Новая модель штатива manfrotto 190xb

New Design in Use

Specs aside, the new 190 touts a few architectural features that place it ahead of the older model. First off, Manfrotto redesigned the leg locks with Quick Power Lock levers. While the name of the feature sounds advanced, all Manfrotto really did was elongate the locking levers and curve them further around the legs. The overall increased length offers more leverage to open all of the leg locks with one hand, as opposed to the old system, which had smaller locks that made it very difficult to open all at once, especially with one hand.

Although I didn’t have an old 190 on hand to compare to, I used my Manfrotto 294 carbon fiber tripod, which has the same locking system as the old 190. Undoubtedly, the new 190’s Quick Power Lock levers were easier to operate than the 294’s, but it wasn’t that much better. In fact, I was able to open the 294’s locks at once with one hand — it just wasn’t as ergonomically friendly. Of course, these were three-section models, so the Quick Power Locks would help users of four-leg models even more.

The new 190’s Quick Power Lock system. The 190 is constructed of woven carbon fiber and magnesium.

Another redesigned area on the new 190 is the 90-degree center column, which extends up and out of its casting to be angled horizontally for more versatility. The center column can also rotate in a full 360-degree circle for precise camera orientation. Operation of the 90-degree center column is just like the old 190. By pressing a release button on the bottom of the center column, the column can be lifted up through the center casting, laid horizontally, and then pushed back through the casting before being tightened.

The only difference with the new model is that Manfrotto hid the center column clamp in the middle of the tripod, allowing it to extend upward only when the column is pulled all the way up, whereas the old design had this collar permanently positioned above the frame. This enabled Manfrotto to add additional height to the tripod without sacrificing much of its compactness. The mechanism works wonderfully, and can be extended between horizontal or vertical positions in seconds. In order to offer precise alignment with a mounted camera, the Rotating Leveling Bubble is a plastic/rubberized collar that spins a full 360 degrees around the mount.

One push of a button on the 190’s carbon fiber center column enables horizontal positioning. The 190 features oversized leg angle locks.

Manfrotto also retooled with new leg-angle locks, making them twice as large as the old 190’s, operating with a downward push rather than an upward push. From an internal engineering standpoint, the leg-angle locks work the same way, allowing the legs to extend all the way out to their maximum angles by holding down the release locks. To return the leg angles back to standard angle, manually push the legs all the way in; the springloaded locks will click four times.

The leg angle locks push downward now to allow the hand to be positioned closer to the center of the leg for more leverage, which is a welcome change. However, I thought the older design of the leg-angle locks were more comfortable. The way the new angle locks are cast, the only grip is a small lip at the bottom. The old locks had an ergonomic gradual curve to them, which was easier on the thumbs. I think Manfrotto should have carried that design over to the new 190.

The Easy Link accepts accessories like LED lights and mounts. The new center column mechanism now sits flush within the magnesium casting.

The one exclusive feature on the new 190 is the Easy Link connector, which is designed to accept accessories like LED lights, Flex Arm clamps, and other support arms. At PhotoPlus Expo, we got a hands-on review of the new 190 with Flex Arm and LED light, and the setup resembled an extraterrestrial being. The Easy Link is a very convenient feature to have as long as you have the budget for compatible Manfrotto accessories. The link point has large, burly threads and is covered by a rugged rubberized cap.

Штативная головка 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto

055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto совместима со многими мощными штативами, и отлично подойдет для нового Manfrotto 190. Достаточно большая головка изготовлена из магния, рабочая высота составляет 153 мм, а вес 1,28 кг. Что касается возможностей 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto, то головка поворачивается на 90 градусов, в обе стороны, а так же накланяется в бок на +90 и -20 градусов.

Штативная головка 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto идеально подходит не только для фотографов, но и для видеооператоров, так как в ней предусмотрено много функций, которые будут полезны при записи видео. Сегодня очень мало штативных головок, которые отличаются достаточной портативностью, позволяющей эффективно использовать штатив во время видеозаписи. Для перехода в режим «Видео» или «Фото» предусмотрен специальный переключатель, если он находится в горизонтальном положении – это режим «Фото», в вертикальном – «Видео». В режиме «Фото», голова может быть установлена в любое положение, быстро и точно, позволяя фотографировать под разными оригинальными углами. В режиме «Видео» голова не поворачивается в разные стороны, но можно регулировать скорость панорамирования.

