Roughly one year ago Manfrotto has launched the Pixi Evo, a miniature lightweight tripod with two-section legs and five adjustable steps. The Pixi Evo represents a design update over the original Pixi mini tripod, and is designed, in part, to support entry-level DSLRs with large lenses. I got mine from Hi-tech Wonder in Lisbon.
Maximum load capacity is 2,5 Kilograms, which is quite substantial given the size of the Pixi EVO. In spite of this, the tripods are lightweight due to the use of aluminium and technopolymer. Features include a portrait shooting mode with a 90-degree tilt, sliding selectors on the legs, and three color options: white, red, and black.
I have been using Manfrotto’s Pixi Evo for a few months now and let me tell you how handy this is: it really is compact, extremely light at only 260 grams, and folded takes up 20 centimetres. I use it with the X-Pro2 and any of the Fujinon lenses that I usually carry around, from the 18mm f2 to the heavier 50-140mm f2.8.
The original Pixi, a design revolution and precursor to the EVO, would only stand one kilo maximum load and, at 190 grams was not that lighter. Therefore, what Manfrotto achieved with this second Pixi is outstanding.
For me it is some sort of buddy, something that I will put on top of almost any surface knowing that it will do what it says on the tin.
I’ve used a couple of Pixi mini tripods for everything, from speedlite mounts to LED stands and they are sturdy, reliable and beautiful objects. The one I’ve photographed here is roughly three years old and still looks the part, fully functional, no problems whatsoever. Hopefully this new EVO will have the same predicaments.
Hi-tech Wonder, Pixi: http://www.hi-techwonder.com/productsList.aspx?s=4&id=pixi
Hi-tech Wonder, Pixi Evo: http://hi-techwonder.com/product.aspx?idProduct=6249
Photographs: Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Fujinon XF 90mm f2, two LED light sources, one Fujifilm EF-X500 shoe mount flash as a stand alone unit, camera mounted, FP HSS. Velvia film simulation, ACR and Photoshop to taste.