The legs of Manfrotto's MT294A3 are superbly crafted, feeling solid as a rock, and adjusting the individual sections just requires opening the flick-locks, and allowing them to smoothly extend or collapse into position.
Turning the leg-spread locks to the left allows the legs to spread further outwards to roughly a 45° angle, which feels slightly limited when compared to some of the other tripods in the group. The centre column is held securely in place via a tight thumbscrew and although the spec sheet states that it’s only capable of supporting a maximum load of 5kg, after applying some serious downward pressure, there was still little to show in the way of slipping – very impressive.
Underneath the centre column hides a cushioned rubber seal, designed to absorb any shock should the column slide. The column itself can also be completely removed by popping off the plastic seal at the base and flipping it upside-down, to achieve even lower shooting angles closer to the ground.
- Street price: £130 (Secondhand price as of July 2016)
- Weight: 1.9kg
- Max height: 169cm
- Visit: www.manfrotto.co.uk
This review was first published in the February 2014 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.