Manfrotto 293 Aluminum 4 Section Tripod with Quick Release Ball Head, Max Height 58", Supports 8 lbs.

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List Price: $178.00

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About Manfrotto 293

The MK293A4-A0RC2 is the most compact ball head kit in the 290 family. Ideal for travelling, the 4 section tripod is fitted with the detachable aluminum ball head. It is the best solution for compactness and rapid movements. 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. Leg locks provide a rock-solid support and with their innovative adjustability they provide a consistent and excellent performance.

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
52.6 cm
Leg Angles
23deg.. 51deg.
Leg Cross Section
D shape
Leg Sections
4 number
Legs Tube Diameter
22.5. 19. 15.5. 12 mm
Load Capacity
4 kg / 8.82lbs
Maximum Height
147.6 cm / 58.11 inch
Maximum Height (with Centre Column Down)
128.6 cm / 50.62 inch
Minimum Height
37.9 cm
1.8 kg / 3.96lbs

Manfrotto 293 Reviews

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

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  I would like a very light weight travel tripod Ball head extension from 60+ or - inches to say 10" my camera is the Sony NEX 7 that is very light weight 2 lbs more with a flash I would like the shortest possible length folded and lightest in weight for under 200? Yes
Andrew R  I'm not sure what your question is. The tripod in this listing has a minimum useful height of 14.9". a folded length of 20" and a maximum height (with column extended) of 58".
Darryl C  i'm looking at this tripod manfrotto MK293A3-A0RC2, but the description says bogen. so what make is this then?
DARCI S  Bogen is Manfrotto's "inexpensive" brand/product line. (Think Toyota vs. Lexus vs Scion) It's still fantastic quality, just fewer bells and whistles. At this "small" size, carbon fiber wouldn't make the tripod weigh much less; instead it would increase the maximum load it could support. I'm not going to have a setup weighing more than 8lbs for a very long time, so the less expensive aluminum one was a no-brainer for me. If I remember correctly, the box mine came in said Bogen, but the tripod itself has Manfrotto screened on one leg.

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