Не смотря на все сильные стороны штативной головки, у нее есть свои недостатки. Прежде всего, стоит привыкнуть к тому, что 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto не наклоняется вбок полностью и что бы достичь оптимального положения при наклоне вбок, придется сделать несколько «рывков». Кроме того, использовать ручку панорамирования/наклона, достаточно сложно, так как устойчиво закрепить её на одном месте, в режиме «Фото», непросто. Единственный способ закрепить её плотно, это использовать небольшую вкладку.

Фотографы, часто жалуются на то, что уровень, размещенный на штативах, не всегда показывает верное положение. В итоге получается, что уровень показывает, ровное положение камеры, а фотографии выходят с заваленным горизонтом. 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto оснащен инновационным жидкостным картриджем, в основе которого используется маслянистая жидкость, обеспечивающая более точное позиционирование.

Помешать хорошим продажам качественной и многофункциональной штативной головки может её стоимость, которая составляет 150$, а это, как вы понимаете достаточно ощутимая цена. Если вас полностью устраивает работа со старым штативом Manfrotto 190, то вы можете сэкономить немного денег. При этом, вам придется смириться с меньшей максимальной высотой и портативностью старой головки.

Подведение итогов

Можно сказать наверняка, что новый штатив Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 и штативная головка 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto отлично справятся с работой и превосходят предыдущие модели. Головка способна выдерживать большие нагрузки и сохранять отличную стабилизацию даже при максимальной высоте штатива. Отличная конструкция нового Manfrotto 190 позволяет использовать весь потенциал штативной головки 055 MAG Photo-Movie Head Manfrotto.

Главным конкурентом нового Manfrotto 190 является Vanguard Abeo Pro. Данная модель имеет такие же размеры, но ноги штатива более толстые, но так же выполнены из углеродного волокна. Vanguard Abeo Pro также имеет центральную колонну, меняющую положение не только по горизонтали, но и по вертикале. Стоимость такого комплекта составит 500 $. Тренога Manfrotto 190 стоит более 400$, штативная головка обойдется еще в 150 долларов.

17 декабря, 2013

Specs Showdown

Like its predecessor, the new Manfrotto 190 is available in two different material variations: aluminum and carbon fiber. It also comes in three or four-section leg versions, and our model happened to be the three-section, carbon fiber design. Dimensions are similar to the old 190, but there are a few differences. The new 190 measures 24 inches (61cm) in its closed state, and weighs 3.53 pounds (1.6kg). This is over an inch longer in closed state and nearly a pound heavier than the old 190.

On the plus side, the new 190’s maximum height is 63 inches (160cm), and 53.15 inches (135cm) with the center column down. The old 190 could only reach 57.48 and 48.03 inches, so there is gain in height at the sacrifice of compactness and portability.

Perhaps that extra bulk contributed to the new 190’s ability to handle loads of up to 15.43 pounds (7kg), which is a sizable gain from the old 190’s 11.02 pounds (5kg) load capacity. The new 190 offers four leg angles at 25, 46, 66, 88 degrees, leg tube diameters of 24.8, 20.4, 16mm, a full carbon fiber construction including the center column, and rotating leveling bubble, which are traits shared directly with the old 190.

The main differences between both models boil down to the fact that the new 190 can support heftier loads and achieve a taller maximum height, while gaining more than an inch in portable length and almost a pound more mass. Regardless, the new 190 is very transportable, which is what this model is geared towards.

In the Field

The new Manfrotto 190 was similar to the 294 I tested last year in terms of height, weight, and leg width. However, one thing I noticed about the new 190 compared to the 294 and old 190 was its rock-solid feel. Manfrotto bulked up the magnesium castings on the new 190, which led to very rigid performance while shooting in the field. If height and space are not big factors, I recommend extending the leg angles to 46 degrees, which is second down from the steepest available angle. This added rigidity really helped, especially in wet grassy areas and gravel. The addition of all-terrain feet would have been nice insurance, but the new 190 performed more than adequately.

A look at the center column in action. The rotating leveling bubble is kept in plain sight regardless of the camera’s orientation.

The articulating center column is ideal for product and food photography, and it made the experience far easier to obtain the exact placement of the camera for the ideal shot. Furthermore, with a decent remote shutter trigger and a card linked to an external monitor, food shoots were a breeze.

Macro photography can benefit greatly from the new 190’s rotating center column and 88 degree maximum angle, which places it mere inches from the ground. However, at the maximum angle, there is a slight amount of bounce in the legs that is reduced for every section that is telescoped inward. So, when the new 190 is closest to the ground, it is best to keep all sections condensed for maximum rigidity. It would have been nice if Manfrotto incorporated some sort of center stabilizing pole that could extend for extremely low angles, but I did not have any problems with blur once the tripod was configured properly.

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