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Manfrotto MKC3-P01 Compact Photo Kit (Black)

4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Compact ball head features quick release
  • Reversible center column
  • Adjustable anti slip feet
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Product Description

The Compact Photo Kit is the most compact full size support in the market. The five section legs and the unique reversible column provide maximum compactness for storage and transportation, and yet, when fully extended it is a full size tripod with no compromise on height. The quick action intuitive ball head allows you to simply and quickly set the position of your camera in any situation so you don’t lose the right moment. The built in quick release make it extremely easy and quick to attach and remove your camera. Minimum length 16.1";Maximum height 60.6";Maximum load capacity 3.3lbs;Weight 2.2lbs.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 17.4 x 3.7 x 3.9 inches
Item Weight 3.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.1 pounds
ASIN B004MKNJ8O
Item model number MKC3-P01
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4.1 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,931 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com March 1, 2011

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Ok look, here's the deal. This is the lightest, smallest folding, quickest to use tripod. If you want a cumbersome, heavy-as-hell tripod build like a tank- go with a slik.

Personally I use tripods for 2 occasions:

1) Night shooting: This tripod is so freaking portable and quick to set up it's amazing. I just leave the quick release plate attached to my pro DSLR so I can simply slide it on. I HATE running around at night with a heavy tripod that takes forever to set up.

2) Landscape/architecture/ time lapses: This tripod is sturdy enough for me to take a time lapse on a mountain with my Nikon D800 & battery grip and any of my pro lenses. Who needs more than that?

SUMMARY:

For $60 dollars this thing is a steal. I threw away my $200 slik heavy-duty tripod because at the end of the day if I can get the same shot with a tripod that literally weights 10X lighter and is much quicker to setup and take down, I have no complaints. These other reviewers bashing this tripod must be looking for a massive tripod only used in the studio where you don't have to actually lug it around up and down a mountain and through the streets at night during a festival. Good luck doing that inconspicuously.
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Manfrotto is famous for its quality tripods and this is no exception. I bought it as a travel tripod because of its size. I also have a Benro Travel Angel which weights almost the same and it's even smaller when folded (so calling the MKC3-P01 "ultra compact" is kind of a stretch). The Benro also has better load capacity, but it costs twice as much.

That being said, this tripod is small enough when folded and it extends some inches more than the Benro when fully extended.
I really like the quick release/adjust levers for the legs (which the Benro doesn't have). They keep the leg sections securely in place without any movement (with the "twist" levers you never know if the leg section is secure or not and the camera may tilt and fall). The quick release ball head is average, I would say.

Other reviewers indicated that this one should not be used with DSLRs. I disagree, I used it with a Canon 60D and a 18-135mm glass attached in windy conditions (i.e. Golden Gate area) with no problem, just be mindful of the load capacity.
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I bought a gift pack (Manfrotto photo bag and tripod) at the Big Box Club store before the holidays. It included this exact tripod and a camera gear bag large enough to carry this tripod and other gear. The pictures and box description made it seem like this was great for DSLR cameras. The box even showed a pic of a DSLR camera and the display was directly beside the Canon and Nikon DSLR prosumer cameras for sale.

Well, I am disappointed as the "head" on this tripod is a small, cheap design that might be OK for a compact camera but not for a prosumer camera. Really, it is a joke and so flimsy that I simply will not use it with my DSLR camera.

The tripod? It is taller than most cheap tripods. It is pretty stable for a tall, compact design and the center pipe will reverse and hang under the tripod so you can hang the camera upside down near the ground for macros needs. All good features but who would risk hanging a good camera upside down from that hapless quick release head.

I thought "OK, I'll just replace the junky quick release head." WRONG! This head is NOT removable/replaceable like other quality tripods. That's right - you get a junk head that cannot be replaced. I'm surprised that the reputable Manfrotto would allow such a product on the market? I am not a pro photographer but I thought that one couldn't go wrong buying Manfrotto and that they were worth the extra price. In this case, I was wrong.
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This is a really nice, lightweight, easy-to-use tripod. It sets up easily with the quick-release clamps, and collapses to a very small size that easily mounts on my camera backpack. It's so lightweight you wouldn't even know it's there. Nice stability, and easily adjustable. Small foot allows access to my camera's flashcard & battery pocket without removing the foot. Makes me wish I'd gone ahead and spent the money for a good tripod years ago, instead of wasting money on crappy ones.
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I have purchased other tripods that extended but were not quite tall enough. Sure, they were more compact, but this one fits into my backpack, and lets me adjust the height from around 12 inches to over 6 feet. It is very stable, and i haven't had any issue with it tipping over even when attached to a DSLR. The pop on, pop off is a bit tricky to get used to. But once you do use it, it works well. The extending it takes times because of all the latches, but even then it takes less than 60 seconds. The "carrying case" is the box it comes in with a plastic handle. Obviously not at all useful. But it folds comfortably into my backpack (regular adult sized backpack) so is great for casual hiking. It is not particularly heavy, you might notice the weight, but it's not a burden. I have used this on hiking trails, the sides of mountains, hills, parks, inside of churches, and I have not been dissapointed. I am a casual photographer, and do mostly family and vacation photos. This held steady even during fairly strong winds at the Grand Canyon, so I would recommend it for still shots. The panning movement is not at all smooth, so I would not recommend it for video. You can loosen it so it swivels freely, but it swivels on a ball bearing, so it won't keep it level while you move. You might as well just hold the camera for video where you need to move the camera a lot, as I have yet to get it to work well for that. But I recommend this for still photography, like family vacation photos.
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