The Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod is ready to go with you everywhere


Every photographer and filmmaker that I know owns several tripods of various sizes and capacities to accommodate as many of the shooting scenarios that we eventually experience. We also spend quite a bit of money on tripods, from smaller amounts on travel tripods or tripods for light work, all the way to thousands for our major production tripods. Sometimes it is very hard to find the perfect travel tripod, because of the difference in weight and size of the combination of cameras we can have with us at any time. In my case, I also may use a tripod to set up an audio recorder or a flash in its own remote area.

One of the tripods that I purchased and use quite often is the Manfrotto Compact Action aluminum Tripod. While this tripod if not made of carbon fiber, it is lightweight enough and adjustable enough that it fits my needs in several types of shoots. It weighs only 2.6 lbs., but it has a load capacity of 3.3 lbs., and I have frequently used it successfully with a bit more weight than that. The legs extend in 5 sections, but I can only push the weight limit when I use it in a much shorter position. It is 17.8 inches folded and 61 inches when fully extended. It has a pistol head grip that works like a joystick, and it includes built-in adjustments for both vertical and horizontal movement and locking, and its own quick release plate.

If you are looking for a compact and lightweight tripod that is durable, you can pick up this Manfrotto tripod at B&H Photo Video or Amazon for $64.88.

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4 thoughts on “The Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod is ready to go with you everywhere”

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  2. I love mine. I often don’t extend out the thinnest leg sections for a little more stability. It travels well attached to my camera backpack or in a carry on suite case.

  3. I have a bit older one but it’s a great tripod. Although it looks a bit spindly when it’s fully extended it’s actually rock solid. The multi-mode pistol grip works surprisingly well – you can toggle it for full movement or just horizontal movement.

    Highly recommended.

    1. Hi Alan,
      I totally agree. I love how the pistol grip works. I have actually attached a Zoom recorder with a shotgun mic and the pistol grip works great for perfect alignment.

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