Manfrotto BeFree Camera Backpack Review

Manfrotto BeFree Camera Backpack Review

We’re at Yosemite and I have a backpack that
I really like. This is the Manfrotto BeFree backpack.
I’ve been through a lot of bags, but this one is fantastic.
I’ve been using the Everyday Messenger, and I still like it
But the problem with the Messenger bag, or any messenger bag, is that it has one strap.
And if you have any reasonable amount of gear, it’s going to hurt your shoulder, especially
if you do a lot of walking or hiking. So, backpacks alleviate that: You get better
weight distribution, but you trade off that sore shoulder for a sweaty back.
It’s a compromise I’m willing to make. You can carry two tripods on here. You have
the option of carrying one on the back, or you can carry a tripod in this side pocket.
I have a mug with water or coffee in there,
usually. It’s got external pockets for things like
your passport or your batteries, things you
want to quickly access. It’s got a rain cover in here for times when
it gets really wet. And you can put up to a 15-inch laptop in
the back if you’re travelling. And of course, the main compartment here.
I have a jacket in here now. You can store lots of lenses. I’m storing
a 24-70, a 16-35, and a 70-200. Lots of room
left over. I’ve also attached a clip to one of the straps
here. This is a Peak Design clip. So I can
leave it here where my camera is accessible,
and I don’t have to have an extra strap. Overall, I’m super happy with it. The Manfrotto
BeFree backpack, which you can get at Check it out. Thanks!
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58 thoughts on “Manfrotto BeFree Camera Backpack Review

  1. The link to the backpack on amazon says it can only hold a 13in laptop, if a 15in laptop fits is it a tight fit or still has room?

  2. are there any good spots in CT to take photos (I mostly do wildlife photography)? Ive been looking and havent found any.

  3. Nice review, I've been looking for a backpack style camera bag. I think that I may have just found it. Thanks Tony!

  4. I got the Manfrotto MB PL-3N1-35 for Christmas and I really do not like the bag compared to my old Kata bag which is worn out. I know this bag was an old Kata bag which really surprised me, glad the one you reviewed is better.

  5. Great and coincidental review. I was just thinking about a backpack that would allow me to carry more gear when I'm doing solo shoots on location.. Excellent and thank you.

  6. I've been looking forward to this video since you brought it up in one of your other videos. I've been needing a new camera backpack since I started using a grip with my camera more frequently, along with a 70-200.

  7. So far, I've really liked products from Manfrotto. I haven't gotten anything manky from them yet.

  8. hi Tony, would it fit a 5D mk III mounted with a 70-200 2.8? sorry if you mentioned, but could not find the cc on/off on youtube for android. cheers!

  9. Have you tried the cotton carrier alternative to peak design clip? I bought it because it seems the few who tried both felt the cotton carrier feels much nicer. My personal experience is that lugging around a DSLR like that wasn't very nice but I did a long 7 day hike with a small m43 on the cotton carrier and was extremely satisfied. Carrying systems (that don't look too weird) could be a future review subject.

  10. Thank you! I've been eyeing this backpack for a while now, but seeing your review and your use of the backpack, I'll make the investment now! 🙂

  11. It seemed like a great backpack, you fit plenty of gear in it for the hike but it still didn't seem too hefty. I might buy one to complement my f-stop bag. Awesome video Tony, thanks for your tireless work captioning! Damn waterfall lol. Thanks for meeting up, what a fun day

  12. Now I wish I'd gone to Yosemite this weekend instead of last. PS, if you guys are still there and have the time, then take route 120 towards Mammoth lake (I think it merges with route 395, not sure). There are many beautiful spots on the way. Here are some pics that I'd taken, hope you like them:[email protected]/albums/72157669200440455

  13. I have a Manfrotto Pro Trolley 50, and while I'd recommend their tripods, I can only advise to stay away from their "bags".

