The Manfrotto 190go! tripods are slightly smaller, lighter, more portable, and cheaper versions of Manfrotto’s MT190 series. Unusual for Manfrotto is the inclusion of twist locks, but as usual, the tripod carries over the full gamut of bells and whistles found on the higher end models. The performance however is uninspiring. The stiffness numbers are in line with what we typically expect in low end tripods.
|Name||Manfrotto 190go! Carbon|
|Stiffness About Vertical Axis||353 +/- 2 Nm/rad|
|Damping About Vertical Axis||0.118 +/- 0.012 Js/rad|
|Stiffness About Radial Axis||1227 +/- 5 Nm/rad|
|Damping About Radial Axis||0.202 +/- 0.02 Js/rad|
|Weight||2.98 lbs (1.351 kgs)|
|Manufacturer weight rating||15.4 lbs|
|Maximum Height||48.3 in (122.7 cm)|
|Minimum Height||9.5 in (24.1 cm)|
|Max Height with Center Column||57.9 in (147.1 cm)|
|Base Diameter||2.3 in (5.8 cm)|
|Folded Length||18.3 in (46.5 cm)|
|Folded Circumference||11.5 in (29.2 cm)|
|Folded Volume||193.0 cu. in. (3.2 liters)|
|Leg Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Primary Leg Angle||24.5 deg|
|Top Tube Diameter||25.0 mm|
|Second Tube Diameter||22.0 mm|
|Third Tube Diameter||19.0 mm|
|Fourth Tube Diameter||16.0 mm|
The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement. The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data. I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data. All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating. The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column down.
Example data for oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:
Excellent fit, which is what we usually expect from tripods with poor damping.
Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:
There is some funkiness on the radial measurement, which is not unusual. The measurement is good though, and we are getting the right resonance. Again, not inspiring performance.