What is the difference between the Manfrotto MT190GO tripods?



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-1MT190GOA4TB-2MT190GOA4.

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.

MT190GOfeetAnother 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.

As always, if you need help we are always happy to lend a hand.  Bas is available from 10 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and we can take you emails and calls.  You can call us at 864-583-6835.  If you would rather not deal with it you can always send it to:

Manfrotto Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter, inc
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303


Trade in your old tripod & how it works.


Yes, we take old tripods on trade in.  Is it worth it?

  1. We recycle old tripods that are not salvagable, so very little other than plastic and rubber goes into the land fill.
  2. It does cost you money to ship it to us, but you get a newer tripod, with a new warranty, for less than you could buy it for, including the shipping.
  3. Having the correct tools improves your work.  Less time improvising or making non-standard parts work, messing around with an inadequate piece of crap…

Click Here for an estimated credit value list.  These are only estimates, and actual value is based on condition once we receive it.


Make money from your old gear.

This October 13th and 14th we will be making trades in the store.  Trade in’s brought in or delivered on or before that day will also be eligible for trade in credits from Manfrotto on their New tripods and heads.  In some cases, the trade in incentives and specials from the Trade In & Trade Up day will make select tripods up to HALF OFF, or more.


Do I need to Buy A New Tripod ?


I know, we all think it. Is it time to trade in this old tripod for a newer, bigger, “badder” tripod? Maybe I’ll go with one of those cool, sleek, black Manfrottos with a new head; or maybe I’ll go with a bright, colorful, more portable Mefoto tripod? Well, maybe we don’t all think about these things, but as the “Tripod Guy” of Spartan Photo Center, I get asked these kinds of questions a lot. Here are a few questions to ask yourself in order to find a good match for you, or if you should consider getting a new tripod.

Question 1: What am I using this tripod for?
Are you in the studio? Are you hiking outdoors, going bird-watching, or backpacking? Are you going to be doing more portraiture, action shots, macro, or landscape work? These are some of the questions we are going to ask when you walk in the door to look at tripods. It’s important to know what you have in mind for this tripod before you purchase it. Many people don’t know that different tripods are built for different kinds of work and equipment. All tripods have a weight rating showing how much they can hold, in other words you aren’t going to put a Canon 5D MarkIII with a 70-200mm lens on a baby Sirui travel tripod, it’s just not going to work out in your favor. Also, if you’re really interested in macro work, you might want to look into a tripod with a center column that swings down to the side for a better close up view.

Question 2: Is my old tripod really that terrible? 

Most Manfrotto and other high end tripods have parts available to repair your investment. If you’re missing just a small part, it might be better to just fix your tripod. You can actually find parts at manfrottotripodparts.com or bogentripodparts.com. However, if you have a part that is broken and you are thinking about buying a new tripod, go back to question one. Is your current tripod servicing your needs? If you have a tripod that doesn’t have replacement parts, you will have to send in your tripod for repair, which can get rather pricey.  Ask question number one again. If you aren’t satisfied with how this one is working for you, you might be better off investing in a new tripod that will have replacement parts available. How old is your tripod? If it’s from the 1960′s or 1970′s, they probably don’t repair your tripod anymore, or even yet have replacement parts for your tripod. If they don’t have parts for your tripod, it’s probably time to say goodbye to your good old friend. It’s not you this time, it really is them.

Question 3: Should I go with the pricey one or just go with the inexpensive one?

This is the sticky part. Ask yourself again, what are you using this tripod for? If you’re a pro and you’re making a living off of your photography business, it might be better to invest in a heavier duty, more pricey,  piece of equipment that is going to last and make you look good on the job. There are a wide range of options for people who are long time veterans of the photography business and those who are just beginning to dip their toes in the waters. If you’re a hobbyist, or you are just using your tripod for family photos and trips, it would be a good idea to look at a light duty tripod. That being said, be warned that if you purchase an inexpensive tripod and it breaks, and is out of warranty or doesn’t come with a warranty, your repair cost is probably going to be about half or more than what your tripod is worth. My day is riddled with distraught customers who realize that their bargain $50 tripod from the thrift store is going to require a $20.00 quick release in order to function, or be sent to the manufacturer for a $50.00+ repair. Make sure to ask when you come in if parts are readily available for your brand of tripod. If not, does the tripod come with a warranty? If you’re just using it for lightweight recreational use, these may not be very important to you.


We want to help you find what is best for your needs! Come in and let us know what you’re interested in, or you can find a selection of our tripods at ManfrottoTripodParts.com/Tripods.html

Updated 6-12-18 to correct web addresses