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Manfrotto MK393-H Tripod initial review.

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    Posted: 18 Jan 2013 at 9:44pm
Finally received my new tripod today after having to send the Hama compact traveller pro, one back after it cross threaded the ball head after the first use.

So for those like my self who are looking for something of relatively decent quality, without paying £100's

Well the Monfrotto one looks and feels suberb!, the build quality seems to be a lot better than the Hama one, and yet the RRP is the same £70, however looking around you can pick one up for around £50. It packs up quite small as well, even has its own little bag.
Not had chance to use it yet, but the legs are quite sturdy even when fully extended, the rising column is reversible for those wanting to mount underneath the tripod or if you want to get a shot extremely close to the ground, which is really handy as the legs splay quite wide as well as a standard formation.

At its highest, the tripod would suit someone of around 5' 6" as it isn't that tall, but as I am quite short it is perfect for me.

The head can be used for video, the twist handle tightens up vertical movement, but you seem to be able to pan horizontally at all times. A lever controls the angle change from landscape to portrait as does a separate lever to control the central column.

The baseplate is quick release which is handy as this will stay on the base of my camera now.

My only gripe is that there is no levelling bubble, monfrotto do sell a hot shoe accessory, but it is quite pricey and I have seen alternatives for around £5.

Will post an update after ive had chance to use it.

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Steve

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Got to use the tripod this morning and I can honestly say it worked a treat!
Was hoping to catch a sunrise at the local water park where i was taking a long exposure of the Jetty, unfortunately the weather wasn't brilliant and turned worse so i packed up when the rain started.
There was a fair wind blowing across the water and I had expected more movement on the exposures but the tripod seemed to cope well.

Feel free to have a look at the picture below.

Camera settings - 20mm, f8, 30 secs, iso 200.

All in all not a bad budget tripod for around £50


Land Ahoy! by Steve_o581, on Flickr

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