When it comes to photography, there are few accessories that really count. While many photographers may say you need the latest lens or filters, a tripod is actually one of the best things one can add to their kit.
One particular tripod that is great at doing these tasks is the Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod which I will review here today.
Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod Review
Weight: 2.64 lbs
Collapsed Height: 17.83″
Extended Height: 53.36″
Maximum Load: 3.30 lbs
Head Type: Joy Stick
Materials: Aluminium & ABS Plastic
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Photo Quality When Using Tripod
At the end of the day, a tripod is meant todo one thing and stabilise your camera so you can get the most crispy images possible. Below you will find a wide range of photos that I have taken using my Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod.
Without a doubt none of these photos would have been possible without a tripod of this calibre.
As you can tell from the above images, I have used this tripod at many different locations. Being a light traveler, it was important for me to keep my weight down while still keeping the functionality of a great tripod.
I have packed this tripod into my carry on luggage many times before and wouldn’t hesitate to take it on an overseas trip!
I abuse my photography equipment a lot. I have the view that if your not putting your equipment out on the line, your not getting the most out of it.
As for this tripod, it has withstood 4 years of constant barrage and is still going strong. I put this durability down to its aluminium build quality and its simple design which is less prone to breaking.
Having a substantial maximum height for my tripods is important to me as I’m just over 6 feet. This means I don’t have to lean over too much when taking photos as full extension.
Compacted down, it measures 17.83 inches which made it ideal for throwing into my pack or even strapping it over my shoulder.
While tripods are used for many different purposes, one could say their main purpose is to stabilise ones camera. So how did my Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod stack up to the challenge?
In a nutshell, it did extremely well, however there are some caveats. Let me explain…
With this particular tripod, there are four telescoping legs which makes up the height of the tripod. For each tripod leg that I extend, it gradually gets more thinner and thinner. While the first three legs are very sturdy, I would say the last leg looks almost like a toothpick. It is seriously thin!
Overall it did a great job, but you may just have to pick your shooting spots more carefully.
The maximum load capacity is rated at 3.3 pounds so I imagine it might struggle with a full frame DSLR camera and a telephoto lens. But for point and shoot cameras and beginner/mid entry DSLR cameras, this tripod is up for this task.
Last but not least on my Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod review is of course the head.
Since starting photography, I have used dozens of tripods and all different types of heads. So I can confidently say that the head on this unit was one of the most enjoyable and fun to use!
To lock the ball head in place, there is a fly wheel which you can scroll backwards or forwards to loosen and tighten the head. After using this for quite sometime, I hope more tripod manufactures adopt this as it is very easy to use!
Wrapping It Up
Overall I was very pleased with this tripod and the use that has given me to date. While there are some subtle flaws with this tripod, I think the positives definitely out way the negatives and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tripod to any photographer. Happy shooting!