Manfrotto MKC3-P01 Compact Photo Kit (Black)
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- Compact ball head features quick release
- Reversible center column
- Adjustable anti slip feet
- Ultra compact when closed
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|Item Dimensions||3.93 x 3.74 x 17.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||3.15 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This thing would be OK for a point and shoot camera, but don't even think about it if you intend on using it for a DSLR, or god forbid a film camera. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by kmc
I really like this tripod because it is light (only 1kg) and extremely practice, it can be folded to 43cm and its maximum height is 165 cm
The ball head is great, it gives you... Read more
I paid $99 and thought I would be getting something new.
Instead I got a used, repacked item that was missing vital pieces.
Very disappointed. Read more
Very nice construction of this high quality tripod from Manfrotto . It is worth every single penny. You will not be dissapointed... I just love it!Published on December 31, 2013 by SuRivero
I recently purchased a Nikon dSLR from a friend, so I wanted a decent tripod with a low price. I had read countless good reviews on Manfrotto tripods, and decided on the MKC3-P01. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by Gregs of Wrath
My wife and I travel a good bit and needed a portable tripod to carry with us. I recently lugged a heavier MeFoto tripod around the UK for 10 days and I wanted something a little... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by D. Jones
This is not a tripod for a DSLR. I, like other DSLR users, like to have precision and accuracy when adjusting shots on a tripod. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Perry M. Rogers