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


The Manfrotto Video Head Range


We review the Manfrotto video head range.  The basic technical specifications are the what, you need the why and how.  Here it is…

PrintMVH400AUS aka BeFree Video Head is one of the newest, small, light weight and light duty heads that Manfrotto makes. As you can see it weighs less than a pound and can support 10 times its body weight.  8.8lbs is really a DSLR camera with a large lens, like a 70-200 f2.8.  More than that and this head is over weighted.

PrintThe MVH500A and its twin the MVH500AH are both medium duty heads.  These are are REAL Fluid head that use the fluid disk for silky smooth movements.  The A version is for video tripods that use the bowl; the AH version has a flat bottom and can fit on any standard flat top tripod with a 3/8 attachment screw.  Both of these heads are discontinued and basically replaced by the MVH502A and MVH502AH heads.  The newer heads can support a heavier payload of up to 15lbs. The quick release plate is

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New parts for the Video Heads 509HD, 516, 519 and 526


We are now stocking a wider selection of parts for the following video heads: 509HD, 516, 519 and 526 fluid video heads. Click below to find the most commonly broken parts on these video heads.

Click here for 509HD Parts
Click here for 516 Parts
Click here for 519 Parts
Click here for 526 Parts

We increased the items we are carrying to include the most commonly lost or damaged parts and in some cases parts that we see frequently fail.  These frequently failed parts are usually the result from the tripod tipping over and the head taking the brunt of the damage.  We are not finding a lot of replacements due to wear, mostly impact and rough handling.

If you are having problems, or just need a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.




If you are having problems determining what parts you need, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.



Trade In Trade Up is Coming Soon……

new store front

This is the place!

This October 13th and 14th will be our 6th Annual Trade in / Trade up event. That is Friday and Saturday 10am until 3pm both days.

We will have Sales available for demonstrations.

See Demonstrations on various aspects of photography.

Make money from your old gear.

Make money from your old gear.

We will be taking cameras, lenses, tripods and certain other items for trade in.  UsedPhotoPro.com will be paying cash of used and collectable cameras, lenses and flashes.

Manfrotto will be taking old tripods on trade for their new tripods and heads.

Radio Poppers will be trading in for other remote slave units.

Get a Free pro[m]aster battery grip with any camera purchased.

If you cannot attend, but still want to trade in your tripod or head, click here.

Don’t miss out on our in store specials that we cannot advertise here.




Why Don’t You Sell Parts For the 468 Hydrostatic Ball Heads?


The 468 Hydrostatic ball head is a popular, durable and precise head.  Though the durability can be compromised by the few and frequent dings, drops and falls.  But we have been several times been asked why we don’t stock or repair these heads.

Simply put, these are not heads that are easily user repairable.  The internal workings are not easy to get into without specialized tools, and too many times we have been given parts to reassemble into a head by someone who attempted the repair and got stuck.  A simple repair can easily be turned into a costly repair when it is disassembled more than need, requiring more time, or parts if they are lost or damaged.

If the main housing has been impacted and is cracked, then we would recommend replacing the head,.  Other things where we would recommend full replacement is a damaged ball.  To replace a head, click here.  If the head is just not holding is settings, or is a bit loose, then it is worth repairing.

The 468Hydrostatic heads are best repaired by a trained technician.   Click here for our repair info page.  Especially if it is under the warranty. Click here to go to the Manfrotto repair page.  Instructions will be there for warranty repairs and general service information.




How Do I Replace The Leg on an 190?

055 Leg Brace

New MT190 Leg Brace

Replacing the leg on any of the 190 series Manfrotto tripods is very easy.  The problem is where the damage is located a190tripodAboveAdjustnd how much you have to fix it.


If the upper part of the leg is damaged you can remove the whole leg just by loosening the leg tension screw or screws on the main casting.  On some legs the main brace is made onto the leg tube, so they are one assembly and you replace the top section completely. Replace the lower parts as needed and re assemble.

