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Manfrotto MMC3-01 Compact 5 Section Aluminum Monopod for Cameras (Black)
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- 5 section for compactness
- Supports up to 3lbs
- Perfect for video and still cameras
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The Compact Monopod is the ideal support for traveling and is suitable for both Photo and Video recording. Usable in any situation - particularly when space is limited amongst a crowd of people - it eliminates shaking from your videos and helps you support your equipment for long periods of time so you can relax. The 5-section legs provide maximum compactness and transportability. Additionally, an adjustable wrist strap guarantees safety and comfort. SPECIFICATIONS: Closed Length 15.35 in; Color black; 5 Leg Sections; Load Capacity 3.31 lbs; Material aluminum; Maximum Height; 57.28 in; Minimum Height 15.35 in; Weight 0.64 lbs.
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If you need to improve your photos or videos, but space is the real constraint, then a monopod can help: it's like one leg of a tripod, supporting most of the weight of the camera, stabilizing your shots and reducing vibration, while occupying so little floorspace that you can use it safely in crowded places, then pack it away in the smallest of bags, ideal for traveling.
|Key Features: |
Universal tripod adaptor which screws directly into the tripod thread of your camera.
Convenient wrist strap for safety and comfort.
Ergonomic lever leg locks to allow you to open and close it quickly and easily.
|Technical Specs: |
|Attaches By ||Universal camera attachment |
|Maximum Height ||145cm • 57.28in |
|Minimum Height ||39cm • 15.35in |
|Closed Length ||39cm • 15.35in|
|Weight ||0.29kg • 0.64lb |
|Load Capacity ||1.5kg • 3.31lb |
|Leg Sections ||5 number |
|Material ||Aluminum |
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This monopod is of course made for a specific market, namely users of lightweight cameras/camcorders. If you need a monopod for a lightweight camera (either a compact camera or one of those smaller compact camera/DSLR hybrids) or a compact camcorder, this monopod is a good choice.
When retracted, the length of the monopod is 15-1/2" (just slightly longer than a 12-inch Subway sandwich). When fully extended, it measures 57-1/2". The largest section is 1" in width (not counting the grip, which is a tad larger at 1-5/16"). Note: the cross section of the monopod is oval, not round, which helps to make the monopod relatively flat for wedging it in tight spaces in a backpack.
The 3-lb weight rating from the specifications for this monopod is somewhat of an overestimation. Don't get me wrong, this monopod will hold 3-lb -- or more. But if you mount a heavier (2 or more lbs) camera on the monopod and lean your body weight slightly into the monopod to plant it firmly into the ground for extra stability, the sections will start to bend a little.
A word about the use of a monopod: After doing quite a bit of googling and youtubing, I find the most stable way to use a monopod is to use the bottom end of the monopod as a pivot and angle the monopod towards you (vs. placing the monopod vertically) and then lean your body slightly into the monopod to firmly plant the bottom end of the monopod into the ground. Next, adjust the ballhead (sold separately) accordingly to level out the camera.
With that said, if you're getting a monopod for a bigger camera (such as a Canon 5D or 7D) AND you're leaning into the monopod, you're better off with a sturdier monopod, like the Manfrotto 680B Monopod (which when coupled with the Manfrotto 678 Folding Base turns the 680B monopod into both a monopod AND a tripod -- nifty!). I use the 680B for my 7D and use this monopod only for my compact Sony Cybershot and camcorder.
Use of a Ballhead
This monopod comes with a 1/4" (20 threads per inch) to 3/8" (16 threads per inch) adapter (the 1/4" diameter is for mounting the camera directly onto the tripod while the 3/8" diameter is for mounting a ballhead). There are a couple of problems:
(1) When unscrewing the ballhead, the adapter sometimes comes off the monopod and remains screwed into ballhead (this problem is intrinsic to 1/4" to 3/8" adapters).
(2) It's easy to screw the adapter on too tightly. I did so, and had to use a pair to pliers to unscrew it from the monopod (the adapter left a permanent depression at the base of the screw atop the monopod). I suspect this problem would not have occurred if the material at the base of the screw had been high density rubber.
I would have preferred if this monopod had used an adapter much like the one on the 680B. On the 680B, the 3/8" adapter is a retractable sleeve permanently affixed over the 1/4" screw -- a much better design (and an ingenious one at that).
Last, the monopod is made in China (the 680B is made in Italy), but the quality is really quite good. The sections retract and extend very smoothly. There is barely any friction between sections, so the monopod can be extended or retracted very quickly. Overall, the monopod is well-built and looks polished (it doesn't look cheap to be sure).
I have no other complaints about the monopod (other than the overrated weight limit and problems with the 1/4" to 3/8" adapter). Recommended for lightweight compact cameras and camcorders.
It's two inches short for me with our Nikon D5100 mounted directly to the monopod. I'm 5'11" and I have to bend down a little with it fully extended. I don't have a problem with that because I mostly use the electronic viewfinder rather than the optical one. For my wife, it's perfect. It's her camera and she's happy so I'm happy.
Operationally, the flip levers are easy to operate for both locking and unlocking. It can be deployed or collapsed in 15 seconds or less. It's not fumbly at all. Since the telescoping leg is not a round cylinder it can't rotate. And that means the lock levers are always lined up. This is a good design point.
With the camera attached, I added 10 lbs or so of additional downwards pressure on the grip and the leg locks didn't slip. The weight limit must be some legal liability issue. It doesn't feel weak in any way at the leg locks or the attachment point.
It's a nice backpacking or hiking monopod. If you're looking for one that's lightweight and compact when collapsed it's perfect if it's not too short for you.
I actually put a cheap little ballhead on it (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C3DY73S?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_17) so I could use it at odd angles/placements. The only other thing I might change is to put a wider tip/foot/whatever on it for a little more support on soft ground, probably just jam a chair tip from the hardware store over the existing small foot.
Given my shooting style and subjects (landscapes & plants/flowers) I'll probably rarely lug my small tripod hiking again now that I have this. Got a couple friends who also use monopods from other manufacturers, they both think this one is excellent, and quite a bit less expensive than theirs too.