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Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 4-Section Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod without Head

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  • The locking levers and main castings have been redesigned to allow many ergonomic improvements as well as lightness and reliability
  • 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.
  • 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

Redesigned More Ergonomic Flip Locks - Four Leg -angle Settings. Bogen Manfrotto Carbon Fiber 190CX Tripods are the lightest Tripods that Bogen Manfrotto offers. These Bogen Manfrotto 190CX Carbon-Fiber Tripods are designed for smaller spotting scopes and cameras and is perfect for long hikes and camping. Bogen Manfrotto 190 CX CarbonFiber Tripods are comprised of 100% Carbon Fiber for high quality standards and high levels of performance, rigidity and lightness.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 5 x 22 x 5 inches
Item Weight 4 pounds
Shipping Weight 3.9 pounds
ASIN B0015MHY6K
Item model number 190CXPRO4
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4.7 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #61 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Legs
#1,344 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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Style Name: Without Kata GearPack 100
I chose this tripod because of its light weight and very small size when collapsed. I travel a lot and was looking for the best combination of lightness, compactness, and versatility in a tripod that would still fit in carry-on luggage. I have not yet flown with it but I will update this review when I do.

I don't often get the happy experience of a product exceeding my expectations, but this tripod does. To the extent that something as simple as a tripod can be loaded with thoughtful little details, this one is. The center section has an unobtrusive hook for hanging things off the tripod (like a weight to give more stability, or your camera bag) and an equally unobtrusive loop for tying things to the tripod or vice versa. Almost everything is adjustable--tension on the leg sections can be adjusted with an included key that snaps onto one of the legs for storage. The center post switches from vertical to horizontal in literally a second or two. It seems to be the product of a long learning curve informed by real-life experience. Working with other tripods I have frequently thought, "Boy, it would sure be nice if this tripod did X." The 190CXPRO4 does X, and Y and Z to boot.

A word on stability. This tripod is about as sturdy as it is possible for something in its class to be. It makes all the cheap photo tripods I've ever used look laughable. That said, it is still an under-four-pound skinny-legged thing with no spreader or chains, so don't expect the same level of solidity you'd get from a surveyor tripod. On the other hand, good luck finding something this sturdy that folds down to 20 inches and weighs less than four pounds, or something this versatile at any size. Just be aware that there IS a tradeoff involved.
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Style Name: Without Kata GearPack 100
The real choice is between the three section model (pro 3) which is lighter and less money but longer when collapsed. I went for the compactness of this four section tripod and it has proven a good choice. Compared to other carbon tripods this one wins on functionality and quality for the money. The ability to shift the center column to horizontal, upside down and all ways in between is tremendously easy. So too are the locking catches that allow you to spread the legs to different angles with a push of the catch. My only complaint is the lack of spike feet. Instead the legs are terminated by cheap rubber caps that will wear out quickly when used on irregular hard surfaces outdoors. I was unable to find alternate feet that are available for 16mm diameter legs of other Manfrottos (the bottom legs are 11mm on the pro4). Hey Bogen you got to fix this for that much money.
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Style Name: Without Kata GearPack 100 Verified Purchase
This is my first expensive tripod and is a great tripod. Very well constructed and very easy to use. It is also light and doesn't tire me down when I carry it on my trip.

One lesson I learned is this tripod doesn't like sand. When I went to the beach, I stuck it in the sand without extending any parts trying to get a low angle shot of the pebbles and the ocean, but only to find out that sand got into the joints and left scratches on the legs. Definitely my own fault. I was lucky enough to have come across a camera shop in the town I traveled to and the shop owner used an air compressor to blow most of the sand out. After that, I always extend the last (thinnest) leg sections before sticking it to sand or mud or anything, keeping the joints away from the harmful elements.
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Bogen-Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 4-Section Pro Carbon Fiber Tripod without Head

After months of researching tripods the choice came down to the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4. The flexability of the Manfrotto system coupled with the ability to customize to a configuration that suits any shooting situation is perhaps the best feature of the product. The equipment is engineered using the best materials under the closest tolerances. I shoot both a DSLR (Nikon D300) and Medium Format (Hasselblad) film camera. This Tripod and the choices of heads allow you to lighten your load and customize your platform to fit your gear. Price will keep buyers to serious photographers or professionals.
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Style Name: Without Kata GearPack 100
These sticks are small enough when folded (just under 20") to fit inside a rolling luggage cart (overhead storage on the plane) but sturdy enough to hold everything but the heavier teles. Carbon fiber is a must if you plan to lug around your tripod - this set is very light (3lbs.) but has a rigid feel. It pays to spend an extra hundred and get good material.

Of course there are better legs out there. These sticks are made for eager amateurs and professional hopefuls - aluminum is just too heavy to carry all day, even though they're generally only another 1 or 2 pounds heavier. That little bit makes all the difference.

This set has some nice features, especially the center column, which can be used for very low shots. Kick the legs all the way out, mount your camera and you've got quite an interesting perspective, very close to the ground.

I also like the flip levers - not a fan of the twist locks. These levers are well-built and look like they'll take years of abuse.

The only thing preventing a 5-star review are the feet. I don't think they're "cheap" as others have called them, but they're pretty basic rubber bottoms, nothing more. Bogen/Man sells "all-weather" shoes for the Pro4 but no spikes, at least none I've found yet.

That said, I was on the sand in Myrtle Beach for a week and this tripod had no problems negotiating that or the mud in the marshes. I bought this on a Wednesday and by Thursday night it had been exposed to salt water, mud, sand, early-morning dew, fog and then strong sun for 8 or 9 hours - not to mention tons of bugs.

For the price I doubt you'll find any other 100% carbon sticks with a center column that rapid-shifts for portraits.

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