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Handling and Performance
The MTT2-P02 is a small table top tripod that will fit conveniently into a handbag or camera holdall, or even a coat/jacket pocket, to provide a sturdy support for a compact or SLR camera. The MTT2-P02 is available through the Manfrotto website for £24.95.
Pentax K-5 with 80-320mm zoom attached. With this longer lens combination you can see a small amount of flex, but when used with a timer or remote release it's as solid as necessary.
The design allows you to spin the camera round and shoot upright for star trails.
It's also possible to rotate the camera 90 degrees into vertical format - ideal for shooting tall buildings from dramatic angles. A book or heavy weight may be needed to rest over the third leg to balance the weight and prevent it toppling over.
This shot was taken of a Sunset at Stanage Edge with the Manfrotto MTT2-P02 perched on a nearby rock the exposure was 20 sec at f/13 and ISO 200. It would not have been possible without a tripod as the rock was too jagged to rest the camera on, and my usual technique of padding the underside with the ePHOTOzine padded strap to align the camera wouldn't have worked either.
Like wise this shot of the trig point at dusk on Stanage Edge was a 30 second exposure and a nearby flat rock provided perfect platform for the Manfrotto MTT2-P02.
Value For MoneyThe Joby Gorillapod Micro 250 is even smaller and just £12 but is only really suited to compacts. The Manfrotto Pocket Support is available for around £25 but this doesn't have any control of angle. That's where the £40 Joby GorillaPod (SLR version) comes in. It not only provides table top support with an angling head but can also wrap around posts and tree branches and has a quick-release platform. But even with these features it's this Manfrotto MTT2-P02 that stands out as provider of the sturdiest platform. Those who don't need something quite so small could consider the recently reviewed Velbon CX-mini. It's far too big to fit in a pocket, but it's a similar price and far more versatile.
||Joby Gorillapod Micro 250
||Velbon CX mini
|A solid built model that's well worth buying, even if you do already own a full sized model.|
Manfrotto MTT2-P02 Table Tripod ProsWell built
Manfrotto MTT2-P02 Table Tripod ConsCork foot pads fall off too easily
Ball & socket lock bulky
No quick-release plate
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