One of my favorite tripods. The Manfrotto (Bogen) 190CXPRO3. Note the ring on the far right that has been ground down.
Speaking of tripods. When I was in The Outdoorsmans yesterday talking to my brother about their new tripod bags I noticed a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod that looked just like the one I have been using (pictured above) except it didn’t have the horizontal angle sleeve or the marks of having it removed. So I said, hey what is this? Oh that’s new he says.
The new 190CX3 differs from the modified 190CXPRO3 that I have been using in that it comes stock from the factory without the horizonal pivot joint or PRO piece.
See, the 190CXPRO3s originally came out with this extra piece that gave the center column the ability to be angled over to 90 degrees for horizontal use. That PRO feature was something we didn’t need and it just made what was an otherwise outstanding tripod heavier than it needed to be for our purposes. Ever the innovators, The Outdoorsmans bought them as is, sent them out to a machine shop to have the extraneous piece removed then sold them to ounce counters like me.
It was a great deal but it was a pain in the neck, took extra time, and added to the total cost. Manfrotto must have gotten word of what was going on and responded by creating this new product called the 190CX3 (no PRO) which solves the problem for everybody. Win win, win. Good for them. That is the way it should be done.
This reminds me of something else we have been battling for years. The Zeiss guys could learn a little something from Manfrotto about responding to what the market wants. How do you say quarter twenty in German?
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