Manfrotto 728B Digi Compact 3W Tripod

Mini-Review

Purchased in Dubai way back in 2005 and initially used for a Konica-Minolta A2 bridge camera and later tried with a Canon EOS 20D. It was pretty hopeless for either and decidedly flimsy. It looked the part when I bought it with it’s built-in 3-way head, but generally tripods with fixed heads are never ideal. It cost a little over £60 pounds but that would have been much better spent putting it towards something more sturdy. I used the Manfrotto 728B Digi Compact 3W Tripod out in the desert and lost two rubber feet in the sand, which came off so very easily. It was flimsy even in the slightest breeze and with the centre column extended wobbled (resonated) from the slightest knock. All in all a pretty useless tripod and I wouldn’t even recommend it’s use for a compact camera. Mine was later given away. One to avoid.

John R. Birch (28.06.2013)

Manfrotto 728B Digi Mini Tripod

 anti-rotation leg sections

Anti-rotation tubing and leg collars make for a tripod (or monopod) that’s easier and faster to open, position and close. Manfrotto uses several different types of anti-rotation system: on Magfiber and Digi series tripods, the elliptical or three-faceted shape of the concentric tubes means they cannot rotate, while on round-tubed tripods small protrusions down the length of the tube keep sections perfectly aligned.

q-r camera plate 200pl

The compact, rectangular 200PL quick release plate system fits neatly under small-bodied still cameras up to SLR (even with tele lenses) or small medium format, or under small video cameras or spotting scopes. Its rubber pad gives a good grip without damaging the camera, and its angled sides ensure that it also fits perfectly and tightly into a wide range of Manfrotto heads.

built-in head

tripod with built-in head – unlike most Manfrotto models, this tripod is pre-fitted with an un-removable head. This ensures compatibility and keeps weight and size to a minimum, but means the head cannot be interchanged in the future.

separate lock each axis

With a separate lock on each axis of movement, this head can be precisely adjusted, and panning/tracking can be achieved on any axis.

single lock

A convenient single locking mechanism blocks or frees movement on all axes for greater speed of use.

digi angled foot

The rubber feet on DIGI series tripods are angled for a larger, more stable point of contact with the ground.

digi bag included

Tripod shoulder bag included.

Leg locks

Digi q-r leg locks

Digi series

Part of the DIGI series of lightweight, compact supports for small digital point-and-shoot cameras.

Three axes

Three separate axes of movement – panoramic rotation, front-back tilt and side tilt.

Three-faceted column

Three-faceted centre column.

Three-faceted leg

Leg sections use three-faceted tubing for greater anti-torsional resistance.

weight-saving construction

Materials, design and construction techniques have been carefully selected to help save weight without sacrificing stability or strength.

Digi single hinge crown design

The DIGI design uses a single-sided pivot between the tripod leg and the shoulder casting to keep the tripod’s cross section even more compact and to reduce overall weight.

Hybrid photo video

The features of this product make it ideal for both photographic and video applications.

Attaches by
1/4” screw attachment type
built-in head
yes
centre column
rapid
Colour
black
column cross section
three-faceted
front tilt
-75° / +90° tilt range
independent pan lock
yes
independent tilt lock
yes
lateral tilt
-90° / 0° tilt range
leg angles
25° 25°
leg cross section
three-faceted
legs tube diameter
24.8 . 20.4 . 16 . 11.6 mm
material
aluminium
panoramic rotation
360 °
plate type
200PL-14
quick release
yes
secondary safety system
yes
closed length
51.5 cm (20.28 in)
leg sections
4 number
maximum height
164.5 cm (64.76 in)
maximum height (with centre column down)
133.0 cm (52.36 in)
minimum height
48.5 cm (19.09 in)
safety payload
3.5 kg (7.72 lbs)
weight
1.75 kg 3.86 lbs

 

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