Manfrotto 293 Aluminum 3 Section Tripod with Quick Release 3 Way Head, Max Height 61", Supports 8 lbs.

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About Manfrotto 293

The MK293A3-A3RC1 is the intermediate 3 section kit fitted with the detachable aluminum 3-way head. It is the best solution for lightweight and precision. The ergonomic controls are designed for a safer and more enjoyable experience and they ensure maximum precision. The anti-shock collar protects your camera from accidental impact, whilst the 3 faced design column prevents rotation to allow for increased accuracy and steadfastness. The leg locks provide a rock-solid support and with their innovative adjustability they provide a consistent and excellent performance.

The Manfrotto 293 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Outdoors, Portraits, Travel and more.The Manfrotto 293 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Manfrotto 293 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto 293: Compact, Easily adjusted, Good footing, Lightweight, Locks in tight and Smooth movement

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (10),Good footing (9),Locks in tight (9),Compact (7),Easily adjusted (7),Smooth movement (7),Stable (5),Attaches firmly (4),Strong clamp (4)
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (12),Portraits (12),Home (9),Travel (9),Outdoors (8),Weddings (5),Wildlife (5),Night shots (4),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (12),Casual photographer (3)

Manfrotto 293 Specifications

Closed Length
63.4 cm
Leg Cross Section
D shape
Leg Sections
3 number
Legs Tube Diameter
22.5. 19. 15.5 mm
Load Capacity
4 kg / 8.82lbs
Maximum Height
156.7 cm / 61.69 inch
Maximum Height (with Centre Column Down)
137.7 cm / 54.21 inch
Minimum Height
44.4 cm
1.9 kg / 4.18lbs
Mfr #

Manfrotto 293 Reviews

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(based on 18 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Very good tripod

Quality tripod for great value. I bring it with me on most hikes, low weight, sturdy, and the size doesn't cause me any problems. It takes a bit longer to adjust the film head, so I switched on an old manfro ball head instead.

Reviewed by 18 customers


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from Campbell  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this as a light weight hiking tripod. Great price, quality and design. I would highly recommend this tripod.


Good portable tripod


from St. Louis, MO  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great tripod for the price. Easy and quick setup. I use a Nikon DSLR camera with this tripod. I was looking for a sturdy, but portable, tripod that would last for awhile, and this appears to be it. For under $100, it has features and quality of the more expensive tripods. The head is smooth and the quick release plate works very well. Appears to be will build, but not for the larger pro video cameras. If you have a tight budget, this is a good priced tripod, with very good quality.


the very first tripod that i call my OWN


from los ángeles, CA  -  Casual Photographer

easy to set-up. never had any problem with the unit


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from Roanoke, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very nicely built for a great price!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Very good tripod


from Van, BC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Quality tripod for great value. I bring it with me on most hikes, low weight, sturdy, and the size doesn't cause me any problems. It takes a bit longer to adjust the film head, so I switched on an old manfro ball head instead.


Oh my the best ever


from Cincinnati, Ohio  -  Photo Enthusiast

The best tripod I have owned yet. So easy and smooth handling, get this one now, great for the price!


Fits my needs


from Georgetown, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Have a Canon G12 and a Lumix G3. Both are lightweight and this tripod with a ball head is perfect for the kind of photographs I take. Quality is excellent.




from Philadelphia, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

The price was right, but I ended up returning this tripod. The ball head just couldn't support my Canon 5D and 100mm macro lens -- the lens kept sagging. The legs felt kind of flimsy to me too. I ended up getting the Manfrotto 190XPROB with the 804RC2 pan/tilt head instead and love it. It's far more stable and I find the head controls much less fussy.


Nice Quality and Low Price


from Illinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

Very nice affordable tripod. This is perfect for travel in that you can throw it in your suitcase and not worry about losing an expensive tripod.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)




from Fall River Mills, CA  -  Casual Photographer

This was actually for a special cave photo shoot which I was unable to attend due to bad weather. I will still be able to use it however, and look forward to it.


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Questions about this item:

Shopper  does this model come with a quick release plate?
BLAINE O  Yes, it does. It's on the smaller side, so it's not terribly stable/supportive, but it'll get the job done out of the box.
Shopper  Does this tripod have a ball head or a pan head?
CHRISTIAN S  The tripod has a pan head.

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