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Gear of the Week: Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 4-Section Aluminum Tripod9649

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Gear of the Week
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Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 4-Section Aluminum Tripod

Hi All,

If you are just getting started with a Matterport Pro2 3D Camera, among the first gear questions that you will have is, "Which tripod should I get and why?"

Get the Manfrotto MT190XPRO4 4-Section Aluminum Tripod because:

✓ 4 sections folds up small enough to fit in carry-on luggage
✓ Sturdy enough for the weight of the Matterport Camera; light enough for constantly moving it
✓ easy "action" for extending and shorting
✓ under $200 from Amazon (Prime)

Which tripod do you use and why?

Here is the WGAN Amazon shopping list for Matterport Gear and accessories. (WGAN is an Amazon Affiliate.)

Best,

Dan
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Screen Grab from Amazon: Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod

Hi All,

If you are buying a tripod for a Matterport Pro2 3D Camera, you can save some money buying the 3-section version (rather than the 4-section one (in the original post above).

That said, I prefer the 4-second because:

✓ it folds up small enough to fit in a roll board suitcase (traveling)
✓ it goes lower when you need the camera as close to the floor as possible

If you do a ton of shoots on an ongoing basis, invest in the carbon version: otherwise, you can save some $$$$ buying the aluminum version.

Reminder to buy a quick release plate (or leveler) and case.

Which tripod do you use with a Matterport Pro2 3D Camera (and are you happy with it)?

Dan
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I am using the same or it looks exactly like on your picture. It gets the job done but what I do not like in it that it has no legs locking.

You pick it up with a Pro2 to move, accidently bump one leg into something, it goes a bit inward with the bump and it is not leveled anymore. You are lucky if you notice it and put the leg back but most of the time.. and unless it becomes a habit to check.. you start making unleveled scans.
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I am a new Matterport user and waiting for my camera to arrive. I purchased the 190 3 section on the recommendation from the rep from Matterport. I am very happy with the stand and construction. It is far superior than the stand for my DSLR.
@wingman would you say this stand becomes unlevel after moving often?
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The legs tend to become loose over time (and move down/inward due to gravity) when you move it. You can tighten carefully to fight this. IMO- a dolly is the way to go, faster scans and no more leg movement.
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Good call. I picked up a dolly on recommendation for handling higher sq ft jobs. Great dolly for a great price.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by BenAdgie
@wingman would you say this stand becomes unlevel after moving often?


No, that's not about loose legs. When you are in a small space and you move the tripod to a new spot you can hit something(furniture/wall) with one leg, the leg is pushed inward changing its leveling.

I have a cheap tripod where legs can be locked from any movement and I have seen pro ones with a lock as well. This one only has locking that prevents legs from moving outwards but nothing stopping them to go towards the centre with a bit of a push.
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Don't you initially level the tripod with the legs all the way o-u-t?
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Don't you initially level the tripod with the legs all the way o-u-t?


Yes I always do but when one or more got pushed towards the centre with bumping it into something just a bit the tripod won't be leveled.
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Love my Gitzo Carbon Leveler
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Hi All,

Which tripod are you using (and does it bring you joy )?

Dan
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Hi All,

Which tripod are you using (and are you happy with it)?

Dan
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Manfrotto 190s and 290s. Pretty happy. They are pretty sturdy and you can get parts if needed.
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