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Old 09-15-2018   #1
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Although I donít often use a tripod in my travel and street photography, last December Before heading back to Central America, I decided to see if there was something available that was truly compact, light weight and most importantly durable. Something that I could use from time to time that would support the very small and lightweight needs of my Olympus micro 4/3 gear.

There were a lot of inexpensive light weight tripods available at box stores, but if my choice was one of them I wouldnít bother. At the other extreme were a lot of quite expensive specialty compact travel tripods being promoted as the best options on review websites, on YouTube and photography forums. But again if my choice was one of them, I wouldnít bother. Been making out fine without having to spend any money.

One day I noticed an online ad from a guy selling damaged box tripods from Manfrotto. I am a long time user of Manfrotto tripods and lightstands, so the ad caught my attention. The problem was that I had never heard mention of this model on any of the reviews, and so was sceptical. Nevertheless, I met up with him and got a hands on feeling of itís usefulness.

So a couple things that were significant for my needs, was that it easily fit in the center pocket of the simple backpack that I have on me every day as I walk the streets. This is not a camera bag, but a simple Swiss Gear pack that I picked up for $20. It has pouches galore - a pocket for my iPad, half pocket in front for my camera when I donít have it strapped to my wrist, side pockets that hold a couple extra lenses or chargers when I want to take them along, as well as perfectly sized pockets for our thermosí and ultimately a tripod of some sort - as well it is a space to load up groceries for the mile walk home.


















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I am actually quite surprised at how strong this little skinny legged tripod is. I have come to really appreciate the joystick head with scroll wheel locking mechanism. And the crazy little quick release button for attaching the camera - something I was very sceptical about - is really quite amazing, non-obtrusive and as you can see in pics, even will hold a camera in vertical position. To prove this to myself, I used the tripod for a paid indoor family portrait last week, that required supporting a fairly heavy setup - my Olympus E-M1 with vertical grip (2 batteries) and the heavy 11-22 four thirds lens and adaptor mounted.

For my work, I am so thankful that I made this choice and investment (retail around $100 CDN) of $70. It is the Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action tripod. Definitely it wonít suit everyone or every need, but worth a look.

Here are some pics of my use. Last night I had it at the local fair and just walked around with E-M10 and kit lens attached, for use in some Live Composite night light shots. The setup was so light and I just grabbed the joystick to grip, and used it like a walking stick:




















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Whoa.... the Olympus 11-22 lens. A beauty.

Good deal on the tripod. Glad it is a keeper for you
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Whoa.... the Olympus 11-22 lens. A beauty.

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