While stills camera supports have evolved and become more compact, lighter and agile, on the whole, video tripods have remained much the same for years.
You’ll get the odd variant, carbon legs, and slight design cross overs from stills photography, but nothing that unique, or new.
However, with the arrival of the Manfrotto 635 FST Single-Leg Fast, we finally have something that truly matches the innovation that we saw with the companies launch of the Nitro heads a few years ago.
The idea behind the legs is to provide an ultra-quick and stable base for your video camera/camcorder while making sure that it’s as light and portable as possible.
How this has been achieved is with a large single twist-lock leg, one twist and the other two sections release. That single twist and lock action makes this video tripod ultra-fast to set-up and use.
When it came to redesigning heads for video, Manfrotto’s Nitro heads worked spectacularly well, so expectations for the new 635 FST Single-Leg Fast are high. But, are these legs really a decent match for the Nitro, or has Manfrotto innovated where innovation just wasn’t needed?