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Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit

You Pay: $249.88
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
  • MK294C3 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Quick Release Ball Head
  • Limited 2 -Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension After Online Registration
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    Manfrotto294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head Kit
     
    4.6

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (8)
    • Attaches firmly (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Large range of motion (3)
    • Strong clamp (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (8)
      • Travel (8)
      • Night shots (7)
      • Portraits (6)
      • Wildlife (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Solid beauty

      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...Read complete review

      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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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too Heavy and Doesn't Compact Small

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

      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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      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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              • No

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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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                      • You Pay: $17.50
                       

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