Manfrotto MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod with 804 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

Manfrotto MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod with 804 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

Manfrotto MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod with 804 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 8.8 lb
  • Max Height: 67.5"
  • Min Height: 16.5"
  • Folded Length: 27.8"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 5.6 lb
  • Four Leg Angle Positions
  • RC2 Quick-Release System
  • Pan/Tilt Head with Retractable Handles
  • Shoulder Carrying Bag Included
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Manfrotto 290 Overview

  • 1Description

The Manfrotto 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod with 804 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head extends from 16.5" to a maximum height of 67.5". It weighs 5.6 lb and can hold up to 8.8 lb of gear. The tripod's 3-section legs have flip locks to individually change the height of each leg. The locks are tension-adjustable to help maintain a tight lock over the tripod's lifespan. Four leg angles allow you to position the tripod in a variety of ways. A rubber grip on one of the legs aids in carrying the tripod, and rubber feet keep it stable on slippery surfaces.

The included 804 3-way pan/tilt head features retractable handles, which decreases the overall size when not in use. A built-in spring assists with the tilting motion of the head by compensating for heavier lenses and cameras with off-center loads. A 200LT-PL quick-release plate is included for quickly attaching and removing your camera from the head. Also included with the tripod is a shoulder bag for added comfort and protection during transport.

  • MT290XTA3US 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod

    The Manfrotto MT290XTA3US 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod extends from 12" to a maximum height of 63.2". It weighs 4.4 lb and can hold up to 11 lb of gear. The tripod's 3-section legs have flip locks to individually change the height of each leg. The locks are tension-adjustable to help maintain a tight lock over the tripod's lifespan. Four leg angles allow you to position the tripod in a variety of ways. A rubber grip on one of the legs aids in carrying the tripod, and rubber feet keep it stable on slippery surfaces. Included with the tripod is a shoulder bag for added comfort and protection during transport.

    UPC: 719821396703
  • MH804 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 200LT-PL Quick Release Plate

    This MH804 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head from Manfrotto has a load capacity of 8.8 lb and can be attached to tripods or other support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount. It includes an integrated RC2 quick release cam lock and a 200LT-PL Quick Release Plate. RC2 compatible quick release plates such as the 200LT-PL can be removed from the head by pulling the cam lock's spring-loaded lever, which also allows the plate to be quickly reattached. The cam lock also features a safety catch to prevent the 200LT-PL, or another compatible quick release plate from accidentally disconnecting.

    Cameras, sport optics, or camcorders that are compatible with a 1/4"-20 mount can be connected to the quick release plate before securing it to the pan-and-tilt head. The head can be rotated 360°, tilted 90° forwards or 30° backwards, as well as 90° sideways for portrait orientation. Each of these three movements function independently of each other, have dedicated control handles, and can be locked into place. In addition to integrating the ability to individually lock the movements by twisting each corresponding handle's rubberized grip, the telescoping control handles for both tilt functions can also be retracted while the head is not in use for more convenient storage or transport.

    To promote fast, repeatable, and accurate device positioning, this MH804 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head also includes dedicated angle scales for each movement that are designed for easy visibility. For heavier loads, built-in counterbalance springs help ensure smooth as well as gradual backwards and forwards tilt movements.

    MH804 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head
    • 8.8 lb load capacity
    • Compatible with tripods or support systems that feature a 3/8"-16 mount
    • Can be rotated 360°, tilted 90° forwards or 30° backwards, as well as 90° sideways for portrait orientation
    • Rotation, backwards and forwards tilt, as well as portrait orientation tilt each function independently of each other, have dedicated control handles, and can be locked into place
    • Telescoping control handles for both tilt functions can be retracted for more convenient storage or transport
    • Dedicated angle scales for each movement that are designed for easy visibility promote fast, repeatable, and accurate device positioning
    • Built-in counterbalance springs help ensure smooth as well as gradual backwards and forwards tilt movements for heavier loads
    • Integrated, RC2 quick release cam lock
    • Built-in bubble level
    • Durable and lightweight polymer and fiberglass construction
    200LT-PL Quick Release Plate
    • Compatible with Manfrotto RC2 quick release cam lock
    • Measures 1.7 x 2.1 x 0.4" and has a rubberized, non-slip surface
    • 1/4"-20 mount
    • Durable and lightweight polymer and fiberglass construction
    UPC: 719821396536
In the Box
Bundle Items
  • Shoulder Carrying Bag
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
  • 200LT-PL Quick Release Plate
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration

