Manfrotto has another hit on their hands with the 190GOA4TB tripod!
You might think I’m biased, but actually this tripod is not the style I prefer to use; which makes it an all out homerun in my book. I can actually say that I would use this on a regular basis, not that I’ve seen and played with it. Here’s why…
I don’t like twist lock leg locks. When I was learning photography, the inexpensive tripods I had were twist lock. I hated them. I preferred the snap lever, especially the new ones on the MT055 and MT190 tripods because they are such a positive lock. When you close it you know it’s closed. Twist locks are a lazy man’s nemesis. If you are not careful to twist them far enough, they will slide. You can over tighten them, making them hard to release. You can over tighten them so you can over load the tripod with way more weight then it should have loaded on it. However…
These twist locks are great. I have attempted to over tighten them, and cannot. The grip is large enough so that I always get a firm grip. They don’t seem to lock up when tightened, I’ve tried my best. I think the difference is the precision cut, fine threading on the inside. Also, the ease of locking and unlocking with the better, bigger grip allows for fine sliding adjustments. Like in Macro, I can slide the leg a bit and lock it. I can’t do that with my snap lock as easily, one handed.
It’s aluminum, but still fairly light weight. Carbon fiber will always beat metal for the weight issues, but aluminum is, in my mind, more rugged. Having four leg sections means the tripod can be a bit more compact than a 3 section tripod. It’s only a matter of a few inches but that often times makes a difference.
The PRO center column feature is always worth having on a still camera tripod. The ability to go horizontal with the push of a button is worth the little bit extra in price that it adds. I like having this built into my tripod, rather than carrying another part around.
The three position leg brace allows you to set the legs flat on the ground. Combine this with the PRO side arm feature and you are only inches above the ground. Since each leg is independent, the combinations are almost limitless.
There is also the accessory port that allows you to attach the various arms and accessories Manfrotto makes, allowing you hands free diffusion or flash, or any of the new 244Mini and 244Micro arms that are now available..
A stylish black matte tripod with black on black buttons and silver and red accents. Pretty colors are never the reason you buy a tripod, but looking good while working well never hurts.
As far as this goes, any Manfrotto head that is flat bottomed will fit and work well with this tripod. Whether it is ballheads, geared heads, pan head or video heads; it is all compatible.