    The handle of the trolley got stuck after three simple on-location shoots and apparently Manfrotto insists on having defect merchandise sent back to them through the vendor.
    I did so and after no reaction for four months and multiple attempts to get any answers at all, my vendor decided to give me a new Trolley on their account.
    The trolley itself is nice, but their service seems to be one of the worst within the photographic industry (at least according to half a dozen accounts from other photographers who heard my story and had similar stories themselves).

  14. How secure is the clip for the camera on the strap? Would your camera go flying if you accidentally knocked it from below?

  15. Looks like what I've been on the prowl for. I want some extra backpacks. One smaller and one larger for various setups.

  16. i bought a manfrotto 195 shoulder bag and i fit all my Sony gear in. it's great quality. fair price and well made in very happy with it!

  17. I need to get this. My current Lowpro bag is pretty good, but it just doesn't feel right and I have to keep adjusting it while walking. I also have sciatic nerve issues. So anything to help alleviate pressure on the right side of my body helps.

  18. I know you guys get a few cents when people buy things from Amazon and use your link, so it would be great for everyone involved if you could include links towards Not sure if you can do that, but if you can…

  19. Thanks for typing the closed captioned portions, Tony. Personally, I did not find the audio disturbing, and I could understand every word you said without them. Besides, how often does one get to revel in hearing the din of a Yosemite waterfall in one's life? This was my first time!

    This looks like an excellent bag. I am still wanting to get one of those Peak Designs plates! Thanks for this review and for sharing waterfall sounds with all of us!

  20. Great to see the amount of water in the falls. Though I shouldn't say it in order to keep it "secret", but middle of May is just a fantastic time to visit Yosemite. Fewer people, and the snow melt makes for GREAT waterfalls. Not too hot either.

    Oh, and the backpack looks nice too! Only question for me is if it has a waist and sternum strap, making it a little more secure and conforming when hiking across rough terrain.

  21. Tony & Chelsea. Great to see captions. You should work on that for all your videos, not jus the ones near waterfalls. is a great provider.

  22. But dont you also trade some accesibility? Like I get it has like side pockets and openings to help, but arent messenger bags still more accessible, and vest (bad fashion choice though) even more.

  23. I'm curious about the Texas Longhorns and NASA connection? Have seen the hats and shirts in other videos and wonder if there is a connection to either of them.

  24. Perfect. I was looking for a backpack a little smaller than my current one (F-Stop Loka) and not anywhere near as expensive. Thanks for the review!

  25. wow beautiful bag . thank you for reviewing this bag. I have subscribed to your channel and would love to have your support as well. love what you did with your channel. keep up the good work

  26. I used the bag for a bit but frankly it is pretty terrible. Design and quality are both lacking. I went with Lowepro pro tactic 450aw instead, much happier.

  27. I have used various camera bags, including Lowepro, Tamrac and others. When I needed a bag to consoidate everthing in one bag for my Real Estate shoots I researched once again. I found the Manfrotto Pro Camera backpack SKU MB MP-BP-50BB to be perfect. Lots of space, great backpack with numerous features like the tripod holder and still, fits under your airline seat. I have been using it for over a year now and it just preforms. All I can say is that I was pleasantry surprised.

  28. yh sound and water also wind . i went on a sail boating trip made some vids and had to swap out all the audio to a appropriate free tune all i could hear was like some one blowing on the mike lol , thanks for the subtitles

  29. I'm shocked Tony you clipped your DSLR on that peak design clip. I have one and it takes a ton of tries at the rate you went… I have to very slowly clip it slowly in place to lock in.

  30. No side access is a huge negative. Having to place the bag on the ground every time you want to change a lens sucks… especially if it's muddy out or you're in a tick infested area.

  31. I own this bag and I can say it really is a good one. Lots of space and it feals like it's made mostly of high quality materials. I definitely recommend it.

  32. Great review Tony. I could hear you clearly, and actually enjoyed hearing the waterfall in the background.

  33. I'm looking for travel bag. So I can keep some my dress also .
    I Don't want heavy backpack so I can travel easy
    N Asian countries
    As weather is not cold so I don't need jacket or something heavy
    3 shirt 1 jeans and 1 short
    And 1 camera is this suitable for me

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