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Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head

B&H # MAMK294A3A0R MFR # MK294A3-A0RC2
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 70.5"
  • Min Height: 19.6"
  • Folded Length: 27.6"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.1 lb
  • Ball Head and Quick-Release Plate
  • Friction Control
  • Anti-Shock Collar
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You Pay: $169.88

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This 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head from Manfrotto extends from 19.6" to a maximum height of 70.5". It has a load capacity of 11 lb and weighs 5.1 lb. The three-section legs can be independently adjusted in height and held in place with their flip locks. An anti-shock collar protects your camera if the column retracts too quickly.

The built-in 496RC2 ball head has a single locking know that allows you to easily adjust the camera's location, and two 90° notches let you quickly move from portrait to landscape orientation. The head also has a friction knob to fine-tune the movement of the ball. A quick-release plate is included with the head.

General
Load Capacity 11 lb (5.0 kg)
Maximum Height 70.47" (179 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 59" (150 cm)
Minimum Height 19.57" (49.7 cm)
Folded Length 27.56" (70 cm)
Weight 5.0 lb (2.3 kg)
Legs
Material Aluminum alloy
Leg Stages / Sections 2/3
Leg Cross Section D-shaped
Leg Tube Diameters 26, 22.5, 19 mm
Independent Leg Angles Yes, 23 and 51°
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Spiked / Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Bubble Level No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 1
Column Cross Section Faceted
Removable Yes
Reversible Yes
Ballast Hook No
Head
Material Aluminum alloy
Type Ball head
Quick Release Yes with camera plate, 1/4"-20 threaded stud
Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head
  • 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 Quick Release
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 10 Years with Online Registration
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    Manfrotto294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head
     
    4.6

    (based on 117 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (77)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (71)
    • Easily adjusted (32)
    • Locks in tight (31)
    • Good footing (27)
    • Attaches firmly (26)

    Cons

    • Heavy (37)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (94)
    • Portraits (80)
    • Night shots (63)
    • Home (52)
    • Wildlife (45)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (51), Casual photographer (24), Semi-pro photographer (20), Photography student (10), Pro photographer (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (106), Yes (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The best tripod ever!!!

    I am currently doing a a low light photography project, and this tripod is by far the best one I have ever owned when it comes to capturing using slow shutter speeds!! Very...Read complete review

    I am currently doing a a low light photography project, and this tripod is by far the best one I have ever owned when it comes to capturing using slow shutter speeds!! Very solid, light weight, and was decently priced!

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    Excellent for Multipurpose Photography

    I bought this tripod to replace the same model that had been stolen from me while travelling. Pros-Sturdy-Durable-Very good for multiple photo situations-There is a quick release button that allows you to remove the...Read complete review

    I bought this tripod to replace the same model that had been stolen from me while travelling. Pros-Sturdy-Durable-Very good for multiple photo situations-There is a quick release button that allows you to remove the camera from the tripod without detaching the hassle of removing the screw from the camera Cons-Slightly Heavy-Bulky (does not fit in a standard size backpack unless you remove the ball head. -Does not have a level Overall I have been very satisfied with the tripod and its performance.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This tripod works Great!

    By QuietPainter

    from Greer, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

      I have never used a tripod in my photography, but I was taking a photo class and a tripod was recommended. I've taken this tripod on a few photo shoots and it's exactly what I needed. The recommendation was made by a B-H rep -

      By the way I'm in my senior years and I don't have a problem at all with using the tripod.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great performance for good price

      By Grega

      from New York

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bubble On The Head
      • No Bubble On The Head

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Travel

      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

      Used for steady photo shots, panoramas and time-lapses.

      Light weight with solid ball head.

      Missing a bubble sometimes, but there is always a workaround.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great Tripod

      By Lala

      from Denver, Co

      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

      This tripod has been amazing for all my shoots, smooth movement and very light for the size.

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      5.0

      Handy as pockets on a shirt!

      By ChynTbrds

      from Longview, TX

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

        I absolutely love this product! Besides the fact that it's very lightweight and folds small enough to fit in my suitcase, a couple one handed clicks and its ready for use! Seriously doesn't get any easier. And did I mention it was sturdy! Yeah I didn't think so...well, it is! Fantastic product for the price. I can't recommend it enough.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        great tripod

        By AM

        from Tennessee

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

          As expected from Manfrotto this is very well made and strong tripod. I do wish that it came with a bag, but otherwise I would certainly recommend.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          4.0

          Good product

          By arayby

          from Utah

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits

            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

            Good tripod. I have only had it for a few weeks now using it only a couple of times. It is quick to set up and easy to use. Would have been nice if it came with a carrying case.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Sturdy and smooth

            By Nickname

            from Alby

            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

            Great tripod, great brand. I removed the head and use it mostly for my slider.

