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Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 15.4 lb
  • Max Height: 63"
  • Min Height: 3.5"
  • Folded Length: 24"
The black, redesigned MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Manfrotto builds on the success and popularity of the previous 190 series with professional hardware and convenience features that make it even easier to use than its predecessor. When the three leg sections and center column are fully extended, the tripod reaches a maximum height of 63", and its load capacity of 15.4 lb makes it a good choice for larger cameras. The tripod weighs 3.5 lb, and folds down to 24" for transport.
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Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Fast Setup with QPL
  • 390° Column
  • 4Easy Link Plug
  • 5Rotating Leveling Bubble
  • 6Leg Angle Selectors

The black, redesigned MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Manfrotto builds on the success and popularity of the previous 190 series with professional hardware and convenience features that make it even easier to use than its predecessor. When the three leg sections and center column are fully extended, the tripod reaches a maximum height of 63", and its load capacity of 15.4 lb makes it a good choice for larger cameras. The tripod weighs 3.5 lb, and folds down to 24" for transport.

Set up is faster than ever with Manfrotto's Quick Power Lock System that allows you to completely extend the tripod legs with just one hand. Once set up you can use the MT190CXPRO3's rapid center column in standard vertical mode or swing it into horizontal position like a boom with Manfrotto's 90° Column feature. Enlarged tabs on the individual leg angle selectors allow you to get down to only 3.5" for macro work with the column in horizontal mode. And once you're down there you can attach any of Manfrotto's flexible or articulated arms to hold lights or reflectors via the Easy Link plug built into the tripod's spider.

Convenience features include a bubble level that rotates so that you can see it easily regardless of the tripod's position. Finally, Manfrotto's insistence on form following function has yielded a tripod that you'll not only be happy to use but you'll be happy to be seen with, too.

Fast Setup with QPL

The Quick Power Lock (QPL) system is one of the most eye-catching and unique features of the redesigned 190. It is a strong, ultra fast, ergonomic locking system that allows for complete extension of the legs with one hand.

90° Column

One of the most innovative aspects of the 190 series is its compactness, which allows for easier portability. The redesigned patented 90° Column is accessible whenever you need it with simple one finger operation.

Easy Link Plug

The plug allows instant connection between tripod and accessories, such as LED lights for macro photography and DSLR video applications using Manfrotto articulated arms and brackets.

Rotating Leveling Bubble

The bubble is easy to read, whatever the shape of the head or however the tripod is positioned. Just rotate it towards you for easy viewing.

Leg Angle Selectors

Each leg has user selection of four angles to accommodate uneven ground or rough terrain. The selectors are manufactured according to most innovative ergonomic standards to prevent fingers and nails being trapped in the upper casting.
UPC: 719821364610

Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Specs

Load Capacity15.4 lb / 7 kg
Maximum Working Height63" / 160 cm
Max Height without Center Column53.2" / 135.1 cm
Minimum Working Height3.5" / 8.9 cm
Closed Length24" / 61 cm
Head Mount Type3/8"-16 Screw
Weight3.5 lb / 1.6 kg
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Bubble LevelYes
Leg Lock TypeFlip Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections3
Feet FeaturesRubber
Center Column
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnYes
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25.9 x 5.4 x 5.3"

Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Reviews

MT190CXPRO3- used with a spotting scope for birding

By Ted
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-03

I bought this tripod for use with a spotting scope and secondarily for use in still photography. I was seeking a smaller, lighter alternative to the heavier, larger tripods I also own. So far, I'm extremely pleased with its weight, how easy it is to set up, take down, and adjust, and the stability it provides. Combined with the MVH500AH head (which is designed for video use, not the uses I'm applying it to), I'm very impressed.

Excellent all-weather lightweight travel tripod

By Frederic
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-18

I have owned and used the 190CXPro3 carbon fibre tripod for 12 years. The first one purchased was used on month long trips to Iceland, Russia and Mongolia. It was swiped from my car in Montreal, so I bought another, that's how much I liked it! The snap leg locks will loosen up in time with usage, however a 1/4 twist with a small nut driver will tighten it up again. The snap locks can be easily taken apart and cleaned, which is what I had to do when I got sand in the mechanism while shooting in the Gobi Desert during a sand storm. BTW - these snap locks are faster and easier to use then the twistlock type leg locks, which if you don't tighten enough, can cause your tripod to sag to one side. Twistlocks can also get gummed up easily. The bubble level on the ball head mounting plate is very useful to make sure you have a level tripod for creating stitched panoramic photos. Construction is robust and durable. Make sure the locking screw on the ball head mounting plate to secure the ball head is tight, to prevent it from loosening and falling off! A carbon fibre is more expensive, but what a weight difference compared to an aluminum tripod! I use an Acratech GP ball head, which allows me to really load it up with gear. On December 28 2020, I took full moon photos with a Nikon D800 with a 200-500mm attached, and the images were tach sharp. Get the retracting spiked feet attachment, for more stability. If shooting in deep snow, sand or other loose unstable surfaces, buy the Manfrotto 230 tripod shoes (or snowshoes as I like to say) - and you will stop that sinking feeling. All items were purchased from B&H with their usual quick shipping to Canada. Don't forget a good padded bag to protect your investment. Frederic in Montreal.

