Man­frotto 190GO C4TB

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AT FIRST GLANCE, it looks like another model in the ever- pop­u­lar Man­frotto 190 se­ries with twist- col­lars in­stead of the lever leg locks that are usu­ally a Man­frotto sig­na­ture. But there are other dif­fer­ences to the 190Go! ver­sions and, com­pared to the 190CXPRO4, most sig­nif­i­cantly there's a sub­stan­tial 300g re­duc­tion in weight down to just 1.35kg, a 6cm shorter folded length, fat­ter tub­ing, and a lower price. All are most wel­come changes, but the down­side is a 12cm lower height. It's an ap­peal­ingly dif­fer­ent pack­age that also of­fers po­ten­tially greater sta­bil­ity.

The first thing to con­sider is the height. At 123cm be­fore ex­tend­ing the cen­tre- col­umn, the 190Go! with a head and cam­era on top, is just tall enough to put the viewfinder around shoul­der height for the av­er­age user, and that's a good po­si­tion for easy op­er­a­tion with a clear view of con­trols on top. But if you're nearer 6ft, or pre­fer to have the cam­era at eye- level, then it may be a bit low. The 90° cen­tre- col­umn is one of Man­frotto's high­light fea­tures which is easy to use and par­tic­u­larly ro­bust and solid, that flips hor­i­zon­tally where it can slide for and aft, and ro­tate. Ar­tic­u­lat­ing cen­tre- col­umns are great for get­ting down low, for macro or for copy­ing work and go well with ad­justable leg an­gles – here there are four set­tings avail­able rather than the more usual three.

Man­frotto build qual­ity can be taken as read. The 190Go! scored 60% in the wind- buf­fet test and 65% for mir­ror- shock, giv­ing an av­er­age rat­ing of 63% high num­bers for such a light­weight tri­pod, that tie with the dearer Sirui.

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