Leading Manfrotto products include camera and lighting supports, heads, bags and various accessories. The brand is one of the most widely recognized and extensively used in the photographic and videography industries. The company headquarters, based in Cassola, Italy, manufactures and markets its extensive product range with distribution companies based in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom and the US, with a further 65 independent distributors around the world.
The company,started by an Italian photojournalist, Lino Manfrotto, began designing light stands and booms back in the 60’s, from his home garage for photographer friends. After joining forces with mechanical technician, Gilberto Battocchio, he launched Manfrotto’s first tripod in 1974. Manfrotto launched the Superboom Autopole and Superclamp products that would soon become a non-negotiable in every studio around the world. The late 80’s saw the establishment of five production facilities to compliment the six plants already in operation. The company was sold to the Vitec Group in 1989 and has since acquired GITZO, Bogen, IFF and Litec.
One of the main features of the Manfrotto system is the fact that leg sets and heads can be purchased separately. This feature allows for interchangeability between one Manfrotto leg set and the various heads they have on offer.
The ability to tailor your rigs and stands to specific needs is an ideal solution in an industry where there are so many variables to take into account. You may want to use a monopod with a specific head, for instance, and then attach that same head to a tripod for use afterwards. Manfrotto are also at the leading edge of product development for the rapidly expanding DSLR videography market. With solutions like the SYMPLA Rig, Manfrotto have shifted the goalpost with all other manufacturers copying and playing catch up. The SYMPLA Rig system can be reconfigured on the go without the need for any special tools.
If you’re after Manfrotto products in South Africa, you’ve come to the right place – we stock a select range of monopods, tripods, window pods and accessories, including straps, bags, quick release plates and more. The Manfrotto brand is used by many professional photographers and videographers, but is competitively priced which makes it very appealing to enthusiasts and photographic students. Manfrotto is a reputable brand, producing robust and long lasting products.
Browse our website or contact one of the knowledgeable mycamera team members to find out more about our range of Manfrotto products online, and get the ideal solution for your needs.