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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|
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|Color||Black||Black||—||Aluminum Aolly Black||Black||—|
|Item Dimensions||17.32 x 5 x 65 in||20 x 4.3 x 4.3 in||20.75 x 5.31 x 5.31 in||15.8 x 4.9 x 4.9 in||24.21 x 4.4 x 4.1 in||—|
|Item Weight||3.1 lbs||2.65 lbs||2.43 lbs||2.89 lbs||2.72 lbs||—|
|Maximum Height||64.96 in||—||1,580 millimeters||—||158 cm||—|
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.
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I originally bought the (non-advanced) Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action Tripod (Black)tripod. I liked it OK, but I did not think it was sturdy enough for the above mentioned combination, so I returned it. I also prefer the '3-way' head on the this tripod to the 'ball' head on the MKCOMPACTACN. The weight difference of about a half pound is IMHO not that significant.
For those of you who complain that the levers get in the way of each other: You are not setting it up correctly. The lever that controls the lateral tilt needs to be loosened enough (almost all the way out) so you can swing to the right such that the stem slips into the slot. This lever will then be at a right angle to the one that controls the vertical movement and panning. In this configuration they will not collide with each other.
The portability of this tripod does not come without trade-offs:
1. Unlike my Manfrotto 3001, which has 3 lockable open positions, the compact has only one usable open position. This means lowering the tripod involves not fully extending at least one of the leg sections.
2. The round center post on the 3001 moves smoothly. Not so the center post on this tripod. I don't find this to be a big deal. The camera viewfinder is about eye level for me with the post all the way down. This means, of course, that if you need to lower the camera or if you are significantly shorter than my 5'7", you will need to adjust the length of the legs. The center post is reversible, so that is, of course another method of significantly lowering the camera.
3. The 3001 has three section legs as opposed to the 5 section legs of this tripod. This allows for the bottom leg of the 3001 to be of a larger diameter, increasing its stability. The stability of this tripod is quite good, however.
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.
Also comes with a drawstring dust bag.