Manfrotto 732CY M-Y Carbon Fiber Tripod

If you've already found your pocket sized travel camera, maybe you're looking to match it up with that ultralight travel tripod. The Manfrotto 732CY Carbon Fiber tripod, nearly a 5 star review over at B&H is currently discounted another $50 dollars off, bringing it down to under $120 total.

Rated to hold over 7 lbs, with a max height of about 53", it can fold down to just 16" and weighs and ultralight 2 lbs. Don't expect a rock solid platform for your heavy DSLRs, but perfect for the travel micro camera shooters. Too bad it doesn't have the set screws for a video fluid head, as it might be a good travel system when paired up with the cheap Velbon Fluid Head (here). Deal ends next week and can be found at B&H (click here)

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10 thoughts on “Manfrotto 732CY M-Y Carbon Fiber Tripod

  1. Paul H

    Emm, this is what I use for most of my stuff, which is a great unit it's just a bit large

    I also have this:

    Which is a lighter unit, but it does not fold down as short. I could take the 701 head and put it on a smaller tripod but I'm not sure which would be sufficient.

  2. Emm

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    @Paul H - The heavy lens part will require a steady set of legs, especially if you're using a zoom. Any magnification will exaggerate any vibrations from a poor foundation. Wide lenses don't show this. It's possible to mount a large fluid head on a small metal tripod, and some have hooks underneath where you can hang your bag. This technique weighs down the whole base, but if you tried to raise the neck of the tripod, you'll end up with wobble.

    Not sure what you're using now, but the large Manfrotto Carbon tripods are pretty lightweight, but also pretty sturdy. We use a 701HDV or 501HDV fluid head.

  3. Paul H

    Emm, I'm going to an event next month where I have to fly. My first out of state shoot so I'm a little freaked. I'm interviewing some pretty high profile subjects and need something that's reliable, but I'm also an indie shooter so I don't have a ton of money to spend. (hence why I'm looking for a travel tripod instead of just shipping my full unit)

    Any recommendations for a travel tripod set up for a loaded DSLR set up? (mic, preamp, heavy lens, etc.)


  4. @HD-tography
    cool! didn't know there was such a thing as a stone bag. 😀

    but you can also use your backpack if you've got a hook or strap etc.

  5. Emm

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    @Michael - Yeah I don't think it's built for that. Maybe just for small photo cameras and casual travel. Thanks for the info.

  6. Emm, I have this tripod and while definitely light weight and portable, after a year of semi-heavy use (around 20 weddings), one of the legs is busted. Also, since it's so light, it can be affected by wind, the slightest touch, and not very good for use with a slider (since it often tips over at either end). Thought others might want to know the downsides of this very lightweight, nicely priced tripod.

  7. HD-tography

    I'm thinking I could simply take the pattern off the 190XB or any other Manfrotto platform and transfer it onto this one, drill and tap the holes (already have the drill bits and tap set) for the set screws available at any hardware store and mount a 700RC2 Fluid Head on it giving me a super light and portable video tripod weighing 2.23 lbs and only 20.6 inches high! Great for trekking through the jungle for upcoming field work!

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