So, review doesn't contain any data; I think everyone agrees.
Also, the 290 series are not "...more affordable alternative to the company's 055 pro line.." They are smaller/cheaper ideas brought to life in China. The 190 series is a lot closer to the 055, the scale is merely smaller.290 series uses all different hardware, the leg locks are different, the upper casting is different, the leg-angle locks are different etc. etc. This is Manfrotto's attempt to claw its way into the lower market level where the Velbons and Slik's have been doing well. I'm my opinion these 290's are good for lightweight DSLR. I can't see them being capable of excellent results under critical inspection with the reviewers camera. Maybe in less than challenging conditions but I suppose it depends how picky you are.Also, there was some glossing over ballhead limitations, not all ballheads have a single lock lever. Many have separate pan locks. The 190 series and 055 are *significantly* better tripods.
LachieC: OK, I took 90 seconds and made a little image about the logo :)
I see no tapering, but yes let us take more pictures :) I saw some stuff on your flickr, that house by the sea looks stunning!
OK, I took 90 seconds and made a little image about the logo :)
LachieC: "...flaunting the company's arrow-inspired bag logo..."
I think you'll find the Manfrotto logo is a tripod mate.
I'd also implore you to try those little pocket tripods; I have the smaller one for more compact cameras and find it invaluable, even on a 'heavy' RF setup.
The lack of shoulder pad on the strap is a bit of an oversight but there are options from other companies (I think crumpler?) for pads you could easily fit on.
Not really, they have the Red circle with the 3 legs and head piece, on the bag its just stretched big and sort of embossed. I'm currently sitting in the biggest Manfrotto dealer in the southern hemisphere. This logo is something we're familiar with.
What did you think of that steel buckle? We've had mixed reports about it.
You should check out that leather roller bag, it's pretty sweet.
"...flaunting the company's arrow-inspired bag logo..."