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Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit

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Product Highlights
  • Load Capacity: 11 lb
  • Max Height: 70.47
  • Min Height: 19.57"
  • Folded Length: 27.95
  • Weight: 4.4 lb
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Interchangeable Ball Head
  • Quick Release with Camera Plate
  • Two-Position Leg Angle Selection

The Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod With Ball Head QR Kit is a lightweight support system for DSLR cameras with a maximum height of 70.47 and a load capacity of 11 lb. This 294 kit uses a "next-generation" carbon tubing: an innovative composite tube with optimized fiber angles that provide consistent advantages over aluminum alloy tubing in terms of rigidity, lightness and stability.

The three-section construction with larger diameter carbon tubing than its sister 293 version makes the 294 more rigid in order to maximize camera stability and minimize vibration, so it's ideal for zoom lenses that amplify any camera shake. The 294 tripod features leg locks that were redesigned for better ergonomics. Two-position leg angle settings make low-angle shooting possible, and a rapid center column adds flexibility and extends the height range.

The ball head (with quick release camera plate) allows you to re-position your camera quickly, and then lock it solidly in place using the single locking knob, ready to shoot in an instant. Because the ball head is so compact, it’s also ideally suited for travelling photographers, making the whole kit easier to pack into luggage or your photography bag. The head is interchangeable and can be easily unscrewed to allow you to use the tripod with specialized heads - the disk at the top of the center column is compatible with any Manfrotto head.

General
Material Carbon fiber and aluminum alloy
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 27.95" (71 cm)
Weight Tripod and head: 4.4 lb (2 kg)
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Tube Diameters 25.3, 21.7, 18.2 mm
Independent Leg Spread Yes, 23°and 51°
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Spiked/Retractable Feet Rubber
Center Brace No
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"-16
Bubble Level No
Center Column
Material Carbon fiber
Center Column Type Rapid, friction lock
Center Column Sections 1
Removable Yes
Reversible Yes
Head
Material Aluminum alloy
Type Ball Head
Quick Release Yes with camera plate
Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit
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    Manfrotto294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit
     
    4.4

    (based on 18 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (8)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Attaches firmly (4)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (13)
      • Travel (12)
      • Night shots (7)
      • Portraits (6)
      • Wildlife (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Tripod, Disappointing Head

      This tripod was intended to replace my Dolica. I needed something much sturdier and the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber is that. What's more, it has fewer leg sections, yet was much taller than...Read complete review

      This tripod was intended to replace my Dolica. I needed something much sturdier and the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber is that. What's more, it has fewer leg sections, yet was much taller than the Dolica.For some, fewer and taller means less compact. I appreciate compactness, but physical mobility issues prevent me from hiking on foot through the woods and streets to do the kind of photography I enjoy. I already have a backpack strapped on and it carries oxygen. But my mobility aide, a Segway, is capable of carrying my camera equipment, including the Manfrotto 294 snuggled up to the control shaft.Having only owned this tripod for a short time, I haven't been able to test it in all circumstances and environments, but those I have used it in have convinced me this tripod is a keeper. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the ball head. Perhaps it's my fault because I didn't research heads well enough in relation to the type of photography I do and equipment I own.The recent supermoon appearance had me mounting my Nikon D5300 and a Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR IF-ED Telephoto Zoom on the Quick Release Ball Head. It was a struggle to compose the shots because of the sag, which was the result of the weight of the camera & lens. This is much less than the rated 11 pounds, but the lens hanging out there and the angle of the shot posed a serious problem.I should have done better research, even called the pros at B&H. They would have surely helped me to find a more appropriate head (I have since ordered the Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head). I got the wrong head, but I am convinced I have the right tripod.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Legs are good, head is okay

      The legs are reasonably lightweight and sturdy. They fold up small enough to strap to a backpack style back, so they're reasonably portable. There are certainly plenty of more expensive tripods that will...Read complete review

      The legs are reasonably lightweight and sturdy. They fold up small enough to strap to a backpack style back, so they're reasonably portable. There are certainly plenty of more expensive tripods that will have more features, but for general purpose if you're looking for something quick and reliable, these aren't bad. The head isn't great, and I will likely be replacing it before too long. It's reasonably sturdy, but has no bubble level, and since it's a single locking ball head, it can't be used for panning or tilting if you shoot video. That makes it easier to set quickly, but less precise when it comes to balancing. The quick release has a lock on the plate release lever so it won't open accidentally, but this means its not an easy one-handed open. If you're looking for a reasonably inexpensive set up that you can travel, or won't rely on for full time professional work, this isn't a bad option, but as you can tell from the price point, its certainly not meant to be top of the line.

