I see there is an MT190GOA4 and a MT190GOA4TB so what is the difference between these two? They look the same.
There have been three versions of MT190GO in aluminum and 2 in carbon since it came out in 2015. And other than the “TIPA” award sticker on the new one, they look almost identical. The specifications have not changed. They are the same size,weight and capacity. But if you are looking for parts your are going to fin three versions right now: MT190GOA4TB-1, MT190GOA4TB-2, MT190GOA4.
I’m going to tackle these in order of appearance: MT190GOA4TB-1 was introduced 2015-02-10 and it had a TB and a TD version. The TB is the black leg release button, the TD is the grey leg release button. These are the same units, except for that. The legs are sold as single parts, there is not sub-parts like bushings or twist knobs on this model.
Next in 2016-02-22 was the MT190GOA4TB-2 which is again identical, except that the leg assemblies were given different parts number. These are the same units, except for that. The legs are sold as single parts, there is not sub-parts like bushings or twist knobs on this model.
The latest version MT190GOA4 was introduced 2017-05-15 is almost a completely different tripod. The size, weight and capacity are identical. But now, there are individual parts that make up the legs. This is great! You can replace the leg shims as they wear. Now this is where it gets interesting: The legs are no longer round tubes, they are D shaped. There is a little flat on the inside of the tube. This makes the tube stronger, and although the tubes are still the same diameter, the twist lock knobs are “chunkier” on the newer unit, making for a better grip. These twist lock knobs are available in single or three packs as well. The old twist knobs are not compatible with the new, so you can’t but the knobs and replace them on the old units. The newer knobs are officially the new M series twist knobs and the engineering is better than before.
Another difference is the feet. The new MT190GO use push in rubber feet, while the older MT190GO used a screw in foot. Not a huge difference, but you can see that it makes for a more stable foot. The one of the left is the newer tripod and the foot is angled for better grip.
Be aware that these differences also translated into the carbon fiber version MT190GOC4TB and MT190GOC4 as well. And, as is the case, many of the parts for the aluminum tripods do not fit the carbon tripods. About the only that that does is the center column and the top and bottom plates of the main castings. So make sure you know which tripod you have before ordering the parts.
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