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(From company literature) Manfrotto 190PRO Mini Pro. Designed for the professional photographers, this is an extremely versatile tripod, ideal for small, medium format cameras, digital or conventional type. The tripod has a special centre column support that just as easily re-fits as a horizontal lateral arm, this allows the camera to be offset from leg position, and provides the simplest way possible to shoot from directly overhead. The incredible flexibility of the leg angle setting (90 degrees) has forced us to design a special low angle adapter that has been incorporated in the centre column. To complete the selection of accessories included a set of two leg warmers. Diameter legs in mm: 30,25,20. Available in silver or black.


• "Full optional" features
• Very sturdy and stable
• Lightweight
• Very flexible camera positioning
• World-wide spares and service back-up

Suitable For:

• "Bridge" cameras (compact SLR-type with built-in lenses)
• SLR cameras with short and/or light fixed-length lenses
• Medium format cameras
• Outdoor use (protected against damp/cold and easy to transport on foot)
• Traveling light

Specifications (leg set only):

  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Lock Type: Flip Lever
  • Maximum Operating Height: 145 cm / 57 in.
  • Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 119 cm / 46.9 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 11 cm / 4.3 in.
  • Folded Length: 56 cm / 22 in.
  • Maximum Load: 5 kg / 11 lbs
  • Weight: 1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs

Black version shown (190PROB).

Keywords: Manfrotto Tripod Rapid


Registered: January 2007
Posts: 16
Manfrotto 190PRO / 190PROB Mini review by thomiz
Review Date: 1/10/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

Pros: Light weigth, inexpensive
Cons: Not wery sturdy

I find this tripod adequate for my needs, but then again I have a 20D an my longest lense is 200mm, so it might not be for everyone. I sometimes bring this tripod while backpacking, but for multi day trips with tent it tend to get left behind. I also tried the 055 but I tink it is to heavy to lug around in the wilderness. Given unlimited funds I would buy a carbon fiber tripod.

With long exposures 1/30s-1s I have to use MLU to get sharp images with my combination of tripod/ballhead, but I think I will get a new ballhead before I get a new tripod. The beding of the feets is really nice for macro work.

Registered: October 2005
Posts: 36
Manfrotto 190PRO / 190PROB Mini review by Ross_Alford
Review Date: 12/29/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: Rock solid, relatively small and light
Cons: none major

I have a Manfrotto 190, about 10-12 years old, not sure exactly how it fits into the current lineup but this model seems closest.

It is a great little tripod. About as small and compact as you can get and still be really rock solid with a large DSLR or medium format camera on it, and I have even used it for 4 X 5 field cameras. Probably a bit heavier than a similar design in carbon fiber would be, but a lot less expensive, too. If I could have only 1 tripod, I would probably choose my 190.


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