HALF PRICE!! Manfrotto 190GO! Aluminium Tripod with a Half Price 494RC2 Mini Ball Head £99 delivered at Jessops
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HALF PRICE!! Manfrotto 190GO! Aluminium Tripod with a Half Price 494RC2 Mini Ball Head £99 delivered at Jessops

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Found 9th Feb
Very sturdy tripod, £100 most other places and that's without the £59 ball head.

Got the tripod yesterday and it's built like a tank as you'd expect from Manfrotto.

Grab yourself a bargain.


Only downside is the delivery by UK Mail who are the courier equivalent of ebola! Have told Jessops various times through social media but they don't respond.
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That'll do very nicely, thanks!!
Edited by: "Meeko" 9th Feb
Twist lock legs. You either love or hate them.
Personally i hate them. Voted hot regardless as it is a great price.
I've got the 494RC2 and it's a great ball head very nice smooth action and the handy quick release 200PL plate that fits my other heads. Like Oneday77 said, really don't like twist lock legs, they are way more hassle than simple on/off lever locks but it's a good deal non the less.

Check out Chelsea Northrup's take on twist lock legs at 15:49 .........
I bought one of these last week with the 391rc2 head. Can't comment on the head of this one, but the tripod is pretty decent. It's certainly more stable than my previous Hanhel tripod, but the fact that it omits a spirit level (and, gratingly, places a logo at exactly the spot where one could have been well placed) is a pain. The twist locks are a debatable feature, but I quite like them, and find them about equally as fast as clip locks, with less risk of breaking a nail.
dxx21 m ago

I bought one of these last week with the 391rc2 head. Can't comment on the …I bought one of these last week with the 391rc2 head. Can't comment on the head of this one, but the tripod is pretty decent. It's certainly more stable than my previous Hanhel tripod, but the fact that it omits a spirit level (and, gratingly, places a logo at exactly the spot where one could have been well placed) is a pain. The twist locks are a debatable feature, but I quite like them, and find them about equally as fast as clip locks, with less risk of breaking a nail.


No way are twist locks as quick as levers. The qickest way to open and extend a tripod is to keep it folded then open all the levers at once and let the legs fall in unison then lock the legs with the tripod still closed. This is not possible with twist locks as you must open the legs of the tripod up to get a hand grip on the round locks then do some indeterminate twisting to unlock and tighten (how much is too tight etc) with the legs at all angles. Levers are on or off, there is no doubt as to the force needed to tighten, that's why they took over from twist locks in the Seventies.
Only Gitzo diehards put up with this hassle but I guess now that Manfrotto and Gitzo are under the same owner, Manfrotto thought they may go for a 'cool' retro look or something with this range.
Edited by: "toaster" 9th Feb
£105 in Amazon with Prime.
hmm the head is maybe better in general than the last deal but not 25quid better


neva2bizy6 m ago

£105 in Amazon with Prime.



with no head
Edited by: "brilly" 9th Feb
For anyone looking for a bigger sturdier tripod, in carbon fibre no less, this Manfrotto MK290XTC3-3W Xtra deal at Fotosense (found by Aquaslim) seems a bit of a bargain at £119
toaster1 h, 53 m ago

No way are twist locks as quick as levers. The qickest way to open and …No way are twist locks as quick as levers. The qickest way to open and extend a tripod is to keep it folded then open all the levers at once and let the legs fall in unison then lock the legs with the tripod still closed. This is not possible with twist locks as you must open the legs of the tripod up to get a hand grip on the round locks then do some indeterminate twisting to unlock and tighten (how much is too tight etc) with the legs at all angles. Levers are on or off, there is no doubt as to the force needed to tighten, that's why they took over from twist locks in the Seventies. Only Gitzo diehards put up with this hassle but I guess now that Manfrotto and Gitzo are under the same owner, Manfrotto thought they may go for a 'cool' retro look or something with this range.



Absolute rubbish. You just found a video from two random people showing one argument where she even says 'it might be a preference thing'. You could probably find a video of someone saying twist locks are much better, so what?

