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Manfrotto 190 XPROB Tripod Legs Only - Black professional aluminium compact camera tripod
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|Colour||Tripod Legs Only - Black||Black||Alu lever black||—||—||Black|
|Item Dimensions||57 cm x 8.51 cm x 1.46 m||40 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm||39.88 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm||61 x 10 x 61 cm||61 x 12 x 61 cm||43.99 cm x 12.7 cm x 1.65 m|
|Item Weight||1.8 kg||1.1 kg||1.41 kg||2 grams||1.6 kg||1.42 kg|
|Material||—||carbon-fiber||Alu Lever Black||—||—||aluminum|
|Maximum Height||146 cm||1.42 m||144 cm||170 cm||160 cm||165 cm|
|Minimum Height||8.5 cm||34 cm||34 cm||9 cm||9 cm||44.5 cm|
|Style||—||Tripod||Befree||Carbon Fibre 3 Section Tripod||Carbon Fibre 3 Section Tripod with Horizontal Column||Compact Advanced|
Colour Name: Tripod Legs Only - Black
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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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However, I went to a workshop run by a well-respected professional wildlife photographer and he recommended this one. I was pleasantly surprised at the price of something that is used by professionals; but is clearly affordable for amateurs as well.
It feels like a professional product and has extensive instructions. It is light but really sturdy. The first thing to catch the eye is the small spirit level integrated into the tripod which works really well to help you set it up.
The big feature that many other tripods don't have is the ability to move the centre leg to the horizontal or to clear it out of the way completely, to get lower - some other tripods don't allow this and so you are limited to the height of the centre leg and can't get any lower. This could be important for macro photography in the field - when looking at small creatures or plants. If you are only interested in portraits or sports events for example - maybe not so important.
So this tripod, being so light and flexible is ideal for days out looking at maybe fungi in a forest or small birds. I found it very easy to strap it to the side of my camera bag (see my photo at the top of the page under customer images). I liked the quick release of the head and feel of the handles which allow you to switch from landscape to portrait modes quickly and easily. Overall I can't imagine this being any better - especially for the price!
This tripod is brilliant! Firstly it is well made, the legs go up and down swiftly and smoothly as well as the leg catches feeling strong and secure and being extremely easy to operate.
Once the legs are opened out you can easily adjust how wide you want the spread to be with the top catches, so if desired you can set the tripod very low down with ease.
The centre column is easy to adjust and has a very nifty feature of being able to swivel onto it's side so you can have the tripod as low to the floor as possible and still quickly and smoothly operate the camera, this feature is idiot proof and you cannot accidentally flip your camera over, it is very well thought out yet very simple and quick to use. I have used this feature for photographing cars and bridges from low angles to great effect.
The rigidity of this tripod is first rate, I have used it in exposed areas in windy conditions without an issue it really inspires confidence. It does not move at all.
The only bad points are you will need to buy a head to go with it, I have a Manfrotto ball head which really completes this tripod it does everything I could ever ask of it. Being able to pan and tilt to any angle with such precision and ease. This does put the total cost up to around £130 upwards, but it is well worth it compared to flimsy unrefined cheaper alternatives.
It doesn't come with a carry case or strap either, not massive issues but I don't think it would hurt for Manfrotto to give you a strap.
All in all this is a brilliant piece of engineering, it really is! Highly recommended from me!
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.
Thats exactly what I have here with the Manfrotto. to say I am pleased with it is a vast understatement. Its strong, solid, reliable and perfect for what I need.
Just wish I had bought this a few weeks ago then my £1200 lens would not be in the repair shop!
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.