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Manfrotto Bogen 190XPROB Black Alum. Tripod W/new Horizontal Center Column 190XPROB
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The perfect tripod for spotting

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, MO Written on December 13, 2013
Of all the shooting accessories I've owned over the years, this tripod is one of my all time most enjoyable to use. It's quick to setup and rock steady. I recommend it frequently.
Pros: Super fast to deploy, very stable, lightweight
Cons: Slightly bulkey...
Would recommend: Yes
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Pricey, and you get what you pay for!

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NM Written on March 25, 2012
I've owned inexpensive camera tripods in the past, but when I stepped up to a quality (heavy) spotting scope, I decided that I needed to pair it with a quality tripod to get the most from it.

Manfrotto has an excellent reputation for quality and based on my experience with this tripod, that reputation appears well earned. I paired this with a horizontal grip style head and the combination has proven to be outstanding for my needs. Set it and forget it. Even with winds gusting into the 30mph range, the spotting scope not only stayed on my target frame at 100 and 300yds, but the scope didn't have any perceptible shake until the magnification was increased into the 50x+ range.

I haven't had an opportunity to use the horizontal configuration at the range but I have configured the tripod for prone shooting use as proof of concept. Again rock solid. I haven't seen another brand of tripod with this level of flexibility of use.

I bought this tripod primarily for use at the shooting range, so this wasn't an issue for me but it may be for others: the tripod is built like a tank and tips the scales like one as well. If light weight is a priority for your intended use, this might not be the ideal choice.

Not inexpensive, but certainly worth the cost, to me.
Pros: Rock solid, incredibly versatile
Cons: Weight...
Would recommend: Yes
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