Manfrotto BeFree Live Tripod and XPRO Monopod

The Manfrotto BeFree Live is a specialized version of the company’s BeFree tripod line, and it includes a specially-dedicated video tripod head. David Schloss and I had the BeFree Live with us on a recent media event because it folds down into an incredibly compact size. I strapped it onto a bag when in the field, and it’s small enough to fit under an airplane seat.

As David demonstrates in this video, the unique feature is a twisting dial that locks/unlocks the head to pivot around the ball mechanism smoothly.

In addition, a beefy quick-release allows for a camera to be quickly mounted, removed or re-positioned, and it’s strong enough to hold a mirrorless rig, a DSLR or a small cine rig.

At about $250 ($213.00 on Amazon), the BeFree Live is an excellent, affordable solution for the traveling videographer or photographer. You can also purchase the head seperately on Amazon for $99.88.

Manfrotto also ships the head unit attached to an XPRO Monopod and it’s seen as the featured image in this post set up with an A7R II for landscapes.

Considering the cine assignements I’ve had, a stable platform is essential to get that shot, and Manfrotto has choices for however you work.

My daily shooter is Sony A1 with a vertical grip and various Sony lenses attached like the FE 20mm F1.8. Find more gear recommendations in our shop. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.