The Manfrotto 190XDB tripod is a 3-section aluminum tripod that runs about $105. The Manfrotto 190XDB tripod legs are essentially a more basic version of the 190XB and 190XBPRO tripod legs. The biggest difference is the use of twist-lock legs instead of the flip-lock legs found on the more expensive versions.
Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod Key Specs
- 57.5″ max height
- 21.1″ retracted (folded up)
- 3.5 lb weight
- 11 lb max capacity
- 4 leg-angle settings (25, 46, 66 and 88-degrees)
If you just need a basic tripod to do some occasional steady-work for you, the 190XDB is a good choice. However, if you are going to be a very frequent tripod shooter and need to get a little more work out of your tripod, then spending the extra $25 on the 190XB tripod legs is probably worth it to have the flip lock legs.
Aside from that caveat, the 190XDB tripod is a very versatile and sturdy option. Given that the 190XDB can hold up to 11 pounds, you feel pretty confident that it can handle what you throw at it. While you probably want to go for something much bigger for using super telephoto lenses, the 190XDB will handle a DSLR with up to a 70-200mm f/2.8 with no problem. I also used the 190XDB with the relatively large Manfrotto 501HDV fluid head quite a bit for video, and was pleased with the combo.
While the 190XDB has the ability to fold the legs out to 88-degrees, the center column prevents you from getting as low as you otherwise could. That’s another disadvantage over the 190XB, which includes a low-angle adapter to replace the center column when you need to get really low. Again, this is why I emphasize the occasional use caveat above. If you want more creature comforts, go for the 190XB, which even has padded leg warmers to keep your hands off the cold aluminum frame during winter.
At 3.5 pounds, it’s not exactly the lightest of tripods; however, you’re paying an entry-level price for a pretty capable tripod, so don’t expect something like the $600 Gizto carbon fiber trips for portability. While you can carry the 190XDB around, I wouldn’t want to carry it around all day. Again, there are better tripods if you need something like that. This is a sturdy, no frills tripod that does its job without a lot of bells and whistles.
While I like the 190XDB tripod as an entry-level option, I would probably spring for the 190XB with the extra little features that make it a more complete option – or the Slik 700DX Pro (review coming soon), which is roughly the same price and a better tripod in my opinion.