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Time for a new Tripod – Went with Manfrotto 190XB!

Manfrotto 190XB Tripod

The clamps to my old tripod were all held together with rubber bands. I had six rubber band holding it together! It did work when everything was set up just right, but if one rubber band slipped the leg would slowly start to slide back down.  Last Saturday my photography class went on a field trip and we were suppose to bring our tripods!!! I figured it was time to invest in a new one.  Luckily the class prior to the field trip was on purchasing a tripod!

We talked about so many different tripods.  Gitzo made of carbon fiber very light which equals very expensive.  Kirk tripod and the Manfrotto.   In the end I went with the Manfrotto legs Model#190XB as well as the Manfrotto Head Model #486RC2. (Which has been replaced with Manfrotto Head Model #496RC2) I couldn’t be happier with my purchase! You can check out my review of the Manfrotto Head as well.

It is not very heavy, of course it’s not as light as the carbon fiber one! The weight is nothing to complain about. the size is great as well, when I took off the head I was able to put the tripod and the head separately  in my backpack  and zip it up so the legs weren’t dangling out the top.  When you walk around holding the tripod it feels right it fits perfectly in your hand. All the parts move with ease, and you can set it up in virtually any position. The pole in the middle can slide out so you can lay your legs flat and do close up macro photos. And the price isn’t bad at all! The Tripod legs at Amazon are selling  for $129.90 + Free Shipping I would recommend this set up to anyone.

The Official Product Description:

The Manfrotto 190XB three-section tripod is stable, flexible, and easy to use, making it a great choice for amateur and professional photographers alike. The tripod is distinguished by its redesigned aluminum frame, which is lighter than previous incarnations and slightly more compact. As a result, it’s more convenient to bring this tripod along on shoots without weighing yourself down. Plus, the ergonomics of the leg-angle release mechanism and the quick-action leg locks have also been greatly improved, making it a breeze to open, position, and close the tripod in just a few seconds. The tension of the locking mechanism is even user-adjustable, so you can find the right tension for your comfort level. And should you need to balance the tripod on an uneven surface, you can set each of the legs to a different spread angle over the tripod’s center of gravity–a must for nature shots on outdoor terrain.Specifications

  • Color: Black
  • Includes tripod head: No
  • Closed length: 21.06 inches
  • Minimum height: 3.15 inches
  • Maximum height: 57.48 inches
  • Maximum height with center column down: 46.65 inches
  • Load capacity: 11 pounds
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Leg cross section: Round
  • Column cross section: 3-faceted
  • Leg sections: 3
  • Bubble spirit level: No
  • Leg angles: 25, 46, 66, and 88 degrees
  • Center column: Rapid
  • Column tube diameter: 25mm
  • Attachment: 3/8-inch screw
  • Leg tube diameter: 25, 20, and 16 mm
  • Suggested dolly: 127, 127VS
  • Weight: 3.97 pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years

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4 Responses to “Time for a new Tripod – Went with Manfrotto 190XB!”

  1. A good tripod is probably the smartest move you could even make. The quick-release camera plate makes working with or without tripod extremely flexible. Well done on your choice!

    Bear in mind that bigger lenses have a ‘foot’ of their own that can be mounted on a tripod. The body then ‘hangs’ in the air behind the lens but the balance will then be super! (Remember the lesson about the position of the left hand under the lens? Balance is the key ;)…) It makes it easy to ‘point’ and far less force is needed to secure the position of the camera. The body is relatively light so the stress on the body because of the weight is well within safety.

    So my recommendation is (if you come in posession of such a lens) that you buy additional plates.

    Otherwise you’ll find yourself constantly changing where the plate is used. Not good for either camera or lens (wear and tear). Putting a big combo on a tripod can also be done with the plate at the bottom of the camera, but that will put stress on the body where the heavy lens is attached. The bigger (heavier) the lens, the bigger the stress/forces on the body. Not good if you want your camera to survive a long time 😉

    Another tip: get a ‘sling’ or use a soft type of rope to make your tripod more portable. Lasso one end at the head and the other round the bottom ends. Make sure the piece in between is longer than the (closed) length of the tripod. Now you can hang the tripod over your shoulder and carry it around with your hands free 😉

    Last tip: avoid using the center column. This is the most unstable part of any tripod. I chose deliberatly a tripod without one… (Gitzo G1348 mk2). Also good to know: the thick parts of the legs are stiffer than the slim pieces. Stiffer legs means less tremors affect your camera.

    Posted by Marcel Otten | March 13, 2010, 4:21 pm
  2. Those are wonderful tips, thanks so much for sharing!

    I never knew they made a ‘foot’ that could be mounted on the tripod, but I guess it makes sense. One day I will come across another lens that I just have to have:)

    My old tripod didn’t have a removable plate that screwed right into the camera itself. Who ever thought of that small addition was a genius! I haven’t taken mine of the camera. Extremely nice when you’re set up on a tripod and have to take your camera off for whatever reason. When you put the camera back on the tripod it is still in the exact position you left it. So I could see why you would want plates for all your cameras, and long lenses.

    Your last sentence about the legs is good advice as well! It’s funny after you read that you think well of course that makes sense. But I didn’t think of that on my own I was just opening the legs on either the thick or the slim wasn’t really paying attention. This is awesome I just keep learning tip by tip and one day….

    Posted by admin | March 13, 2010, 7:22 pm
  3. Just an example:

    note the ‘foot’ at the bottom where the extra plate can be fitted to

    Posted by Marcel Otten | March 14, 2010, 10:35 am
  4. I see it, thanks for the visual! I was picturing it more like a Triangle bar attached to your tripod!

    Posted by admin | March 14, 2010, 4:05 pm

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