What is the difference between the Manfrotto MT190GO tripods?

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MT190GOcomparison

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.

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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

 

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How Do I Replace The Leg on an 190?

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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.

Free tripod tune Up, just in time for spring! March 14 to 21st!

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Blogpost by Bas

We are going to be tuning up Bogen and Manfrotto tripods March 14th through March 21st, FREE of charge!

Happy MonopodLet us check your tripod, head, or monopod before the spring shooting season kick starts! This is a great opportunity to make sure your gear is ready to go. We will test, clean and lubricate, and let you know if any repairs are needed. Any tripod, head, or monopod listed on our ManfrottoTripodParts.com or BogenTripodParts.com websites can be repaired in-house.

We will not be charging labor for the tune ups on these days, only for any needed replacement parts and return shipping, if applicable. Gear sent to the manufacture for repair is not included. After March 22nd labor returns to standard cost starting at $25, make sure you take advantage!

Send your Manfrotto or old Bogen Tripod for tune up to:

SpartanPhotoCenter, inc
108 Garner Rd
Spartanburg, SC 29303

Our return shipping charges are $ 10.00 for 3001, 3021, 190 and 055 tripods to $25 for 3036, 475, 058 tripods.  No repairs are preformed without your approval.

We Repair Tripods, Monopods and Heads.

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screenshot055XPROBYes, we can repair any tripod, head, monpod or products listed here  If there is any doubt as to whether you can DIY (do it yourself), or if you have the correct tools; then send us the product, and we can make the repair or find suitable replacement parts.  For more info on repairs Click here.

We strive to have our Manfrotto spare parts in stock all the time.  That can be difficult since none are actually made in the USA.

We strive to repair Manfrotto heads, tripod and monopods within 3 working days. Generally there is only a $ 25 repair fee + parts and shipping.  Un-available parts are only one problem that will slow a repair.  Fingernail polish, Super Glue, Loc Tite and other glues and epoxies that you may be tempted to use to make a repair should be avoided.  While you may be able to temporarily fix something with these items, having to remove glues and adhesives will double and triple the time required to make a fix.  This slows us down, since not all epoxies and glues do no have solvents to dissolve them after they are cured; they must be chipped away without damaging the underlaying screws or channels.

If there is a lot of parts that are broken, it may not be economically feasible to repair a tripod or head, but it could make sense to trade it it and buy a new or different model.

Whether for trade in or for repairs click here, 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.

The Whole Leg On My Tripod Comes Off, How Do I Fix That?

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The whole leg on my tripod is loose and comes off.  What is the best way to fix this?

This is a simple adjustment on many tripods, though some may not be repairable if the parts are broken, or (less likely on the Manfrotto tripods) the leg was no made to be replaced.  Almost every Manfrotto tripod is designed to be adjusted or repaired.  The older units may have parts availability issues that limit you.  I am speaking today of the old Bogen 055, 055 Manfrotto and the new MT055 tripods.  In addition, the 190, Mt190 and several others in the 200 and 300 series are just as easily adjusted and fixed.

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

Old 055 Leg Brace Adjustment

The leg brace that holds the leg to the main casting on the Old 055 Manfrotto or Bogen 3021 or Bogen 3011 series has two screws that use balanced tension to keep the leg in place.  Loosen both the screws a bit to allow the leg to be inserted, then tighten both the same amount.  Twist the leg tube to make sure it is not loose.  If it is loose, tighten both sides again a bit on each side until done.

Some of the leg Braces

 

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.

 

The Pan Handle on my video head is in pieces, can I fix this?

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The variety of Manfrotto pan bars

The variety of Manfrotto pan bars

There are quite a few different pan bars for Manfrotto video heads. Some like the first four in the picture below are simple.  A pan bar that fits into a clamp on the head, or a clamp already attached to the pan bar.  Many of the longer video pan handles are sectioned, or telescoped like the one on the lower right.  Those that telescope in and out are adjusted by the clamp in the middle, then they fit into a clamp on the head.  Really just a double of screws and a knob hold it all together.

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Disassembled telescoping pan bar for Manfrotto Head

Other pan handles are sectioned.  The sections are held together with a parallel clamp.  The clam is two bars with two screws that press parallel to each other inside the pan bar.  If any of the part are lost, then you will have to replace the bar clamp.  If all the pieces are intact, just tighten the screws until you have enough tension to hold everything together.  Remember more tension is not better.  Over tightening the screws may deform the handle, rendering it next to useless.

Check the clamps where they attach to the head for wear.  Both on the clamp and on the head are interlocking teeth that maintain the position of the handle when set and tightened.  Not tightening these enough will allow them to move too much and wear both out.  Once the teeth on the head are worn away then it is a major repair to fix.  The pan bar just needs a new clamp.  This page will have a listing of all the pan bars that we support.

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.

 

Can You Repair Bogen Tripods?

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Yes we can.  However, the Bogen brand is a much older tripod than the Manfrotto brand in the USA.  Manfrotto has, for most of the time it has been around, manufactured the tripods and heads for Bogen.

