Offers A new tw ist on pivoting
The latest version of Manfrotto’s three-section 190 XPRO has been revamped for greater ease of use and compactness. It can’t compete with the ‘travel’ tripods on test when it comes to its folded height of 67cm, but this is 7cm shorter than its predecessor, mostly thanks to a redesigned pivot joint.
Switching the centre column between vertical and horizontal mode is simpler than with any other tripod on test, bar the Manfrotto 055 (which has the same style of mechanism). You slacken one locking screw, then raise the centre column, press a release button at its base, flip the column over, and retract it in its horizontal orientation to enable locking. That might sound long-winded but, in fact, it’s amazingly quick and easy. The same solitary locking screw enables panning rotation.
The multi-angle leg mechanism is also streamlined and straightforward, enabling four lockable angles rather than the usual three. Up on top, the new XPRO ball head is simply superb and, unlike with most previous Manfrotto designs, it includes an independent panning release. There are no retractable spikes in the rubber foot pads, and the tripod isn’t supplied with a carrying bag.
When clamped, rigidity is pretty good and the head is super-solid. The inability to select column angles apart from vertical or horizontal can be limiting.
Features Build/handling Performance Value for money
Smart pivot mechanism, but with limited angles. The head is superior to the legs.
Specs Maximum operating height: 172cm Folded height (with head): 67cm Weight with head: 2.5kg Max load (legs, head): 7kg, 10kg Leg section diameters: 26mm, 22mm, 19mm Pivoting centre column: 90º only Ball head: Manfrotto XPRO Head mount diameter: 60mm Locking leg angles: Four angles Feet: Pads