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Manfrotto 293: Picture 1 regular $66.49

About Manfrotto 293

Support for medium telephoto lens. The length of the bracket is adjustable to take different length lenses and different diameters by tilting the Tilt Head 3229 (included). Length from head to lens support adjustable from 7.8" to 11.6".
Attachments: 4 x 3/8" female and 3 x 1/4" female.
Still Photography Yes

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 Reviews

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(based on 18 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


its what is needed for old manual lens

great with my nikon 300mm manual focus lens and d70 camera.

Reviewed by 18 customers


Manfrotto tripod


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


Manfrotto 293 Tripod


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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Tom H  Will this work with a manfrottoQ5 quick release plate which is on my camera and on my tripod? Do I need a manfrotto 200PL quick release plate for this to work? Two? Will I need to switch plates on the camera to use this? Thanks, Tom
RICHARD K  There are several thread openings on the base of the unit, that will allow you to mount it on a tripod. I use a Bogen 3047 head with it. It is not a quick release head, but a large one used on a Bogen 3035 leg set. It is solid when mounted to that head. I would think a quick release plate would work well with this unit. It would seem that if you have more than one camera, then you would need a quick release plate for each one. One caution I found is that the strap that encircles the front of the lens can prevent a lens from being zoomed properly. That is the case with my Nikon 70-300 lens. So I don't fasten the strap, even though the lens support base is rock solid on the tripod. Overall, a good buy and very useful.
Shopper  Does this bracket come with a quick release plate?
RICHARD K  Yes, a quick release plate on which to mount a camera is supplied. A small locking pin holds it firmly to the bracket. Releasing the pin allows the plate to easily be removed with the camera upon it.
Shopper  Does this bracket come with a quick release plate?
RICHARD K  Yes, a quick release plate on which to mount a camera is supplied. A small locking pin holds it firmly to the bracket. Releasing the pin allows the plate to easily be removed with the camera upon it.
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