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Manfrotto190XB Aluminum Tripod
 
4.6

(based on 246 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (158)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (177)
  • Unfolds quickly (147)
  • Lightweight (135)
  • Folds away (100)
  • Locks in tight (39)

Cons

  • Heavy (37)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (105)
  • Landscape/scenery (101)
  • Home (91)
  • Travel (87)
  • Night shots (79)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (92), Casual photographer (37), Semi-pro photographer (35), Enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (104), Yes (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

good value

I bought this tripod for taking low shutters speed outdoor/nature photos as well as bracketted photos for HDR. I am using nikon d70s, and my heaviest lens is nikkor 80-200mm...Read complete review

I bought this tripod for taking low shutters speed outdoor/nature photos as well as bracketted photos for HDR. I am using nikon d70s, and my heaviest lens is nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8ED. That two combined still weigh less than this tripod max load. I have been using it, even without shutter remote release, and still get sharp picture. In my opinion this tripod is the best in its class (up to 11lbs max load). I did long and careful research about all kind of tripod at this price and around 11lbs max load, this is suit my need best. I chose this over 055xb because my gear total with photo backpack not exceed 11 lbs so i still can use 190 xb, and 055xb weight 1 more pound/ i dont need extra load. I am 5'6 and 190xb total height is about the comfort level. If you are much taller, thus i assume bigger and stronger (to carry extra weight), then 055 series would be better as i would imagine 190 series will be too short and can be problem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Medium Duty for DSLR Videography

Manfrotto 190XB is a decent inexpensive tripod. Great for medium duty videography with small camera or DSLR.

Some minimal issues worth mentioning, but not a dealbreaker:
The center column binds...Read complete review

Manfrotto 190XB is a decent inexpensive tripod. Great for medium duty videography with small camera or DSLR.

Some minimal issues worth mentioning, but not a dealbreaker:
The center column binds when making fine adjustments. The flip locks are adjustable and tight, but feel kind of flimsy. And the legs have some flex when panning with a lot of drag.

I tried to mount an IGUS slider on it... NOT! Did I hear somebody say "get jiggy with it"! Maybe in a pinch with a gentle touch, but the legs just have too much flex for the span of a 36" slider.

Overall, I'm happy with it. Like I've said before,'when used as intended', I give it a thumbs up as an affordable option built by Manfrotto.

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4.0

Solid, Sturdy, and Simple

By Capturing WNC Photography

from Brevard, NC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Portraits
    • Video
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

    A great set of legs that is light enough for short hikes and strong enough for my 5d with 70-200 for long exposures and easy manuevering for acquiring macros in the oddest of angles.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Exactly What We Needed

    By Nick TK Pinto

    from South Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

      We are using this tripod for photoshoot as well as video wherever needed. With this versatile tripod I am able to stick my 39" slider on with no problem. Its very light weight, especially for its size once fully extended. The only thing I can really say may need to be changed are the plastic feeling hinges that lock the tripods legs. Other than that this is a great product, especially for its price, GET IT!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great product very stable

      By Paul the wrestler

      from New Canaan, CT

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

        Indoors in gymnasiums to film wrestling matches. Very stable and easy to use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        An elegant Tripot for an elegant man.

        By Poophead

        from Long Beach, California

        Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

        I bought this beautiful Tripod for my cousins as a gift, since he likes shooting photograph as his hobby. He lives in southeast Asia, but his dreams is to become a professional photographer. So I decided to get this for him as a Christmas gift. I hope he will like it and many wished for his dream come true.

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        5.0

        Wonderful product!

        By The Flying Dutchman

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

          I bought this to use with a Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head, and I couldn't be happier. I use this to shoot interiors and portraits with a Canon 5D and smaller zoom lenses. This set has changed the way I work dramatically. Having great equipment is priceless. This is easy to transport and small enough to strap it on your backpack so you don't have to carry a separate tripod bag.

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          5.0

          My favorite tripod legs

          By Bill D Video

          from Central New Jersey

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

            I used this with my Canon xa10. It's probably one of the sturdiest tripods you can fit in a suitcase. For "run & gun" video, I prefer it over a monopod because I can set it down and it'll stay put. But it also works well as a monopod, or just as a weight to keep a really light camera nice and steady. It's so solid that I use my larger tripod less than I used to. The telescoping center column is a great feature.

