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Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Compact Photo-Movie Kit (Black)

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  • Unique grip action 2-way head
  • Designed for both photo and video use
  • Aluminum construction
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Product Description

Product Description

An ultra-compact and easy-to-use kit for shooting both photo and video. Easy to carry, it is a universal solution- fast and efficient for all applications. The unique photo-movie selector allows for maximum freedom to set the position of your camera when shooting photos and an easy-to-control movement when shooting videos. The ergonomic handle allows for an intuitive use and is perfectly foldable for packing the tripod in your bag. Folded length 18.1";Extended length 60.6";Maximum load capacity 3.3lbs;Weight 2.5lbs

From the Manufacturer

Using a tripod helps improve the results you get from your camera by holding it much more steady than you can yourself, making photos sharper and allowing you to concentrate more on catching the right scene at the right moment.

By using your camera's self-timer and a tripod, you can even get into some of your pictures yourself too.

When it comes to video, a tripod is even more essential: it eliminates the distracting shakiness that hand-held video often has and it keeps the picture straight.

Overall, a tripod helps you get the best out of your compact camera, by giving you the flexibility to use camera settings (like low ISO, for example) that produce better quality images, and holding the camera still for longer exposures in low light, producing shake-free photos and video that really capture the colors and atmosphere.

The MKC3-H01 Photo-Movie Kit is a Compact Series tripod with a built-in head designed for both taking photos and shooting video. The ''grip''-style head has a Photo/Movie switch on the side; when the Photo setting is selected, the head allows you to rotate the camera between landscape and portrait positions and then lock it in place before taking a photo.

In Movie setting, the camera is locked in landscape orientation but free to rotate left-right, so you can use the grip handle to move the camera smoothly when filming subjects in motion, or to take in wide views without losing horizontal level. Compact Series tripods have quick release camera plates so you can attach and detach your camera in seconds. The plate has an universal tripod mount for every camera (a screw thread on the underside).

Compact Series tripods also have ergonomic lever leg locks, so opening and closing the tripod is fast.

The Compact Series was designed to be an ideal first tripod: easy to use; quick to attach, detach, extend and fold; ultra-portable when closed yet practical and tall when open, they're among the most compact full-size tripods available; strong and secure enough to support anything from small point-and-shoots and compact camcorders up to entry-level DSLRs with kit lenses. iPhones and other camera phones can be supported too (check your camera has a tripod thread on the underside, or that you have a tripod thread adapter for your phone).

Technical Specs:

Attaches by Universal camera attachment

Center Column

Column Cross Section

Column Tube Diameter
22 mm

Front Tilt
0° / +90° head tilt

Lateral Tilt
-90° / +90° head tilt

Panoramic Rotation

Leg Angles

Leg Cross Section

Maximum Height
154 cm • 60.6 in

Minimum Height
44.5 cm • 52.8 in

Closed Length
46 cm • 18.1 in

1.15 kg • 2.5 lb

Load Capacity
1.5 kg • 3.3 lb

Leg Sections
5 number


Plate Type

Product Information

Product Dimensions 18.7 x 3.5 x 5.1 inches
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.2 pounds
Item model number MKC3-H01
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #616 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at March 1, 2011

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By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 2, 2011
Executive summary: ideal for travel with light equipment, but portability comes at a price.

What's considered light? A compact SLR with plastic kit lenses below 250mm, or any single-lens camera or video camera. The stability isn't there for larger gear; it's the sort of tripod where you'd leave image stabilization on. The five leg sections are very thin and flex without much provocation, as do the plastic leg attachment joints and receivers. Stated weight capacity is 3.3 lbs.

In exchange for this modest specification, you get an extraordinarily light and compact unit. Folded length including the pistol-grip head is only 18", about as small as tripods get that can also reach 53" without the center column extended. Weight is similarly portable at only 2.5 lbs. On the principle that the best tripod is one you're likely to take with you, this Manfrotto scores a win.

There's little to complain about in use. The legs and center column extend easily and lock securely. I found the pistol-grip head easy to adjust and not prone to slipping if the camera isn't often moved. Like most Manfrotto tripods, the engineering on this one is polished and balanced. No area exceeds the others in build quality and there are no showstopping weakness.

