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Manfrotto MK294A3-A0RC2 294 Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head with Quick Release

4.6 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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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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Grip Type: Tripod Verified Purchase
I'm taking a landscape photography class, and my photography teacher (who is a professional photographer) recommended the Manfrotto brand of tripods with a ball head. This tripod measures about 28" with the mounting plate folded up, and about 26.5" with the plate folded down. It's suppose to support up to 11 lbs of weight, so is pretty durable.

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.
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OK, so the Dolica is very different price range, so why compare with the Manfrotto? Because the Dolica has some nice features.

Manfrotto positives:
- 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.
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For many years my standard travel tripod was a Gitzo Reporter with a ball head on it. It was solid, stable, and weighed a ton. When I decided to sell my DSLRs in favor of one of the new mirrorless camera systems (I went with Micro-4/3rd) I realized I could downsize my tripods, too. What I decided wanted to a new Gitzo carbon fiber tripod; what my budget allowed was an aluminum one. I spent a lot of time looking at Manfrottos and some of the cheaper clones, and then I saw this tripod in a package deal at Costco at a very attractive price. I thought about it for about a few minutes as I wandered around the store- and then I went back and tossed it in my basket.

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.
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I was using a cheap tripod I had still (it was $7.99) on my new dSLR. The thing was so light that it wasnt stable. Also, the weight of my Canon 60D and 70-300 lens actually pulled the mount through the quick release on the cheap tripod. Now the 70-300 lens is sitting in Canons factory repair center, luckily the camera was undamaged. Do yourself a favor and don't put a nice camera on a cheap tripod!

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.
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