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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|Item Dimensions||5 x 22 x 5 inches|
|Item Weight||4 pounds|
|Material Type||carbon fiber|
|Shipping Weight||3.9 pounds|
|Style Name||Without Kata GearPack 100|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've used this tripod for several years now and it has performed exceptionally well. I've used it to hold my Canon T2i and 6D in all the various angles and sizes and it has held... Read morePublished 10 months ago by PaganSpirit
I love this tripod...it's all that was said and more. Very nicely built and looks great too.Published 14 months ago by S.Williams
Light, durable and extremely adaptable to various photography usage. You get what you pay for. Best one in my opinion.Published 15 months ago by Turtle/Bisugo