If you like shooting landscapes, night skies or even architecture, a tripod is an essential tool for these kind of photography. For beginners in photography, I always stress how important good quality tripods when buying one. Think about it, you have a really costly camera on top of it, would you risk your thousands-of-pesos investment on a flimsy tripod? There are already several trusted brands already and one of them is Manfrotto. For the past few months I have been using the Manfrotto MKC3-P01 Compact Photo Kit. It’s a model that’s been out for quite a while and is leaned as a good starter tripod but still sturdy enough for rugged use.
National Geographic. Manfrotto. Gitzo. If you have been into for photography for a while, these are the names of trusted brands already known for their quality and durability. Ask any photographer and one way or another, these brands will pop-up when people asked about reliable gear for tripods, bags and accessories. While their presence here in the Philippines have been floating around somewhere here and there through questionable distribution, the recent launch, showcase last week solidified their presence in the country. Manfrotto, National Geographic and Gitzo brought in their latest products and models and would be widely available nationwide through Henry’s, Colours and highly popular online store Lazada.
Many Travel Photographers are in a quandary whether to take a tripod or not for a trip. Well if I’m doing landscapes, night photography and architecture a tripod is a must-bring. It’s a challenging item to bring as it can be bulky and heavy. Manfrotto introduced their Off Road series to address the needs of travel photographers for a tough, but light travel photography gear ideal for backpacking or hiking. Recently I had the chance to use the Manfrotto Off Road Tripod. The one I tested is the red one and there’s a blue and green option as well. After using it in my recent travel in Palawan from El Nido, San Vicente and Puerto Princesa here’s my impression of Manfrotto’s new tripod.