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Manfrotto 732CY tripod
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  • Manfrotto 732CY tripod
  • Manfrotto 732CY tripod
  • Manfrotto 732CY tripod
  • Manfrotto 732CY tripod
  • Manfrotto 732CY tripod

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Our Score:

9

I've taken a look at quite a few tripods and accessories recently, including several carbon fibre models such as the fantastic Gitzo Traveller 2, the highly desirable Manfrotto 190CXPRO4, and last year's group test of a selection of leading models. They were all good quality products, but they all have one thing in common; they are very expensive, with even the cheaper examples costing over £200, and the Gitzo Traveller 2 priced at a wallet-pounding £600. There's clearly room in the market for a good quality carbon fibre tripod at a more affordable price, and so leading manufacturer Manfrotto has launched the 732CY, part of its M-Y series, and aimed at amateur photographers using super-zoom or advanced compact cameras.

The 732CY is one of a new generation of tripods made from carbon-basalt fibre. Basalt is a common volcanic rock that has many applications in industry, where its high strength, abrasion resistance and heat resistance are useful properties. The technology to extrude and use basalt into fibres is relatively new, and basalt-fibre reinforcement is being seen as an alternative to pure carbon fibre, providing the same high strength and low weight, but at a considerably lower cost.

As a result the 732CY has all of the rigidity and strength of previous expensive carbon fibre tripods such as the 190CXPRO4, but is priced at around £170 from several leading retailers. It also shares Manfrotto's well-known build quality and attention to design detail, resulting in a reliable, easy-to-use low-mass tripod at a price which is well within the reach of most hobby photographers. Combined with the versatile 494 mini ball head (around £40) it makes a compact and lightweight package ideal for smaller DSLRs, super-zoom cameras or large compacts.

sailingby1

May 1, 2012, 11:05 pm

This tripod is currently on sale at Jessops with the 3-way A3RC1 head for only £89.95 and in my view an absolute bargain. It feels to be a solid little tripod and ideal for travelling. We are off to China this Summer and it will be ideal to take for those special shots. I've replaced the head with a mini ball head and it takes my D300 with 18-200 very solidly. Highly recommended.

Mario Carvajal

December 31, 2012, 2:22 pm

I have this tripod 3 years ago. The weight is ideal for travel and trekking. My camera is Nikon D700 + 10.5 fisheye. I use this combination because my work is take 360 pictures. For this, I use R1 pano head of Nodal Ninja. This combinations is very heavy for this tripod. However, for me is ideal because the weight of the tripod is a critical factor in my work. In this picture, I used this tripod in a picture of Caño Cristales in Colombia: http://mariocarvajal.com/360/c... I recommend this great tripod of Manfrotto!

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