Thanks to the team over at Manfrotto, they sent us over a Manfrotto 190 Go! with a 3-way Head to give away at our annual photo contest and to test out! If you’re looking to get your first serious tripod and don’t want anything that’s too big or heavy (especially for all those travel photographers out there), this tripod may be perfect for you.
After testing it out, I really enjoyed using the Creative Setting feature which allows for a vertical arm of the tripod to be turned 90 degrees so you have a horizontal arm to work with on your tripod! With the combination of the 3-way head, this tripod gave me a ton of flexibility with my angles and I was able to position my camera exactly how I wanted to. Watch the video below on a quick overview of how the Creative Setting works on this tripod.
When testing this tripod out, I found myself capturing a lot more shots from a lower angle using the Creative Setting. I haven’t gotten a chance to bring this on a hike or to a large national park yet, but I can see this being very useful for taking nature/travel photos on my hikes and short camping trips. I can already imagine that this tripod would be perfect for getting a long-exposure water shot in those tricky situations where there are a lot of rocks and uneven ground right by the lake or waterfall. Another thing I found very convenient with this tripod is the use of twist and lock legs, similar to the higher end tripods, making it easy for me to adjust the height. Many small and compact tripods use latches to set, and lock the legs, making it harder for minor adjustments to the height.
Unlike many of the lower-end tripods, the Manfrotto 190 Go! is very sturdy and I felt confident positioning my DSLR is various angles without having to worry about the tripod tipping over (even with horizontal arm used in the Creative Setting). For those of you familiar with using Manfrotto tripods on shoots, they are generally fairly heavy duty and can be hard to travel with due to its size, and weight. However, the 190 Go! was fairly light weight considering the high level of stability and it collapsed to a fairly small size; I must note that the tripod came with very handy travel bag too! Again, if you’re looking for your first serious tripod, take a look at the Manfrotto 190 Go! series to see if it fits in your gear catalogue.