Snap steady shots with your compatible DSLR camera using this Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK tripod that extends up to 60" and folds down to 17.8" for compact storage. A quick-release plate and locking system allow simple attachment, removal and adjustment.
Best consumer level tripod for the money!
Posted by: KFBX from: Pennsylvania on
For over 20 years as a professional photographer I swore that I'd never buy a consumer level tripod. No, it wasn't a snobbish attitude. I just never came across a tripod for under $300 that wasn't garbage.
In addition to some pro-line Manfrotto gear, I own a couple professional tripods. The tripods are like tanks, great for the studio and weddings, but quite heavy and not very mobile. For personal photo outings, like family events, hiking, and such I've never found a small tripod good enough to take along.
That all changed when I saw the Manfrotto Compact Action Series Tripod one day at Best Buy. At first glance, I thought there was an error in their in store price listing. I even asked one of associates to please double check the price. A Manfrotto ball head tripod for under $100? I tested out the display model with a DSLR fixed to the head. It was lightweight, compact, and very sturdy. I rushed it to the cash register to pay, still thinking it was all too good to be true. Actually I didn't just buy the tripod, I bought a Veloce series backpack to go with it. The tripod fits perfectly inside the pack with room for a camera and other gear.
Two months have gone by and my positive opinion of this tripod stands. For casual use, the Manfrotto Compact Series tripod has surpassed its expectations. For the price this is the best consumer level tripod that I've seen.
For years Manfrotto and Bogen have been at the top of the industry for tripods, catering primarily to professional photographers. But recently Manfrotto has developed a whole new line of gear for the consumer and amateur users. It's all been quite impressive; a stylish and yet very functional array of products. For professionals, it's great equipment for your everyday shots, allowing you to enjoy the art of photography from a personal perspective.
I didn't log on to this site today to write a review. I went online to purchase another of the Compact Series tripods and another Veloce bag for my teenage daughter. She is very impressed with this new gear as much as I am. We plan on traveling this summer and as she said, this is cool stuff.
After I checked the local store availability I saw a negative review posted on the Best Buy site, and was shocked. Unfortunately there were no specific complaints detailed on the review, so take it with a grain of salt. In another site review someone said the ball head was noisy. Buy honestly it isn't nearly as noisy as the auto-focus on a DSLR. Quiet fluid heads are a much more complicated design. They are out there, but of course expect to pay a lot more money.
The only thing Manfrotto could do to make this tripod better or easier for the amateur consumer is to send a company representative to take the photos for you. For beginners it is always beneficial to take an introductory class or two in photography to understand the equipment before you head out to take photos. If you have any questions on this tripod that a store associate can’t answer, contact Manfrotto directly. They have a very high level of customer service.
In conclusion, yes this is a great tripod. And yes, I plan to purchase more products from Manfrotto’s exciting new line of photo gear.
50 out of 53 found this review helpful.
Excellent tripod for the money
Posted by: MattyNH from: on
I was a little skeptical on the quality I'd get for this price range but I've been more than pleased!
Solid tripod that's easy to setup and light, has just the right height options too. The head/grip is what really impressed me, works so fluidly for quick changes and adjustments. I use this a lot for nature photography and it's great to be able to quickly and effortlessly move the camera and secure it with just a little movement.
I've used this with a full size dslr with fully extended 300mm lens + teleconverter as well as with an a6000, no issues using either.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great price for an outstanding product
Posted by: nohemi from: on
I own a bigger (and more expensive) version of the manfrotto tripod. I bought this one to take it out on trips as the bigger tripod is not easy to carry. This tripod is great. It has basically replaced my bigger tripod.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Best Tripod Ever!
Posted by: Shaun from: on
The Manfrotto - 60" Compact Action Tripod Is easy to transport and use. It is easy to set up and allows you to shoot video smoothly. This is the best tripod out there for a good price.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Good for point & shoot and SLR-like style cameras.
Posted by: cujoe from: on
Decided it was time to upgrade from the 20+ year old Vivitar tripod I've been using. First off, this thing is TINY when it's folded up. It stands at about 18 inches and is very light to carry around, the storage bag is also nice and is double-sided/padded, so it should last.
Once fully extended, the entire thing reaches about 5 feet tall, roughly 4-5 inches shorter than my Vivitar and it's a full sized tripod. The quick release feels pretty solid, but I have to watch and make sure I don't bump the clip by accident and lose the camera, though it would take a good tug to open it.
I like the shoe it comes with, just a simple "nut" that fits into the head of the tripod instead of a huge plastic base that might get in the way. I was able to secure another one for backup should anything happen to it.
The head itself has a decent feeling movement, it's not jerky or stiff when the thumb wheel is opened all the way and there is an option on the side to allow the head to rotate on the Y-axis to level your camera (like if you're on a slight incline).
The head can also be removed from the center on a short (roughly) 12in pole, I couldn't figure out why you would need this, then it dawned on me, you insert it the other way with the camera upside down, shorten the legs and you have a tripod for macros!
It's not nearly as stable as some more expensive tripods, but for the price and size, once the legs are locked into place, the entire thing doesn't move at all. Other ones may have a stabilizer bar in the center of the legs that opens them all at once, this does not, but I don't miss it at all, a lot less weight.
I'm using mine with a Canon SX40 and it doesn't feel too top heavy. I'm not sure if I'd want to try it with a high-end SLR with battery pack and long lens, but maybe it would be ok.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Sturdy but not very user friendly
Posted by: csdhall from: on
This is a good product except doesn't do a very good job when it comes to holding the camera at angles you'd like to. It's pretty strong but I wish I could adjust it at certain angles I'm able to use tripods at.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Ok tripod for light camera
Posted by: Fotomonkey from: on
The legs are very thin on this. I only bought it because I needed something fast and there weren't any better options. It does ok holding my D5300 but I have to be careful what lens I put on with the D7000.
It's lightweight which is a good thing. I do like the grip and QR I suppose but I find once you lock it the head tends to move a bit. I'm much more a fan of the Arca style and this tripod will soon be relegated to the junk drawer.
Overall if you've got a small bodied camera and don't need a lot of super stability it's a decent tripod. I wouldn't put a 70-200 on it.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Easy To Use !
Posted by: EAbbey from: on
This is a very simple tripod to use and since I'm a beginner to using one, and don't like to fuss around with anything much anyway, this tripod works great. I have a Canon tsi5 and use longer length lenses up to 300mm. It has held them fine, however, I do put one of the legs right in front under the lens just to ensure stability. It is lightweight and quick to set up.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Pretty good tripod
Posted by: Juju from: on
I really like this tripod, it is light and easy to use.
I use it a lot for photography.
If I have to mention a drawback, take panorama pictures with it is difficult because it is a ball junction and you can not easily restrict one simple rotation around an axis
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BBuy from: on
This camera stand is good for its price. Its light weight and easy to carry.