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Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 3-Section Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod without Head

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  • All the locking levers and main castings have been redesigned to a for a beautiful product.
  • The 190CX Pro Series incorporates the use of 100% carbon fiber tubes for the legs and the center column
  • All central castings are made with magnesium adding to the overall light weight and performance of the tripod.
  • Much like the aluminum 190XPROB, the new 190CX has the innovative Q90° (quick center column system).
  • Manfrotto incorporates new rounded legs which are 100% CARBON FIBER TUBES for improved rigidity and lightness.
  • Many ergonomic improvements as well as light and reliable
  • The CX PRO versions include the new tri-faceted 100% carbon fiber tube slides making it easier to go from vertical to horizontal position.
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Product Description

The Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 3-section tripod is extremely light weight and has great rigidity, combined with professional features. One unique feature of the 190CXPRO3 is the patented Q90° center column which allows the user to move the center column from vertical to horizontal in seconds.

The 190CXPRO3 also integrates a leveling bubble on the magnesium top plate. Construction is from 100% carbon fiber tubes (including the center column) and magnesium die castings. 100% carbon fiber tubes insure high-quality standards, high performance, rigidity and lightness.

  • Q90° quick center column system
  • 100% carbon fiber tubes
  • Ergonomic leg angle selector to improve comfort and precision in use.
  • Integrated leveling bubble
  • Magnesium top plate to maximize lightness and resistance

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B0015MFTE4
  • Item model number: 190CXPRO3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

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170 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Sedwick on August 14, 2008
Don't write reviews often but this tripod is worth a little effort. I use the Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 with the Manfrotto 322RC2 grip action head, I shoot 90% on a tripod. Thinking that most folks would agree there is no way one can handhold as steady as a tripod.

Even though they all look somewhat similar tripods differ widely.
Before dumping a lot of hard earned cash on a tripod think equally about the head you will be placing between it and your camera. Your images will only be as good (sharp) as the weakest link in your system.

This is my 1st carbon fiber tripod of eight and CF was not the only deciding factor. This is a great deal at $300 if you compare all of the features.

100% Carbon Fiber - not a mix of composite materials.
Magnesium joints for stronger, tighter and lighter tube connections.
and the feature part is the patented quick center column system, very nice!

Coming from a 3021BPRO this quick 90deg center column change is a huge improvement, I actually use it now! Rarely did on the 3021 due to the time consuming conversion task.

I transplanted the much loved Manfrotto 322RC2 grip ball head from the 3021, perfect match in diameter.

The tripod and head together weigh in at 4.2# compared to the 3021Pro at around 7# almost a 3# difference. This may not seem like much but if you hike for miles through difficult terrain it is immeasurable. The 322RC2 head is 1.4# tripod 2.8#

The 190CXPRO3 is 3.5" shorter then the 3021 but poses no problems for my 5'-11" height. The center column is 100% CF as well. The Carbon Fiber is so much more rigid than the aluminum even with the larger tubes of the 3021.

It holds my Canon 5D and wide lenses with ease. The head capacity in the vertical position is 5.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 19, 2009
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q90 center column

Legs don't automatically slide out when tab is released

Anyone looking for a sturdy lightweight tripod. If you want all the features with out all the cost, look at the 190xprob (aluminum version).

This is a lightweight and sturdy tripod. It will easily hold a medium sized camera and lens. Make sure you use a lightweight head on this to get the most of it, something like a 460MG or 486rc2 ball head would work nicely. The carbon fiber is very nice looking, and almost the entire tripod is made from carbon fiber with magnesium fittings.

The 190cx uses magnesium for all the die-castings, which is significantly more magnesium than the 190xprob uses, so you do get a little more than carbon fiber when you buy the 190cx version.

The center column shared by the pro tripod includes the innovative q90 head. Just by loosening the center column and pressing a button on the end, you can pull it up and out and lay it flat so you can position your camera at a 90 degree angle to the tripod. Just be sure to make sure the tripod is stable with the camera out far away before letting go.

For the cons, when you pull the release tabs on the legs, the legs are so light and higher friction than aluminum they don't just fall down into place. You have to pull the tab, then physically pull the leg out to where you want before locking the tab again. This is a minor quibble, but important for people to know.

Secondly, it is more than $100 more than the functionally equivalent 190xprob. Buy this only if you really want the extra weight savings, carbon fiber appearance, and slightly sturdier magnesium die-cast components.

Great tripod, that I hope to enjoy for years. I thought about returning the carbon fiber version for the aluminum version, but after using it I definitely prefer it.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Bob Denhaan on January 4, 2009
For under $300 this is a super tripod in carbon fiber.
Tight, smooth, and stable.

The center column also switches to 90' horizontal very quickly, but cannot lock at different angles (vertical or horizontal only). It does not come with a carry bag or leg protectors, which for carbon fiber is somewhat more important, so you may want to factor that into the price when comparing it's value. I'm 6'1" tall, and this is JUST adequately high, but the height of the Manfrotto 055 series is probably better for people 6' to 6'6". The comparable 055 CF tripod was $150 more though, which for me wasn't worth 60% more cost for 6" more height. I put the Manfrotto 322RC2 head on it, which is very versatile, and can actually be mounted vertically like a joystick for the extra height, so I'm very happy with the tripod overall.

I like the feel and weight of the carbon fiber and it supposedly dampens vibration better, but if cost is key, you would probably do just as well with aluminum. I read that the 4 section tripods can have a very thin bottom section, which is more fragile, less stable, and more expensive. I don't worry much about its minumum folded up size, so I stayed away from the 4 section, and went for the stability and price of the 3 section.

A center column that could lock at more angles, leg protectors, carry bag, 6" more height are all things that could bring this up from 4 stars, but would also increase the price. I did end up buying the leg protectors separately for carrying it around.

I'd only ever used cheapo aluminum tripods before, so this is a huge step up in quality and stability.
I'm super happy with this tripod and would highly recommend it. If you are over 6' though, I would compare it against a Manfrotto 055XPROB before deciding.

Hope this helps.

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