Manfrotto Element MII tripod review

Stuart Forster tests a lightweight tripod ideal for travel photography in this Manfrotto Element MII tripod review.

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Manfrotto is one of the world’s leading tripod brands. Founded in Italy in 1972, Manfrotto designs tripods used by hobbyists, talented amateurs and some of the world’s leading professional photographers and videographers.

Manfrotto Element MII tripod on a lawn.
Manfrotto Element MII tripod on a lawn.

The Element Traveller range of lightweight travel tripods has proven a popular choice among people seeking affordable tripods in recent years.

The Manfrotto Element MII range features tweaks to that winning design. It includes tripods designed for smartphone photography and videography. Element MII Mobile tripods are supplied with a smartphone clamp and support cameras and lenses weighing up to eight kilograms (17.6 pounds).

The company’s aluminium and carbon fibre tripods are manufactured in Italy. The Element MII name plays on that place of origin, standing for ‘Made in Italy’ and ‘Mark II’.

Close up of the blue design of Manfrotto tripod made in Italy.
Close up of the blue design on a Manfrotto Element MII tripod that is made in Italy.

Manfrotto Element MII tripod

The design of the Manfrotto Element MII makes a positive impression on me.

When packed down, this lightweight aluminium tripod measures 42.5 centimetres (17.72 inches) in length. The ball head that it is supplied with carries a polymer plate that fits snugly between the legs.

It features a textured carrying grip on one of the legs. The twist locks that release and lock the legs into place are also textured, making the tripod easy to use while outdoors in rain.

Quick release locks with grips on the legs of a Manfrotto Element MII, a lightweight tripod weighing 1.55 kilograms..
Quick release locks with grips on the legs of a Manfrotto Element MII.

Silver-coloured quick-release locks at the top of the tripod’s legs mean make the tripod impressively quick and easy to set up. The legs twist over the central column and can be locked at angles of 25 or 35 degrees.

Close up of a ball head on a Manfrotto Element MII tripod in a review of the moderately-priced travel tripod.
Ball head on a Manfrotto Element MII tripod.

Weighing 1.55 kilograms (3.42 pounds), the specification of the Manfrotto Element MII is ideal for keen travel photographers. It supports up to eight kilograms of equipment and rises to a maximum height of 160 centimetres (just under 5’3”). With the centre column down the tripod stands 132 centimetres (just shy of 4’4”) tall.

Alumininum Manfrotto Element MII tripod with a blue design.
Alumininum Manfrotto Element MII tripod with a blue design.

What the tripod comes with

The Element MII tripod is supplied with a Manfrotto ball head plus a plate to screw into the base of a camera.

This Manfrotto Element tripod is also supplied with a padded drawstring bag that’s easy to carry over the shoulder while out and about.

It also comes with an Allen key for adjusting the tightness of the legs.

Additionally, a screw-in plastic hook is provided for use in the tripod’s centre column. Hanging a photography kit bag from the hook adds weight to the tripod, giving added stability. I find that placing my bag beneath the tripod helps ensure I don’t inadvertently stand on it while engrossed in the details of shoot.

Manfrotto Element MII tripod and padded bag with a draw string.
Manfrotto Element MII tripod and padded bag with a draw string.

Who is this tripod for?

This piece of Manfrotto kit is ideal for somebody who wants a reliable, lightweight tripod that’s easy to use and quick to set up.

The ball head can rotate smoothly through 360 degrees. That means the tripod can be used for panning sequences in videos made with a smartphone or DSLR camera.

The Manfrotto Element MII attractively priced and ideal for use as a travel tripod.

If you are a keen travel photographer this is a piece of equipment well worth looking at.

Grip on a Manfrotto Element MII tripod with a blue design.
Grip on a Manfrotto Element MII tripod with a blue design.

Video of the review

Here’s a link to my video review of the Element MII tripod:

Further information

Visit the Manfrotto website to view the brand’s full range of products. They include camera bags, memory cards and lighting.

Manfrotto also makes mini tripods:

View full technical specifications of the travel tripod reviewed here on the Element II Aluminium Blue page of the Manfrotto website. Red and black versions of the tripod are also available.

The Element MII Mobile Carbon Tripod is made from carbon fibre and weights 200 grams less than the aluminium version.

The Manfrotto Element MII tripod is available via Amazon:

Stuart Forster, the author of this review, is an award-winning travel writer and a director of Why Eye Photography. Based in the north-east of England, the company specialises in travel, food and portrait photography and is available for commissions.

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