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Manfrotto MK294A3-A0RC2 294 Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head with Quick Release
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- Ball head features quick release system
- Adjustable leg angles
- Head is removable
- Built in quick release system
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I was willing to spend $200 - $300 for a good tripod, but my teacher recommended this one specifically even after I gave him my price range - and it's less than $200!
I used it a few times to test at home, and used it yesterday at a very rocky place at the beach. It worked wonderfully and easily. It's very sturdy, and I love the ball head because I can quickly adjust the angle of the camera by just using the main lock nob. Also, the ball head allows for me to adjust the camera so that it will take a picture vertically as well. It allows for easy, quick, and slight adjustments.
Also, a must-have for any tripod is a quick release system to take your camera quickly on and off your tripod if you need to do manual metering or decide you want to check out a different composition. You screw your camera onto the mounting plate, and when you do the quick release, a small square of the mount comes off and stays on the camera. I just leave this part on my camera almost all the time, since I don't really notice it's there and I don't have to screw the camera back on the tripod each time I wanna use it. I can quickly put the camera back on the tripod at any time. Just make sure you practice putting your camera on and off the tripod using the quick release system. My camera almost slipped off a couple of times because I didn't click it back onto the tripod correctly and lock it in place.Read more ›
- ballhead has no play (you can adjust to exact camera pointing angle you want, and it stays there when you tighten the adjustment screw)
- ballhead has friction adjustment
- leg length adjustment is faster - just a clip to flip instead of rings to turn
- build quality seems sturdier
Dolica Proline positives
- built in levels (though I rarely use those, looking at the field of view in the camera viewfinder works for most situations)
- leg adjustment uses rings - less likely to break than the clip on Manfrotto (one reviewer says the clip on Manfrotto broke on 2nd use)
- low price
The main drawback I found with the Dolica is that the ballhead has some play. After moving the ballhead to a certain position, it moves a tad bit when tightening the adjustment screw. This changes the angle at which the camera is pointing and if you are carefully framing a picture (especially closeups) this can cause important subject matter to drop outside the field of view.
Though now that I have both, rather than throwing the Dolica away I will just replace the ball-head on the Dolica with a Manfrotto ballhead. The Manfrotto ballhead in this kit is the 496RC2 - way cheaper than the whole kit. If one were to buy the Manfrotto ballhead and the Proline Dolica tripod (not sure you can buy that without the ballhead, seems the model with a pan-head does not have built-in levels), I think one would save about 30% off the price of the Manfrotto kit.
For as light as it is, this is a very stable and well built tripod- especially if you leave the center post unextended. Set up that way, I've used it for extended exposures with minimal perceptible blurring in my images. Fully extended, and braced against my body, it enables me to go with slower speeds on telephoto shots. For a beginner or student looking for their first tripod, or the traveller looking for a solid, yet very portable camera support, this is a good choice.
This tripod is a great upgrade for me. Its very sturdy, and the weight is moderate which is what I wanted. Not to light (you want some weight so it isn't to flimsy and shaky with a heavier camera) but not too heavy that its a burden to take. Tension-adjustable buckles are nice, and the wrench is attached. Full hieght, no more bending over to look through the camera. I like the quick release that has a lock - no accidental releases, yet its still fairly quick, and has metal components.
A decent value I think for a nice sturdy tripod. The only thing I wish it had was a decent bubble level, this tripod has no levels. My camera has electronic levels but you loose other on screen functionality if you want to see the level indicator. I'd take off a half star for the level but round back up to 5.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a present for my husband, and he's very happy with it.Published 26 days ago by Ruby's friend
I returned it. I have a Oben tripod and ball head already and was looking for an upgrade. Sad to say this tripod was a downgrade. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bat Baterson
Not a super well made thing. Used it for the first time this last weekend on a wedding and a bunch of screws just fell out randomly. Had to collect them throughout the day. Read morePublished 8 months ago by luke st. hilaire
Awesome, it was exactly what I wanted. This will be my 3rd tripod purchased. Should have just spent the money to begin with. Manfrotto products for a photographer are always good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by April M. Powers