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ManfrottoMMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black)
 
4.6

(based on 17 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (15)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Opens quickly (7)
  • Strong construction (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (9)
    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Wildlife (8)
    • Night shots (6)
    • Sports/action (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    it is what it is, Manfrotto-style

    Light weight vs. rigidity are horns of the tripod manufacturers' dilemma. Fortunately, monopods don't need to isolate, aim or cantilever, they only need to mount and ground a camera, so they...Read complete review

    Light weight vs. rigidity are horns of the tripod manufacturers' dilemma. Fortunately, monopods don't need to isolate, aim or cantilever, they only need to mount and ground a camera, so they can veer sharply toward the flimsy horn. Consequently, remarkably flyweight monopods vie for attention. As with tripods, Manfrotto aims above baseline and makes a perfectly serviceable version superior to run-of-the-mill foil-and-friction. It's a little heavier and more expensive than some, but serious kit.

    Ignore complaints about the lowest leg being flexible. It's a monopod! Whatever vibration is transmitted up the shaft is negligible in light of the fact you're holding the camera (or whatever) with your hands. All the monopod has to do is securely brace against the ground without collapsing, which this does admirably.

    Strongly oval sections slide open and closed instantly, lock securely at a touch, and (because there are 5) close to only 40 cm. Camera mounting screw is well-protected but easily accesssible under a clever cap atop a comfortable, durable, dense foam grip. In aluminum, this one's hard to beat.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    manfrotto compact monopod

    I need a light weight monopod for use with a small Bogen ball head & a Lumix FZ1000 in low light conditions. My much older Manfrotto 3249 — used for years with...Read complete review

    I need a light weight monopod for use with a small Bogen ball head & a Lumix FZ1000 in low light conditions. My much older Manfrotto 3249 — used for years with film & digital SLRs — is now overkill.

    pluses...
    -compact length
    -light weight
    -extends/collapses operates reasonably smooth
    -clamps operate smoothly
    -for now, no creep when extended
    -inexpensive (a bargain for what it is)

    negatives...
    -flip out/in levers; not flip up/down. (up/down is better with ball head.)
    -no apparent method of adjusting clamping tension
    -bottom section is very small diameter, looks barely adequate. (upper sections ok)

    Reviewed by 17 customers

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    5.0

    excellent monopod

    By Bud

    from Punuta Gorda, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Inexpensive
    • Legs Extend Easily
    • Light
    • Opens Quickly
    • Well made

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

    This pole is light and very useful for traveling.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Well-made monopod, good service

    By carol

    from milford, ct

    Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

    Light and compact, but sturdy enough to support my DSLR.
    Well made, prompt shipment.

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    5.0

    it is what it is, Manfrotto-style

    By prion

    from northern Vermont

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

      Light weight vs. rigidity are horns of the tripod manufacturers' dilemma. Fortunately, monopods don't need to isolate, aim or cantilever, they only need to mount and ground a camera, so they can veer sharply toward the flimsy horn. Consequently, remarkably flyweight monopods vie for attention. As with tripods, Manfrotto aims above baseline and makes a perfectly serviceable version superior to run-of-the-mill foil-and-friction. It's a little heavier and more expensive than some, but serious kit.

      Ignore complaints about the lowest leg being flexible. It's a monopod! Whatever vibration is transmitted up the shaft is negligible in light of the fact you're holding the camera (or whatever) with your hands. All the monopod has to do is securely brace against the ground without collapsing, which this does admirably.

