Lightweight Tripod for Outdoor Use


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Sep 12, 2014
Walyalup land, Western Australia
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I am looking around for lightweight tripod (sub 1 to 1.5 kg for the ready to go tripod ideally) as it will be carried on bicycle loaded up for touring (not credit card touring). It will be used in combination with a Olympus OM-D EM-1 and probably an Olympus M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R.

I only get to go touring about once a year for a week or two so I do not want to go overboard on the dollars if I can help it.

Its main use will be outdoors landscape photography, and maybe night sky photography.

A Manfrotto MKC3-PF has come up on eBay which is currently reasonably priced and looks okay. Anyone have any experience with these or something similar?

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m43 Pro
Oct 26, 2010
Steeler Country
While I do not own a Manfrotto MKC3-PF, I do own many Manfrotto tripods and I think they are the best tripods for the money. I would seriously consider the Manfrotto MKC3-PF. I am not a fan of ballheads, I much prefer the Manfrotto fluid heads with the quick release plate. Looking at the photo, that ballhead doesn't look to good.

I also own a Sirui 025 carbon fiber version of the above mentioned 005. This tripod is well made, very light and compact ..... it's also very expensive. It takes quite some time to set-up as each leg must be unfolded, unlocked and extended and relocked. There's a lot of knob twisting that's very time consuming, but what's even worse is the C10 ballhead that comes with the tripod. The finish appears to be superb, but there are no tension controls for panning, even the slightest amount adjusting of the panning lock knob results in very jerky movement. I have also tried using an EM-5 with the 40-150 zoom fully extended and found that when locking the ball there was movement and the composition changed. It just requires too much time to set-up. Also this tripod is so light, it is not stable in windy conditions. I found that by using a small bungie cord or some heavy rubber bands attached to the center post and the other end to your bag (setting on the ground, not free swinging) really helps to stabilize this thing.

Long story short, get the Manfrotto and skip the Sirui.


Mu-43 Top Veteran
Jun 9, 2011
Kent, UK
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I have the Manfrotto MKC3-P01 like you pictured but in black. It's surprisingly sturdy for the 20-odd pounds I paid for it. I'm not sure I'd use it for long exposures outdoors though. There's a lot of plastic in the construction, all the leg joints and all of the ball head. The head may not be replaced. The thinnest leg section is tiny but Manfrotto have used oval tube sections to maximise the stiffness, I'm not tall enough to need the full height so can avoid using the last section. The swivelling plastic feet are a but iffy. On the plus side you can reverse the centre column to save a few cm of packed size or for low macro type stuff.

Overall not a bad tripod, much better than many lightweights in a similar price range.
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