i'm looking at this tripod manfrotto MK293A3-A0RC2, but the description says bogen. so what make is this then?
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.