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Manfrotto190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.6

(based on 134 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (96)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (126)
  • Stable (109)
  • Unfolds quickly (95)
  • Folds away (81)
  • Easily adjusted (3)

Cons

  • Unstable (6)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (61)
  • Travel (57)
  • Night shots (48)
  • Portraits (36)
  • Wildlife (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (44), Semi-pro photographer (29), Pro photographer (26), Professional (8), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Tripod I Ever Had

I prefer to use a tripod for night photography, multi-shot panoramas, and HDR exposures requiring multiple takes at the precise same framing. Sometimes I just need a tripod for landscape shots at very...Read complete review

I prefer to use a tripod for night photography, multi-shot panoramas, and HDR exposures requiring multiple takes at the precise same framing. Sometimes I just need a tripod for landscape shots at very small apertures. For years, I have been making do with off-brand compact tripods. Within a year or two of use, the tightening knobs and column gears on these cheap models always wore out. They also never seemed to be light enough for extended carrying. That's why I finally turned to a professional carbon fiber tripod.

The Manfrotto 190CX3 is the answer to my needs! The folded size is about as small as possible for a full-sized tripod. I use it with the Manfrotto #484 Mini Ball head. Together, they are ultra-light and adequately stable. I'll never go back to those old cheap tripods. The 190CX3 is ideal for carrying on long hikes. Using a shoulder strap, I can even carry it while riding a bike. The twist-levers on the legs and head are quick and easy to adjust, and they have an iron grip. I've never had a tripod with legs that adjust to independent angles, but I quickly learned to appreciate this advantage. With the ball head, I can put my camera into any angle I want in seconds. I also like the ability to remove the center column when I don't need it.

This is a pretty stable tripod, but if it's windy enough, I'm sure it will shake. The inclusion of a hook at the center is brilliant. I can hang my camera bag there for additional stability. The only thing that would make this model better is retractable spiked feet.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Superb, but..........!

An absolute gem, but it arrived with quite a flaw!

I set it up on arrival and played with it in the dining room. It was everything I'd hoped for -...Read complete review

An absolute gem, but it arrived with quite a flaw!

I set it up on arrival and played with it in the dining room. It was everything I'd hoped for - simply the best all round tripod I've ever owned, and I've owned a few. Light, rock steady, quick to erect and collapse away.

On it's first outing, It was fine for the first two locations shooting 1 minute time exposures with infrared and 10 stop ND filters on the seashore. However, the third stop off, I set it up on a quay at sunset - what happened, the leg dropped off and bits flew everywhere! I was lucky, there was a lull in the wind so I retrieved all the bits. Back home I realised one of the allen bolts had not been tightened up fully so when I pulled the leg out it all dropped apart. Lucky my camera wasn't attached at the time is all I can say. I bought an imperial 1/8 inch allen key and rebuilt the leg - its fine now (that is I think it is - I haven't tried it yet).

The motto for all buyers - check the bolts are not dangerously loose as was my experience. I've given this tripod 2 stars for obvious reasons, but if it wasn't for this shocker of an experience, I'd rate it five stars - it is actually a very, very good tripod.

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5.0

Amazing!

By Ryan

from Delaware

Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

This is an an amazing product. Super light so carrying for a long time won't be a problem. My only complainant was that salt water was not recommended for salt water, which may be a problem for some landscape photographers.

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4.0

lightweight, good price

By Rob in Oregon

from Beaverton, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Good price
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

  • Doesn't Rise High Enough

Best Uses

  • Airline Travel
  • Hiking

Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

I bought these tripod legs to fit into airline luggage bags without adding much weight. It's very good for that. My only complaint is that someone 6 feet tall (me) has to bend over a lot to look into the camera viewfinder unless the center column is extended. Since it's so light, it's not rock solid in wind with the column extended. If you're tall, look at the Manfrotto 055CXPro4. I've had good luck with Bogen/Manfrotto for 25 years.

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5.0

Get one while you can!

By Seattle Scoper

from Seattle WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Combo Of Attributes
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Spotting Scope

    Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    This is a superb hybrid at a great price. While it isn't THE lightest or THE most stable, it's not possible to have both. This tripod it is a great combination of the two. The leg locks are easy on the fingers.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great tripod!

    By gadgetgal

    from Conyngham, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      Lightweight, easy to open/close, good travel size.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Good lightweight tripod

      By Eric

      from Fargo, ND

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        The adjustment levers are easy to use and lock the legs in place well. It's worth the extra money.

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        • No

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        4.0

        light weight but strong

        By Mabbo

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          Used mostly on 'run & gun' video gigs so its light weight and relative compactness are major pluses. Easily supports regular sized DSLRs and 70-200mm lens. I have it paired with the Manfrotto Mini Video Head, and its a great combo. 2 minor cons: no 'legwarmers' (it gets pretty cold here in Chicago!) and no bag included.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Just what I was looking for!

