National Geographic. Manfrotto. Gitzo. If you have been into for photography for a while, these are the names of trusted brands already known for their quality and durability. Ask any photographer and one way or another, these brands will pop-up when people asked about reliable gear for tripods, bags and accessories. While their presence here in the Philippines have been floating around somewhere here and there through questionable distribution, the recent launch, showcase last week solidified their presence in the country. Manfrotto, National Geographic and Gitzo brought in their latest products and models and would be widely available nationwide through Henry’s, Colours and highly popular online store Lazada.
Among the Manfrotto items that I was personally excited about were the BeFree series of tripods which are compact but sturdy tripods ideal for Travel and Landscape Photographers. They have both the aluminum and carbonfiber versions for price differences. The handy table-top Manfrotto Pixi also seems to be a favorite. The white variant reminds people a lot of Eve from Wall-e while the gray one reminds me of small fighter robot from Big Hero. The Off-road series is also here. I have tried the Off-road Tripod before and got a mixed-bag review but their backpack is quite interesting. There’s also the Compact Kit series ideal for novices, budget-friendly prices but quality built and design.
The new Africa Series looks good in their line of bags for me. I’m not much into the design of the Mediterannean Series but the Walkabout series seems just about right for everyday use.
Manfrotto, National Geographic and Gitzo are available in the Philippines through
Henry’s ProfessionalQuiapo Branch | 310 P. Gomez Street Quiapo, Manila
Glorietta Branch | 3rd Floor New Glorietta, Makati City
Trinoma Branch | Space # 3017 3rd floor, Trinoma Mall North Avenue cor.Edsa, Bagong Pag-asa 1, Quezon City
Ayala Cebu Branch | 3rd level Ayala Cebu Phase 2B Annex
Hidalgo Quiapo Branch | 710 R. Hidalgo St. Quiapo Manila
Colours | Fotos Cameras Gadgets
SM CITY CEBU | Lower Ground Floor, Atrium AB SM City, Cebu
AYALA CENTRE CEBU | 3rd Level Expansion Mall, Cebu Business Park Ayala Center, Metro Cebu
ICM BOHOL | Lower Ground Floor Island City Mall, Dampas District, Tagbilaran City, Bohol
CENTRIO MALL | Second Floor, Centrio Mall, CM Recto Avenue and Corrales Street, Cagayan de Oro City
www.lazada.com.ph through Macpower Marketing Corp.