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(based on 6 ratings)
Brand: Manfrotto
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Aluminum All-In Solution
732YB.482K the ready-to-go package - Multipurpose backpack containing a compact aluminum tripod equipped with a separate ball head.

Don't miss the moment: the ALL-IN solution, containing a unique Manfrotto backpack and an M-Y tripod and head, offers you the most convenient and comfortable way of having both your camera and your M-Y tripod always with you. The multipurpose backpack has a pocket speci cally designed to hold your M-Y tripod. An additional pouch offers maximum protection for your camera, and there's extra space for your personal belongings. Now there's no excuse for not having all your equipment with you!

A tripod is the ultimate solution - self-standing, it frees your hands, supporting all the weight of your camera and keeping it perfectly still, helping you take better pictures when the camera needs to be as steady as possible: at night or in low light conditions. A tripod also helps you take sharp pictures and smooth videos, and lets you make full use of your zoom lens without the risk of camera shake. It also allows your camera to be placed safely in any position when you want to take self-portraits or hands-free images.

Ball head: Quick Action Photo
The head safely connects your photo/video camera to the tripod, allowing you to control the movement and adjust the position of your camera. Ideal for the quick framing changes that let you catch your subject. A ball head makes setting the camera easy and fast.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
3.8 stars
(based on 6 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(3), Well built / quality(6)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(3), Power user(3)
Primary use:
Business(4)
Was this a gift?:
No(5)
 
Value for the price
By DeBuskPhotoVerified Reviewer from Saint Marys, Georgia on 4/29/2011
Pros:
Directions are easy, Easy To Setup, Easy To Use, Quality Construction, Very easy to use, Well made for money
Best Uses:
Flat surfaces
Describe Yourself:
Power User
Primary use:
Business
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Manfrotto Manfrotto Pro Multi-Purpose Tripod & Backpack Combo:

I am happy with the backpack and tripod for the money; I've just started my photography business, and I needed a reasonable start for these type articles.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Fantastic Deal!!
By FotoMacherVerified Reviewer from Toronto, ON Canada on 1/31/2011
Pros:
Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Describe Yourself:
Power User
Primary use:
Business
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Manfrotto Manfrotto Pro Multi-Purpose Tripod & Backpack Combo:

This is a fantastic travel tripod and camera bag combo. The individual bits purchased separately add up to way more. I bought this in advance of my expedition to southeast Asia since I did not want to lug my heavy studio tripod. This kit is perfect. Since the head has a capacity of only 2.0kg, I replaced it with a 484RC2 that I also have. [@]

[1 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Good for the amateur
By ScokerVerified Purchaser from Atlanta, Georgia on 1/17/2011
Pros:
Lots of pockets, Quality Construction
Cons:
Must take apart tripod, Only a ball head tripod
Best Uses:
For amateur or prosumer
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Manfrotto Manfrotto Pro Multi-Purpose Tripod & Backpack Combo:

The backpack itself is of good quality with well-made zippers and lots of different straps. It's slightly narrower and taller than a conventional backpack. The tripod is lightweight.

When I tried to put the tripod in its pouch, it wouldn't fit! I considered returning it, but then I decided to read the instructions. The instructions didn't say how to stow the tripod, but they did describe how to remove the tripod's center column. After I did that, I realized that the tripod (without the center column) fits in one pouch, while the center column fits in another. This arrangement works, but it means the tripod has to be assembled and disassembled for every shoot. I would have preferred that the tripod fit in the backpack without disassembly.

The tripod comes as advertised, with only a ball head for attaching the camera. That's all I need, since I plan on using the tripod only for still shots. If you plan to use it for videos, however, you might be disappointed that you can't smoothly follow the action. With a ball head, you aim the camera and then secure it in position.

The backpack has lots of pouches, including one for a laptop. I don't know why you would want to take along a laptop with your camera equipment. To me, that pouch is more useful for written materials such as manuals, books and instructions.

The tripod pouches take up about one-third of the backpack, leaving the rest for your camera and accessories. All I'm using currently is a Panasonic superzoom, so I can't say whether there's enough room for multiple lenses. It's more than enough for my camera and all the extras I want to carry with me. I already have my own camera case, so I don't need the camera case included in the backpack.

All in all, the backpack works for me, keeping everything together in one place and making travel a little easier.

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
I store my Gitzo traveler in this bag
By barbVerified Reviewer from Boca Raton, FL on 12/12/2010
Pros:
Carrying the Gitzo tripod, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Great construction, Quality Construction, Room for sweater or vest
Cons:
70-200 4L won't fit, Camera access difficult
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Personal
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Manfrotto Manfrotto Pro Multi-Purpose Tripod & Backpack Combo:

I really needed space for my Canon 70-200 4L IS somewhere in this bag. The camera insert is 7" high and the 70-200 lens is 8" not attached, and with the camera attached about 10". Insert could have easily been 2-3 inches taller.

