Best tripod under £150: 03 Manfrotto 294A3 + D3RC2
Price: £105, $140
Buy it: www.manfrotto.co.uk
A new design for the budget market, this kit has a minimalist, simple design, but it’s reassuringly heavy-duty with a weight of 2.5kg.
This translates into good steadiness, with minimal flexing even at the maximum operating height of 181cm. The load ratings are 5kg for the legs and 4kg for the head, and the Manfrotto feels well able to take the strain.
The three-way head is well engineered, locks off really firmly, and boasts a bubble level (there isn’t one on the tripod legs).
There are only two lockable leg angles and, overall, the kit lacks some of the fancy features of the Giottos, but it offers excellent stability on a tight budget.
Pros… Impressive height. Good stability at a competitive price
Cons… Quite basic compared with the Giottos
WE say… An excellent value tripod for the cost
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