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Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 3 Section Aluminum Tripod Legs with Q90 Column (Black)
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- Solid and fast set up with the new Quick Power Lock System
- Easy Link plug for instant accessory connections
- Built in rotating bubble level
- Q90 Column for great positioning possibilities
- New leg angle selectors
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Introducing the 190go!
Solid and Fast to Set Up
Completely extend the legs with one-hand opening.
An innovative mechanism allowing the vertical column to swing to the horizontal position increasing shooting flexibility.
Turning the 190 into a mobile studio expanding shooting possibilities.
The 190 is Solid and Fast to Set Up
Less time setting up the tripod means more shooting, stability means unbeatable quality image. The new 190 is quicker and easier than ever to deploy and adjust, thanks to the new Quick Power Lock lever design. QPL is ultra fast - all the lock on each leg can be released with one hand and a single movement - and extremely solid making the 190 a superior camera support.
Down to the ground
Set your 190 down to the ground to discover new shooting perspective and deliver unique images.
190 tripods have 4 leg angles that enable to adapt to any terrain providing extraordinary stability.
Enrich your shot
Attach an LED light or other functional accessories to create the perfect condition for an amazing shot.
Manfrotto 190 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod
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Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fibre 3 Section Tripod
Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fibre 4 Section Tripod
|Leg Lock Type||Flip Lock||Flip Lock||Flip Lock||Flip Lock|
|Closed Length||59 cm / 23.2 in||49 cm / 19.3 in||61 cm / 24 in||52 cm / 20.4 in|
|Max Height||160 cm / 63 in||160 cm / 63 in||160 cm / 63 in||160 cm / 63 in|
|Min Height||9 cm / 3.5 in||8 cm / 3.1 in||9 cm / 3.5 in||8 cm / 3.1 in|
|Safety Payload||7 kg / 15.4 lbs||7 kg / 15.4 lbs||7 kg / 15.4 lbs||7 kg / 15.4 lbs|
|Maximum Height (with Centre Column Down)||135 cm / 53.1 in||135 cm / 53.1 in||135 cm / 53.1 in||135 cm / 53.1 in|
|Weight||2000 g / 4.4 lbs||2050 g / 4.5 lbs||1600 g / 3.5 lbs||1650 g / 3.6 lbs|
|Available in Kit||MK190XPRO3-BHQ2 and MK190XPRO3-3W||MK190XPRO4-BHQ2 and MK190XPRO4-3W||No||No|
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|Item Dimensions||5 x 23.2 x 5 in||5 x 24.02 x 5 in||5 x 23.23 x 5 in||5.51 x 5.51 x 22.05 in||5.51 x 5.51 x 28.35 in|
|Item Weight||4.4 lbs||5.5 lbs||4.41 lbs||3.68 lbs||5.51 lbs|
|Maximum Height||—||170 cm||62.99 in||146 cm||—|
|Minimum Height||35 cm||9 cm||—||45 cm||—|
The model with three section aluminum legs is the right choice for providing high stability even when using long lenses. Moreover, the limited number of sections cut down the set up time. This tripod features the new QUICK POWER LOCK (QPL). This system is a strong, ultra fast and ergonomic locking system that allows for complete extension of the legs with one–hand opening. One of the most innovative aspects of the new 190 is its compactness, which allows for easier portability. The new patented 90° column is accessible when you need it to be, with a quick ‘one finger’ operation. The new 190 allows you to create a portable photographic studio, thanks to the new "Easy link" plug, which enables instant connection between tripod and accessories, such as LED lights for Macro Photography and VDSLR applications through arms and brackets. The new patented Rotating Leveling Bubble is quick to set up and allows you to position the tripod more precisely. It is easy to read, 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 and nails being trapped in the upper casting. The entire shape of the tripod has been modified and made more manageable and stylish. The complete re-design of its functional elements shows a particular attention to aesthetics and details. Technical Specifications:Max Height with Center Column up: 63 inchesMax Height with Center Column down: 53.2 inches Lowest Height: 3.6 inches Closed Length: 23.2 inches Weight: 4.4 PoundsMax Weight: 15.4 pounds
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This tripod folds down to just over 23 inches, which is lovely, but too large to fit in a carry-on airline luggage. Still, the ability to fold down below 2 feet means that you can sling it horizontally on your back or affix to the side of your backpack comfortably. It weighs around 4.5 pounds, so it’s not something you’ll want to carry if you plan on hiking through a jungle or snowcapped mountain for 10 hours to get that perfect shot… But for most of us who are willing to trade stability for weight, then this tripod is worth carrying around. If weight over stability is of paramount importance, then you might want to consider another make or model.
First let’s start with the 90 Degree legs. Ever since my first Berlebach, I’ve always loved this feature on travel tripods. It comes in handy more often than you would think if you’re shooting outside. The most common utilization is shooting in a shallow stream where you need to be close to the water. Pulling all the legs out 90 degrees will allow you to shoot 4 inches from the ground. If you usually carry a beanbag to shoot on the ground, you can leave it at home now and remove some weight from your kit.
To pull the legs 90 degrees out, you have to fold the leg toward the column, as if you are putting the tripod away. Then you push on the metal latch and lift the leg out. It should be simple, but the metal latch is very uncomfortable and hurts my finger to use. There’s also no feedback from the latch - you don’t feel as if you’ve moved it. The result is you will probably pull on it harder than you need to. This latch system is in desperate need of a redesign. Maybe a hard textured rubber dome that you can easily push/pull down would be better. The way it is now, I dread using it.
