Manfrotto Table Tripod 709B review

A table-top tripod from a highly respected name

The rigid metal legs fold out individually

TechRadar Verdict

It has its limitations but it's still an excellent tripod


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    Excellent construction


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    Price hard to justify

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On the one hand, £25 looks pretty expensive for a very simple table top tripod, but on the other it's quite something to be able to say you've got a Manfrotto, one of the most highly respected tripod brands. The mechanism is very straightforward.

The rigid metal legs fold out individually, and they're fixed to a good-sized ball and socket head. It only takes a few seconds to set the tripod up, and position the camera ready to take a photograph.

The Manfrotto's construction is in a different league to the rest, and the wide splay of the legs means it can cope with digital SLRs, too. The ball and socket head has a good grip, and there's no 'creep' even with heavier camera/lens combinations.

The only problem is a basic lack of height. You can half-extend the legs to gain a few more centimetres, but it's not what the tripod's designed for and will only work with lightweight cameras. Rod Lawton was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.