Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Compact Photo-Movie Kit - Black
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- Ergonomic handle
- Quick release plate - with 1/4" screw
- Aluminium legs and techno polymer
- Five leg sections-VHS pin is not included
- Maximum height: 154 cm
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An ultra-compact and easy-to-use kit for shooting both photo and video
Easy to carry, it is a universal solution- fast and efficient for all applications. The unique photo-movie selector allows for maximum freedom to set the position of your camera when shooting photos and an easy-to-control movement when shooting videos. The ergonomic handle allows for an intuitive use and is perfectly foldable for packing the tripod in your bag.
Maximum height: 154.0 cm
Minimum height: 44.5 cm
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Top Customer Reviews
Eventually you get what you pay for, and being a Manfrotto, you actually get a bit less as you have to pay for the brand name too.
It really is a pity to see that such a reputable company having to cut costs in order to remain competitive, as this could backfire on the company itself. I have other Manfrotto tripods bought around a decade ago, and whilst they were not cheap, they did not skimp on quality. True, the movie head alone was 3 times the price of this tripod, yet it is made of metal and offers silky smooth action.
Unfortunately, unlike what the name implies, the MKC3 is not very well suited for movies. Movement is rough, with noticeable uneven friction whilst panning. A considerable amount of pressure needs to be applied (via the wheel) to remove lateral movement (when tripod is supposedly locked for panning).
As for photos, I can only risk using my Canon 7D in the horizontal position. Thankfully I have the FZ200 which is light enough for use at 90 degrees tilt. As other users noted the lower section is better left closed in order to avoid tripod movement when there is a breeze. Yet this would result in a 5 foot tripod. Another observation is that the tripod legs can only be extended to one angle, so its either open or closed.
All is not bad though. I like the lightweight and portability of the tripod. The legs are easy to deploy and lock, much better than the screw type. Hence the 3 star rating.
The Manfrotto MKC3 is a budget tripod with some major limitations. I cannot really recommend it unless you really need a lightweight and compact travel tripod.
The MKC3-H01 is well made and quite sturdy. If you have it fully extended and the centre column up to its highest then it might be a tad less steady, but still very good.
The bit I love is the pan & tilt mechanism and the lock. It's a thumb-wheel! So easy to use and so easy to lock exactly where you want.
There is a little button on the ball joint to change between camera and video-camera. In 'camera' this allows it to swing into portrait where 'video' won't. It's another good and useful feature.
It's quite light and folds down to a nice compact size and fits on the side of the Amazon Basics Backpack for my dSLR perfectly!
My only downside - I forgot I'd looked on Amazon and bought it in a PC shop on offer, but for an extra £17! :'(
At the Amazon price it really is a steal! :-)
Hope you have as much fun as I am . . .
It arrived quick (thank you Amazon) and was very well packaged (by Amazon as well as Manfrotto), looked quite slick and was not too heavy plus collapsed into a decently small size. I totally saw myself attaching this to the side of my camera bag and taking it where ever I needed to shoot.
The legs open quite smooth and I didnt use the last section (as already described by another review, it's shaky in a breeze) but what finally got to me and made me return this is... the ball head is really really rough.
While I could live with it if it started a bit jerky and then smoothed over, I can't get anything meaningful with it constantly catching randomly in the middle of a pan.
Looks like I will have to spring for it's bigger brother or keep looking. Oh well, at least Amazon has a fantastic return policy.
(If this review helped you, please rate it. Cheers!)
I will try to update this review in a few weeks after I have chances to use it extensively (2 long trips ahead!!).
But so far, very happy with this purchase.
Updating (6 months after buying):
Now that I've used it for 6 months I can say a couple of things about it:
2) never let me down
3) easy to carry and not heavy, even when carrying for many hours attached to my slimbag 200.
1) does not have spikes to get a firmer grip on earth
2) does not have a hook to put extra weight if needed
Anyway, a good tripod. But for the two flows above, I'm taking a star off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This tripod is terrible for video. The ball head goes all over the place when trying to pan or tilt.Published 2 months ago by Suki
Just right for a bridge/CSC type camera, (I would not like to trust it with my big SLR). Very portable, so useful.Published 4 months ago by .
Typical Manfrotto product. Well-made, robust, and relatively lightweight.Published 12 months ago by Al
For video, A pretty flimsy tripod to be honest, not good if you wanna do nice pans and tilts, only good for static shots.
For photos, it does the job.