The legs have a hard textured rubber grip instead of the high density foam found on some other tripods. The upshot is that they will last longer and provide a better grip. The downside is they weigh a little more than foam. I don’t know the real world difference - it could be negligible, but I thought I would point it out. Personally, I prefer the hard rubber. Foam is disgusting when it starts to deteriorate.
The big selling point of this tripod is the cross section tube that Manfrotto named Q90 (short for Quick 90 degrees). It replaces the need for carrying a lateral arm attachment that costs extra money and weighs anywhere from 1 - 3 lbs. Other / older models of similar Benbo type tripods required complete disassembly of the column and reassembly to switch between the vertical and horizontal column positions. With this Manfrotto model, you pull the column up, press a button at the bottom of the column shaft and push upward. The column doesn’t pop out of the tripod like you would expect, but it does pivot 90 degrees, which is wonderfully easy.
I have one major complaint and that’s the notation on the column and column mechanism (the red collar at the top of the tripod). It’s not easy to put the column back in to a vertical position. There are small triangles pointing to where you should align the column with the column mechanism, but they don’t stand out because they are the same color as the background. They should be a different color like the dots on a camera lens and body. Can you imagine how hard it would be to put your lens on without that dot easily identifiable? Seriously, this is design 101 and Manfrotto should know better. It makes putting the column back very frustrating. Save yourself a lot of grief and use white paint to mark the alignment points as soon as you buy this tripod. Once you do, you’ll experience the “quick” column the way it was meant to be.
That reminds me, the 90 degree column should be placed OVER a leg. If you swing it out between two legs, the weight of the column and your camera will cause the tripod to tip over. With your lens facing down at the ground - it doesn’t bode well for a happy ending. I highly suggest taking an empty burlap sack with you. Fill it with rocks and wrap it around the front leg for additional support. This is a lot like bagging your c-stand in the studio. You don’t want to screw around when it comes to things like this. Frankly, I don’t care if you break your gear from negligence, but if you have a model underneath your lateral arm then you need to make sure he/she is safe.
The new Quick Power Lock (QPL) legs are awesome! My previous tripod was a Neotec that has lockless legs, you just pull them out and they lock automatically. I loved the speed of setting my Neotec up and after a few tries - I think these set up just as fast! I hope Manfrotto makes these leg locks standard on all their tripods (if they haven’t already). It’s probably the feature that has me most excited. If I have one complaint - it’s that it is hard to know which way you should flip the locks. They are sleek and futuristic looking -- kind of like a car where you don’t know which is the front and which is the back. I found it much easier to open if I *didn’t look* at the locks and let my mind go on autopilot. I guess years of handling a tripod have put this action in my muscle memory.
A new addition is the 3/8” female receptacle. Manfrotto calls it an “Easy Link” as if they invented some kind of new and better connector system. I can only surmise someone in their marketing department thinks we’re idiots. I think this is the dumbest design decision I’ve ever seen. The problem with using a screw system to attach anything horizontally is that the attachment will unscrew and rotate to the bottom when any weight is added to it. Fighting gravity with a screw like this is… beyond stupidity. I’m sorry if I sound harsh or silly for going on about this, but I can’t wrap my brain around how anybody could allow this to go in to production. Somebody at Manfrotto needs to get fired. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. You’re better off using a mafer clamp or gaffer grip on a leg. I know it’s an extra 1lb to carry around, but at least your attachment will be safe and secure.
One thing I’d like to point out is that the center column is a hexagon shape and not a circular tube shape. The upside is that your column won’t spin around accidentally. The downside is… you can’t spin your center column around. This means, if you have a non-panoramic head (like a tilt head, etc.), then your lens is stuck facing whatever direction the result of a tightened screw will be. This isn’t a problem when vertical but in the horizontal position your lens could be facing up instead of down and you’d have no way of rotating it. I’m not complaining - I think using hexagon tubing is a smart idea and only a small portion of photographers will need to buy a panoramic rotator base to compensate. I just thought I would mention it for those of you who choose alternatives to ballheads, 3-way heads or gimbals.
The true strength of your ball head will be tested when using the lateral column. The ball head you *thought* was the bee’s knees might suddenly turn to wobbly fradey cats in the face of gravity. Don’t be surprised if your current ballhead creeps down when placed in the horizontal position. You might find that you have to buy a more expensive ball head or switch to a 3-way head. If you already own a tripod / ballhead combo then lay your tripod on a table so your ballhead hangs over the edge. Mount your camera and the biggest lens you own on the head and see if gravity triumphs. Don’t forget to hold your tripod down, by the way -- you don’t want it to crash to the floor!
I will wrap this up. I am sure I missed a few things, but I've written enough and I'd be surprised if anybody makes it this far.
So in summary, if you are looking for a compact travel tripod with a horizontal column that is (relatively) stable in the field, I think this is worth serious consideration. If you don’t plan on using the horizontal column or traveling with it, then I think you are wasting your money. I realize some of my complaints were rather harsh but keep in mind that they weren’t critical to primary functionality. I'm taking a star off for the 3/8" Easy Link, which as I described earlier, is a disaster waiting to happen if you choose to use it. The other complaints can be overcome with some work by the user and don't merit another star being docked. That leaves this review at 4/5 stars. Hope this was helpful.
Seems sturdy. While I am thinking the right-angle attachment option is a clever piece of engineering, I think it'd be better if you showed some uses for the tri-pod in that configuration. Not sure if it's more gimmick than truly useful. Ideas?
Any way to incorporate a shoulder sling?
My surveyor's tri-pod has one.