Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Professional 3 Section Carbon Fiber Tripod with Q90 Column + Calumet Padded Tripod Bag
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- The new QUICK POWER LOCK (QPL) system is one of the most eye-catching and unique features of the new 190. It is a strong, ultra fast and ergonomic locking system that allows for quick, complete extension of the legs with operation of all locks, on each leg, possible with one hand.
- The new Rotating Levelling Bubble is quick to set up and allows the tripod to be positioned more precisely. It is easy to use, whatever the shape of the head or however the tripod is set up.
- The new Leg Angle Selectors are also easy to set up, as they are made following the most innovative ergonomic standards and prevent fingers being trapped in the upper casting.
- The entire shape of the tripod has been modified to be more manageable and stylish.
- The 190 provides a portable photographic studio, thanks to the new "Easy link" plug, which enables instant connection between tripod and accessories
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The key feature of the 190CXPRO3 is its 90° centre column mechanism, which allows the column to be extended vertically as normal, or horizontally to open up a wide range of framing and shooting possibilities; this makes the 190CXPRO3 an extremely versatile tripod, suitable for a wide range of photography and video applications. The horizontal column mechanism is housed within the tripod's top casting for compactness, but it is easily and quickly extended whenever you need it. Switching between vertical and horizontal column orientation requires no disassembly, and can even be done with a camera attached.
The legs of the 190CXPRO3 tripod are also fast to extend and adjust, thanks to the Quick Power Lock levers that block and unblock each leg section. The special design of the QPL levers allows a more comfortable and stronger single-handed grip of the leg locks. From folded, the sections of each leg of the tripod can be released in a single movement. The QPL lever design also offers more powerful locking of each section, meaning the tripod is more stable and rigid than with traditional lever designs. Intuitive and ergonomic leg angle selectors allow each leg to be independently and solidly set to any of the preset angles, again allowing considerable positioning freedom.
A bubble level is built in to the top of the centre column for precise framing. The bubble level rotates freely around the centre column, so it can be positioned wherever it's easiest for you to see it while adjusting the tripod, and without it either being obscured by the mounted head and camera, or getting in the way of head or camera controls.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very light weight. Great for taking into the woods for nature photos. Too light weight for video use if you have a heavy DSLR with a big lens and using a ball-head for panning ... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paul Konopacki
I bought this tripod as part of a "bundle" ; don't know how Amazon's product-review algorithms work, but I prefer to leave my feedback for *individual* items. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Fred
Should have known from the lower price that this was not the current model. It is unfortunate that Manfrotto kept the same model number while updating the product. Read morePublished on January 16, 2014 by Steven E. Levine MD
I have the next model up but it it's heavier and supports a larger camera. I needed something lighter to support a lighter camera. This fits the bill. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by I Live in 91607
I haven't had much chance to use it yet, but it seems fine. All of the clamps seem solid and nothing feels chinese. Read morePublished on September 25, 2013 by Kazesim
I chose this tripod as I already have one Manfrotto tripod but is quite heavy and I wanted one that I could take with me when I am out shooting and not have to lug around something... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Patti
I was thinking about it for a while and finally took the plunge - I don't regret it. It has great handling, is very sturdy and not heavy at all. Highly recommended!Published on August 10, 2013 by Christian Hofer c/o O'Neal
If you every wanted a carbon fiber monopod this is the one! I bought a ballhead to go with it. They fit together wonderfully.Published on August 7, 2013 by Cecelia Louis-Ralston