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Today’s review will be on the Manfrotto MMC3-01 Compact Monopod. Normally when out shooting I would carry a tripod when shooting anything from landscapes to night / low light photography.

So I decided it was time to purchase a compact monopod. I had a look online and after reading multiple reviews I came to the conclusion to go with the brand Manfrotto. The hardest part was choosing the exact monopod that was right for me, and met the following criteria:

  • Smaller and lightweight compared to a tripod – ☑
  • Strong enough to carry a DSLR with telephoto lens attached – ☑
  • Lightweight – ☑
  • Wrist strap (to double as a walking pole, if needed) – ☑

After looking a lot of Manfrotto monopods I finally decided on the compact series. At the moment Manfrotto only produces 2 compact monopods. One black and one grey – both are the MMC3-01.

I got my MMC3-01 from a local store, as they were closest to hand when I needed to buy one.

The specifications of the monopod matched the criteria I was looking for. It was small at only 39cm (15.35″), lightweight at 0.29kg (0.64lbs). And was able to carry the weight of a DSLR and telephoto lens, with the weight limit being 1.5kgs (3.3lbs).

Overall the Manfrotto MMC3-01 monopod is made of high-quality material, is lightweight and easy on the bank account.

The Pros:

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Strong enough to hold a DSLR and telephoto lens.
  • Fully adjustable from 39cm to 145.5cm
  • Standard 1/4″ mount.
  • Wrist strap so can double as a walking pole if needed.

The Cons:

  • Weight limit could be higher, as it may not be strong enough to hold a professional DSLR.

Overall I must give this monopod a Try if you need a small, lightweight monopod.

Manfrotto MMC3-01 – Available from Amazon, Jessops, Wex Photographic, Currys & Manfrotto