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Manfrotto 190CXPro4 - any good?

 
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Aug 31, 2009 15:25 |  #1

I'm thinking about getting a tripod (actually it's joining the list behind 135 f2L, 85 1.2L, 580EX2, Pocket Wizard Mini TT, and Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 but lets not split hairs).

I've looked at Gitzo, but they are very expensive. Compact size, and low weight is important to me. So I'm currently thinking about a Manfrotto 190CXPro4 with a Manfrotto 486RC2 ball head.

Has anyone got one? Whats the combo like?

I also considered a Giottos MTL8350B - any thoughts on this?

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Aug 31, 2009 19:36 |  #2

I have that exact combo for hiking trips. It works fine with my 5d2. I rather like the 488rc2 head instead though.


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Aug 31, 2009 19:52 |  #3

Look at the Benro Angel and the Feisol (only on a website.) Benro is made in China, don't know about Feisol, the Gitzo is made in Italy. The Benro and Feisols are in the $300 range. Very light all of them, very compact, all CF.

Caveat emptor.

For the head, I would go with the 488RC.


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Aug 31, 2009 20:05 |  #4

I have the Pro3 with the same ballhead. Works well with my 5D. Takes my 100-400 without complaining at all. Also, I really like the versatility of the quick release plate on the ballhead. HTH.

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Aug 31, 2009 20:12 |  #5

I've got the legs with 484RC2 and no problems for me but my heaviest lens is only a 24-70L


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Sep 01, 2009 09:58 |  #6

The 190 series is the Manfrotto follow on to what used to be marketed in the USA by Bogen Imaging as the Bogen 3001. The 3001 was 'the standard' hiker's tripod by which lesser tripods were measured.


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Sep 01, 2009 10:02 |  #7

Some of the members here will say the 488RC is not meant for heavy set-ups, but I have had no trouble with mine. I use it with the 190XB legs all the time. Congrats and enjoy the set-up!


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Sep 01, 2009 10:06 |  #8

tvphotog wrote in post #8557739external link
Look at the Benro Angel and the Feisol (only on a website.) Benro is made in China, don't know about Feisol, the Gitzo is made in Italy. The Benro and Feisols are in the $300 range. Very light all of them, very compact, all CF.

Caveat emptor.

For the head, I would go with the 488RC.

The French would be severely offended by that statement!


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Sep 02, 2009 08:17 as a reply to Wilt's post |  #9

If you are hiking or will be packing into your shooting locations, do not underestimate the value of a tripod with an 180 degree design like the Gitzo, Benro and many others. Like so much of my gear purchases, I learned the hard way. Being able to fold the legs over the head is way awesome when the tripod is getting strapped to a backpack. I bought about $600 worth of cheap tripods before learning about this.


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