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Manfrotto 190CX3 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod without Head

4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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  • All the locking levers and main castings have been redesigned to allow many ergonomic improvements as well as lightness and reliability
  • The 190CX incorporates the use of 100% carbon fiber tubes for the legs
  • Manfrotto incorporates new rounded legs which are 100% CARBON FIBER TUBES for improved rigidity and lightness.
  • The 190CX incorporates new leg angle selector levers that have been designed to improve ergonomics
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In 2007 the Manfrotto 190X received the TIPA award for Best Accessory on the market, while the 190XPROB won The Editor's Choice award from American Photo. Manfrotto was so proud to receive these awards, but they didn't want to stop there. Manfrotto has taken this already amazing tripod to the next level. Manfrotto presents a New Generation of tripods to the carbon fiber tripod world, extremely light weight with, incredible performance, fast and easy to use combining incredibly light, high quality materials (100% Carbon Fiber Tubes, Magnesium and aluminum die castings) a revolutionary patented center column mechanism (Q90°, Quick Center Column System), and innovative design. The 190CXPRO3 and the 190CXPRO4 represent three section and four section versions of the PRO tripods. These PRO versions have the patented quick center column system that now uses a tri-faceted 100% full carbon fiber tube, magnesium die castings and magnesium top plate with an integrated leveling bubble. The 190CX also comes in a simpler version called the 190CX3. This three section tripod also uses 100% carbon fiber tubes; however, it features the traditional aluminum center column without the quick center column system.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 22.7 x 4.8 x 4.7 inches
Item Weight 3.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.8 pounds
ASIN B0015MCPKU
Item model number 190CX3
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4.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #151 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Legs
#2,378 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By Photograph-R on December 17, 2008
Easy to use, quick to set it up, light-weight and sturdy what more to ask for. I checked a few of them in the store among the Manfrotto collection and I think this is one of the best deal. This tripod doesn't have that feature to flip the center-column in horizontal position but I believe that function is unnecessary. The Manfrotto 190CX3 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod is very light and it's easy to carry around.
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I just bought the 190CX3 and love it. My other tripod is the 190XProB. The 190CX3 does not have the centre column which can be turned to horizontal position (which is not really necessary), but it can do something which the 190XProB cannot, and that is to remove the centre column.

To remove the centre column, remove the retainer from the bottom of the centre column. After removing the centre column, turn the retainer around and plug it in place of the centre column. It also has a screw where you can put your tripod head. This makes the tripod even lighter!

For the price paid for the 190CX3, it is definately worth it for a carbon-fibre.
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If you are looking for a quality lightweight, compact but stable tripod then the 190CX3 is the tripod for you.
I put the word "quality" first, because after some costly miss-steps, I have sworn off the always disappointing knock-off copies of name brand tripods, and have gone with the "real deal" in this very well (Italian) made Manfrotto tripod. If you are have used the "knock-off" tripods you will really appreciate the quality and stability of this Italian beauty!
Features:
I find the flip leg locks are MUCH quicker and more secure than the twist type locks of other tripods and lock with with just one flip of my thumb on the two levers at once. Very slick and quick! The center post turn-key lock is easier to use than the twist type too. The four locking leg positions are well designed with a metal thumb push, and much better than only the two or three positions on other tripods. The included low angle adapter is a nice feature that allows you to remove the center post entirely, for close to the ground shots. Most importantly, you won't find a more stable tripod anywhere at this light weight (less than three pounds). The only caveat in regards to this tripod would be the operating height. Make sure it works for your stature before buying.
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excellent for spotting scope use on backpacking trips. Lightweight, compact and very stable. Long range of adjustment for height and uneven terrain.
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I had a weak, inexpensive tripod that wasn't up to the task of nature photography. I have a Canon SLR and take mostly nature shots: wildflowers, birds, other animals, and landscapes. I need something solid, but light enough to carry on hikes. I did quite a bit of research online and asked friends who are photographers. What I heard was don't go cheap, ("Manfrotto and Gitzo are good") go with carbon fiber because of the weight/strength ratio. Look for one with a that you can use to get really low shots, plus you but don't have to stoop so much when shooting landscapes. This tripod fit the bill. When I got it, I noticed it was a little heavier than I expected, but when set up it is rock solid so I was happy. Everything about it says quality and durability from the leg locks to the head mount. I'm happy that you can remove the center column for really low shots which I like to take of wildflowers, rocks and streams. Only thing I wish it had was a level. Have to make sure head has one or two.
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This tripod combines lightweight with a strong sturdy construction. I use it with my Nikon spotting scope that weighs around 8lbs and find it is perfect for the job.
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This is a well built, steady tripod and easy to open and close for storing in my Manfrotto MBAG7ON Tripod Bag. Each of the legs can be collapsed to three segments so the tripod can fit in various terrain whether flat or uneven. Although the center piece can be lifted up quite high, I try to keep it as low as possible so as to keep the camera as steady as possible. The tripod is a good fit for me since I am 5'1" tall although the tripod can accommodate a person of average height.
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After having used a Bogen 3011 for so long I was a little disappointed when I got this one and saw that it was not quite as tall. However after using it I have found that it is more rigid and shakes less than the 3011.

Nice smooth deployment of the legs and the added hook to allow you to add some weight is a nice touch. It will be nice to take it out this coming winter and not worry about my hands freezing to the aluminium tubing.

It supports my D700 with the massive 14-24mm 2.8 with no problems.
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