Manfrotto’s 190 series of tripods is a popular choice, thanks to a combination of high quality, price, weight and features that is hard to beat. The four-section 190 Go is a lighter, more compact take on this popular design, and will run alongside the traditional three- and four-section 190 series. It uses the latest tripod innovations, which filter through from lines such as the BeFree travel series.
The design is similar to that of the BeFree, with the same mechanism that sees the legs fold around the central column rather than having the column drop down through the legs. This means that the tripod collapses down to 45cm when packed, compared with the Classic 190 XPRO4’s 49cm. The weight is also reduced by 400g, coming in at 1.7kg without a head. This does affect the overall height, though: fully extended the 190 Go reaches 146cm rather than the XPRO4’s 160cm. However, build quality and finish are excellent, and features such as the central column rotating through 90 degrees make it ideal for macro work. It also has twist- rather than lever-locks.
The 190 Go is a welcome evolution of the already excellent 190 tripod.
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Westcott’s ICE light challenged conventional lighting techniques, and the Flex will too. In essence it’s a piece of malleable material with 256 LEDs attached. There are two versions, Tungsten and Daylight, which produce 1600 and 1900 Lux respectively. Both feature a dimmer to control the power. A mount and diffuser are included, but the fun comes from shaping the Flex to create different lighting effects. FIRST IMPRESSIONS: An interesting concept, but very expensive.
Twist locks lock the 190 Go’s legs securely and are easy to adjust, plus you can open all the sections with one hand, making setting up much