Manfrotto Tripods & Heads

The Vitec Group a UK company which acquired the Manfrotto brand in 1989 has headquarters in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. The Manfrotto company is a principal brand worldwide in the manufacture of both camera supports and lighting stands. Their products are marketed in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U K and the U S

In the late 1960's, an Italian photojournalist, named Lino Manfrotto started designing light stands, light booms, and telescoping rods. He met a technician named Gilberto Battocchio, who working for a mechanical firm located in Bassano in 1972. During 1974, Manfrotto announced its first tripod. As the company started growing, and just 12 years later Manfrotto, already was operating 6 plants located in Bassano, found a spot in Feltre, within the Villapaiera industrail zone, starting up 5 more plants in a two year time frame.

In 1992, the Vitec Group purchased Gitzo, a French Company in 1992, Subsequently they acquired the American Bogen Photo Corporation. in 1993. Vitec Group has chosen to keep the brands separate.

Manfrotto has competition from low end ibrands like Benro, Velbon, and Slik, and additionally on the upscale end from the Miller and Gitzo brands (their own step brother). The Manfrotto company distinguishes its products from the brands of Miller and Slik by not manufacturing one-piece tripods; as their the legs and heads are sold as separate units, but are all interchangeable.

The Manfrotto School of Xcellence was started in 1989, which is an educational source supporting and assisting people in getting closer to the photography and videography world. The website also markets other Vitec Group photography brands  including Lastolite, Elinchrom and Kata updated article Apr 6, 2011

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Yuri's Favorite Photography Gadget: The Manfrotto Monopod

Lino Manfrotto, an Italian photojournalist, began designing light stands, booms, and telescopic rods in the late 1960s. In 1972 Lino Manfrotto met Gilberto Battocchio, a technician working for a Bassano mechanical firm. In 1974, the company introduced its first tripod. The company grew, and in 1986 Manfrotto, already with 6 plants in Bassano, landed in Feltre, in the industrial zone of Villapaiera, establishing 5 plants in the space of two years. Vitec purchased the French company Gitzo in 1992 and the American company Bogen in 1993. Vitec chose to maintain the separate brands as separate lines in its portfolio. In the US, Manfrotto products are distributed by Bogen Imaging under the brand name Bogen/Manfrotto. In Canada, Manfrotto products are distributed by Amplis Foto Inc.

Manfrotto 055XDB Tripod Legs (Black)
Manfrotto 055XDB Tripod Legs (Black) with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
$225
Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod w/ 322RC2 Ballhead';
Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod w/ 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Case
$400
Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black)';
 Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
$330
Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Legs (Black)
Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
$260
Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod Kit (Black)
Bogen/Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod Kit
496RC2 Compact Ballhead with a Quick Releas
$208
 
Manfrotto 190XB Tripod Legs (Black)
Manfrotto 190XB Tripod Legs with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
$220
Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod Legs (Black)
Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod Legs (Black) with 804RC2 3-Way Head
$160
Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod Kit
Manfrotto 190XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod Kit
Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 QR Plate
$228
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs (Black)
Manfrotto 190XPROB Tripod Legs (Black) with 804RC2 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
$230
Manfrotto 3021N Classic Tripod
Manfrotto 3021N Classic Tripod without Head/ Silver Aluminum Finish | support up to 13 pounds | extends to 70"
$150
 
Manfrotto 7301YB 4•Section Aluminum Tripod
Manfrotto 7301YB 4•Section Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Head • Supports 7.7 lbs (3.5kg).
Manfrotto 7302YB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod
Manfrotto 7302YB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod w/ Ballhead • Supports 7.7 lbs (3.5kg)
$130
Manfrotto 7303YB 4-Section Tripod w/ Ballhead
Manfrotto 7303YB 4-Section Tripod w/ Ballhead
weighs 3 lbs
$120
Manfrotto 7321YB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Head
Manfrotto 7321YB 4-Section Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Head • Supports 5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
$105
Manfrotto 7322YB M-Y Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head
Manfrotto 7322YB M-Y Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head
$95
Manfrotto 7322YSHB 4-Section Tripod w/ Ballhead
Manfrotto 7322YSHB 4-Section Tripod w/ Ballhead
weighs in at only 2¼ lbs
$95
 
Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head
Manfrotto 785B Modo Maxi Tripod with Pistol Grip Ball Head • Supports 2.2 lb (1kg)
$70
Manfrotto 391RC2 three-way aluminum tripod head
Manfrotto 391RC2 three-way aluminum tripod head
Weight 1.3 lbs./0.57 kg.  Replaces the Manfrotto 390RC2 head. Maximum capacity is 11 lbs/5 kg.
$60

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Manfrotto Monopods
Manfrotto 334B Automatic Monopod (Black) - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg). $99.99.
Manfrotto 557B Pro Video Monopod with 3272 Sliding Quick Release Plate. $129.95.
Manfrotto 558B Video Monopod with 501PL Sliding Q.R. Plate - Supports 17.6 lbs. $99.00.
Manfrotto 560B-1 Fluid Video Monopod with Head and Quick Release. $140.30.
Manfrotto 561BHDV Video Monopod with Fluid Head (Black). $269.95.
Manfrotto 562B Four-Section Fluid Video Monopod - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg). $201.50.
Manfrotto 679B (3216) 3 Section Monopod (Black) - Supports 22 lb (10kg), $49.95.
Manfrotto 680B Compact Monopod (Black) - Supports 22 lb (10 kg) The Manfrotto 3249B Compact Monopod is a 4-section monopod featuring flip lock levers, and has a maximum height of 60.0" and folds down to a compact 20.0". Weighing only 1.70 lb, it has a wide diameter top tube and is capable of holding all 35mm telephoto lenses. Internet price $59.95.
Manfrotto 681B 3 Section Monopod (Black) - Supports 26.5 lb (12kg). $59.90.
Manfrotto 682B Self Standing Monopod (Black). $119.90.
Manfrotto 685B NeoTec Monopod Deluxe - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg). $169.90.
Manfrotto 694CX Carbon Fiber 4-Section Monopod - Supports 11 lbs (5kg). $179.90.
Manfrotto 695CX Carbon Fiber 5-Section Monopod - Supports 11 lbs (5kg). $224.98.
Manfrotto 776YB M-Y Compact Aluminum Monopod - Supports 9 lbs (4.5kg). $39.90.
Manfrotto 790B Modo Mono 5-Section Monopod - Supports 2.2 lb (1 kg). $37.90.

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