20.07.2014

Compact Action and no more extra “bulky luggage” – my Manfrotto Tripod

20.07.2014

Compact Action and no more extra “bulky luggage” – my Manfrotto Tripod

Manfrotto Compact

The parcel arrived on a Saturday and I was amazed how small it actually was. I opened it quickly and noticed that it was in fact really very compact. Would that work?

My DSLR camera is relatively heavy and I was a bit worried in the beginning that the tripod would not be able to hold it. By way of explanation I have to add that my old tripod feels like every bit of its 30 kg weight, and could almost be used as a weapon.

I packed my backpack and threw the tripod (stowed away in a practical bag) over my shoulder. After a while I had to check to see that it was still there because I couldn’t feel the weight. It was still there. Here was the first advantage, right there. It is just plain practical and very light.

When I arrived at the park I had to first familiarize myself with the tripod and assemble it quickly.
My gaze was drawn to the head and the attachment for the camera.

Compact Action

The top has a very practical, conveniently shaped handle with a built in rolling switch. This is used to adjust the head. It can be turned in any direction – and this is the best thing about it – with one hand. The rolling switch can be rotated with the thumb which enables you to quickly adjust the direction. Simply brilliant!

Compact Action

The head has a small “button” which can be removed very fast, then the lever at the side can be pulled to quickly release the connecting piece. No turning or pushing.

Compact Action

I have to say, the parts are very practical. The connecting piece attaches to the camera easily without any great effort. Just like a little knob that is turned. Yay, I won’t need a screwdriver to secure the camera!

Compact Action

Well, and the whole assemble looks good, too! I am stoked that this can be done so quickly. When using my old tripod, I actually did have to tighten the screw with a screwdriver.

Here you simply place the camera on top, squeeze the lever, and the camera is safely and securely attached.

And this is what the finished product looks like.

Compact Action

It is actually fun to use the handle to move the camera into any direction.

Compact Action

My verdict: small, convenient, practical, quick, and safe. The best thing for me as a frequent flyer – finally a tripod that fits into my hand luggage, which means that I no longer have to have a long discussion about bulky luggage at check-in, or have to be the last person once more to wait at the baggage carousel because the blessed thing hasn’t appeared yet.

Now I can really say: Bon Voyage!

Compact Action

Sylvia Matzkowiak

I am Sylvia and I am now 37 years young. About 3 years ago, thanks to Instagram, I started taking photos. I am actually more at home in classic advertising and PR, having worked for a publisher in print media for 8 years. And now print has turned into digital, and Instagram and photography has become a full-time job. My account @goldie_berlin is one of the biggest travel accounts in Germany and by now has 206,000 followers.

For me, photography is a creative outlet as well as a challenge. I am a passionate Instagramer.

Website: www.InstagramerFromGermany.com

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