Rated 5 out of
Ross (Rosco-Photo) from
MANFROTTO 190CXPRO4 4SEC PRO W/494RC2"This tripod has recently been updated by the manufacturer, and the new model is the Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod. However, Henry's offered this tripod and ball head combination at a very attractive price before Christmas 2014. I have the aluminum 3-section version of the tripod and had been looking to upgrade to something lighter and more compact but the cost was rather prohibitive, so when this 4-section carbon fiber version came on sale it was a logical choice. Although the new model has some improved features (e.g. Quick Power Lock for the legs) it's also slightly heavier (1.65 kg vs. 1.34 kg) and a little longer when folded down (52.5cm vs. 50.0 cm). So far I have only used the tripod indoors with a Nikon D750 and 50mm f1.4 lens for portrait shoots, and it has impressed me with its light weight and stability. Although the lowest leg sections seem to be quite small in diameter, the tripod nevertheless feels completely stable. I have used the centre column in horizontal position for photographing documents and it's been very convenient for that purpose (just remember to hang something weighted, like a camera bag, on the other end of the column to ensure that the weight of the camera and lens doesn't topple the whole setup). I'm looking forward to using the tripod out in the field in the near future to see how it performs in different conditions and with different lenses, but so far I'm very impressed. Definitely would recommend this tripod.
The tripod came with the Manfrotto 494RC2 ball head, which I will review separately."