If the upper tube leg is damaged and the tube and brave are two parts, you just need to loosen the screws holding the tube.  Once this is loosened the leg will pull out of the brace.  This may be difficult.  DO NOT use a metal hammer to tap on any of the parts.  The metal on metal will deform or damage the parts.  You can repair the parts of the leg as needed and reinsert into the leg brace.  Use enough pressure as required, but to not hammer into place.

Leg tubes are very specific in diameter and length.  So we will have to know model number and diameter and length to get the right part.  Some of the older tripods had several versions that are not marked on the parts lists.

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

Old 3011 Leg Brace Adjustment

If the leg brace is damaged, you will need to take apart the main casting that hold the legs to the tripod.  This will vary depending upon which 190 you are repairing.  The following shows the old 190 (also called a Bogen 3001) and the newer 190XDB.

Both series of 190 tripods have screws that hold the halves of the main casting together..

If you are having problems, or for a tune up or for repairs, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repairs
c/o SpartanPhotoCenter
108 Garner Road
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Once we have it, we will evaluate it and contact you. Please send us your daytime phone so we can reach you during business hours.

Lastly, if we are repairing your Manfrotto Product; we are recycling all broken parts and scrap articles. Almost nothing goes into the trash if we can help it.

My Tripod Is Really Old, Can I Use Other Tripod Parts To Fix It?


There are several answers to this one question.

  1. As long as your tripod is a Manfrotto or a Bogen (made by Manfrotto) it should be possible to fix it.  Stay with in the brand for better results.  Manfrotto parts do not fit MeFoto, Vanguard or other tripod brands.
  2. Try to stay within a model series; Bogen 3221, 3021 or Manfrotto 055XPRO and 055XPROB are similar enough to be interchangeable, but not from the Bogen brand to the Manfrotto brand.
  3. As long as the parts as similar enough to the original, it should be possible. A 1mm or 2mm difference on a clamp or a tube is ok it the parts are measuring 20mm or 30mm wide.  The smaller the amount of the variation the better.

What are the variables in repairing the old tripod with new parts?  From the feet up…

rubber feet

rubber feet

Accessory Spike feet

Spike Feet

Feet. Rubber feet are standard on most tripods.  The feet are usually based on the diameter of the bottom tube.  Click Here for the page that has the feet listed by diameter.  A few tripods have special shapes that can only be replaced with the original part.

Suction cup feet

Suction Cup Foot

Most of the time the feet on tripods are rubber push ons.  Some versions of tripods have retractible spiked feet that came on the tripod as part of a kit, or the spike feet were added later by the user.  There are also suction cup feet that have the pikes and very wide rubber cups.  The spikes are useful on ice and other hard surfaces you want to “bite”into, the wide cups are great for loose gravel or sand, and the rubber feet help protect your indoor floors like wood and marble. A suction cup foot on smooth marble floors is remarkable in how little slippage there is even though the surface is slick.

Leg tubes. There are round tubes, 6 sided tubes (3 round and 3 flat sides), 2 sided (round with a flat side) and square or triangular shaped.  Obviously the round tubes will only fit the round tubes.  Some of the round tubes have flutes inside that keep them from rotating.  These have got to match, and nest correctly so they will slide freely inside each other. These will be available by diameter and length for each model.  Also in silver or black, depending upon the tripod model.  Call for price and availability – 864-583-6835

Leg clamps come in all sizes

Leg clamps come in all sizes

Leg Locks.  Leg locks are interchangeable in the same way leg tubes are; very limited but entirely based on diameter.  The round tubed tripods HAVE to use round tube leg locks.  Some 2 or 6 sided tubes  may appear to be the correct diameter, but they WILL NOT WORK without modification of the leg lock.  This is not something regular people can do without the use of a machine shop.  Also there are snap locks, that snap open and locked.  Flip locks flip up and down to lock.  Screw locks twist one or two revolutions to lock.  None of these three types of locks are interchangeable.