      Strongly oval sections slide open and closed instantly, lock securely at a touch, and (because there are 5) close to only 40 cm. Camera mounting screw is well-protected but easily accesssible under a clever cap atop a comfortable, durable, dense foam grip. In aluminum, this one's hard to beat.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great value

      By Ashley

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

        This monopod is great. Compact and easy to carry, strong enough for my DSLR, and super cheap. Great addition to my gear.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        manfrotto compact monopod

        By jazzphotog

        from santa clara, ca

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots

          Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

          I need a light weight monopod for use with a small Bogen ball head & a Lumix FZ1000 in low light conditions. My much older Manfrotto 3249 — used for years with film & digital SLRs — is now overkill.

          pluses...
          -compact length
          -light weight
          -extends/collapses operates reasonably smooth
          -clamps operate smoothly
          -for now, no creep when extended
          -inexpensive (a bargain for what it is)

          negatives...
          -flip out/in levers; not flip up/down. (up/down is better with ball head.)
          -no apparent method of adjusting clamping tension
          -bottom section is very small diameter, looks barely adequate. (upper sections ok)

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Handy Gizmo

          By Dave

          from Santa Monica, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

            This thing is great for my Fuji X100s. It also makes a wonderful multipurpose stand for speedlites, and anything that can attach to a 1/4 20 thread. It also works very well taped to a duplicate of itself, creating a long extender pole.

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            • No

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            5.0

            good product

            By lorena chacon

            from Grand Island, NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Opens Quickly
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

              tripode great, useful and good quality

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Works as expected

              By Jeff

              from Rocky River, OH

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                The Monpod was bundled in with Nikon D5200 package. Works as expected.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Nice portable device

                By Goose

                from Cincinnati Oh

                Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                I got this product as part of a bundle. I made be learn something new: how a simple device can steady a picture.

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                5.0

                so small, so affordable, so nice

                By Jim the Runner

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                  Can almost fit inside camera bag. Even though it was free with camera, the regular price is great at $. High quality monopod. I bought it for my wife as part of the camera package, and it works better than expected. Very compact and durable.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Perfect for my Special Project

                  By palmer1076

                  from Missouri Ozarks

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                    I am using this monopod to photograph wild snakes-both poisonous and non-poisonous. I mounted a small ball head on the monopod and my Panasonic FZ-200 to the ball head. I use a slip on flash diffuser to get the best light. I prefer to place the camera at ground level in front of the snake (or other small thing on the ground.)I set the camera on wide angle and use a remote release to fire the camera. This makes for a dramatic photograph.I have heavier and sturdier monopods but this compact monopod works better for this project. It is light and easy to maneuver.I also could see using this monopod to lift a camera above a crowd or perhaps to photograph a bird nest.The only thing I might change is to have another 1/4" screw on the small end so I could hold the large end and have a better balance on the camera end.All in all perfect.The product is well made.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great product

                    By Video Minion

                    from ROLL TIDE, ALABAMA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks In Tight

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Adjust
                    • Jerky Movement

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                    Bought this monopod after using a friends monopod. Had to have one, b/c I have a shaky hand. I love it, but it's a bit cumbersome if you're following a subject, as the rubber bottom can get hung up on the floor. Also, if you've got it extended, it's a bit of a stretch to bend down and lower each level. Honestly, a tripod is the best in any situation, but this did its job. Works GREAT for still pics too!!!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    coolest find ever

                    By StarGazer

                    from Sugar Land, TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Outdoors
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                    good construction - love how compact it is

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Sturdy and well built

                    By MDL

                    from Sao Paulo, Brasil

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easily Adjusted
                    • Good Footing
                    • Lightweight
                    • Locks In Tight
                    • Smooth Movement

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                      Good manfroto monopod.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Light, compact, convenient monopod

                      By Ravi1g

                      from San Diego, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                        Really light and compact, so much so that it can even fit in one's pocket. I haven't used it very much yet, but I expect it to be useful in places where a tripod isn't a realistic option and low light shooting may be called for.

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                        4.0

                        good for travel with a small camera

                        By al a.

                        from mokena, illinois

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                          I bought this for my wife to use with her canon sl1 and a canon 70-300mm lens. We go to a professional tennis tournament every year and I shoot with a 7d and a 100-400mm lens and a full size monopod. Her scaled-down outfit will do her quite nicely and weighs a lot less. Now she can join in the fun.

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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Its going to Germany

                          By jeep76

                          from Wilmington N.C.

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Manfrotto MMC3-01M Compact Monopod (Black):

                            Good quality product,small and compact. Easily fits in carry on bag or backpack. Handy when hiking.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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