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Manfrotto MKCOMPACTADV-BK Compact Advanced Tripod with 3-Way Head (Black)
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- Foldable 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head
- Supports up to 6.6lbs
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Manfrotto Compact Light
Born To Be With You Always
Ultra lightweight, portable and effortless to use; the Compact Light is the indispensable tripod for any circumstance. It's time to get the best from your Compact System Cameras.
Compact Range Features
Padded bag for safe and comfortable transportation.
Compactness and Intuitiveness
Flexible, lightweight and optimised for CSC and DSLR cameras.
Leg structure you can rely on for sharp and detailed images every time.
|Manfrotto Compact Light||Manfrotto Compact Action||Manfrotto Compact Advanced 3 Way||Manfrotto Compact Advanced|
|Weight||2.03 lb||2.64 lb||3.13 lb||3.06 lb|
|Material||Aluminium, Technopolymer||Aluminium, Technopolymer||Aluminium, Technopolymer||Aluminium, Technopolymer|
|Safety Payload||3.30 lb||3.30 lb||6.61 lb||6.61 lb|
|Maximum Height (with Center Column Down)||40.45"||53.36"||55.23"||55.90"|
|Head Type||Ball Head||Joy Stick||Three Way||Ball Head|
|Plate Type||fixed - with 1/4-20″ screw||fixed - with 1/4-20″ screw||Quick Release Plate||Quick Release Plate|
The Compact Advanced 3-Way Head features an inventive, foldable three-way head for great stability and accuracy in framing your subject. This tripod is target at more advanced photo enthusiasts who own an entry level DSLR with standard zoom lenses up to 200mm. This three-way head has two independent, ergonomic levers. One controls both pan and tilt movement simultaneously whereas the second controls levelling. With these two control-levers, you can easily obtain level, well-framed images and regulate all movements independently. This head has been specifically designed to minimize dimensions and maximize portability. A unique mechanism allows the levers to be folded when the head is not in use, making the tripod easier and more convenient to carry. The high performance three-way head combined with reinforced, five-section tubes make this tripod the optimal solution for rigidity whilst also being able to reach the superior height of 165cm/65in when extended. The Compact Advanced 3-Way Head is designed to work perfectly with entry level DSLRs with standard zoom lenses up to 200mm but are compatible also with any device up to 3.0kg/6.61lbs. Please consider that a lot of semi-professional and professional equipment exceeds these requirements. If you own a Sony Next 5R/5T you have certainly noticed that these particular models have a very small surface area around the mounting thread. For this reason, in each Compact Advanced 3-Way Head box, you will find a special adaptor that will increase the surface area of these specific cameras in order to better grip the tripod and obtain maximum stability. Rapid Center Column Closed Length 17.32 in Column Tube Diameter 22mmFront Tilt -30 Degree / +90 Degree head tilt Lateral Tilt -30 Degree / +90 Degree head tilt Leg Angles 21 Degree Maximum Height 64.96 in Maximum Height (with Center Column Down) 55.24 in Minimum Height 17.52 in Panoramic Rotation 360 Degree degrees Load Capacity 6.61 lbs Weight 3.39 lbs.
Top Customer Reviews
Manfrotto Name Recognition and Brand Snobbery
No Hook on Center Post (especially with limited leg angle)
No Bubble Level
Pan and Tilt movement resistance adjustment is not great
Bigger and Heavier than expected. Not a tripod you strap to the side of a camera sling for most normal people. "Compact" had me thinking that it would be my primary tripod for travel. In my opinion (which is why this is neutral), this is too big for a Travel. I would not see it as something you carried on your sling around an amusement park with the family.
No forward/rearward adjustment on the center of gravity for the position of the camera. However, it seems to be in a pretty good spot for DSLRs with medium to medium-large sized lenses. A Sony Nex with a Pancake lens will be back-heavy. It fits a Samsung NX1 and 70D with most lenses just fine.
If you make tripods and you don't put a bubble level on the head, you're just being an *sshole. It's 2015. A Bubble level cost of production is less than a dollar. The only reason they don't is to "differentiate" it from more premium products. The lack of a hook on the center post wouldn't be as big a deal if the legs didn't have limited extension.
Head Fluidity. The adjustment is from the twisting of the handle. It's not great. If you want to do a shot that pans and pulls focus at the same time, or tilts and pulls focus at the same time, it's not easy. It'll require several takes to get it just right. The movement is not accelerate and decelerate smoothly with one hand, sometimes even with two hands (but if you use two hands, now you can't pull focus). I shot the same panning which pulling focus shot with this Manfrotto vs a Fluid filled shot and it's noticeable. Can you get away with it? maybe. Would you want this as your primary tripod on a video project for a paying customer? NO. Would it be fine for a family vacation video? Probably. Would it be okay for a B-Cam on a shoot? Maybe.
I get it, this is the supposed "entry-level" tripod. I'm not expecting a fluid filled head at this price from a major name brand. But if you leave off the cheap stuff (bubble level, center hook), then you either didn't think it through well enough, or you are being d*cks about it.
Current price of this tripod is $100 as of this writing.
For $45-$50 you can get an Off-Brand that has about the same features: Fairly Sturdy, Non-Fluid Filled Head, Somewhat compact.
For $100 Off-Brand you can get a Fluid Filled Head with forward/rearward adjustment and Bubble Level and a Hook on the center post.
BUT this is a Manfrotto, and if brand recognition matters to you then you should at least know how much you're paying to get it.
* 5 star: Vanguard Alta with PH-30 - easy to adjust head - could quickly pan and turn (intuitive) all directions/planes. Has hook on center pole to add weight as needed for stability. Used with a Vortex 60x/85mm spotting scope on a 10 day Yellowstone trip. Worked great (first time user) - quick set-up, intuitive to pan, easy & quick to set-up, didn't ever need to add weight to center pole (stayed stable).
* 4 star: This Manfrotto Compact Advanced had a more complicated head (not as intuitive as the Vanguard one) - the control handles kept hitting each other when I tried to adjust. For me, at least, this was thus more awkward to use than the Vanguard. Left at home & returned it.
* 3 star: Manfrotto Be Free head would not allow stable pan - it was a ball head & flipped all over the place. Left at home & returned it.
The tripod failed on two accounts: (1) The legs couldn't be extended without great effort; they simply stuck. (2) The central column did not fit snugly in its socket; as a result it couldn't be raised or lowered smoothly without chattering.
Because of these defects, I deemed the tripod unusable in the field. In an indoor situation that requires little adjusting it might still serve.
On the positive side, I liked the pan handle, and particularly the ease of turning the camera from horizontal to vertical position.
Also comes with a drawstring dust bag.
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