The Manfrotto Pocket Series tripods are smart little contraptions that you can leave attached to your camera and fold out the legs for stabilization when needed. There are 2 available sizes – one for small point and shoot cameras, and one for DSLRs, larger mirrorless, or superzoom cameras.
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In the above video from PhotoPlus 2011, Jason Bortzfield from Manfrotto gives us a brief overview and demo of the Pocket Series features with an Olympus E-PM1 camera. Personally, I think these little tripods are pretty cool, and I’m a little surprised we’ve not heard more buzz about them this year.
I was really impressed with the larger model that I used with the Olympus E-PM1 for a few minutes. It’s sturdier than I expected it to be; however, I don’t think you would want to go too big on the DSLR and lens combo since it uses friction to hold the legs in place. Smaller DSLRs and mirrorless cameras should be a perfect match for it though – and the small fry version looks great for compact cameras up to something like the Canon G12 or Nikon P7100.
They’re on sale right now too at $15 for the little one and $25 for the big one. Stocking stuffer?
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