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Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release

B&H # MA293 Mfr # 293
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Product Highlights
  • Replaces #3420

This Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support is ideal for telephoto lenses which do not come with a tripod collar of their own, typically medium-telephoto lenses. The length of the bracket is adjustable to take different length lenses.

Replaces part number 3420.

Comes supplied with built-in 234RC tilt head.
Load Capacity 5.5 lbs (2.5kg)
Adjustable Length Head-to-lens range: 7.9-11.6" (20-29.5cm)
Weight 1.5 lbs (0.7kg)
Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release
  • 200PL-14 Rectangular Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release
     
    4.6

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Solid/sturdy (21)
    • Fits well (19)
    • Improves tripod function (17)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (10)
    • Heavy (4)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (16)
    • Wildlife (12)
    • Night shots (11)
    • Stabilization (6)
    • Sports/action (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (19), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Handy Product

    I bought this lens support for some inexpensive long glass I have that don't have lens collars. I needed to be able to balance the camera and lens on my tripod without stressing the...Read complete review

    I bought this lens support for some inexpensive long glass I have that don't have lens collars. I needed to be able to balance the camera and lens on my tripod without stressing the camera to lens connection. This sucker is perfect for that. Considering the price, I was amazed at the quality when I received it. Very solid construction, the lens support section is adjustable for different lenghts. That comes in handy so the support doesn't wid up at the focus ring. The platform is very sturdy and heavy, it also has multiple holes for tripod mounting so you can pick the best balance point. The camera mount has a separate Manfrotto quick release tilting head - very handy for camera/ lens alignment, and can be used on it's own. The velcro lens strap makes it fit any lens. Some have said they use the support for hand-holding, I think it's a little heavy for that. The unit is very well engineered and very simple to use. The weight helps to minimize any movement on the tripod.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    works well

    provides good camera support and is really well made. BUT it is a bit bulky. aside from that, it's a relatively cheap alternative to support a lens that doesn't have its own mount. ...Read complete review

    provides good camera support and is really well made. BUT it is a bit bulky. aside from that, it's a relatively cheap alternative to support a lens that doesn't have its own mount. a mount from canon costs twice as much.

    Reviewed by 36 customers

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    4.0

    It Works! It fills the need.

    By Jim

    from North Texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

      Had a number of old telephoto lenses with out the lens collar purchased used. For me, the difference between a photograph and a snapshot is remembering to use a tripod. For longer zooms and 200mm telephotos, hand held just did not work for sharp photos. This fills the need. The Manfrotto quick release pad could be more robust, but adequate for my usage. Would buy it again and the value is excellent. (Note: tripods make wide-angle lenses work better too. You don't know how sharp your lens can be until it's on a good, solid tripod. Fast shutter speeds are not a real answer.)

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      5.0

      Great product and very useful

      By Birder Lisa

      from Virginia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Stable
      • Sturdy
      • Well built quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

        I bought a Tamron 70-300mm for my Nikon D7100 not realizing just how heavy the setup would be. I don't have very steady hands so I quickly realized that I have no hope of handholding it. The Tamron doesn't have a tripod collar so there was still a lot of camera shake on a tripod.

        Thankfully I found this Manfrotto lens support. It's very solidly built, a tad heavy on longer treks, but it's a trade-off I'm willing to make to get sharp shots. I highly recommend this if your lenses don't have collars.

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        3.0

        A bit heavy

        By N. Harrier

        from MA

        Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

        Probably won't take this into the field on long hikes. Just spent a bit of money lowering the weight of my gear for some off the beaten path travel. This would add to much weight, but it works as advertised and plan on using it for nearer to car work.

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        5.0

        293 Telephoto Lens Support

        By Manta

        from San Antonio, Texas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

          I like it's simplicity and ease of use. Being able to modify length and reverse the slide bracket (not shown in directions) makes it versatile for all lenses. Price is right.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Lens Support

          By GoldenGoose

          from The Great White North Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

              Had been looking for one of these for some time, just looked in the wrong places. This is where I should have started. B&H seem to have all a photographer needs (wants) !!!

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gets the job done.

              By Bull-Drinkwater

              from Pontiac Mi.

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                i use it for landscape and nature study.my 300mm lens weights a ton, and has no lens collar, the support relieves the stress at the conection point.balances well on the tripod provides stability for presice focusing on distant subjects. the unit is easy to get up and running.possitive hook up to camera and all the adjustments you need.

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                5.0

                Well made, excellent support

                By Sea Dog Publications

                from Belfair, WA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                  This product performs exactly as advertised. I have used the product on several lenses which had no tripod support other than that supplied by the attached camera. The various adjustment features allowed fitting to all of the lenses. But primarily, I wanted a way to support an old Series 1 Vivitar zoom lens on a Minolta film camera. This particular lens, the first made by Vivitar, is extremely sharp, providing some of the best resolution on any lens ever made regardless of brand. Unfortunately, the lens does not have a tripod collar and is very heavy. The 293 Telephoto Support with Quick Release worked like a charm.