Beware of fragile finish

By Vicki
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-19

4 months after I purchased this tripod and was folding in the legs after a morning's use, one lower leg section didn't want to slide in. The finish had cracked and was sticking out. Not wanting to harm the joint by forcing it, I called first B&H, who told me to contact Manfrotto. They responded it was a stress fracture and not covered by warranty. Nothing memorable had happened that morning that should have caused such damage. I wrote twice to Manfrotto after that and never even had the courtesy of a reply. Now I have an expensive tripod which always has a 12 leg piece sticking out making it awkward to store. I would ever again buy a Manfrotto product.

Great tripod!

By Lorenza
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-10

I spent far too much time researching tripods. I'm sure it would have been helpful to stop in to a brick and mortar store, but that wasn't an option, especially in the middle of the pandemic. I'm thrilled I finally settled on the carbon fiber 3-section Manfrotto 190. I don't even notice it when strapped on to the side of my backpack: the three additional inches (compared to the 190 4-section) in folded down height is just not an issue, and I'm glad I traded them for the additional stability that comes from having one less leg section to worry about.

Very light and easy to use

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-07-31

Finally got around to replacing my heavy old aluminum tripod. This thing is super light and surprisingly stable. Very portable. The levers for adjusting leg height are simple to operate and make for quick setup and take down. I also appreciate the way you can rotate the bubble level. Haven't had a need to use the 90 degree column system, but tried it out a little when I first got it and seems to work well.

Very happy with the purchase

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-17

The purchase itself went well, and the price was very competitive. The tripod and head were what I wanted and needed - high quality, easy to set up and light, light, light. With the (heavyish) scope mounted it is about as heavy as just my old Manfrotto tripod and head alone. Perfect.

Solid rig!!

By carson
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-05

Upgraded from an old Manfrotto, and I absolutely love this one! It has a great feel to it, the release joints are easy to use, yet super secure. 10/10 recommend to anyone if it's within your budget!

Great tripod

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-07-06

Light and stable. Easy fast leg lock system. The fast changing center column is great for macro photography in the fly. Wish I had ordered it the first time I saw it

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can you change center colume for a short one?

can you change center colume for a short one?
Asked by: Brandi
I don't believe so (but do not hold me to it). I love my tripod -- this model which is on the lighter weight side -- and use it regularly with a Kowa 880. Not sure why you'd want to shorten the center column. I find it useful to carry the rig (with scope attached) by raising the column perhaps 6 inches and grasping the column. It seems to quite nicely balance the entire set up. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Christopher
Date published: 2021-02-17


will the manfrotto 128lp video head fit the screw head on this tripod? thanks..dennis
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, as both items use the standard 3/8 -16 tripod screw and terminal, the Manfrotto 128LP Micro Fluid Head would be compatible for use with the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod.
Answered by: Manzell L.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Tripod for a nikon d500

Tripod for a nikon d500
Asked by: Lori
Very good tripod, stable and lightweight. I also use a dslr with up to a 200-500 lens and it handles the weight. Smooth controls for pan and tilt on the head too.
Answered by: Stuart
Date published: 2021-03-09

can the tripod/centercolumn be angel adjusted to ...

can the tripod/centercolumn be angel adjusted to make it level, like eg a 75mm bowl head on a videotripod?
Asked by: Thomas
Sorry, I do not understand the question. I can say that it is a quality tripod and has exceeded all expectations.
Answered by: Anthony
Date published: 2020-10-20


The specs indicate rubber feet. Can Manfrotto spikes replace those and be inserted into the legs?
Asked by: Thomas A.
yes you can order feet to add with spikes
Answered by: Brandi
Date published: 2021-02-17


Do the legs, at least the lower sections, have measurement markings?
Asked by: Robert
Hey Robert,I have one and I haven't noticed any markings.Cheers, chris
Answered by: Chris L.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Will this tripod stand up to Alaska in March ?
Asked by: Anonymous
I own and have used this tripod for 10 years, using it in Canadian winters when the temps get to -25C/-13F without any problems. I bought an Acratech ballhead which works perfect as a combo. Big investment that has given me years of trouble free use. If shooting in deep snow, sand or some other loose, unstable surface, I recommend you buy the Manfrotto retractable spiked feet attachment and the Manfrotto 230 all weather shoes (set of 3) that clip onto the spiked feet. I bought all of it here on B&H. That way you won't get that sinking feeling!
Answered by: Frederic
Date published: 2021-08-17


What type/support of a tripod is this, a 0 or 1?
Asked by: Anonymous
If you are referring to Gitzo Series 0 or 1, this one has the same top leg diameter as the 1 series (25 mm). The 0 series has 21 mm legs. (I don't own it, just from the spec sheets of both)
Answered by: Ignacio S.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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