Manfrotto 190go! tripod review: a compact and convenient yet feature-rich set of carbon fiber legs

Manfrotto’s 190 series of tripods have long been a top choice with discerning photographers, but the 190go! adds a new twist

Manfrotto 190go! Carbon Fiber
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I wouldn’t call the Manfrotto 190go! Carbon Fiber M-Series is a ‘travel tripod’ but I like that it’s more compact and easy to carry around than most conventional photography tripods. I love the pivoting center column and that it gives really solid support, although it’s not particularly tall.


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    Relatively compact and lightweight

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    90-degree pivoting center column

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    Very stable, with superb build quality


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    Tripod head not generally included

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    Modest maximum operating height

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    No carrying bag supplied

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I don’t feel that Manfrotto needs any introduction. It’s arguably the most famous tripod brand in the world, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2024. Similarly, the company’s 190 range of tripods has long been a favorite of many photographers around the globe, renowned for their performance and dependability. Pretty much all of them have flip locks for the extending leg sections but the 190go! bucks the trend with twist locks, which I personally prefer. I wouldn’t class it as a ‘travel tripod’, as it doesn’t have the practically universal swing-up legs that have come to pretty much define the genre, but the upside is that it’s relatively quick and easy to set up for shooting and to fold away again afterward. Also unlike the vast majority of travel tripods, it has a pivoting center column that I find a really valuable feature. Overall, I think it’s one of the best tripods for photographers on the market today.

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MaterialCarbon Fiber
Folded height45cm (excluding head)
Maximum operating height147cm (excluding head)
Minimum operating height8cm (excluding head)
Pivot center column0/90 degrees
Weight1.35kg (excluding head)
Load rating15kg
Sections per leg/center column4 / 1
Leg section diameters14.7, 18.2, 21.7, 25.3 mm
Locking leg angles4 (25°,46°,66°,88°)
Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3

The Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 has a similar pivoting center column mechanism but is a taller, full-sized tripod with a more generous maximum operating height of 170cm.

3 Legged Thing Winston 2.0

The 3 Legged Thing Winston 2.0 lacks a pivoting center column but still enables ground-level shooting. It has swing-up legs for stowage so, despite being a full-sized tripod, folds down fairly small.

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.