Manfrotto has updated its popular 190 series tripod range, with a substantially reworked design. The mechanism for switching the centre column to the horizontal position has been redesigned to reduce weight and folded length, and now pops out from the centre casting only when needed. A rotatable bubble level has been added underneath the head platform, and the leg angle selectors redesigned for easier operation. The tripods come in either carbon fibre or aluminium, with a choice of three- or four-section legs. Prices range from £185 to £360.    

Press release:

Manfrotto’s new 190 tripod: setting the industry benchmark of the future

London, 7th October 2013 – Manfrotto, the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography and video, presents the new 190 Tripod Series. The 190 model is Manfrotto’s most popular tripod and has become the pivot for all the photo-supports range. As a result of its effort to always anticipate trends and provide a comprehensive range of cutting edge photographic solutions, Manfrotto launches the new 190 tripod with exclusive and stylish additional features. Aimed mainly at hobbyists, the new 190 is a unique tripod that provides greater compactness and portability, plus offers versatile settings that help to release the imagination and creativity of every photographer. 

Get ready to go everywhere

One of the most innovative aspects of the new 190 is the mechanism to operate the new 90° column. It is accessed only when needed and with a quick ‘one finger’ operation at the bottom of the centre column, the mechanism appears from the main casting of the tripod allowing the column to tilt. Both the new column mechanism and 4 leg section models have a more compact closed dimension which allows for easier portability. Thanks to these features, the new 190 is perfect for every occasion: you can carry it everywhere, without worrying about the space in your bag.

A closer look at the main new 190 technical features 

The new QUICK POWER LOCK (QPL) system is one of the most eye-catching and unique features of the new 190. It is a strong, ultra fast and ergonomic locking system that allows for quick, complete extension of the legs with operation of all locks, on each leg, possible with one hand.

The new Rotating Levelling Bubble is quick to set up and allows the tripod to be positioned more precisely. It is easy to use, whatever the shape of the head or however the tripod is set up.

The new Leg Angle Selectors are also easy to set up, as they are made following the most innovative ergonomic standards and prevent fingers being trapped in the upper casting.

The new 190 Tripod and accessory integration

A tripod must be versatile and able to accommodate any additional accessory. For a photographer who is reaching the next level in their skills, the tripod alone is not enough: it must be complemented with other useful accessories. The new 190 provides a portable photographic studio, thanks to the new “Easy link” plug, which enables instant connection between tripod and accessories, such as LED lights for Macro Photography and VDSLR applications through arms and brackets.

Manfrotto’s eye to style and design detail

The entire shape of the tripod has been modified to be more manageable and stylish. The complete re-design of its functional elements shows a particular attention to aesthetics and detail: the two legwarmers (on the aluminium version only), are now made of comfortable but robust rubber to prevent the conduction of heat and cold in extreme weather conditions.

Models and Prices (SRP inc vat)

  • MT190XPRO3 £184.95
  • MT190XPRO4 £199.95
  • MT190CXPRO3 £344.95
  • MT190CXPRO4 £359.95

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