, no padded space for lenses. I bought this looking for an inexpensive tripod that wouldn't fall apart and could take different heads.
By mikefromboston on Adorama - Apr 10, 2011
Adorama put wrong spec, not as expected
First of all, Adorama mis-spec the tripod, it does not hold 7.7 lb but only 4.4 lb, i am really disappointed. The main reason to buy this is all about the capability of the backpack to hold camera, lens and tripod, but it does not live up to the expectation. The backpack does not have much cushioning for the camera and lens, the only place you can place the camera and lens is the small carrying bag which could be attached inside the backpack. On top of that, the fabric that used in other parts is really thin. It does not give me the feeling that the backpack will last even 1 year just for daily casual use. Due to the poor built of this back pack i only feel comfortable to put one camera and one flash in this package. You will need lens case to carry lens with this. It does not worth to explore it that way unless you have to, since it will make you more clumsy as you pull out your camera or swap lens. The compartment for laptop is nice though, but i do not think people are coming after this backpack for this reason. The bottom line is, the name of Manfrotto is not for bags and backpacks. The tripod is really their bread and butter, and the one comes with it is not bad. It is small and rigid and it is perfect for traveling. But if you are shopping for sustainability, this is not the one you should buy.
By TW on Adorama - Mar 4, 2011
Waaaay better than I expected!
The backpack was a surprise, it can be used cross body while your working and everything is handy (if you don't overload it) for weddings and street photography or travel AND it holds a laptop. The tripod is perfect for travel.
By oldmamadognewtricks[@] on Adorama - Jan 12, 2011
732YB Follow up
This is a follow up to my initial review. In the field the tripod is a bit flimsy. Heavy breezes will make it wobble if the center column is extended all the way. However, the pieces are precision fitted giving the best possible stability with a light tripod like this. I had trouble turning the center column around, so it would fit in the pack, because it fit so snuggly in its opening (actually the release clamp kept getting in the way). Still, this is genuine Manfrotto, and you will not suffer any embarrassment from using cheapie alternative. Still, I had to depend on a timed, or remote, shutter release to get stable shots.The bag is medium-sized on the outside and big on the inside. I carry 2 camera bodies with small lenses, a 70-300 in a pouch, an SB-600, the tripod, and still have room for another lens. There are a few odd sized pockets that are too small for lenses and not very practical for anything else, I own. There is a big laptop-like pouch that is unprotected, but I wouldn't trust my laptop there. The case can be carried in several ways, backpack, over-shoulder, and it has a suitcase handle.This case holds it all, except very large lenses. It's not for backpackers or vacation strollers. I would take it to the zoo or a wedding where the camera and lenses might differ depending on the shot. I like it because I can put all my gear in one bag when I'm out(except my 500mm). The straps are long enough for a large person (which I am) and the quick-clips seem secure enough. The tripod and bag are worth the discount price ([$]) but not the full price ([$]).
By BrianS on Adorama - Jan 12, 2011
This is my first tripod to support my new SLR. I did not expect anything exceptional for the price, but it has completely exceeded my expectations for stability and adjustability. It has no problem supporting my Canon t2i with my heaviest lens (21oz), and a flash even at maximum height. It is slow to set up, as there is no quick release and full extension requires adjusting 10 flip-locks. The backpack keeps 3 lenses and the body well protected and easily accessable with room left over for a light lunch and a few odds and ends. The tripod compartment won't zip unless you turn the center column upside down or remove the head, which was poorly thought out, but there is no harm letting the head stick out the top between sites, as it also has a retaining strap to keep it from falling out even with the pack upside down. All in all it is a value that can't be beat, especially with the rebate.
By Adam on Adorama - Jan 5, 2011
I was hoping to get a lightweight tripod for travel. This is not it.
By Miss T on Adorama - Nov 28, 2010