The Manfrotto 475B is my everyday workhorse for real estate photography. This tripod is constructed from black anodized aluminum and has a geared center column for precise height control. It weighs in at 9.5 pounds (without a tripod head) and has a minimum height of 16.9 inches and a maximum extension height of 74 inches. The 3 section legs have adjustable center bracing making this tripod very stable which is vital for real estate photography. You can adjust the center bracing when you need to get your camera in awkward spots where a non-adjustable bracing simply cannot go. I use this tripod mainly for interior shots and for exteriors on one and two story homes. For the exterior shots of beach homes where I want to get a higher perspective I use the Manfrotto 161MK2B with a maximum height of 105.1 inches. I will provide a separate review on the 161MK2B as well as the Arca Swiss d4 tripod head that I use with both.
Overall, I have been thrilled with the performance of the Manfrotto 475B. It is sturdy and stable and can be tossed around without worrying about damaging it. From time to time you may need to adjust the leg clamps with a hex key insure proper locking tension but that is about all the maintenance it requires. The geared center column locks down for a stable shooting position and it allows you precise control of your shooting height with little effort. This is important when you need to adjust the camera to see over a counter top, sink or mattress top or to provide separation between foreground/background elements when framing your shot. It also makes adjustments a breeze in the kitchen when you want to be precisely level with the upper cabinets. For $300, you will find this tripod an invaluable piece of equipment to add to your gear list.