I am looking to purchase a used manfrotto 190xprob with 804rc2 head, i have seen a used 190prob for sale on ebay with a 141rc head what is the difference between the 2 models? one better than the other or just an updated version? will I benefit from paying more for the newer model? any advantages to either?
I went on the UK manfrotto site and searched for the obviously older PROB but it did not come up with anything only the new XPROB model.probably not a great deal of different, the 190Pro is just the older version of the 190xpro from what I can see, weight and size seem roughly the same. The difference with tripods that you’ll notice is between carbon and aluminium, the aluminium tripods are heavy, about 2kg compared with just over 1kg.
Differences between Manfrotto 190xprob and 190prob?
The “x” is the later (and, I think, current) version.
The leg lock levers are a different shape. (I think the old ones are better – more comfortable to operate.)
WIth the Manfrotto Tripod 190XPROB, I think the central column is in two parts – you have to unscrew these and then reassemble to put the column horizontal. (You can also use just the top part as a short column on its own – but only vertically. So you can have the camera low down without having to have the column horizontal, as you would with the 190X. Or leave the bottom part of the column at home to cut down on weight.)
There might be a difference in the various angles you can put the legs at. I have the 055MF3 (same generation as the 190PROB) and the 055XPROB (larger version of the 190XPROB) and the choice of angles is better with the later one – the next widest after the normal position is too wide on the 055MF3. Not a big deal – you can still position the legs anywhere you like between the click stops.
Personally, I’d prefer the 190PROB (even at the same price), but the 190XPRO is the later and, Manfrotto would say, “improved” version.
Newly redesigned, the 190XPROB makes the famous Manfrotto-patented horizontal centre column feature even easier to use. Now, by extending the column to its highest vertical position, it can be swung round to horizontal without removing the head or disassembling the column itself, so switching between framing and positioning setups is more convenient than ever. The ergonomics of the leg angle release mechanism and the quick action leg locks themselves have also been greatly improved.