The Manfrotto 294 Carbon Fiber Tripod with 3-Way Head is built to be transportable without compromising on stability. To achieve this, it uses a "next-generation" carbon tubing: an innovative composite tube derived from Manfrotto experience in professional supports with optimized fiber angles that provide consistent advantages over aluminum tubing in terms of rigidity, lightness and stability. 294 tripod legs use a 3-section construction with larger diameter carbon composite tubing than the sister 293 versions. This makes the 294 more rigid in order to maximize camera stability and minimize vibration, so it's ideal for zoom lenses that amplify any camera shake. Durable tension-adjustable aluminum leg locks can be tightened to suit your preference and to counteract any effects of wear and aging, keeping the tripod fully functional throughout its long life. Two-position leg angle settings make low-angle shooting possible, while a rapid center column adds flexibility and extends the min-max height range. The ball head (with quick release camera plate) allows you to position your camera freely and quickly, then block it solidly in place using the convenient single locking knob, ready to shoot in an instant. Because the ball head is so compact, it's also ideally suited for travelling photographers, making the whole kit easier to pack into luggage or your photography bag. The head is interchangeable and can be unscrewed in order to allow you to use the tripod with other specialized heads - the disk at the top of the center column is compatible with any Manfrotto head, ideal for photographers who think they may one day wish to optimize the tripod to their own specific preferences or to the demands of a new photographic style.
Reviewed by 1 customers
Just got the tripod/head, so I haven't yet put it through the paces. But first impressions are very good. It's well constructed, feels very solid yet not heavy. Should do a good job keeping those long shots steady. Adjustments work easily and solidly. The invertible central column is a nice feature (I didn't realize from the info online that it had this capability) if you want to get quite low to the ground. In normal position the closest to the ground the camera can be is about one cubit.