The twist locks on this thing are quick and can all be operated at once. I got it on the deal the other week and find them quicker than levers. Twist 45 degrees and thats all you need. Tightening is 90 degrees.

"The qickest way to open and extend a tripod is to keep it folded then open all the levers at once and let the legs fall in unison then lock the legs with the tripod still closed. This is not possible with twist locks as you must open the legs of the tripod up to get a hand grip on the round locks" Also not true.

Stop trying to persuade people with your opinion, let them have their own.
PS I got this tripod on the other deal, it feels really sturdy. Had a Befree by the side of it and this one feels miles more sturdy.

Do think the other deal was better at £25 less but that has gone now, so this is still a good deal.

Voted hot.
mr_bargain9th Feb

Absolute rubbish. You just found a video from two random people showing …Absolute rubbish. You just found a video from two random people showing one argument where she even says 'it might be a preference thing'. You could probably find a video of someone saying twist locks are much better, so what?The twist locks on this thing are quick and can all be operated at once. I got it on the deal the other week and find them quicker than levers. Twist 45 degrees and thats all you need. Tightening is 90 degrees. "The qickest way to open and extend a tripod is to keep it folded then open all the levers at once and let the legs fall in unison then lock the legs with the tripod still closed. This is not possible with twist locks as you must open the legs of the tripod up to get a hand grip on the round locks" Also not true.Stop trying to persuade people with your opinion, let them have their own.


My opinion is based on personal experience and I like to pass on that information in the form of advice. Those two 'random people' just happen to demonstrate visually the experiences I've had with twist locks.
toaster3 m ago

My opinion is based on personal experience and I like to pass on that …My opinion is based on personal experience and I like to pass on that information in the form of advice. Those two 'random people' just happen to demonstrate visually the experiences I've had with twist locks.



Others personal experience may differ.
mr_bargain9th Feb

Others personal experience may differ.


It does and there is no harm in offering it as constructive advice, just because you disagree with it does not make it rubbish.
toaster8 m ago

It does and there is no harm in offering it as constructive advice, just …It does and there is no harm in offering it as constructive advice, just because you disagree with it does not make it rubbish.



'No way are twist locks as quick as levers.' doesn't sound very constructive.
mr_bargain9th Feb

'No way are twist locks as quick as levers.' doesn't sound very …'No way are twist locks as quick as levers.' doesn't sound very constructive.


Its a fact not an opinion.

Just for you I've uploaded a video of yours truly opening up my lever lock tripod.

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Edited by: "toaster" 9th Feb
I got the other deal last week, really nice tripod legs and twist locks are fine
toaster32 m ago

Its a fact not an opinion.Just for you I've uploaded a video of yours …Its a fact not an opinion.Just for you I've uploaded a video of yours truly opening up my lever lock tripod. [URL=http://tinypic.com/r/2vwwsrc/9]View My Video[/URL]



There you go - its not a fact. Where is the testing? It IS opinion. Accept it.
mr_bargain9th Feb

There you go - its not a fact. Where is the testing? It IS opinion. Accept …There you go - its not a fact. Where is the testing? It IS opinion. Accept it.


I've posted a vid of me opening my tripod, do the same with yours, if it's quicker I'll accept the result

[URL=http://tinypic.com/r/2vwwsrc/9]View My Video[/URL]
Edited by: "toaster" 9th Feb
toaster5 m ago

I've posted a vid of me opening my tripod, do the same with yours, if it's …I've posted a vid of me opening my tripod, do the same with yours, if it's quicker I'll accept the result [URL=http://tinypic.com/r/2vwwsrc/9]View My Video[/URL]



Thats some serious dedication but I can't watch it. Would be good to though.

This is all tripod dependant. You can never say all lever lock tripods are quicker than twist because quality, brand comes into play. This manfrotto is quick. My old tripod was slow as.
mr_bargain9th Feb

Thats some serious dedication but I can't watch it. Would be good to …Thats some serious dedication but I can't watch it. Would be good to though.This is all tripod dependant. You can never say all lever lock tripods are quicker than twist because quality, brand comes into play. This manfrotto is quick. My old tripod was slow as.


