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    Posted: 05 September 2019 at 21:34
My local camera, lens and accessory retailer has just taken delivery of a number of different kinds of LeFoto tripods and accessories. I was wondering if anyone here had any experience with such products from LeFoto and could give me any opinions on them?

The particular design that interests me the most so far is the MT-03 "Spider". While it weighs less than the Joby 5K (replacement of the Focus model I do believe), in theory it should be more stable and durable while still retaining excellent stability in difficult ground conditions.

LeFoto MT-03

Ideally this would be useful for subjects like macro or even table-top stuff but I can see it being really useful in places like a shingle beach where its almost impossible to find or create a flat surface. I wouldn't be using a heavy lens on it (or at least one that is over 1kg in weight anyway). Not sure about the tripod head though, ball heads aren't my favourite really. I prefer something like the Manfrotto 460MG or one of their pistol-grip types.

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My concern would be the wheels where it come in contact with the ground or table. Vibrations from camera shutter activation could easily make the tripod move and you would end up with movement in your images.
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I'm not a fan of the direct ball head design and prefer a quick release option.
I'm using a Vanguard SBH-100 Ball Head on a Alta Pro 263AT tripod. The ball head I'm happy with. The tripod less so but it does the job.
I don't like the leg structure of the Leofoto MT-03 Mini Tripod. With the wheel joints and feet as they are if you inadvertently put too much weight on it, they'll skate outwards and crash down.

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I like the leg design concept but don't see how you could lock down the secondary leg sections. But it wouldn't be hard to add a threaded QR to it, and I'm not sure those are wheels on the main legs, if they are they're useless as they're pointing in three different directions, that thing ain't rolling anywhere even if you wanted it to.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote balacau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 September 2019 at 12:21
Thanks everyone for the replies.

Certainly the MT-03 Spider looks like a strange design. It's one of three fairly compact but large load capacity tripods that I'm looking at investing in. The fact it doesn't have a centre column that extends isn't much of a problem.

I was hoping to get some hands on experience with the MT-03 today but had other things to do. Oh well maybe next weekend then. Still, an interesting product and perhaps as capable as the Feisol TT-15 too.

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It looks well enough made, but the price seems a little steep for something that only gets you 7 inches off the deck.

Have you considered a bean-bag?
 



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I saw someone using a bean bag as a support for a long zoom/prime lens a while back. It looked less weighty and more comfy than a full-sized tripod! Plus and handy pillow too if required...comfort is a good thing!

I like the compact tripod option better to be honest, both for long exposures with ND filters and for general macro and table-top shots too. Yes I'll admit it is slightly over-priced for what it is but I'm willing to bet the design will age better than a Gorillapod Focus or 5K plus I can stick a better tripod head on it and load capacity still won't be an issue.

The height of the tripod isn't so much of a problem since I'll be using this for either long exposures which can be low to the ground (sea, moving water, etc), low level macro pictures and so on. My Manfrotto 190XPROB will handle anything else required.

After careful consideration, the available options for me so far are;

LeFoto MT-03 Spider
Feisol TT-15 Mk2 (if I can find one as they seem to be rare in the UK)
Manfrotto Pixi Evo
*Platypod Max
Rollei Compact Traveller M1 (aka M5 Mini)

The Platypod Max I'm less sure about. It'll handle virtually any lens but being that design, its limited to not only low but very low pictures! Its an interesting concept though and it'd be easy to strip down and drop into a laptop pouch on a backpack for transport! For use with a Mitakon 20mm F2 4.5x macro lens, it might actually work really well indeed since its focusing distance is extremely limited to only a few cm. I dare say at ground level, it might actually be the best choice with that lens.


Originally posted by Bob J Bob J wrote:

It looks well enough made, but the price seems a little steep for something that only gets you 7 inches off the deck.

Have you considered a bean-bag?
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