Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3 Test Results

The Manfrotto MT190XPRO series is the smaller, lighter version of Manfrotto’s top of the line MT055 series.  The construction quality is identical though, making the MT190 a good option for people who don’t need a tripod quite as large as the MT055, but still want one tripod that is competent at everything.  It is still a bit too large to be considered a travel tripod, but could be carried hiking without too much fuss.  The carbon fiber version performs quite well.  The stiffness is better than we typically expect for tripods at this price point.  The damping is acceptable, and significantly better than the aluminum version.

NameManfrotto MT190CXPRO3
ClassAll Purpose
Stiffness About Vertical Axis503 +/- 3 Nm/rad
Damping About Vertical Axis0.15 +/- 0.015 Js/rad
Stiffness About Radial Axis1526 +/- 7 Nm/rad
Damping About Radial Axis0.217 +/- 0.022 Js/rad
Retail Price$330
Weight3.5 lbs (1.587 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating15.4 lbs
Maximum Height53.5 in (135.9 cm)
Minimum Height11.0 in (27.9 cm)
Max Height with Center Column63.3 in (160.8 cm)
Center ColumnYes
Base Diameter2.3 in (5.8 cm)
Folded Length23 in (58.4 cm)
Folded Circumference12 in (30.5 cm)
Folded Volume264.0 cu. in. (4.3 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon
Leg Sections3
Primary Leg Angle24.5 deg
Leg LocksFlip
Top Tube Diameter24.8 mm
Second Tube Diameter20.4 mm
Third Tube Diameter16.1 mm
Exchangeable FeetNo
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookNo

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:

The stiffness shown here is really quite good for a tripod at this price.  The damping is acceptable.

Good fit, no problems.


Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:

Very reasonable performance.

As is typical, the radial data is not quite as clean as the axial.  But we are still clearly hitting the correct resonance in the fit.