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                  4.0

                  Heavey Duty

                  By Lou

                  from Bergen County New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                    I use this lens support , on my macro stand and on my tripod. I have it placed on top of my motorized rail. I was concerned about vibration shooting super macro shots. Also it takes preasure off of my lens mount on my heavy 7D. Five extension tubes and and my EFS 60mm macro lens plus the camera are held firmly in place. The quick release is also great feature. I also have a quick release under the rail to move the whole setup easly and quickly to my tripod. This is a solidly built piece of gear. Dont hesitate. B&H shipped in 1 day great product and great service. Im Happy..

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                    3.0

                    293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Re

                    By Joao Inacio

                    from Brasilia, Brazil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Heavy
                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Shots
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                    It works but is a bit heavy.

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again

                    By The Wrench

                    from Pennsylvania

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                      I needed to make a few changes to use this product to fit my particular lens and battery grip. The quick release that came on the support assembly made the lense sit to high to fit in the front support groove. So I also purchased a flat quick release assembly to replace the one that came with the lens support. The flat quick release lowered the camera body and lense to set in the front V support quite nicely. Am happy with the product.

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                      5.0

                      Heavy Duty, Well made

                      By Wally

                      from Jacksonville Beach, Fl

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Improves Tripod Function
                      • Solid/Sturdy

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                      I have a Nikon 200mm 2.8 push pull lens. Super heavy lens. All but impossible to hand hold due to weight. This bracket solved the problem. It's super sturdy & heavy just like the lens it supports. The other bracket was $160. So this is a great buy. Very happy with purchase.

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                      5.0

                      Very well thought-out product

                      By Bobby

                      from McLean, VA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fits Well
                      • Solid/Sturdy
                      • Well designed

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Night Shots
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                        I use the Manfrotto 293 with Sony NEX 5 and Tamron 70-300 mm lens. The Tamron does not come with a lens collar. When extended to full 300 mm the slim body of the NEX 5 does not provide enough leverage for the lens. The Manfrotto support solves the problem. Also, because it is adjustable, it will work with other telephoto lenses I may get in the future. The support is heavy, but I consider it a plus because once the camera and lens are mounted on it, they are basically unmovable.

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                        3.0

                        Sturdy and well build, but some flaws

                        By RocketSnapper

                        from Victoria, BC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well

                        Cons

                        • Bulky
                        • Compatibility issues

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                        Excellent build quality. Sturdy and rigid. Great support of the lens at an affordable price.

                        Disappointed that this can only be used with a Manfrotto quick release on the camera. I am using a Boden tripod, so when changing lenses now, I also have to change the quick release.

                        When using a long heavy lens (I am using Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 with a 2x TC), tripod mount is much too far back to balance the camera and lens. With camera, lens and bracket weighing in at over 3Kg and trying to hold it off center, need a really sturdy tripod and head to hold this item in place.

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                        5.0

                        Just a good thing !

                        By Gippshot

                        from Gippsland Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Almost mandatory
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • Just the weight

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                        One thing about using old glass on a modern DSLR
                        is the worry of all that unsupported weight
                        hanging off a nice modern lightweight body.

                        The #293 fixes that completely, simply and
                        with the added bonus of moving
                        the balance point to where it belongs,
                        giving the ball head a whole new feel.

                        Build quality is astounding for the bucks
                        and the one size fits all adjustment is great.

                        The weight IS a factor, so try before you buy
                        But, you won't cure that for this sort of money.
                        Titanium any time you like Mr. Manfrotto!
                        Buy a spare plate with it if you don't have one, to speed up changeover.

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                        4.0

                        Works well

                        By Page

                        from Cleveland, OH

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                        Works exactly as advertised. A little bulky.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Well Built

                        By DaveC

                        from St. Petersburg, Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots

                          Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                          Nicely constructed.....gives good support....a bit heavy, but that is no issue

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Very stable

                          By ChicagoRic

                          from Illinois

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                          • Bulky
                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                          This support was purchased to facilitate mounting a 70-300mm lens on a tripod. It is well made but for one thing - the height of the V-shaped rest is not adjustable. I had to tape a piece of rubber to it so that the lens would by level.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens Support

                          By Angelo G

                          from Spring Hill, Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                            Great for that long lens to make a well balanced hold on lens and body.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens upport

                            By Danny

                            from Elkhart, Indiana

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                            • Takes extra time to set

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots

                            Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                            I use this support with my Nikor 70-300mm lens on my Nikon D90. Without the support my lens was very sensitive to vibration because it was so nose-heavy. This solved the problem. Takes extra time to set but well worth the effort.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy

                            By Deep South

                            from Australia

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots

                              Comments about Manfrotto 293 Telephoto Lens Support with Quick Release:

                              I was worried that this wouldn't adjust to fit my giant old Russian 500mm, but it all fitted together in moments. Perfect fit. The camera attachment pivots so that the lens will rest neatly on the end support no matter the diameter.

                              It's all very solid and secure and I use this off the tripod to keep everything together.

                              Since I already have a Manfotto tripod I attached another quick release plate under the whole assembly to snap on and off the tripod. Great !

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