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            5.0

            Beautiful!

            By Art Jr

            from Anthony, NM

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

              Lightweight yet sturdy-enough to hold my Canon 6D with zoom lens. Great ball head--easy to use. Super value for the money!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Tripod with Ball Head

              By Saint Jon

              from Brea, California

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                Lightweight, sturdy and east to set up and the Ball Head makes it quick. It also doubles as a light stand. Very nice!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Absolutely worth the price

                By SaraClarity

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                I was having difficulty finding a good, sturdy tripod (I've gone through 3 similar types in as many years and was getting sick of throwing away money). This one was recommended to me by a BH customer service rep and they definitely knew what they were recommending!!Great: It's very sturdy, and no annoying lever to tilt the head up and down.Not so great: a bit heavy, attachment head for camera is a bit confusing on how to place on tripod

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Perfect for my needs

                By joeb

                from Long Island, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                  I primarily want this for family portraits. The tripod has already paid for itself with a group shot that we were all able to be in (there were over 20 of us).I find the tripod easy to open and adjust. The camera snaps into the ball head without any fuss, and I can adjust it easily. I wouldn't mind it a little lighter, but I won't be carrying it uphill or any great distances.More experienced photographers will have more critical needs than me, and may find flaws in a tripod in this price range. For the hobbyist/enthusiast, this appears to be a great value.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Love this product!

                  By Kas

                  from Orangevale ca

                  Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                  This product is super easy to use, not too heavy but still very nice quality! I'm very happy with it!!

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                  4.0

                  Sturdy Tripod

                  By nshanti

                  from Ortonville, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                    I love this tripod, it is very sturdy! I have used this in study and on location. The build is strong! It is slightly heavy if you are trekking far! But for my photography business it has been a great add to my tool kit!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Glad i bought this italian product

                    By Mantas

                    from Lithuania, Vilnius

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                    This tripod has been delivered tonight and the first thing i noticed was the weight.On the other hand this could be advantage because tripod is even more stable and solid. The pricing is very good, materials are nice too. This tripod comes with black colour and nice design and well made materials.If photography is your hobby and you're starting to experience it this tripod is definately for you.Don't think to much just buy it !

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Check your screws!

                    By Mondes

                    from Buffalo, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Solid

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                    Great tripod. Sturdy build with strong clamps and smooth adjusting.

                    Make sure that you check and tighten the screws when you first get this tripod. On my 2nd trip out, the very top head screw came loose, which made the tripod basically useless to me until I got home and grabbed an allen key to fix it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    It's everything and more.

                    By JarHed

                    from Near Philly, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                      I was looking for a ball head to replace the head on my older tripod. After realizing that the guts of it was broken I needed a replacement.

                      The 249 with QR Ball Head by Manfrotto was the choice that I made. It turned out to be a great choice. Simple, easy to use design. Compact enough for portability, tall and rock solid stability as well. I'd buy it again in a second.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Great Tripod for the Price

                      By Phillip

                      from Fort Worth TX

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                      For the price this tripod is hard to beat. Lightweight, and easy to adjust yet solid and sturdy when it counts.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      It has 3 leggs

                      By Rebel T3i

                      from Dickson City PA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                      Manfrotto 294 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod W/QR Ballhead I researched for weeks before I bought a tripod, a lot of tripods I reviewed said that the head would drift due to the weight. I need a tripod that will hold my canon T3i, Sigma 150 – 500 mm lens, with the 2X Sigma Teleconverter. All of these components weigh 6.5 lbs, and have a length of 20 inches. The Manfrotto 294 does the job that I was looking for. The B&H Web Sites specifications for the Manfrotto Tripod specifies that the load capacity is 11lbs, this is the spec. for the tripod alone, not the Ballhead. I read the manual for the Ballhead and the max weight for that component is 13lbs. This makes me very happy. The Ballhead and quick release plate is designed with a 2 position release that holds the lever in an open position with the pin extracted. To insert the camera just place the camera into the plate, the pin drops and the lever compresses to a lock position. Your camera is now secure. I am ready for my next adventure.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      A User Friendly Tripod

                      By World Travler

                      from Vermont

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                        I use this tripod for macro photography that is not at ground level, also great for night time, long exposure photos. A little heavy for me to carry long distances on bird walks but overall easy to open up and set up quickly. For a tall man it may not extend high enough but for person under 6' it is fine.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Impressive for price

                        By ahphotography

                        from Winston Salem, NC

                        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 QR Ball Head:

                        Very well built professional tripod for the price. This is a very sturdy tripod. The ballhead is very easily maneuvered and also locks in extremely tight. Overall great product!

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