Backpack is great if you have lenses up to 7" but anything longer won't fit with the configuration.

I think the price is high for what you get, but I haven't found a way to store a Gitzo that doesn't involve maneuvering around a cumbersome tripod bag with a backpack. This set up is perfect with a "walkaround lens" like a 24-105L, but not good if you want to carry around your 70-200 4/L IS as main camera lens.

I really can't consider using the tripod that comes with this bag if you are anything more than a casual photographer. Give the tripod away, but the space is great for your Gitzo.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Great purchase!
By SurrahVerified Purchaser from Philadelphia, PA on 12/10/2010
Pros:
Compact, Convenient, Good storage, Lightweight, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
On-site, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast
Primary use:
Business
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Manfrotto Manfrotto Pro Multi-Purpose Tripod & Backpack Combo:

The kit is great because it gives you a nice lightweight tripod that fits within a backpack that will safely fit a DSLR, lenses, accessories and even a laptop. You can go mobile easily!

The only problem I have had as of yet is that it seems that when the ball head is attached it doesn't really fit in the little pouch for the tripod, if you want to zip it shut. I find that to be annoying and something they could have easily fixed. That being said, it is also just as easy to keep it on your camera when using the entire outfit.

The pictures didn't give as much insight as to how many pouches and little nooks there are in the backpack, and it really has a lot to work with. The construction is really nice and the tripod, while just the tiniest bit flimsier than your standard Manfrotto tripod, is just enough for what you would use the product for. The ball head is nice. I would easily buy it as a gift for a friend.

[8 of 8 customers found this review helpful]

 
Excellent Travel Photoraphy Bag/Kit
By R3dkoVerified Reviewer from Knoxville, TN on 11/29/2010
Pros:
Comfortable, Lightweigh, Premium Design, Quality Construction, Stores Tripod
Cons:
Camera compartment, Won't fit larger laptops
Best Uses:
Prosumer Bag, Student Photographer, Travel Photography, Vacation Photography
Describe Yourself:
Power User
Primary use:
Business
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Manfrotto Manfrotto Pro Multi-Purpose Tripod & Backpack Combo:

I was in need of both a new bag and a lightweight tripod, so I was very interested to find the Manfrotto Tripod and Backpack Bundle Kit. I've outgrown my med. Sized LowePro, and needed a solution that would allow me to keep all of my 'out of state' kit gear in one place. I travel with a Nikon D5000 and DX sensor lenses, and don't have to worry about lugging along 10lbs of 2.8's.

I can fit the following in without much strain:
Nikon D5000 body
Nikon 35mm 1.8 AF-S
Nikon 18-55mm AF-S
Nikon 55-200mm AF-S
Nikon 28-105mm MACRO
Sigma 10-20mm Ultra-wide
Nikon SB-900 Speedlight (Plus extra gels)
Nikon SU-800 CLS Controller (Plus two extra batteries)
Nikon SC-29 TTL Remote Cord
12 Energizer Rechargeables
Nikon Battery Charger
Manfrotto Tripod
Manfrotto Ball Head
Other miscellaneous knick-knacks and components

One of my favorite features about this bag is that the tripod stows away in its own pocket. I don't like to advertise that I'm carrying around thousands in camera gear, and announces that like an expensive looking tripod strapped to your bag.

The quality is top-notch. The design holds within it the lines and colors of an Italian sports car. Bright red piping and accenting gives it the look of an expensive bag without making it look juvenile or screaming "Photographer". The zippers are large, open and close smoothly, and are reassuringly secure. When loaded down, there isn't any of the clicking or clanking that you find with some of the cheaper bags.

The back portion of the backpack has a pocket large enough to fit any 15" (or a Macbook Pro-sized 17") Laptop. I am currently using a Gateway FX 17", and it is just a tad too thick to get the compartment zipped all of the way. I wouldn't discourage anyone with a larger screen from trying, however; my beast weighs in at 8lbs+ and resides inside of a case rated for computers up to 18.4". I will probably be moving back to the Apple realm my next upgrade, which will make this bag perfect for carrying almost all of my travel gear (Still have a Nook and other knick-knacks to figure out what to do with). Until that point, I will probably use the pocket to carry some extra Speedlights or an iPad. So many options!

I was trying to decide whether to go for a backpack or another medium-large travel gear bag. Yet again, this bag gives me the best of both worlds. It can be configured as a backpack, sling or shoulder bag in a minute or less. The backpack straps unbuckle and can be tucked into a special pocket. A shoulder strap can be clicked onto any of a number of places, giving the wearer a variety of options for optimum comfort.

Of all of the bags that I have owned or tried, this is by far the most functional (and probably best looking). It has its limitations, but is well suited for any hobbyist or prosumer that spends time shooting away from the comforts of a home / studio environment. I have a more traditional extra-large bag on its way that I will be using for studio and location work, but can see myself using the Manfrotto M-Y Kit for some time to come.

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