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10-09-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Anyone have this Tripod? Manfrotto MK294A4-A0RC2

Hunt's has this Tripod on sale for $99.99...

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=MK294A4A0RC2&mfg=Manfrotto

I was just wondering if anyone has this, or has experience with it or if this a good one.

There are 2 reviews of it on Amazon that are positive.

The price seems pretty good. It's $129 on eBay, and $181 on Amazon.

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I don't have that model, but I have a Manfrotto 055X-PROB, which is built like a tank. Of all the Manfrotto products I've used and played around with, I haven't found a dud yet. I don't think you can go wrong with anything they make.
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I don't have that model, but I have a Manfrotto 055X-PROB, which is built like a tank. Of all the Manfrotto products I've used and played around with, I haven't found a dud yet. I don't think you can go wrong with anything they make.
Does that look like a good price for this tripod? Can you get anything better for $100? Sorry for my ignorance, I don't know anything about tripods yet.....
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Does that look like a good price for this tripod? Can you get anything better for $100? Sorry for my ignorance, I don't know anything about tripods yet.....
I think it looks like a great deal. Doubt you could do much better for $100, especially with a head. It's slightly less heavy-duty than mine, but still looks like a very sturdy tripod. I'd go for it.


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I have its smaller brother the 293A4, the 294A4 is just a bit larger. The 293A4 is a solid and relatively compact tripod, good for travel. I strongly recommend it, although I did upgrade the ball head on mine to a Benro B0. The stock ball head is pretty good, as long as you don't have any really heavy or long lenses.

Edit: That's a really good price, I paid more for my 293A4+ball head.
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That is a good price, though when I was shopping I opted for the Slik 330DX with Manfrotto 494 ballhead instead. Here are my two posts on Hin's blog detailing my quest:

Hin's Photo Corner: The Magic Tripod

Hin's Photo Corner: Magic Tripod, Part II
In the end I came out with a total package weighing in at less than 3 lbs with a capacity of almost 9 lbs*. Current pricing would put the cost at about $120. Sturdiness is on a par with the Manfrotto product. All that being said, the linked tripod will probably do you just fine. The only advice I might have is to see if they have similar price reduction on the 294 with 3 section legs. The 3 section version is not as compact, but has greater maximum height and should be sturdier.


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*Tripod and head capacities are usually wildly overstated. The best thing is to actually see and compare in a brick & mortar store.

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"The anti-shock collar protects your camera from accidental impact, while the 3 faced design column prevents rotation to allow for increased accuracy and steadfastness."


Forgive my ignorance.... Does this mean you can't rotate/pan the camera when it's attached to the tripod? Or am I confused here...?

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QuoteOriginally posted by shaX 07 Quote
"The anti-shock collar protects your camera from accidental impact, while the 3 faced design column prevents rotation to allow for increased accuracy and steadfastness."


Forgive my ignorance.... Does this mean you can't rotate/pan the camera when it's attached to the tripod? Or am I confused here...?
No, it means that the center column for the legs is indexed such that it will not turn. Rotation is the task of the head.


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No, it means that the center column for the legs is indexed such that it will not turn. Rotation is the task of the head.


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Haha okay... thanks for clearing that up for me... I need to do more homework on tripods, I know very little about them.

How do you think the tripod in the original post stacks up to this one?

Amazon.com: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag: Camera & Photo
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QuoteOriginally posted by shaX 07 Quote
Haha okay... thanks for clearing that up for me... I need to do more homework on tripods, I know very little about them.

How do you think the tripod in the original post stacks up to this one?

Amazon.com: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag: Camera & Photo
I have to admit, I've never heard of that brand before. As such, I wouldn't buy it online without checking it out in person first.

I've used only Manfrotto tripods over the past 30 years or so. There are other good quality well-known brands, but I tend to stick with what works and that happened to be Manfrotto. I have looked at a few of the better Chinese made tripods (e.g. Benro) and while the quality has improved in the last few years, they still have a way to go to catch up to the quality brands. A good tripod will last a very long time. Plus, you don't want your tripod failing when you have it set up in a stream or at the edge of a bridge.
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QuoteOriginally posted by shaX 07 Quote
How do you think the tripod in the original post stacks up to this one?

Amazon.com: Ravelli APGL4 New Professional 70" Tripod with Adjustable Pistol Grip Head and Heavy Duty Carry Bag: Camera & Photo
We have one. For the price, it's hard to beat. I also have a Manfrotto 055XPROB, so that's what I'm comparing to. Here's my review on it.

If you only have $100 to spend, I'd look for a nice used Bogen/Manfrotto. If you especially want a new one, the Ravelli would be about as solid as you're going to get for the money. The head's kinda meh, but the tripod's a rock as long as you tighten some stuff up on it when you get it. The Manfrotto 055XPROB does have a more precise build quality, though. (and it's horizontal center column feature is awesome.) But it's also quite a bit more expensive.
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Did you change your mind on the Manfrotto MK294A4-A0RC2?

I doubt the Ravelli will be as solid overall.
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Did you change your mind on the Manfrotto MK294A4-A0RC2?

I doubt the Ravelli will be as solid overall.
Nahh I just came across that one on Amazon and wasn't sure if it was even comparable.... I am most likely going to buy the Manfrotto, so long as I decide to pull the trigger while its still on sale :P
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I doubt the Ravelli will be as solid overall.
I have a Manfrotto, and though I prefer it, solidity of the legs isn't one of the reasons why. The Ravelli is nothing to sneeze at. The legs are very solid.
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My tripod just came in today... I went with the Manfrotto in the original post.... I haven't mounted my camera to it yet but so far I really like it.. It seems very sturdy and well made. It is a tad heavier than it looks but the weight isn't really a problem for me...

I'm gonna try it out today or tomorrow and i'll post up my experiences with it after i've actually used it to take some photos.
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