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            5.0

            excellent quality

            By cood

            from virginia

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                I use this tripod for shooting and ranging
                Very solid item

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                5.0

                Steady as she goes

                By RevIke

                from Atlantic Beach, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                  Strong, light, convenient for my outdoor photography. Highly recommend. And the price is right.

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                  4.0

                  Very Happy with this pod

                  By Graphics Guy

                  from Hyde Park, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                    The construction of this tripod exceded my expectations. Havent taken it on a real shoot yet but feels very sturdy for its weight. Just what I was looking for.

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                    5.0

                    Very steady

                    By CNote

                    from Sacramento, ca

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                          This is a great tripod for small cameras. Very stable and steady. We use them for work and our employees love them we have good looking video everyday!

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                          4.0

                          Nice legs

                          By AgentLady

                          from Tampa

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Slightly heavier

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                          Does the job expected. Good quality. I use this tripod with the Manfrotto 410 geared head and it makes a great combination.

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                          5.0

                          Perfect for my needs

                          By PM

                          from ABQ, NM

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                            I bought this product for my D7000 to shoot stills and video. The stability is great and it is easy to use and not cumbersome to carry. It did not come with a case so that is an additional expense. I have used it with a Sigma 150-500mm lens and it was able to tilt with ease and stability with the heavier and longer lens.

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                            5.0

                            Great Tripod

                            By SteveJW

                            from Apalachain Mountains

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Hiking
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                              I purchased this tripod for hiking purposes, but due to ease of use and stability, it has become my primay tripod. I like the easily reversible center column for near the ground shots. I mounted a giottos ballhead on the tripod and shoot with an Olympus OM-D EM5 with various lenses.

                              Of course I would love to have a featherweight tripod for hiking (= high $$s), but this one can't be beat for the price.

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                              4.0

                              light but not easy to balance

                              By sam

                              from DC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                It's a light tripod, and is steady enough for my Canon 5D.
                                The only thing I don't like about it is its balancing. if you want to use it in an uneven surface, you should try hard to balance it.

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                                4.0

                                Great for travel

                                By Chris B

                                from Chicagoland

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Backup Or Travel

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                  Great little tripod I bought specifically for travel: I wanted quick setup and take-down (flip-style locks instead of thumb screws), compact size and light weight. It fits into a suitcase or backpack or straps to the outside of my camera bag, no problem. Not as light as carbon fiber, but much less expensive. And I won't cry if it gets dinged. Downside: It's not as tall or as sturdy as my bigger Manfrottos, but then again, they're longer and heavier. I'm a magazine editor, photographer and videographer and this is fine for my small video camera and DSLR.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect

                                  By Slinepro

                                  from NC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                    Exactly what I was looking for. Compact, light, and sturdy !

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                                    5.0

                                    Sturdy legs, tight and ready for action

                                    By Kayak

                                    from OkC, OK

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Video

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                      Sporadic production, sits in my trunk most days. Use about 1 weekend a month. Lightweight, but sturdy. Leg locks are very, very tight, but I assume they'll loosen up with use.

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                                      5.0

                                      Sturdy and versatile!

                                      By 1000Words

                                      from Sarasota Florida

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                        My first Manfrotto product! I couldn't be more pleased. I mainly needed a tripod that would give me the versatility to shoot from many different angles at the same time eliminating camera shake. I didn't have a ton of money to put into a tripod. I do a lot of online selling and sometimes I need to take shots of products laying flat on the ground, sometimes at weird angles. The manner in which you can operate the height and angle of the legs to get those shots along with a sturdy foundation and a great price is just what I needed. Glad I bought it! No regrets.

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                                        5.0

                                        Solid tripod

                                        By Me

                                        from Texas

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                          I thought the oben tripod w the twist legs. Made of cheap Plastic inside that's almost impossible to fix and easy to break.This style of Legs w the clamps much better.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great support for viewing scope.

                                          By moonpie0

                                          from Birchwood, TN

                                          About Me Casual Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Travel
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 190XB Aluminum Tripod:

                                            The 190XB tripod provides excellent support for spotting scope. It's heavy enough to not shake but light enough to transport easily. Adjustments on the tripod are easy to make.

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