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      4.0

      Great Tripod

      By Judmacd

      from Southern California desert

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

        I haven't had too many chances to use the Manfrotto tripod but so far I've been impressed. It's a well built tripod that's easy to use. The locking levers are solid and tight so no worries about them slipping during a shoot. I got it with the ball head, still getting used to it. My only complaint, and minor at that, is that the set screws for the head were loose when it arrived. I'm an amateur photographer that shoots mostly landscapes but also delving into portraits.

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        3.0

        Legs are good, head is okay

        By DTM

        from NY

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

        The legs are reasonably lightweight and sturdy. They fold up small enough to strap to a backpack style back, so they're reasonably portable. There are certainly plenty of more expensive tripods that will have more features, but for general purpose if you're looking for something quick and reliable, these aren't bad. The head isn't great, and I will likely be replacing it before too long. It's reasonably sturdy, but has no bubble level, and since it's a single locking ball head, it can't be used for panning or tilting if you shoot video. That makes it easier to set quickly, but less precise when it comes to balancing. The quick release has a lock on the plate release lever so it won't open accidentally, but this means its not an easy one-handed open. If you're looking for a reasonably inexpensive set up that you can travel, or won't rely on for full time professional work, this isn't a bad option, but as you can tell from the price point, its certainly not meant to be top of the line.

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        4.0

        Great Tripod, Disappointing Head

        By Jim McClain

        from the REAL Northern California

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Maximum Height
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Folded Length
        • Weight

        Best Uses

        • Astral Photograhy
        • Cityscapes
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

        This tripod was intended to replace my Dolica. I needed something much sturdier and the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber is that. What's more, it has fewer leg sections, yet was much taller than the Dolica.For some, fewer and taller means less compact. I appreciate compactness, but physical mobility issues prevent me from hiking on foot through the woods and streets to do the kind of photography I enjoy. I already have a backpack strapped on and it carries oxygen. But my mobility aide, a Segway, is capable of carrying my camera equipment, including the Manfrotto 294 snuggled up to the control shaft.Having only owned this tripod for a short time, I haven't been able to test it in all circumstances and environments, but those I have used it in have convinced me this tripod is a keeper. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the ball head. Perhaps it's my fault because I didn't research heads well enough in relation to the type of photography I do and equipment I own.The recent supermoon appearance had me mounting my Nikon D5300 and a Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR IF-ED Telephoto Zoom on the Quick Release Ball Head. It was a struggle to compose the shots because of the sag, which was the result of the weight of the camera & lens. This is much less than the rated 11 pounds, but the lens hanging out there and the angle of the shot posed a serious problem.I should have done better research, even called the pros at B&H. They would have surely helped me to find a more appropriate head (I have since ordered the Manfrotto MHXPRO-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head). I got the wrong head, but I am convinced I have the right tripod.

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        4.0

        Great tripod and head.

        By mjf

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Plastic Knob And Lever

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

        I use this for shooting multiple shots for HDR images. I like how lightweight it is. It's also very sturdy. It's a little taller than i would like when all legs are retracted, but that's probably what makes it sturdier. I don't mind that too much. It seems like it will be durable, although I've only had it a few weeks. The head is nice as well. Very well made and a nice feel to it. When you lock it in place there is no give. It's very sturdy. The only thing i don't like about the head is that the locking lever and tension knob are plastic. I would have preferred metal, but again, it's not a deal breaker. They seem like they are quality and will last as well. But this is why I gave 4 stars instead of 5.
        Nothing about this tripod and head seem cheap or poorly put together. I would definitely recommend it!

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        5.0

        Great Valued Product!

        By CGPhoto

        from Simi Valley, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Simple Controls
        • Solidsturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

          For the in-between amateur/pro this is a heavy duty tripod. Offers minimal choices for angling and positioning which makes it less complicated to use and allows the photographer to react quickly to the environment/situation. The ball head is sturdy and allows for infinite positioning. This one is not a smaller fold down sized tripod so I wouldn't expect to go backpacking with it, but you could if you wanted. Safety feature on the quick release plate is easy to use. Manfrotto quality at a valued price.

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          5.0

          Very nice tripod for the price

          By GB

          from Boulder, Colorado

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

            This seems to be a nice, lightweight tripod with a nice ball head for the money. Seems cheaper than most comparable tripods, with the quality of Manfrotto.

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            4.0

            Very well constructed...

            By Captain Trips

            from Champaign, IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

              Full disclosure, I ended up returning this tripod for another one, but will weigh in on it anyway. In typical Manfrotto fashion, this tripod was VERY well constructed. It was very lightweight yet seemed like it would hold up well. My main complaints were: 1) It's folded up size was a bit big for what I was looking for, 2) It seemed almost TOO lightweight for the size, etc. and I wanted to be able to carry a heavier load down the road. The 496RC2 ball head was great, and I may end up buying that by itself down the road. Overall, a very nice and well made tripod!

