An excellent all around choice by novice photographers and professionals alike for functionality at a great price is the Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Kit camera tripod, listing at just $167.
Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Kit (MK294A3-A0RC2)
The 294 Aluminium kit is a tripod featured in Manfrotto’s recently launched 290 Series. Inspired by the popular 190 Series, the new range is cast from aluminum alloy and sports a range of features that make them an appealing prospective buy.
The MK294A3 comes with the basic, detachable A0RC2 ball head (also aluminum), adding to the value of this kit. The tripod itself features 3 leg sections, secured with lever locks that are quick, smooth and simple to operate, while the center column benefits from an anti-shock collar and anti-rotation system.
In spite of its low price, the MK294A3 doesn’t feel like a budget option. The tripod performs reliably, with quick set up and reliable stability in a windy environment. The legs offer angle adjustment for low-level shooting and a removable center column that can be inverted to shoot even closer to the ground. The kit will support up to 11 pounds of camera and accessories, with a max height of 58.06 inches and a min height of 19.57 inches. It folds down to 27.56 inches for portability at 4.2 pounds.
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