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Manfrotto 190 XPROB Tripod Legs Only - Black professional aluminium compact camera tripod
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Newly redesigned, the 190XPROB makes the famous Manfrotto-patented horizontal centre column feature even easier to use. Now, by extending the column to its highest vertical position, it can be swung round to horizontal without removing the head or disassembling the column itself, so switching between framing and positioning setups is more convenient than ever. The ergonomics of the leg angle release mechanism and the quick action leg locks themselves have also been greatly improved.
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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.
For long exposure shots it will do OK in most conditions, but, I will be getting something a bit more stable for that, when I can afford it. For now I am still very happy to use this tripod.
For an idea of what it can take weight wise, I have used it with an EOS 7D and grip and Sigma 150 - 500 lens, the photos turned out well.
I have had this tripod for 3 years, without any malfunctions. I use it a lot.
Extremely well made product as usual by Manfrotto, Amazon's price is extremely keen!!
If you are on a budget and are looking for a good ,stable and light tripod that you can carry in long walks ,look no more .Although it weights 1800 grams it can take nearly 5000 grams ( medium D-SLR plus a large telephoto ) and can switch from vertical to horizontal framing very easily.
Is not as stable as its predecesors the 055 but it has the feel of a professional tripod.
4 1/2 stars
Using this with a manfrotto ballhead, and everything works perfectly.
Over the years, the screw that tightens the center column wore out, and would not tighten anymore. Easy replacement bought from manfrottospares.com for 7 euros including shipping to finland.
I quickly found that the old saying of "you get what you pay for is very true". I immediately noted the substantial frame and improved fixings for a separate head (I used the 804RC2) that this 'pod uses.
Fittings are positive and substantial and there are attachment points for stabilizing weights, and a shoulder strap (neither of which are included).
The stability of the platform is immediately apparent in improvements to eliminate camera shake when depressing shutter manually and with remote control.
Cheaper stands do the job but more expensive stands (and this is in the low mid-range class for my wallet)do a much better job.
The ability to set the centre column in a horizontal position is extremely useful and the technical solution used to achive this is very simple and effective. 5 stars for design on that one.
Then we come to the legs which can be set independently at several different declinations with secure stops at each angle. This can be a little stiff and awkward to set but is again a very simple and elegant engineering solution. The effect is that the camera platform can be set very low to the ground. I have an old Unilok (Benbo) tripod that can achieve the same thing but the Manfrotto design is much easier to use in the field at the penalty of a bit less flexibility.
Weight wise this is not as light as I had hoped (I guess the carbon fibre version would be the one to go for if this is likely to be an issue) but the upside is that the tripod is sturdy and secure.
The only issue I had was with the head screw which is the 3/8 inch size. I have a Manfrotto pan/tilt head which fits perfectly but is quite heavy so I wanted to fit a small ball head that I had for longer treks. This has a 1/4 inch thread so I purchased an adaptor plate. This fits but unfortunately is too wide in diameter to allow the ball head release lever to work so no good. This is of course entirely down to the ball head I have not the tripod, just be aware if you want to try this.
Overall I would recommend this tripod which should last for years.
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