Manfrotto 190X review
Manfrotto is one of the best companies in the world that manufacture camera support and lighting equipment. The products manufactured by the Manfrotto are tough, long-lasting and great quality, and so is the Manfrotto 190x. This is the reason that its products are known all around the world and has manufacturing plants in several continents.
The company started its operation by the start of the ’70s in a small garage similar to the ones of Google, Apple or Alibaba and revolutionized into one of the largest Italian companies. The owners had quite good knowledge about the difficulties faced by the photographers of that time and their main objective was to introduce some easy to use and essential elements.
Tripods are the basic and one of the most essential tool or components, needed for the perfect or professional photography. We often saw some photographers in outdoors, wedding, etc… carrying the tripods around. Before starting my photography profession, I was rather confused that why they are so essential because now we have advanced technology cameras that feature image stabilizers, but it was not cleared until I stepped in this field and knew its importance.
Tripods (not to be confused with monopods) help the photographers to capture perfect moments without getting the images blurred. For instance, we have to take an image of moving objects like those of cars, airplanes, or stars. In this case, those objects are already moving and if camera is slightly shacked by us, it will destroy the whole image or at least it will be of poor quality. Hence, the tripods provide us a lot of stability and the overall result of our pictures will be astonishing. In addition, these tripods are designed in such way that they could be easily carried and used anytime anywhere.
From my point of experience, I would recommend the Manfrotto’ s 190x pro aluminum 3 section tripod due to its high durability and excellent build quality. The tripod is quite unique and different from some of the other mainstream tripods and offers the cheapest price. Furthermore, it is the successor to the earlier 190 series and has fulfilled some of the shortcomings of the previous model. There are numerous features of this tripod and some of which we will discuss.
As described earlier, the Manfrotto 190x pro has a quite low price and could be a good option for the new or entry-level photographers. Most of the beginners either don’t want to spend much or even they don’t have much investment to do. So, this tripod will help them a lot in getting their hands on the photography, improving skills or get used to the tripod and its features.
High-built quality and portable
The tripod is made up of high-grade aluminum and this is the reason it is a quite easy carry. In addition, it has a small size in comparison with some of the other tripods but has tremendous stability and could handle the cameras with large or lengthy lenses.
Variety of angles
Manfrotto’s 190x pro has a variety of angles i.e. (88°, 66°, 46°, and 25°) and could be used in any situation, irrelevant of what kind of the terrain is. This will allow you to adjust camera according to your own to any extent and nothing would stop you from taking the picture of your choice.
Perfect for indoor and close-range photography
Due to the lightweight and small size of the tripod, I would say that it is quite suitable for the indoor photo shoots, where space is often less and it may be difficult to carry around the large tripods. In addition, they would prove quite useful if you use them for close-range photography such pets, flowers, macro or self-portrait.
Why to use a tripod?
This is not one of the main usages for the tripods but for a better understanding, it is quite important. Most of the people who don’t do professional photography utilize the tripods for taking pictures of themselves. Although, they could have a selfie, the quality that a DLSR camera give is over 100% times better than that of the mobile camera. Last time, I was visiting the hill station and noticed that several people were using or trying to take their shots while utilizing the tripods. The best for this is to set the camera on timer.
Video recording is another activity that demands that your camera must be still. Also, in this case, the tripod helps a lot as we can find a suitable place for our camera, turn the recording on, and leave it as it is. The result of the video that was made on the tripod will be quite better, blur and noise-free. A friend of mine has a lot passion for aviation and often does aviation photography or videography. Recently, he told me that he and his team utilized the tripods for the planes spotting (recording of airplanes) and had great results.
In another article, I discussed in details that low-light photography is one of the most challenging situations for any professional or beginner level photographers. I will give a short recap; in low light, you have to decrease ISO as much as you can and also the shutter speed of your camera. This could result in the blurry images if you utilize your hands for taking the shots. Hence, the tripod will be highly-effective here and will help in taking the right shots.
Nature or Landscape photography
Lakes, mountains, glaciers, grasslands, meadows, etc… are one of the favorites places of everyone, especially me and for this sole purpose, I started the photography. Honestly, until today I prefer to take photos of these natural spots instead of taking peoples photos.
This is the reason everyone yells at me when we are on a trip because I always give more time to nature than to them. Well that’s another topic, but in some natural spots or landscapes, taking a photo is not that easy as we think and needs a lot of alterations. Several times we have to reduce the shutter speed similar to the low light photography and utilize the tripod.
Long-Exposure or moving objects
Ever tried taking the long-exposures shots? Well, I tried several times along with my friends and failed to take the perfect shots or as we expected. This was due to the movement of our hands and we didn’t have a tripod. It came to my knowledge afterward that’s tripod is must for taking pictures of moving object or for long exposure photography. At least if you want professional quality results.
These were some of the uses or purposes that a tripod has. Similar to another camera or DLSR accessories like Lenses, flashlights, there are several tripod manufacturers in the market and you just need a lot of research.
Places where I have used this tripod
People are quite interested in some of the professionals or expert opinions more than they are interested or trust the relevant product’s company. I have been using this tripod for more than a year and it proved an excellent photography component for me.
My native village is quite isolated placed and located far away from the cities. There is limited electricity there and hence there are negligible lights in the night. This is the reason the sky is amazing at night and often astonishes me. Last time, I decided to take to shots that amazing sky and utilized this tripod.
I adjusted the setting as per recommended like decreasing the shutter speed and the pictures were amazing. Overall it was a combined result of cameras, lenses, etc. but tripod had an important role.
Earlier, I described that taking landscape shots is one of my favorite hobbies and I have used the Manfrotto’ s 190x pro several times and as expected got the results better than ever. Moreover, the view sunset behind the mountains is heart touching or what we can say epic…!
But to take the perfect and ideal shot for that, a lot of effort is needed, combined with the tripod. I have compared the results, most commonly the low-light ones and the shots taken with the tripod just amazed me.
Here are some of Manfrotto 190xpro’s specs
Load Capacity: 15.4 lb. / 7 kg
Maximum Working Height: 63″ / 160 cm
Max Height without Center Column: 53.2″ / 135.1 cm
Minimum Working Height: 3.5″ / 8.9 cm
Folded Length: 23.2″ / 58.9 cm
Head Mount Type: 3/8″-16 Screw
Weight: 4.3 lb. / 2 kg
Material: Aluminum Alloy
Bubble Level: Yes
Leg Lock Type: Flip Lock
Independent Leg Spread: Yes
Leg Sections: 3
Feet Features: Rubber
Center Column Sections: 1
Center Column Extension Type: Rapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column: Yes
Package Weight: 5.45 lb.
Box Dimensions (L x W x H): 25.8 x 5.4 x 5.3″
Overall, Manfrotto 190x pro – see price and rating on eBay – is quite amazing, high-quality and a multi-purpose tripod with very low price. Either you are professional or beginner, it will give quality results.