Manfrotto - 60" Tripod - Red

With a photo/video selector, this Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-RD tripod accommodates a wide range of shooting needs. The tripod folds down to 18", enabling easy portability in the included bag, and extends up to 60" for flexible image-capture options.
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Overview

What's Included


  • Manfrotto 60" Tripod
  • Carrying bag

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
96% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1042 out of 1086)

Features


Compatible with most entry-level DSLR cameras

With a 1/4" tripod mount weighing up to 3.3 lbs. for wide-ranging use.

Aluminum construction

Creates a durable, stable design, so you can capture sharp, high-quality images.

Round quick-release plate

Lets you quickly attach or detach your camera by hand without the need for tools. The adjustable locking system allows you to tighten or loosen the quick-release plate by simply rotating the dial.

Photo/video selector

Enables you to choose the option that best suits your shooting needs.

Extends up to 60"

Plus folds down to 18" for versatile use. The included carrying bag features a slightly padded design to help keep the tripod safe during transport.


Overall customer rating

4.6
96%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best consumer level tripod for the money!

    Posted
    KFBX

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good for point & shoot and SLR-like style cameras.

    Posted
    cujoe
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good lightweight tripod for travel, light cameras

    Posted
    ForbiddenPlanet
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    Very inexpensive for a big-name Manfrotto tripod, very pretty, very well made, and well designed (with a couple of caveats). Yes, I read all the BestBuy reviews, most are glowing, and it was on sale, so the price was right. It's an excellent tripod for travel and for use with a lightish camera, up to maybe a medium DSLR with a medium telephoto. The pistol grip with friction wheel ballhead works very well, it's fast and holds tight. Caveats: This is a VERY lightweight tripod, so the legs are thin and whippy. The 60-inch max height sounds tall, but in practice it's barely adequate for most purposes. It uses an unusual non-standard quick-release design, a small button that fits in a well on the platform and a cam locks it in place. Pro: The button is small enough to simply leave on your camera, and it's fast in use. Con: Small enough to lose easily, and you only get one, so you'd have to order a replacement from Manfrotto (or a camera store). BestBuy doesn't carry them separately. Also, this tripod makes a great light stand, but many things you might want to use on it (lights, microphones, flash frames, umbrellas, etc.) won't work well with that tiny quick-release button. So: 4 stars out of 5, but remember it's LIGHT, repeat LIGHT, and don't lose that button.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this Tripod!

    Posted
    DDphotographer
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    This is a wonderful tripod! The ball head and trigger style handle make it so easy to adjust. The camera fits snugly on the tripod using Manfrotto's exclusive camera mount, which can stay on your camera at all times. It has a snug fit and doesn't work loose like some of the quick release tripod mounts I have used. The trigger handle has a thumb wheel to adjust and tighten. This is quick and easy to use! The ball head is pretty smooth, and you can adjust the head for video panning or all around still shots. The leg extensions are the clip type, not the screw type. They are quick and easy to extend and retract. I prefer these over the screw type. This tripod folds up to a small enough size to easily fit into a carry-on suitcase for air travel. I have used this tripod for night sky photography, landscape photography and portrait photography, all with excellent results. A best buy, in my opinion!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best tripod for travel! Bar none!

    Posted
    Mrlu
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    Like most Manfrotto products I've used this is a quality built, easy to use wonder! I got this for a trip to Italy I was going to be shooting in and outdoors with my GoPro hero black 5 on a gimbal and wanted to be able to set it up with a set field of vie and record whatever was happening. It takes literally seconds to set up! Folds up small enough to fit into the outside pocket of my GoPro backpack yet is as tall as a standard sized tripod! The legs are skinny but sturdy. I was able to close the legs while they were extended and move around with ease just like a monopod but then open the game back up for tripod use! The tension wheel for all adjustments with the head allows the handle to be much smaller than the standard handle but no less effective! I also use this with a mevo camera at our martial arts school and it works great!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Unstable, head moves

    Posted
    hillside15
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    I thought this would be a good lightweight portable tripod for my Canon Rebel SL1, Canon's smallest DSLR. My biggest lens is the kit 70-300. But even with a 50mm or the smaller kit 18-55mm, neither the tripod ball head nor the plate the camera sits on will stay fixed in place. Most of the time I shoot in manual using back button focus and once focused I can watch my framing & focus point change as the head or plate start to drift down/move – especially awful for longer exposures. I wish I had invested in a better quality tripod and cannot recommend this. It is so unstable due to the skinniness of the bottom pieces that even a gentle wind causes wobbling. It's also very awkward to adjust the head from horizontal to vertical position as there's a piece that gets in the way. Nothing but frustration.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality at a great price.

    Posted
    Jester
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    I purchased this tripod so I could photograph my own wedding. Yes I know crazy right?! But I set my camera up on this amazing tripod that has a ball head which I loved. It was easy to set up and I love the easy on off mount it has. I manually set my settings and focus and gave my remote trigger to my sister in law. It did the job and my images are amazing. It wouldn't have been possible on some other tripods because they can't handle the large camera bodies and zoom lenses such as the 70-200 on a 5d Mark iii. At least not in this price range. I would say it compares to the 200-300$ brands very well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for small cameras

    Posted
    googabeast
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    I have had several tri-pods in my photography life cycle and this was a quick buy for me. I got this because I needed to have an additional stand for a smaller camera that was stationary during a wedding ceremony. The tri-pod didn't need to be moved or adjusted during this time but when i reviewed the cameras recording i did notice the gusts of wind did cause the camera to move slightly. Only because of its light weight frame did this occur. So in my option for the need i needed it to fulfill a 100% stationary structure there are better options. But if your in control of this the whole time for something other then video and just photos i would say the features give you everything you need. Its lightweight frame allows you to move it around well but being rock solid for video i would look into other options so that you truly have a stagnate video with out the slight waver of the wind.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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