Manfrotto is set to release a new carbon tripod, the 732CY, designed to be compact and lightweight, and withstand payloads of up to 3.5kg.

‘The M-Y carbon is the perfect solution for the new generation of photographer who is looking for an easy-to-use, compact and lightweight support for their DSLR, without compromising on performance,’ claimed a Manfrotto spokesman.

The tripod weighs less than 1kg and folds down to 42.5cm when not in use. It reaches 134.5cm when fully extended.

The Manfrotto 732CY will cost £169.95 when it hits UK stores next month.