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This review is from: Manfrotto 190 XPROB Tripod Legs Only - Black professional aluminium compact camera tripod (Accessory)
I ordered this mated with a Manfrotto 460MG head as a direct replacement for an aging Uniloc system.
Although the Uniloc offers a very flexible and stable platform, it is a bit cumbersome and timely to erect, and I hoped that the Manfrotto combination would prove quicker and more convenient. I was proven right.
Having taken the time to go to a nearby branch of Jessops to compare my original choice of the Giottos MTL series with the Manfrotto (both in store), I instantly switched to the 190XPROB based upon my immediate appreciation of the superior design and engineering. The whole assembly just oozes quality.
Despite a modest weight, the tripod legs are very sturdy- with very positive quick-release catches, and a beautifully engineered cast-metal catch atop each leg to allow silky smooth independant movement. The only criticism echoed by others is the (relatively) poorer performance when fully extended and the column raised to its highest- but given that I rarely adopt such height and needed the flexibility at lower heights where I commonly frame and compose shots, this is a minor point for me. I seem to spend more time croutching, or on my knees, in front of the view finder- and this is where the 190XPROB excells- but I have no complaint with the tripod when fully extended and supporting my Pentax K20D with battery grip. However, others with heavier DSLRs may wish to compare with the 055XPROB.