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The problem is that Bogen has been importing tripods since the early 1970’s and many of the popular tripods have been in the line for about 40 years.  As it happens in manufacturing, changes are made to the models over time and the parts change, sometimes to the point that the new parts are completely different from the older parts, and are incompatible even though the model number is the same.  Check carefully for the model numbers.  The Bogen tripods had different numbers than the Bogen heads; and often both were stamped with the Manfrotto numbers as well, and sometimes a makers number or serial number.  You can see to the left the model 3025 right above the Bogen name.  This head was standard issue on the 3000, 3001, 3011 and 3021 tripods.

If there is any doubt, send us the tripod, and we can make the repair or find suitable replacement parts to repair your tripod.  For more info Click here.  The worst case scenario: your tripod is unrepairable.

If you tripod is beyond economical repair, we do offer trade-in values on old Bogen and Manfrotto tripods, heads and monopods to trade up to newer Manfrotto models.   Obviously the value of the trade is dependent upon the tripod, and how many parts are actually working.  The good thing is that the tripod is not thrown into the trash.  We separate the plastic from the metals and recycle them.

Whether for trade in or for repairs click here, send your name, address, daytime phone and email address along with your tripod to:

ManfrottoTripodParts.com Repair
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.

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What are the most commonly used tools to repair a Manfrotto?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat are the most common tools to repair a Manfrotto product?

There will be several different sets of tools depending upon what you arerepairing.

The most common tools used are: flat blade screw driver, Phillips head (cross shaped) screw driver, Allen wrenches in 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm (these are the most commonly used), TORX (looks like an Allen wrench with a star shaped head), 6mm and 8mm socket.  Very rarely we use a wrench, or pair of pliers, but the jaws are coated with a “gripper” so they jaws don’t scratch and scar the item being repaired.

We OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAalso have a few custom made tools since some of the heads cannot be repaired easily without them.  Occasionally a wooden dowel or a wooden tapping block.  We used a wooden tapping block instead of a hammer, since a hammer will distort and deface the metal.  Too much with a metal hammer will actually bend and distort the metal and change the extremely tight tolerances that many heads and tripod require.  For a short time there were 5.5mm sockets.

DO NOT USE any sort of “locking” fluids like Loc Tite, finger nail polish or Super Glue to hold, or lock a screw or nut in place.  First, some of these will not adhere to the paint or aluminum.  The grease that is used often will react to the glue and will not allow it to adhere or soften it and cause it to fail.  But more likely, it will foul the screw threads or block the movement of the parts, and be very difficult to remove.  Some of these products have solvents that will help remove them, others don’t and either the adhesive will have to be chipped away (very time consuming) or the part will have to be replaced since the threads of the fine screws cannot be easily cleaned.

Oiling is not required.  There are some lubricants and greases that are used.  The most common grease is a silicon based gel.  This lubricant does not flow like oil, it stays where it is put.  Flowing oil gets all over, can degrade the lubricants that are there, destroy the rubber bumpers and grips and generally make everything sticky.  There is a sticky grease-like goo that is used in between the fluid disks in video heads.  The super sticky goo is what gives you the super smooth, fluid movement in the video head.

Most of the spare parts DO NOT include tools, if they do, they will be shown in the photo of the part on the product page.

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The Metal Tube Keeps Wearing Through The Rubber Foot, How Can I Fix This?

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf you find that the metal tube is cutting through the rubber foot there are several ways to fix this on the Manfrotto tripods.

First, check your load.  Extreme wear of the feet could be that you are over loading the tripod, or unnecessarily dragging it across the ground.  Ove loading a light weight tripod will increase vibration through “resonance” and will not allow the camera to stabilize.  Actually amplifimng vibrations, or not allowing them to disapate correctly.

Second, your tripod may be old enough that it just needs a little work. A tune up, if you will.  Over the years, key points can wear out.  the feet will need to be replaced, the lock knobs or handles may need adjusting, the carter column and head cleaned and adjusted.

Third, the simple fix is to put a dime, penny or nickel (these are the fastest fix) inside the foot for the tube to rest on. this will prevent the metal tube from cutting the rubber. Some tripods like 190 and 055 can be retro fitted with rubber/spike feet.

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Removable spike feet for Manfrotto tripods

These are easily attached to the bottom of the leg tube with the provided tool.  There is a metal spike that hides inside a retractable solid rubber foot (Click here more info).

The spikes are useful on slick mossy rocks, snow, ice and other surfaces that the rubber foot does not provide the traction that you would want.  Or, you drew down the rubber feet and never use the spike, but allow the durable solid rubber foot to do years and years of work without wearing out.

Generally speaking, we have few problems with these feet.  Obviously, mud and sand will clog the threads, but a good rinsing with the hose will clean that out.  The only problems we’ve seen is because of repeated use in salt water WITHOUT washing off later.

Yes, we do recommend you wash your tripod from time to time.  Care and up keep will always make your equipment last longer.  Rinse everything down, quickly dry it off with a towel or t-shirt like material, and don’t use strong detergents or de greasers.  These will remove the fine lubricants that are on key points on the head and tripod clamps.  This will also allow you to inspect the tripod to see if it needs any spare parts.

If you are in need of a tune up, let us know.  You can contact us or send us your items for tune up or repair,Click here for more info.

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