The Manfrotto 190X series tripods and the X-Pro 2-Way Head are scheduled to be available by the end of this month.
The 190X range of tripod and kits, is designed for the advanced hobbyist and professional. The key feature of the 190X is the ground level adaptor which allows the tripod to reach ultra-low positions. A new Leg Angle Selector is said to allow the leg angle to be chosen easily and effortlessly.
The 190X features the QPL (Quick Power Lock), a single-handed opening mechanism, on the legs, which enables a quicker, more comfortable set-up and ease of use with higher locking power and improved ergonomics.
The Easy Link attachment converts the new 190X into a portable photography studio by attaching an arm with an LED light, a reflector, or any other accessory, to the 3/8-inch female thread.
The 190X3 is sold as legs only with a suggested retail price of $219.95. The 190X3 is also available in a kit with the 496RC2 ball head; the Ball Head Kit is ideal for action photography. This kit is available for a suggested retail price of $319.95. The second kit option features the 804RC2 three-way head, especially suited to architectural, macro, and still life photography, and has a suggested retail price of $319.95. The third kit option features the MHXPRO-2W two-way head and is called the lightweight solution for photographic and video work. It has a suggested retail price of $369.95.
Manfrotto says it designed the new X-Pro 2-Way Head for photographers who are starting to explore the world of HDSLR video and for the passionate birdwatchers looking for a head that supports lightweight scopes. The head features a compact and lightweight body that makes the head weigh only 700g (1.54 lbs); a new fluidity selector allows the user to choose the right level of fluidity according to the desired movement and photo gear, and with the 200PL plate there is no need to use different plates when switching heads from photo to video.
Manfrotto says the head can support up to 4 kg (8.8 lbs) of payload. The lightness of the head, says the company, is due to the body being made of both Aluminum and Adapto, a very rigid and resistant technopolymer.
The X-PRO 2-Way Head carries a suggested retail price of $189.95.