Also Includes

  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 10 Years with Product Registration
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • MT290XTA3US 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod
    General
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 5 kg
    Maximum Working Height 63.2" / 160.5 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 53.9" / 136.9 cm
    Minimum Working Height 12" / 30.5 cm
    Folded Length 23.4" / 59.4 cm
    Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 3.9 lb / 1.8 kg
    Materials Aluminum Alloy
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 4 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 3
    Center Column
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.0 x 4.5 x 4.5"
  • MH804 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head with 200LT-PL Quick Release Plate
    General
    Head Type Pan & Tilt Head
    Base Mount 3/8"-16 Thread
    Camera Mounting Screw 1/4"-20 Male
    Quick Release Plate Type RC2
    Load Capacity 8.8 lb / 3.99 kg
    Number of Bubble Levels 1
    Material Technopolymer
    Pan & Tilt Range
    Lateral Tilt -90 to +30
    Vertical Tilt -30 to +90
    Panning Range 360
    Physical
    Dimensions H: 4.7" / H: 11.9 cm
    Weight 1.65 lb / 750 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 6.4 x 6.0"

Manfrotto 290 Reviews

MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra Aluminum Tripod with 804 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than you expect... Needing a new tripod for my first official college photo program, this brand was recommended to me by the professors of the program. While expensive, it came with such high praise from them that it seemed a no-brainier. I expected a fairly standard product, good, but with others of theirs so much more expensive, what I actually recived was a present surprise. This is a tripod that will last you for years and years. The head is easy to move, but the movement is stiff, so it doesn't feel like you will just spin your camera off the top. The reversible center pole makes taking ground level shots a breeze. And the legs are quick to open, but solid in their locking. I will buy Manfrotto for all my future needs.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tripod at a great price What a great tripod from Manfrotto. It may not be light and it may not be compact but for an entry level video work or any photography where you need a tripod, this one will do the job. The legs are sturdy with no shakiness. It easily holds my Nikon D810 with ease. I needed this tripos for some video work which worked out fine. The video controls area retractable so when you don't need them, they're out of the way. The clamp lock legs do the job perfectly and the pan is smooth. This is one of those do it all tripods that everyone should have.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would definitely buy this tripod again. My first time buying anything from B&H Photo. I was honestly nervous at first when I bought the tripod, but my college professor recommended me this particular one from the website, so I had nothing to worry about. The item came exactly on the day they promised which didn't make me wait by the door like the other stuff I buy from other websites. The item packaging was great. No damage or anything and came with its Manfrotto bag. I used it for my last project for photography and the tripod works perfectly. Easy to use along with the tripod being light. Only downside is I should have bought this sooner. Overall, phenomenal brand and wonderful tripod. I look forward to buying more things from B & H Photo!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sturdy and adjustable but... I love the adjustability of this tripod. The pan/tilt head is solid and holds my 100-400 mm lens with not problem. Pans smoothly and is extremely solid for low light shots. But...... The tilt is only 30 degrees upward with the camera/lens mounted in the standard direction. To get a full 90 degree upward shot I need to reverse the camera which puts the handles in a wierd postion for use. I can work around it but it is a curious design.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This tripod does the trick. I am a real estate photographer and need a solid and steady foundation for bracketed exposures. This tripod does the trick. It is a bit heavier than I expected, but it is plenty mobile just the same. The retractable levers are are welcome feature, since the tripod has to travel from location to location. I would recommend this to any real estate photographer.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good all-around tripod I am primarily a Landscape photographer, but I shoot events on the side with the occasional video here and there. I use this tripod with a Canon 6D for reference. Ive put this tripod through the paces for the last three months of ownership. The Pros: The tripod itself is solidly constructed and sturdy, once you set it down its not going anywhere, but its not too heavy for walking long distances with it either. The center column smoothly extends and holds sturdy at the 67.5 height. The legs extend smoothly and adjust to adapt to almost any situation youre in with ease. The Cons: The black paint on the tripod is put on rather thin and has begun to wear on the center column, which is disappointing for Manfrottos reputation & at a price point of $140 at the time of purchase, I wasnt too happy about that. Also, its not as resistant to dings & scratches as it should be either. I have a cheap Targus TG-P60T backup tripod that Ive beaten the heck out of for about 5 years until I upgraded to this, and the paint on the Targus still looks as good as new. I believe if Manfrotto would have used matte black aluminum like the Targus and applied the paint a bit thicker that it wouldnt be an issue. The 804 3-way pan/tilt head that I chose with my configuration really wasnt what I expecting it to be. I have nothing really good to say about it. Out in the field, it was a chore to use, the two top twist handles would not stay tight without a significant amount of twisting pressure and smooth was really the last thing it was good at doing besides the panning motion. So, with doing occasional video work, this head is not recommended at all, the spring-loaded assists in the tilt motion have an audible creak to them and could potentially be picked up in video recording audio. Its really just an awful head. I immediately swapped the head out for a much more suitable 391RC2 3-Way, Pan-and-Tilt Head, which is just fantastic and pairs really nicely with the tripod. I recommend buying the tripod separate from the 804 pan/tilt head. Last thing. The carrying bag that comes with the tripod is poorly constructed. The material is thin and non-padded if brushed hard against a rough material the bag will rip without much resistance. In the case of a drop from a significant height, the bag wont be much help in protecting the tripod. Also, I should mention the first week of using the bag to carry the tripod the strings untied from the loops on the corners of the bag while I was carrying it. I recommend picking up a different tripod bag. So in all, my 4-star rating is based on the tripod itself without the head.
Date published: 2018-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy Tripod That Will Last Years Before picking this tripod up, I was very skeptical about spending between $100-200. Amazon sells their brand tripod for $20 and I was thinking why the heck would anyone spend a couple hundred dollars on something that mounts your camera. In my mind I was thinking there is no way the material and labor justifies the cost. Boy was I wrong and there is an old saying that you get what you paid for and this couldn't be more true in the world of tripods. To explain the difference in quality, you would need to find a camera store that has several other brand tripods out for display. Once you start comparing different brands to this one, you'll realize how cheaply made other tripods are. Other tripods felt so cheap that you could break off the legs with a little force. That's not the case with this one as you would need something very powerful that could bend metal. Granted it's made out of aluminum but you couldn't break it with your bare hands if you tried. The build quality is incredible and you never have to worry about $5000 of Camera equipment falling over. The head is extremely versatile as it features 3 different control knobs for pan and tilt action. The pan has a built in compass guide allowing you to know if your at 0 or 360 degrees. The knobs have a lot of resistance so you never feel like the weight of the camera will cause the head to fall over one way. I really only have two complaints about this tripod. It's extremely heavy compared to other tripods coming in at 5.6 lbs. Let's just say if your deciding to take this for a day hike or traveling, it's going to be extremely uncomfortable for long durations. If you arrive at a location and don't have to do more than 30 minutes of walking it's fine. Any longer than that and you'll be wishing you left this at home. The second complaint is that the release lever for the plate that mounts to your camera can get stuck sometimes if you forget which way it's suppose to release. Overall highly recommended tripod.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would probably buy the next model up next time The tripod piece of it, it's great. Light and Sturdy but the quick release on the 3 way head seems to cheaply made from all plastic components. I was disappointed in the quality of the quick release this head came with. It was an affordable tripod but not in the quality I was expecting to get from Manfrotto.
Date published: 2016-07-04
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question