          By Garrie

          from Mechanicsville, Virginia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            I purchased the Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod because of its light-weight for hiking and general use. It has exceeded my expectations and I look forward to using it for many years to come. It is solid, well constructed and simple to use. I would highly recommend this model to anyone having the same requirements.

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            3.0

            LIghtweight but not perfect

            By JCLIttle

            from Duluth GA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Unstable
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              I have a little over a year of light use and one of the leg extensions comes compleatly out of the tube. It could be sent in for repair but honestly that is an expense that should not be my responsibility. Love the weight and its stable w/o the extension up. Will likely go with something better next time.

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              3.0

              Good for [$] spent, but..........

              By Lloyd

              from Kenosha, WI

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Weak leg locks

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro

              Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              I shoot tons of macros, nearly 365 days a year, scenics, too, the 190cx3 gives me a light weight sturdy base to shoot from.The caveat is that this is my third cx3, twice the leg lock has given out on me, they replaced the tripod, but for the [$] spent, it should NOT do not!

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              5.0

              Perfect combination

              By Doris

              from Woodland WA and Brunei Darussalam

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lays Flat
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • None that I have found

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              Purchased for its light weight and waterproof capabilities. It is going into the rain forests of Borneo shortly for wildlife and caving stills. Flip lock levers and its ability to sit several inches from the ground greatly enhances its usefulness.

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              5.0

              Lightweight

              By Rookie Photographer

              from MN

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Travel

                Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                Sturdy and lightweight. Great for situations where the tripod will need to be carried.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Solid

                By uncphotographer

                from Chapel Hill, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  Lightweight, solid

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great product, I would buy again.

                  By Angel J

                  from Canton, MA

                  About Me Semi-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 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    I'll use this tripod with my DSLR camera.
                    Is very light and easy to work with and carry.
                    Great for the purpose I had in mind.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great for hiking

                    By Tuolumne

                    from Tuolumne,CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      Good combination of lightweight materials and sturdy construction that will be great for packing around.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Super Awesome Greatness from Frottotown

                      By the ultimate :)

                      from St Thomas USVI

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      SUPER LIGHT and just so rock solid for the lightness!! I put a 701 head on it for my mk3 and it is super sweet! If you are like me and were using the old school 501 503 head on the old aluminum legs, kill that set up and reduce the weight by 2 or three tons :)

                      Really just do it. The only thing you will miss is that the legs alone will not extend anywhere near as high as the old larger heavier legs but that is a benefit when you go to store the legs and carry them around. I use these in the sand and they hold up fabu. Unreal price too. Just can't say enough great things really!

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                      5.0

                      Don't pass on this deal

                      By Mic the director

                      from Rhode Island

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Film production
                        • Home
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        Using this tripod with 501 Video Head (Part of BH package). A Deal with a capital D! The 190cx3 holds our D7000 rig(monitor, rail, etc..)with no stability issues, even when panning with the 501 head. This carbon fiber tripod works as well as our other tripod, which costs twice as much.It has served us well in our film production. I bought this after weeks of research, which yielded nothing that can top this package.

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                        5.0

                        Hot Legs

                        By MAXDB

                        from LA, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Horizontal center column
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • No Column Hook

                        Best Uses

                        • Copy Work
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        I was very surprised to find the Horizontal Center Column feature this will be very cool for copy work. I have been using an older version of these legs for a few years and I am very happy with them as well. I use a 501 head on them and it is a good match, great legs and a good head.

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                        5.0

                        Great for the bucks (mine)

                        By Dr. Sailmaker

                        from Va. Beach, VA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Looks as good as it works
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • None at this time

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        First two shoots worked great
                        1) on edge of sand dune (2 legs all the way open third 1/3 open
                        2) edge of ocean in water very stabile

                        So no cons

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Light but unstable with larger heads

                        By Palli

                        from Iceland

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • Unstable

                        Best Uses

                        • Studio
                        • Video

                        Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                        It was smaller than I was expecting, but it is light and the low angle adapter is great for low shots.

                        The head I am using makes it a bit top heavy, so I recommend smaller heads.

                        Wont work as an outside tripod in iceland, far to unstable unless you use the elastic rope and caribena trick.

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                        5.0

                        Great Go Anywhere, Do Anything Tripod

                        By Matt

                        from Fayetteville, AR

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Manfrotto 190CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                          Great tripod, have had it for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. It is a great superlight base (not the aboslute lightest though) and I combined it with the 054 Magnesium Ball Head. The combo is gray but would recommend buying the spiked feet the put on the bottom.

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