I can say they are all quicker because it's basic physics, I know you want to love your new twist locks but your heart is ruling your head, lol.
toaster10 m ago

I can say they are all quicker because it's basic physics, I know you want …I can say they are all quicker because it's basic physics, I know you want to love your new twist locks but your heart is ruling your head, lol.



How is it basic physics in any way?

I don't really have preference to either. I am just saying the twist locks on this tripod are very good and you'd struggle to get much quicker.
toaster3 h, 7 m ago

For anyone looking for a bigger sturdier tripod, in carbon fibre no less, …For anyone looking for a bigger sturdier tripod, in carbon fibre no less, this Manfrotto MK290XTC3-3W Xtra deal at Fotosense (found by Aquaslim) seems a bit of a bargain at £119


Thanks! I've been looking for a tall sturdy tripod and this is a great price so I've just ordered it.
I take it this is no good for video panning as it doesn't have a fluid head, anybody seen a suitable tripod for video without breaking the bank?
VooDooChilly13 h, 26 m ago

I take it this is no good for video panning as it doesn't have a fluid …I take it this is no good for video panning as it doesn't have a fluid head, anybody seen a suitable tripod for video without breaking the bank?


yes no good for video, you need a fluid head, something like this on the cheaper end. If you already have the tripod legs a better head would be this
Edited by: "robbino" 10th Feb
Personally I've had a manfrotto with levers for the last year and found it more time consuming outdoors when you're struggling with elements etc. This new twist lock seems a lot easier as when bringing the legs down you can untwist all three points at once with your hand, bit of a time saver for me and feels easier, especially with cold hands 👐
dkingdom1 h, 27 m ago

Personally I've had a manfrotto with levers for the last year and found it …Personally I've had a manfrotto with levers for the last year and found it more time consuming outdoors when you're struggling with elements etc. This new twist lock seems a lot easier as when bringing the legs down you can untwist all three points at once with your hand, bit of a time saver for me and feels easier, especially with cold hands 👐



Don't let @toaster see this
dkingdom3 h, 4 m ago

Personally I've had a manfrotto with levers for the last year and found it …Personally I've had a manfrotto with levers for the last year and found it more time consuming outdoors when you're struggling with elements etc. This new twist lock seems a lot easier as when bringing the legs down you can untwist all three points at once with your hand, bit of a time saver for me and feels easier, especially with cold hands 👐


bit confused here, do you not need to tighten them all up separately?

on my tripod i can undo all levers at once as well. then when open i move hand down the leg in a straight line squeezing each lever without having to twist etc

just know that with twist lock id forget to tighten one as cant immediately see which is tight or not
I guess yeah you can't see visually if the twists are locked or not. It's a personal thing but in cold weather and a rush I find the twists easier on the hands and fingers and can do them all in one go. It's gonna be a marmite thing but the tripod itself and its versatility is a bonus.
toaster9th Feb

No way are twist locks as quick as levers. The qickest way to open and …No way are twist locks as quick as levers. The qickest way to open and extend a tripod is to keep it folded then open all the levers at once and let the legs fall in unison then lock the legs with the tripod still closed. This is not possible with twist locks as you must open the legs of the tripod up to get a hand grip on the round locks then do some indeterminate twisting to unlock and tighten (how much is too tight etc) with the legs at all angles. Levers are on or off, there is no doubt as to the force needed to tighten, that's why they took over from twist locks in the Seventies. Only Gitzo diehards put up with this hassle but I guess now that Manfrotto and Gitzo are under the same owner, Manfrotto thought they may go for a 'cool' retro look or something with this range.




Well, testing myself (which of course I've done - got to know your equipment), I clock in at around 9.2s to extend my clip tripod, and 9.7s to extend my twistlock one. It's a tiny bit slower (at this point, at least - things will speed up as I grow more accustomed to the device), but I'm okay with that because the twists feel nicer on the hand than clips do on the fingertips.

Not sure what you mean about 'indeterminate to unlock and tighten', btw. Maybe you should try actually using the thing you're talking about, rather than just hazarding a guess.
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