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Manfrotto294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (24)
  • Lightweight (23)
  • Easy to use (20)
  • Reliable (16)
  • Stable (6)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (22)
  • Landscape photography (20)
  • Travel (16)
  • Everyday (15)
  • Studio (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (13), Professional (8), Semi-professional (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 head

I bought this to compliment my Manfrotto MM294C4 carbon fiber monopod. I wanted light-weight camera support for hiking and nature photography in the Rockies. I have multiple heads (pan, ball, tilt,...Read complete review

I bought this to compliment my Manfrotto MM294C4 carbon fiber monopod. I wanted light-weight camera support for hiking and nature photography in the Rockies. I have multiple heads (pan, ball, tilt, fluid), all with the quick detachment plate, that allow me to setup the tripod (or monopod) into a variety of configurations. It easily holds a moderate 4.2 lb load of a D7100, its grip and a Nikkor 70-300mm zoom. The tripod is quite sturdy and is not cold to the touch. The aluminum section locks are quick and robust. The supplied tool that adjusts lock tension snaps onto the leg tube rather loosely. It could easily get lost. This tripod included the pan-tilt head that is made of light-weight technical polymer. The tilt has a built-in spring which is OK for light-weight cameras but helps little for a heavy load and it restricts the overall movement range which some people may not like. The handles do not move down enough for compact transport; a ball head is far more compact. The rubber handles are nice and large.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Love the tripod but not the Head

I'm a birder and use the tripod with a spotting scope. The three way head was less useful than I anticipated as the weight and size of the scope demands a longer single handle. ...Read complete review

I'm a birder and use the tripod with a spotting scope. The three way head was less useful than I anticipated as the weight and size of the scope demands a longer single handle. I bought a new head and will sell the three way on @. The tripod legs are light and strong. I'm happy with my new configuration.

Reviewed by 35 customers

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5.0

I love Manfrotto

By Pamela

from Berkeley

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

      Manfrotto has always been my "go to" for tri-pods. This one is sturdy, light weight and easy to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      This Tripod Is The Best Bang For Your Buck

      By rhoman040

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

      I purchased this believing it was smaller than it turned out. This was a Deal Zone item (discontinued regular line), so I jumped on it due to the price and it is carbon fiber. The head is great with a plate that can be attached directly to your camera (or large lens) for quick moves of the tripod or when you need to slip the camera on for a fast pic. The only thing is this tripod is large and bulky. I will check in later for how this travels (the head does detach, so this may be a moot point).

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      great carbon fiber tripod

      By parreno

      from brooklyn ny

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

        not heavy, the head works great and smooth

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Great tripod so far

        By Construction & Landscape Shooter

        from Upstate New York

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

        I used to use a Promaster travel tripod but it ended up being terrible. The ball head would not hold my camera and lens tight so it would almost always creep downward after setting up. I finally bought the Manfrotto 294 tripod and it has been great for my needs. The legs opperate smoothly and it holds my gear very steady. I use a nikon D750 and usually a 16-35 lens. The only thing I want not is to upgrade to a solid ball head.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Nice sticks!

        By dbuddphoto

        from Denver, CO

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Leg Spread Limited

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

        Nice tripod for travel or hiking. I have replaced the head with a ball head to make this a little more compact. The only down side is the spread of the legs. You have two positions, regular or spread. I have been shooting more with the Fuji XPro1 and XE-2 over the last 2 years and this tripod is perfect for the weight of those bodies. A lighter DSLR would work but It might get shaky with a 5Dm2 w/battery grip and an 80-200 lens.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Stellar Tripod

        By Mike

        from Newbury Park, CA

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio
        • Traveling

        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

        Excellent quality, light tripod. The 3-Way head is a plus, and this is my go-to tripod.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great tripod with head

        By ParTronic

        from Brooklyn ny

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

          The tripod is not heavy to carry or moved from place to place , the head is big enough to handle a large photo camera with large lense, does not include a tripod bag

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Perfect!

          By photomark

          from Ontario, CA USA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

            Very light and for a Canon DSLR this tripod is plenty solid even for travel.
            The included head is not my cup of tea but I replaced it with a Manfrotto Pro Ball 308.

