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Manfrotto MK290XTA3-3WUS 290 Xtra 3-Way Head Kit (Black)
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- Premium Italian design
- Adjustable aluminum Leg Locks
- Robust aluminum construction
- Shoulder bag included
- 4 leg angles
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290 XTRA Series
This model links the past to the future: the classic, rock-sturdy 290 tripod in a fresh new style with cutting edge technical functions. Now featuring a choice of 4 leg angle positions, this model has gained even greater flexibility with its solid construction, both in the aluminium and composite carbon fiber versions.
All the SKUs in the 290 Xtra family come with a convenient carrying bag to maximize trans-portability. Moreover, it features a new rubber legwarmer to increase the grip and an updated metal disc with the Manfrotto logo which renovates the design of this classic support.
MT290XTA3US - Aluminum Tripod
MK290XTA3-BHUS - Aluminum Tripod Kit with Ball Head
MK290XTA3-3WUS - Aluminum Tripod Kit with 3 Way Head
MK290XTA3-2WUS - Aluminum Tripod Kit with 2 Way Head
MT290XTC3US - Carbon Fiber Tripod
MK290XTC3-BHUS - Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ball Head
MK290XTC3-3WUS - Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with 3 Way Head
All models are Made in Italy and come with a 2 year warranty that can be extended to 10 years if you register your product online.
Tripod with Center Column and new top disc
Available in Aluminum and Carbon Fiber.
Leg Angle Selectors
Allows the tripod legs to be positioned in 4 different angles.
Quick Flip Leg Locks
Allows for quick and easy set up and break down.
Manfrotto branded tripod carrying bag.
|Material||Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber|
|Sections||3 Sections||3 Sections|
|Maximum Height||63.2 inches||65.2 inches|
|Maximum Height (without the center column)||53.9 inches||56 inches|
|Minimum Height||12 inches||12 inches|
|Folded Length||23.4 inches||24.5 inches|
|Maximum Load Capacity||3.9 lbs||3.4 lbs|
|Model Weight||11 lbs||11 lbs|
|Country of Orgin||Made in Italy||Made in Italy|
|Material||Aluminum||Aluminum||Aluminum||Carbon Fiber||Carbon Fiber|
|Sections||3 Sections||3 Sections||3 Sections||3 Sections||3 Sections|
|Maximum Height||66.9 inches||67.5 inches||66.7 inches||70.7 inches||70.7 inches|
|Maximum Height (without Center Column)||57.5 inches||58 inches||57.5 inches||61.2 inches||61.2 inches|
|Minimum Height||15.7 inches||16.5 inches||15.9 inches||13.8 inches||13.8 inches|
|Folded Length||27.8 inches||27.8 inches||27.4 inches||27.4 inches||29.1 inches|
|Maximum Load Capacity||4.9 lbs||5.6 lbs||5.6 lbs||4.3 lbs||5.1 lbs|
|Model Weight||11 lbs||8.8 lbs||11 lbs||11 lbs||8.8 lbs|
|Head Type||496RC2 Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release System||MH804-3WUS 3 Way Head with retractable levers and Q2 Quick Release||128RC2 Fluid 2 Way Head with Q2 Quick Release System||496RC2 Ball Head with Q2 Quick Release System||MH804-3WUS 3 Way Head with retractable levers and Q2 Quick Release System|
Top Customer Reviews
This has outstanding legs. They are very small, compact, yet they are so sturdy and can get exceptionally tall! I own several Manfrotto tripods and I have used many in the bast, and I am telling you that these are my favorite tripod legs I have ever used hands down!
The 3 way head is okay. Its built well and will probably last a long time, mostly metal and strong plastic. The only thing is, when you are adjusting the angles, its kinda jerky and hard to get in the right spot. Unlike my other, nice, fully metal Manfrotto tripod heads that smoothly adjust the angles. Its bearable, but I found it to me a little annoying on architectural shoots, as it was hard to get my "lines straight." Also it only has one bubble for leveling which I found made it even harder to level (vs a 2 bubble leveling system. A bubble for each plane of axes.) The plus side to the single bubble system though is that you can see it when you are in a tight situation, such as being in the corner of a room when photographing a house.
If you are looking to buy your first tripod, buy the whole kit, its awesome and a great price! If you have a little more money, I would recommend that buy the legs on their own and then buy a tripod head of your choice to attach to them. (Its easy to do)
Side note, if you want to film video with nice smooth pans, this tripod head will not do the trick. You will want to look into the Manfrotto 502 Video Head MVH502AH.
I hope this helps! Thanks.
The legs are very sturdy and don't easily move from outside forces providing a very steady mount. While I like the 4 leg angle positions, spaced 22.5° apart, and the fact that the center column raises a lot to almost lay the tripod on ground level, it's not suitable for macrophotography (I expected this as there are dedicated macro tripods) short of the subject already being raised on, say, the top of a box.
The tripod is also a bit taller than I expected, but that's a good thing as I was looking for something tall. Fully extended, with the head on top and camera mounted on it, it's about 74 inches tall where the camera sensor is when level. By lifting the tripod up from about a foot above the bottom in this fashion, for which the tripod is very sturdy to allow for that, I could get views from about 13 feet above, great for general scenic views above the crowds.
The latches are very sturdy and strong. Likewise, they also take a lot of force to manipulate, as for adjusting the height of the legs. I also love the angle indicators on it as well. If you know your lens's field of view (determined with "atan((SensorWidth÷2)÷FocalLength)×2" for the horizontal), you can use the angle guides to create panoramas with a predictable overlap.
Although the quick release is definitely secure, the click is very faint, the first hiccup.
The main problem with the tripod involves the tilt (altitude) axis and the quick release. If used as indicated by the arrows pointing to where the lens is pointed, I can only get about 30° upward. Because I use this tripod for wide angle astrophotography, that upward tilt is not enough. Because the quick release can only go in one way, I have to rotate it around on the camera bottom, backwards, to get the sky coverage I need (but not much downward tilt). Rotating it isn't easy as the ring on the bottom of the quick release is quite stiff, to the point it requires skilled finger work (costing time) or even tweezers to get it picked up enough so I can grab it. If the quick release worked in 2 different directions instead of just 1 way only, and/or the tilt axis had more of a range, such as -45° or even -60° going to +90°, this tripod would've gotten 5 stars.
It gets worse...shortly after dealing with the broken leg, the right lever which controls the horizontal tilt feature, which is one of the most important things in real estate photography, stripped and now I cannot tighten or loosen it without attaching a wrench to it. so I have to carry around a wrench and treat my tripod as gentle as a sleeping baby.
Overall, the build quality is terrible and not worth the money. wish I would have sent it back sooner but now I'm past the return policy date and I'm stuck with it.
Overall, it supports some decent weight as well. I used my 5Diii with 70-200 and grip on this tripod, which is more than the weight it should carry, and held it nice and stable.
If looking for something more than a silly Best Buy tripod but not looking to spend a ton...Buy this!