Manfrotto 645 FTT Carbon Fibre Twin Leg Tripod With Quick Deploy Legs

September 18th, 2019

The Manfrotto 645 FTT is a new tripod revealed at IBC 2019. Manfrotto have evolved the traditional twin leg tripod to a faster, lighter solution.

Regular twin leg tripods have two locks on the legs, it wasn’t possible to raise the tripod to full height without unlocking both sets of legs. A somewhat annoying design flaw, especially if you need to raise or lower the tripod with a camera on it.

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The Manfrotto 645 FTT (Fast Twin Tripod) design features double tubed legs that can be released with a single release of the Ultra L-Lock. This design advances on the old double lock system found in other models of twin-leg tripods; raising the tripod from low to high can be done even faster without bending down. A similar feature to the Sachtler Flowtech.

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The tripod construction is available in aluminium or carbon fibre, with a 2 in 1 half ball; 100mm comes as standard, but this can be adapted to 75mm. This is beneficial for production houses or rentals that have different sized head pairings.

Also at the show, Manfrotto previewed the 635 FST tripod, this model has a single leg design, but with a twist lock to deploy the legs.

There is big competition from Flowtech, the innovative tripod design that is extremely popular in the video production industry. Can the Manfrotto 645 FTT break it’s reign?

Will this new take on the twin leg tripod win you over to buy one? What kind of camera setup would you use with the Manfrotto 645 FTT? Let us know in the comments.

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James J Lamberg
James J Lamberg
GuestSeptember 19th, 2019

Curious how much it weighs and how much weight it can hold. Any info on that?

Jason Paul
Jason Paul
GuestSeptember 18th, 2019

Very nice! Any idea on price yet?

Jeff Loch
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

Hi Jason! It is around 600€ for the Aluminum version.

LIGHT HACKERS
LIGHT HACKERS
GuestSeptember 18th, 2019

Haven’t @Sachtler have had this out for years with their ‘sprinter’ stands.. and now the improved #Flowtech .. with @Vinten too?

 C B
C B
MemberSeptember 21st, 2019

You probably mean their Speedlocks, which have been around for well over a decade. I bought my first set in 2007 and I think they were around before that.

Regarding the Manfrotto’s, the release latches look like snag hazards. I can see a lot of accidental leg collapses with this design.

Jonas Danielsson
MemberSeptember 18th, 2019

How will this compare to the tripod Cartoni Red?

 Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards
MemberSeptember 19th, 2019

This is the bomb! Nice price point and great support coming from Manfrotto with their products. Will sell like hot cakes!

Nathan Lee Bush
Nathan Lee Bush
MemberOctober 10th, 2019

What’s the release date?

Fareed
Fareed
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Is it available yet?

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