does the head come off?
Asked by: Mendel D.
Hi Mendel, I have had this tripod MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 since 10/27/15 and it has met my needs. As to your question, yes the head come off.Manny G
Answered by: Manny G.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Can I mount my birding scope without extra hardware?
Asked by: Anonymous
As long as the scope has a 1/4-20 thread, then yo should be able to mount it on the tripod plate.
Answered by: Andrea O.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

I own this tripod and am interested in getting a gimbal head for it. Are there any compatibility issues I should know about?
Asked by: Mohammed S.
Its an excellent tripod !! Small but steady . The tilt / pan head that I purchased with it is a little limited on mobility . I shoot with a Nikon D800 an it seems to be too big for that particular head .
Answered by: Lionel A.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

I purchased this tripod but can only tilt the head back 30 degrees for night shots unless I reverse my camera and lens. Is this correct? Kind of unhappy with it.Any fix?
Asked by: Dan C.
That is the only way I can see to do it. Mounted with the camera base as indicated, the up angle is clearly marked on the dial as maxing at 30 degrees. Reversing the camera base allows shots straight up. I don't see it as a problem.
Answered by: Daniel J.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

Hi !Does this model have a bubble water level? Thanks.D. Pham
Asked by: Don P.
Yes it does.
Answered by: Adir D.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

I'm thinking of using this with a sony a7ii. I do a lot of hiking and wondered if this is the right tripod?
Asked by: Sue G.
it is light, but IMHO not light enough for hiking. It will be heavy and uncomfortable. I'm using it for work and mostly carry it in the car, which is fine, but imaging it to be hiking with, it will be burdensome.
Answered by: Vlad D.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

I have a 10-year old Manfrotto similar to this. The leg locks have become nearly impossible to open or close. I have tried cleaning and lubricating them but that doesn't help much. Will this tripod solve my problem?
Asked by: dan H.
I have a couple of these for my company. Although I haven't had them for 10 years, they've been great so far.Pat360 Tour Designs, Baltimore, MD
Answered by: Phillip C.
Date published: 2018-08-26

question

This is my first tripod purchase. I will be using it with the Celestron Regal M2 80mm scope primarily for birding. Would you recommend this tripod? While I gather that stability is not a problem, will I be able to smoothly pan across the shoreline looking at birds? If not, could you suggest an alternative in the same price range?
Asked by: Sharang S.
Yes, I've been using this tripod coming up on a year now. My wide angle lens is pretty heavy, even with this i am able to pan nicely. there are adjustment knobs that allow for different levels of ease of panning.
Answered by: Rob P.
Date published: 2018-08-26
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