Form, Function, and Value: We Review the Manfrotto 190go! Tripod

This tripod has been around for a few years and its unique blend of features has won design awards. Let’s see what this relatively affordable tripod has to offer.

Choosing a tripod is an investment that must be carefully considered. A tripod is both a creative tool and a protective tool for your cameras, and finding the perfect one will affect the quality and efficiency of your work for a very long time. As you progress as a photographer, one of the crucial things you need to develop is some level of mastery and awareness of your workflow, and part of that is logistics, which is everything. as important as when you press the shutter button.

Stability and durability should be the bare minimum for any tripod. A tripod that can’t secure your precious camera gear shouldn’t even be considered. At the same time, a tripod that will only last a few weeks or months will always be a waste for a serious photographer. Once these crucial attributes are ensured, factors like portability, versatility, and other additional features come into play. All of these features create the whole package that may or may not fit who you are as a photographer. . The tripod of your choice, especially the one you invest your hard-earned cash in, should fit like a glove.

The Manfrotto 190go!

This tripod is a combination of features found on several lines of Manfrotto tripods that serve a variety of purposes. This standard-sized tripod unites the portability of various travel tripods, with the sturdiness and construction of heavier-duty support equipment. In this way, it offers a very effective middle ground between the contrasting attributes of popular tripod variants. The Manfrotto 190go! actually came out about six years ago; however, the features packed into this tripod definitely make it something worth looking at even more than half a decade later.

Build, Design, Metrics and Capacity

The Manfrotto 190go! comes in at just 17 inches when folded without the head. In his shortest neutral position, he averages 22 inches with various head options. With all three legs removed nearly 180 degrees and the horizontal center column extended, this versatile tripod can achieve a minimum ground clearance of just 3.5 inches, which can be a very useful tool for very low angle shots. angle.

With the four-section legs fully extended, the tripod height is 50 inches and reaches 59.8 inches with the center column extended to the maximum working limit. The aluminum variant weighs just 1.66 kilograms, while the lighter carbon fiber version weighs 1.35 kilograms. Both variants can comfortably carry up to 15 kilograms of camera gear, which practically encompasses the combined weight of most full-frame DSLRs or mirrorless cameras with standard 70-200mm telephoto lenses.

The center column lifts up and can be fully unlocked with a button at the bottom that releases it into the joint that allows the column to move from vertical to horizontal. When unlocked using the single button that controls the center column, this center assembly can rotate 360 ​​degrees to adjust to the angle needed. On the opposite side of the button is a removable rubber cover that reveals a 3/8″ screw thread called the “Link Port” which serves as an additional port for accessories such as straps, grips, friction arms or even other tripods.This port practically increases the carrying capacity of the tripod because it can accommodate portable accessories such as lights, modifiers or audio equipment.

The legs feature twist-lock mechanisms more commonly found on smaller travel tripods. While some photographers say this type of leg locking mechanism can take a bit longer to set up, the relatively thinner shape (compared to twist locks) definitely adds to the portability of the tripod.

Variants and kits

The tripod itself comes in two variations. The headless aluminum version is $210 while the carbon fiber version is $453 without the head. The two variants, apart from the obvious difference in material, are separated by a mere 31 grams difference. This very small weight difference between the two variants practically makes the more affordable aluminum version more cost effective.

The Manfrotto 190go! is sold in stores without a head, with a more compact 494 head similar to those seen on Befree travel tripods, a compact 496RC ball head, a BHQ2 head for heavier payload or the pan and tilt head at 3 way Xpro. Nevertheless, it is compatible with almost all removable ball joints with the standard 3/8″ thread.

While the different options for ball head sets definitely make it more flexible and appealing to users depending on their preferences, the variants available as kits with the legs do not include the more universal X-Pro BHQ6 which includes a Arca Swiss style quick release clamp for compatibility. with most camera plates, cages and L-brackets. For my personal use, I replaced the quick release clamp with one that fits Arca Swiss type plates.

Application

The Manfrotto 190go! comes in the perfect size for a basic all-purpose tripod. It comes with quite a large payload capacity while being in a relatively compact and lightweight form. This makes it a good option as a general studio tripod for portraits, product, food, and even vehicles. Additionally, it would fit quite well into the workflow of commercial product or food photographers who might want the camera to be pointed securely at products on a table for a flat lay setup. With the correct configuration of the legs and the horizontal column, the 190go! can hold the camera more securely to maintain aerial perspective.

As a landscape photographer, the application of this tripod in what I photograph is definitely what made me buy this tripod for myself. The relatively thinner folded shape makes it easy enough to carry on a long hike but doesn’t hinder carrying capacity. The payload can carry a full-frame camera with almost any lens commonly used for landscapes, from ultra-wide to telephoto. The horizontal column helps get crucial foreground elements low enough for low-angle shots, and can also help position the camera past obstacles such as ledges and railings when shooting. view from high vantage points.

Conclusion

Although the Manfrotto 190go! has been on the market for over half a decade, it still offers a unique blend of effective weight and height as well as reliable stability. Additional features such as variable angle legs, horizontal center column and link port make it a strong and versatile option for almost any type of photographic workflow.

What I liked

  • Four section legs with twist locks
  • Horizontal column
  • Efficient to carry while being stable and capable

What can be improved

  • No Arca Swiss quick release option
  • Availability of variants
  • Finely padded drawstring bag

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