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Up close & personal - macro tripod review part V

Manfrotto 190x ProB $159.95 (£90) + MN484RC2 head $59.95 (£39)

SPEC PANEL (exc ball-head)

Max Height (column down): 122cm
Max Height (column up): 146cm
Min Height: 8.5cm
Leg Sections: 3
Closed Length: 57cm
Weight: 1.8kg
Load capacity: 5kg

Quality 4/5
Features & Design 4/5
Value for Money 5/5
Overall 4.5/5

Italian tripod and lighting support manufacturer Manfrotto needs no introduction, they have a huge range of tripods to suit all budgets and they’re widely available. The popular 190 model comes in many guises and our sample the 190x ProB is one of the more high-end versions, albeit with aluminium tubing and 3-section legs to keep the cost down.

As well as boasting a horizontal centre-column option and high-density foam leg wraps other handy features include a bubble-level, weight-hook, and 4 leg-locking presets (instead of the usual 3). If need be, this means the 190x ProB can be laid flat on the ground, like the Gitzo.

I like the fact the centre column uses just one locking knob. And it’s a breeze to switch from vertical to horizontal but you must support the camera when making any adjustments. Still, it’s extremely rigid when locked off.

If there’s a niggle it’s that it can’t tilt. But the with wide range of adjustment available from the leg-joints it remains easy to line up. We were sent the optional 484RC2 head for the 190. Although small, with a long stem it can support up to 4kg and together with the 190x ProB makes for a very capable performer.

Check back for part VI tomorrow.

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