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NAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers Free

Jourdan Aldredge

Manfrotto’s booth at NAB 2018 showcases some new hands-free gear that filmmakers on the go can look forward to using on their next projects.

All images via Manfrotto.

If you’ve ever worked in the film and video industry, then you’re probably already familiar with the Manfrotto brand and their solid reputation for tripods and other support gear. At this year’s NAB Show, Manfrotto continues to showcase their excellence with the new BeFree tripod line and some nifty new gear backpacks to help free up run-and-gun filmmakers.

BeFree Live Tripods

NAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers Free — BeFree Live Tripod

Moving in a different direction than many of the other big-name brands at NAB this year, Manfrotto focused on the prosumer and solo filmmaker markets by showcasing their BeFree tripod line with their new “Live”-focused version for vloggers and filmmakers looking for quick setups and the ability to turn the camera on themselves.

The BeFree Live comes with a fluid head with a solid drag system for pans and tilts — with both aluminum and carbon fiber options (the latter hitting the market next month). You can check out the BeFree Live here (price: $239.99) or the fluid head by itself here (price: $99.99).

Manfrotto also revealed the fruits of its recent Sony-focused effort with the BeFree Advanced Sony Alpha Edition Tripod, built specifically for the Sony a7S III, a7S III, and other a9-series mirrorless cameras. You can check out the BeFree Advanced Sony Alpha with lever options and twist as well (both priced at $189.99).

Cinematic Balance Backpacks

NAB 2018 Announcement: Manfrotto Gear Sets Filmmakers Free — Cinematic Balance Backpack

To further help filmmakers on the run, Manfrotto also showed off their new line of travel-ready Cinematic Balance backpacks. The Pro Light Cinematic camcorder backpack will hold your DSLR or mirrorless camera, your complete array of lenses, a monopod, accessories, and even a DJI Ronin M/MX or similarly sized gimbal.

The Pro Light Cinematic camcorder backpack Expanded is a similar expandable build with even more space that is still carry-on sized while fitting up to 10 lenses with your camera and gear. Both versions are currently on the market at $279.99.

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