A few miscellaneous features aren't present with the H01, though you probably won't miss them. The center column is completely integrated. You can't flip it upside-down or mount it for offset use. It doesn't have a bottom hook to hang a bag for stability. And, befitting the limited strength of the legs, they only lock at one angle. If you want to get closer to the ground, you'll be retracting sections.

That's all, really.
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As I only use this tripod for shooting stills, I will be reviewing it for that purpose only.

Before you buy this tripod, you should understand what it's intended for.

What it's not:
-The only tripod you'll ever need
-A stable platform for your DSLR system
-A 10 or 15-lb rock-solid mount

What it is:
-Ultra compact (less than 24" fully retracted)
-Excellent for point-and-shoot, compact and mirrorless cameras
-ACCEPTABLE for DSLR cameras with SMALL PRIME lenses
-Good value

Don't purchase this tripod simply because it's a Manfrotto. Many people have bought this model thinking it will be a great all-in-one support for a strangely affordable price. If you're looking for a solid tripod to use with DSLR systems, opt for another.

As I shoot mainly with a DSLR body and a small prime lens (AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/1.8 G, etc)this tripod works well for my purposes. It is stable enough to hold my D300 in a locked position. Fully extended, the tripod does have good height, but its legs are also prone to vibrations. Plan on using either your camera's delayed shutter release or a wireless remote. I would NOT recommend this tripod for long exposures taken with any DSLR.

For $60, the value is there. This model is well-designed, sure-fitted and feels very strong for its size and weight. The head rotates smoothly and fluidly about all three axis as does any pan-head tripod. (This is my first ball-head model; I was worried I couldn't set my camera in a portrait orientation. The thumb lock is a nice feature and feels secure. I always give it an extra few twists with my DSLR mounted just to be sure.

All in all, a great little compact/travel tripod for the price.
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As a pro for 28+ years and owner of 6 other tripods of varying sizes (4 Bogen/Manfrotto, 1 Giotto, 1 Gitzo), I bought this extremely compact, lightweight and portable tripod for just those excellent qualities. Would this be my first or ONLY tripod? Never. But what it does, it does extremely well and for not much money.

I use it as my 'steadycam support' for HD video shooting, w/ its own (built-in) head locked tightly upright and a small-but-capable video fluid head mounted atop the built-in head. Because I shoot fast-moving sports and performance video, I've connected both ends of my (neck-supported) camera strap to the bottoms of 2 legs that remain fully contracted (hanging at waist-level), but then I extend the 3rd leg fully so that when I stop moving and touch it to the ground, it becomes a mono-stabilizer for my whole shooting rig (5D Mk III, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom, DP6 Monitor, Headset).

I wouldn't use it when rock-solid support is needed, because I have other, heavier gear for that purpose. But this product is only one tool, and it's important to have different tools for different needs. Manfrotto/Bogen is an extremely capable company with excellent designs in many categories of both professional and 'enthusiast' gear, and each should be judged accordingly.

So as Clint so eloquently put it in 'Unforgiven'... "A man's gotta know his limitations.".

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By Gorben on June 26, 2011
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I have this tripod for ~2 weeks now and I mount a Canon T2i and a 15-85mm lens on it.
This is not bad. Not the sturdiest tripod, but light and relatively smooth to operate. For ~ $60 I am pretty happy with it and it is a lot better than what I saw at the same price!
I do not recommend to extend all the sections... the last one is pretty thin.
I do not recommend to mount long lenses. The tripod is light and probably won't be that stable with a big zoom (70-200mm and above).

EDIT after two years :
I still use this tripod. It never failed me. I have used it in rivers, at the beach and in the desert and still works great! I have since my t2i upgraded to a 5D and a 7D camera. I have used this tripod with these camera mounted with the Canon 24-105L F4, Canon 17-55 F2.8 and Canon 300L F4 IS. If you carefully place a leg directly under your lens to support the weight, the tripod is pretty stable (I always stay close, just in case ;) ). With these heavier combo it is difficult to adjust precisely the composition. The head has a tendency to shift the camera when you lock it.
I am very happy with it.
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