4446379-121BogenUpperLegBrace3221&3021OLeg Braces.  These are the parts that connect the main casting to the legs.  The leg braces have to use the EXACT same type of tube they were made for.  Round braces can only take round tubes, the braces that are round with a flat side can only take those tubes etc, etc.  Leg braces are also particular in that they have hinge points that may point inward, or outward.  There are also different sizes of these braces.  The Manfrotto 055 series had at least 5 versions using 3 different braces; then there was the 055XPRO series and then the new MT055 series that uses different braces altogether, and incompatible with the ear;lier versions.

Main casint upper part

Main casint upper part

Main castings. This is the crucial part that holds the tripod together.  The main casting also comes in many types as well.  Some older tripods us a single casting, that if cracked or broken cannot be glued or welded back together.  Other tripods use two piece castings that screw together. So that is an exact replacement part only.  Some of the main castings that are two part have to have can exact match on the guide holes that hold the two haves together, as well as the diameter of the hinge points and the width of the hinge points.

Center Column.  Center columns are matched to the type of main casting the tripod uses.  Round, fluted, geared, 6 sided, triangular are all variables.  There are no adapters to make on fit another.  There is not a way to add a gear and crank to a non-gear center column. So as with all Manfrotto or Bogen gear you must be specific and get the exact part, since there are no universal parts.

Center Column Pivot. Center columns on the XPRO tripods have a pivot that will allow the center column to pivot or to be removed and reinserted horizontally.  These pivot points are different on the different series of tripods, and the pivots are different on the different models.  So, none of these are interchangeable.

So, with this brief primer on parts differences, if you have questions or are not sure, but you need a tripod repair, then just send it in to us for an evaluation.  Tune ups are currently $25 + return shipping + parts.  We will let you know what the charge is before we start any repairs.  Click here for more information.



How to Use the 200PL Quick Release Plate


While there is nothing particularly complicated about the 200PL plate, there are a few things you should know.


This plate the most commonly sold and used Manfrotto quick release plate. This is good, because it gives you more choices of heads, monopods and tripods to use, without removing the quick release plate from your camera.

This plate shown to the right is the 1/4 inch screw that universally fits most small film and digital cameras ( Click here for size info) while the 3/8 size ( Click here for size info) will fit some medium format film cameras, view cameras and larger telephoto lenses that use the 3/8 screw.  The 200PL is the standard 1/4 screw and includes a 3/8 thread adapter to make it a 3/8 screw.  You can still buy a 3/8 plate if you want the strength and piece of mind of not using an adapter screw. Either way, get a plate for each camera and large lens that will fit a tripod. This way you can use the tripod without having to continuously change plates every time you use a different camera.   The screw is centered on the plate, there is also an anti-rotation pin that can be removed if not needed.  The anti-rotation pin is for video cameras that have a guide hole next to the tripod screw pin the base of the camera.

On the bottom of the plate, embossed into the plate is the word “Lens >” the arrow should be pointing toward the lens on the camera.  This makes sure that the lens is oriented correctly on the head.  This will ensure that the handles and knobs are all within reach for easy use.


While this may seem a small thing, if you are purchasing and using the Architectural plate with 1/4 inch screw ( See left, or Click here for more) this is important. Because the correct orientation when making panoramic shots, or verticals will ensure that the handles on some heads will NOT be in the way.  Some heads cannot be operated because the camera will be in the way if the camera is on the plate wrong. The Architectural plate is also available in a 3/8 inch screw as well.

As you can see to the left the architectural plate has a floating plate with a lip that snugs against the camera so it will not rotate when in the vertical position.

There are replacement screws for the 1/4 Plate or for the  3/8 screw  or you can buy the 3/8 adapter which can be used on this plate as well.  The 3/8 adapter we sell has more threads than may lesser adapters we’ve seen.  This should make the fit stronger and more secure, so the threads in your camera re not stripped or damaged.

As always, we recommend that you zip tie or stow a spare plate inside your camera bag some where, just in case you loose one.  Because your tripod is useless without one.

We have a wide selection of quick releases, adapters and parts and pieces on this accessory webpage.

Instant Rebates for November!!!


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Questions?  Call Bas at 864-583-6835 for more info.