Man­frotto MK190XPRO3-BHQ2

Of­fers A new tw ist on piv­ot­ing

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£200, $300

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.

Per­for­mance

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.

Ver­dict

Features Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

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

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