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Manfrotto 190XPRO3 Tripod

Having used the excellent Manfrotto 055PROB tripod for over 5 years for my landscape photography, I decided to look for something more manageable as the weight and height increase with my Manfrotto 300n panoramic head attached made it a little cumbersome for landscape outings that required walking a long distance. I wanted something that was as sturdy as the 055PROB but with reduced weight and height, I soon found my requirements in the Manfrotto 190XPRO3, (the new series). The height is 7 cm shorter and 0.4kg lighter than the 055PROB tripod, and when the legs are fully extended with my 300n and 410 attached, the camera is at my eye level now without me having to tip-toe or  adjust the legs as with the 055.

New features I like about the 190xpro3 are the easy to use quick lock system, which enable you to extend each leg fully with one hand without having to unlock each leg section individually, which is also very easy to use especially if wearing gloves in cold environments. The tripod also has a bubble level which can be rotated around the center column when required, making leveling much easier.  The 190XPRO3 has an Easy Link connector for attaching accessories such as LED lights, flash and reflector.  I have not had the need to use this easy link connector for the photography I do, and doubt I will, but I can see its potential use for macro photography and studio photography.

Overall the Manfrotto 190XPRO3 is a worthy replacement for my aging, but otherwise excellent and trusty 055prob tripod.


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Clyde Arc Twilight

Evening twilight by the River Clyde revealed these perfect reflections of the Glasgow Clyde Arc Bridge.

This photograph was taken at the Lancefield Quay side of the River Clyde which has undergone some development to extend the ncr75  walkway, which allows this unique and splendid view of the Clyde Arc bridge to be photographed. I took various shots of the bridge from this viewpoint from landscape to portrait orientation while the evening twilight was descending, and the reflections remained absolutely still and crystal clear for the duration I was there.  This square crop of the bridge is my favorite as it shows not least of all the stunning detail of the reflection and the blue hour twilight just before darkness fell.

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Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Head

Manfrotto 300n panoramic rotaition unit
Manfrotto 410 geared head and 300n panoramic rotating unit.

The Manfrotto 300N Panoramic Rotation Unit (above left), and mounted below my Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head (above right).

Although the unit is not absolutely necessary to create distant panoramic images successfully, it certainly makes creating them much easier and more accurate than either hand holding your camera or using a non-panoramic tripod head to do the job.

The unit itself is of very high quality and looks and feels to be much more expensive than it currently sells for; it weighs around 1.3 lbs and has 10 click-stop screw holes that are used to determine the angle of rotation in degrees for each click-stop, which of course is all dependent on lens focal length used and the type of panoramic image you wish to create.

As you can see in the image, the click-stop selector screw is attached to a cable to prevent the loss of the screw. There is also a lever that lets you rotate the top of the 300N unit independently, which is useful for recomposing an image when you have the set screw locked in position.

The 300N unit is actually quite straightforward and simple to use and not in the least complex as it may first look; it can either be attached directly to a camera without the need of a tripod head or with a Manfrotto plate adaptor via the 3/8 screw.

I use the 300N unit paired with my Manfrotto 410 Junior Geared Head mounted to the 190XPRO3 tripod, which is a perfect combo for creating either horizontal or vertical panoramic landscape images.

Below are a few images using the 300n. (click for larger) First is a 10-stitched shot of the Forth railway bridge from South Queensferry, using my 5dmkiii and Canon 70-200mm f4.0 L lens in portrait orientation @131mm. This preview is 2000 x 664; the original photo is 19760 x 6565, making it a whopping 129.7 megapixels.

Panoramic image of the Forth Railway Bridge.

Another Forth Railway bridge photograph, this one is a 4 shot panoramo using my 70-200mm f4.0 L @ 98mm in landscape orientation. For this image I decided to just use 3 of the 4 frames, ommiting the first.

Panoramic image of the Forth Railway Bridge.

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