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            • No
             
            4.0

            I love this tripod

            By felixwilliamsphotography

            from Irvine, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

            I've needed a nicer tripod as I have only purchased ones from local retailers that are in the 20-40 dollar range that seem flimsy when you have a full scale DSLR and lenses. This fits the bill! I love that the legs are sturdy yet lighter than aluminum and I also love the 3-way head because it has a little water bubble thing that shows if your camera is level or not. Great Purchase!!!

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            • No
             
            4.0

            a decent affordable tripod

            By okevin

            from Philadelphia

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                I like the locks on these legs.
                The head is also good if you want 3-way controls like I did. it is pretty sturdy for its size.
                The quick release takes some getting used to, but I like the captive thumbscrew with flip up torque ring. You don't need a screwdriver to get the plate tight. Overall I'm quite happy with it. Good for stills or video time lapse or shots that don't need a fluid head.

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                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fast Delivery and Professional Service

                By Kaiser

                from Bethesda, Maryland

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Bulky

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                I was very impressed by the fast delivery of B&H that is unparalleled.
                I will continue and keep ordering from B&H and recommend to my friends.
                Thanks for the professional service!

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Nice Tripod

                By Pics of You

                from Dry Fork Va

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                  Nice tripod its still a little heavy for carbon fiber. The locks are awesome that is why I got it to be honest the new twist locks on so many tripods suck! If you get them dirty they are shot and you have to buy plastic insert rings which will break again its a nice tripod! will hold a lot steady

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                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Why did I wait so long, to get this!!!

                  By Irish Dave

                  from Bristol, Pa.

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable
                  • Super Light And Strong

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                    After purchasing a 150-600mm Sigma Lens from B&H, I needed a Strong but Light Weight Tripod.
                    I am very pleased with the Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber tripod. I would highly recommend it!!!
                    And as always the price was very good and the delivery was fast and quick!

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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great product!

                    By B.

                    from NYC

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • A bit heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                    Really high quality product and very versatile for photography. The 3-way head makes it very flexible in terms of angles. I've only used it with a DSLR so far, it's been great. Will try it with bigger cameras and review again.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    New to photography

                    By Beads and Bling

                    from Texas

                    About Me Getting Started

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                      I'm a photograph student and this is the first piece of equipment that I have purchased. I was extremely pleased with everything about it. I have not purchased my camera yet but I will feel very comfortable using an expensive camera on this tripod.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Exceeding my expectations

                      By Slaysr

                      from Naples Fl.

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality

                      Cons

                      • Haven't Found One

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                      I had been shopping for new tripod when I came across this tripod in the "Deal Zone". I quickly researched it against another model I had been looking at. This far exceeded my expectations. The quality, the features fit me to a tee. B&H make it easy to do business and provide great product info. Why shop elsewhere?

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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome

                      By Kris

                      from Honolulu , HI

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                        So far very happy with this tripod. Very light weight yet extremely sturdy. I Cam from a very heavy commercial tripod so I really have no reference than the cheap [*]tripods but I am very happy with this tripod. Plan to use this more for landscape night shots. Not really going to hike around with this or travel so I haven't used or carried this around for long periods of time.

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                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Legs are very good. The head is on the heavy side

                        By hellow1

                        from Redmond WA

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio

                        Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                        The legs are very good. The head is too heavy for the load capacity of 8.8lb. Overall. quite good

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                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        This is Great Tripod for the Price

                        By Dorchie

                        from New Haven, CT

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                          This tripod is extremely lighter than my other Manfrotto. I carry this tripod on my shoulder and no Problems. Sturdy and strong. You won't go wrong in selecting this tripod. Go for It!

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                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Very nice tripod

                          By BocaCat

                          from Boca Raton

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 804RC2 3-Way Head:

                            I've always wanted a carbon fiber tripod and this combination fit the bill. I love how light it is yet sturdy. I'm not a big fan of the 3 way head but it works well and it is good quality. I like the quick release and I will buy a ball head soon. Overall, I'm very happy that I purchased it. I agree with another reviewer that a case should come with it for the price.

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                            • No

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