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              5.0

              Lightweight and sturdy

              By Les hoping to retire soon

              from Greensboro, NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight
              • Quick setup

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                  I'm a weekend amateur who spends a lot of time hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains. This tripod is just what I wanted for the hikes in to the various wilderness area waterfalls and mountain summits. It's quick and easy to set up and is sturdy. Do take care when setting up in the middle of the stream or on the rocky mountain peaks on a windy day.

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                  5.0

                  294 Carbon Fiber Tripod With Ball Head

                  By KIrt

                  from Columbus, OH

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                    Use this mostly for Photography while Hiking.Light weight, compact, easy setup and teardown.The "Ball Head" takes some time to get used to, but, love that I don't have the control arms always getting in the way as I'm trying to stow and un-stow.Very rigid for being half the weight. I truly appreciate the carbon fiber weight savings since I'm often, hand carrying it from spot to spot.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent tripod with QR ball head

                    By Alex

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                    I use this on. D5100 for landscape shoots. It is very simple and sturdy. It is light because of the carbon fiber, which adds $ to the price over the aluminum 294 version. But it seemed worth it. I would definitely recommend it. You can keep the part that screws into the camera body fixed on the camera without havin got removing it each time. It doesn't take up much space affixed to the camera.

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                    5.0

                    Very good tripod solid

                    By tai

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                    • No

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                    This tripod is very solid and not that heavy compare to others. i would like to recommend to everyone.

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                    5.0

                    A perfect gift.

                    By Poophead

                    from Long Beach, CA

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                    I bought this beautiful Tripod for my cousins as a gift, since he likes shooting photograph as his hobby. He lives in southeast Asia, but his dreams is to become a professional photographer. So I decided to get this for him as a Christmas gift. I hope he will like it and many wished for his dream come true.

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                    5.0

                    Solid beauty

                    By Chadly

                    from Steubenville, OH

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    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 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                      I use this tripod mostly for night astrophotography and it absolutely serves it's purpose perfectly. It is solid and steady. I love the height it offers. I am just under six feet tall and at its full height The camera can be pointing directly above me and I would have to stand on my toes to reach the viewfinder with my eye. The only regret I have with this product is that it doesn't come with a bag. For the price I really think Manfrotto could afford to include at least an unpadded bag. Other than that I would buy this product again and would recommend it to any serious photographer no matter what type floats your boat.

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                      5.0

                      Great Tripod @ Great Price

                      By B.M. Haack

                      from Shoreview, MN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability

                      Cons

                      • No Level Built In

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                      First off, B&H offers this tripod and head at the lowest price I've seen. Since I got it I have been impressed with how solid it is. I am very impressed with the tripod. The head is a good quality tripod head but is basic. I have nothing bad to say about it but its clear it doesn't have the bells and whistles of more expensive heads. All in all I would definitely recommend because of quality, function, and price.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful Tripod

                      By IdahoMike

                      from Meridian, Idaho

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Firmly
                      • Good Stability
                      • Large Range of Motion
                      • Strong Clamp

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                        This tripod is top quality, and I am very impressed with it. It is extremely stable, and holds my Nikon D7100 with an 18-300mm lens very precisely. The head is very easy to use, and I love how light it is. I am very pleased!

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                        1.0

                        Too Heavy and Doesn't Compact Small

                        By JK

                        from San Clemente, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to operate

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                        Not what I expected. Way too big and heavy for a travel tri-pod. Returned it as soon as I opened the box.

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                        5.0

                        wow

                        By zeeuwse boer

                        from Norway

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Firmly
                        • Good Stability
                        • Large Range of Motion
                        • Strong Clamp

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                          A evry robust yet very light tripod. Very easy to use and no burden at all to carry. Providing good and safe stability.

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                          5.0

                          294 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Manfrotto

                          By Images Everything

                          from Newton, NJ

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Firmly
                          • Good Stability
                          • Large Range of Motion
                          • Strong Clamp

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Portraits
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit:

                            I LOVE this tripod! I wanted a good one, and I got it! Sturdy, lightweight, easy to use. I pinched my finger once while turning the ball head from landscape to portrait, and won't do it again ;)

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                            Quick Release Plates

                            Manfrotto -  200PL Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw and 3/8" Bushing Adapter
                            • You Pay: $17.50
                             

                            Bags & Cases

                            Manfrotto -  MBAG70N Unpadded Tripod Bag
                            • You Pay: $35.88
                             
                            Oben -  TS-200 Tripod Strap with Two Quick-Release Loops (Black)
                            • You Pay: $29.95
                             

                            Leg Accessories

                            Tether Tools -  StrapMoore
                            • You Pay: $18.95
                             

                            Dollies

                            Magnus -  DWF-2 Universal Tripod Dolly
                            • You Pay: $41.95
                             

                            Sandbags/Weight Bags

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                            Impact -  Saddle Sandbag - 5 lb (Black Cordura)
                            • You Pay: $19.95
                             

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                            Vello -  Two-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level
                            • You Pay: $14.99
                             
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