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Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD opinions?
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:42:36 AM »
Hi all,

I'm looking to replace my entry level tripod with a lightweight carbon fibre one.
I found this Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD at my local camera store. Its a carbon fibre tripod, however this combo I found will require me to change the head on it. I want to get a ball head and not the video head it comes with. It looks OK and I would most likely take it me when I travel later this year.

My kit is a 5d mkiii with 24 - 105 & 70-200 2.8.

This is the website:

http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=100545#related

This is the manfrotto link:

http://www.manfrotto.com/190-view-magfiber-tripod

What do you people think?

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Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD opinions?
« on: April 18, 2014, 12:42:36 AM »

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Re: Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD opinions?
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2014, 05:59:29 PM »
I have the HDV version of that head and it's pretty good for a decent size spotting scope, but not ideal for photography. I used to have a Manfrotto 190 but (in the UK they are cheap and cheerful) I feel you will want something better before too long.
A friend of mine has one of these (http://www.feisol.net/feisol-tournament-tripod-ct3342-rapid-p-30.html) which we both find very good and remarkably light. I have used it with a Canon 300 F2.8 + a 2 x extender and found it OK - not as good as our Gitzos but very usable. This Feisol is a bit more expensive, than the Manfrotto, but it is significantly more rigid and you will be happy with it for longer.
As to ball heads. most recommend rather large (and expensive) models due to their superior lockup and lack of droop/creep. I agree with this but there are a few exceptions. I have a Triopo RS3 (don't know what it's called on your side of the pond) and love it. It is light (270 grams) cheap (30 GBP), you need to add a QR clamp (10 GBP) and it holds any Canon lens happily - well almost, I don't think it will cope with a 1200 F5.6! However it will cope with the likes of a 600 F4 or my Canon 800 F5.6. I am not suggesting using it for these lenses, but that sort of lockup means zero movement (on a good tripod) with more normal lenses, which is so much less frustrating when you have the framing "Just Right"!

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Re: Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD opinions?
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2014, 07:46:06 PM »
Thanks for that!

It's a very light tripod. I'm not sure about the 4kg weight capacity?
How does this work if you get a ball hear with say a 12kg rating?

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Re: Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD opinions?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 08:29:11 PM »
Weight ratings for tripods are often VERY misleading and probably best ignored in many cases, however Manfrotto ratings are probably OK.
My concern with the Manfrotto 190 series is not that they won't do the job - they will. It is just that I think (from using both Aluminium and carbon) 190's that you may be disappointed in the long run. A Manfrotto 55 series would be a better option or something like the Feisol I mentioned.
There are a myriad of ball heads out there, some are good many are not. I don't rate the Manfrotto ball heads highly as they tend to creep too much for my liking. My two ball heads are the Triopo RS3, that I mentioned, and a Sirui K40X (a bit big for your uses) and I find them both very good. There is some interesting reading here:
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=740131

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Re: Manfrotto 190 VIEW MAGFIBER TRIPOD opinions?
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2014, 08:29:11 PM »