Manfrotto M-Y 7321YB Tripod

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Manfrotto M-Y 7321YB

Budget tripod aimed at lightweight DSLRs

Pros: Light weight, ease of use
Cons: Flex at max extension

Aimed primarily at new photographers using either lightweight DSLRs or
bridge cameras, Manfrotto's all-new M-Y range could also prove a useful
investment for anyone looking to pack light for a day in the hills or a
longer trip abroad.

There are six tripods in the range in
total, along with a solitary monopod. All models are supplied with
either a ball head, or as in the case of the 7321YB here, a three-way
pan-and-tilt head. In terms of specifications the aluminium-built
7321YB fits into the middle of the range. A four leg-section tripod
with leg diameters measuring 22mm, 18mm, 14mm and 10.5mm, the 7321YB
extends to a maximum shooting height of 1.42m and can bear a maximum
load of 2.5kg. When not in use it folds down to 49cm and weighs just
1.27kg.

Leg locks are quick and easy to operate and each leg
can also be set at one of two angles via a simple rotating dial
mechanism. With its legs fully splayed the lowest shooting height is
35cm, while the centre column employs a straight on/off locking
mechanism that can support 2.5kg perfectly well, but will begin to give
if much more downward pressure is applied. The head is fitted with a
quick-release plate that is locked and unlocked via a trigger located
directly under the plate.

Used with a lightweight DSLR and
standard zoom, the 7321YB certainly feels sturdy enough, especially
when the 10.5mm leg-section is kept inside the 14mm section. At full
extension, however, there is a notable degree of leg-flex - as might be
expected with such a lightweight system.\n

Verdict

Overall, it’s hard to find too much fault with what is essentially a solid piece of engineering for such a lightweight system. At £95 this can be considered fair value, too

Verdict

Overall, it’s hard to find too much fault with what is essentially a solid piece of engineering for such a lightweight system. At £95 this can be considered fair value, too

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Price as reviewed

£95.00

Scores

Scores
Overall Score 86%

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