I have an MT190XPRO3 tripod and there is a hole in the side of it. What is this?
This is the accessory screw port. This has been a feature on Manfrotto tripods all the way back to when they were called Bogen. It is basically a 3/8 screw hole that allows you to add a strap, add accessory arms or attach loops and other things to the tripod easily. This is available on all the current MT190XPRO and MT055XPRO tripods. There is a rubber cover to protect the threads and center column workings from debris.
The current accessory screw port has notch int he top and bottom that allows for the use of an non-rotating arm. The previous 190 and 055 tripods can accept the arms, though they may rotate and flop about if the arm is twisted or set at the wrong angle. We do not recommend the AR versions for the older tripods. You can find more info about the arms on the page listed below.
The Manfrotto OffRoad gear is a series of lightweight walking sticks, tripods and huge backpacks that are great for the outdoors. Not just for photographers, but for any serious hiker. But you can tell they were designed by photographers.
The backpacks are large, and while they have a compartment with padded dividers on the bottom for camera gear, the top area is large enough for your camping essentials. Easily able to accommodate a change of clothes, food for a few days, stove, camera 2 lenses and loads of other stuff!
The walking sticks are adjustable in height and are able to be taken apart for proper cleaning. The left side walking stick has a hidden camera screw that make it into a monopod. The stick itself is very lightweight, so the weight of the camera it can support is low (about 5 lbs) it does a ver good job. There are rubber grips over the screw so you can use it as a standard, easy to grip walking stick. There is a large, easy to turn locking wheel that is accessible, even while wearing gloves. The screw is standard to almost any camera made (in the last 15 years at least).
There are even tripods that weight under 3 lbs. Designed like the walking stick, the tripods are very light weight and easy to carry. Maximum load is low, under 5 lbs is what I felt comfortable with, but story for what it is; not a 4 pound tripod! Spikes on the bottom of the feet ensure a solid grip on firm clay, ice and rocks; while there are rubber boots that you put on when you are indoors and do not want to mar the floors.
Available in Red, Green and Blue; the OFFROAD gear is easy to see and use.
Right now all OffRoad Waking Sticks include a FREE mobile phone adapter, so you can use the sticks with most cameras or mobile phones.