Summary: I purchased the Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 Tripod on August 28, 2009. On November 26, 2009, one of the legs broke. I called Bogen Imaging the following week and was told the repair would be covered by my warranty. I was also told my tripod would be repaired and returned to me quickly. Their service department received my tripod on December 7, 2009, via UPS.
Summary: I've just used it on a photo outing trip in Chicago and this tripod got me a lot of beautiful pictures. Panoramas were done easily with the 804RC2 head, and this tripod was light enough to be taken with me throughout the day taking street shots all around Chicago.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Summary: One of the best features of this unit is the ability to easily convert its center pole from vertical to horizontal for copy work or photo macrography. Unlike previous versions of similar products, this one does not require that the center pole be removed from the legs and then reinserted into the clamps that hold it in it's horizontal position. You simply pull it out as far as it will go and then fold it over into position, making this maneuver fast and easy.
Summary: Ok, it is a tad expensive, but I had a 40lb limit for a 3 week trip and figured it was worth it to upgrade the tripod. It is light (yet stable) and easy to use - I purchased the 322RC2 head (which is great!). (And you should be aware that you WILL need a head). My only complaints (and I don't have great solutions - sorry): when used in sand, sand gets in the joints - and you'll want to clean it as well as you can as soon as you can or you'll scratch it up good.
Summary: I've been using an aliminum Wal Mart tripod for years and I kick myself for not upgrading to a high end tripod a long time ago. This tripod is very light and very ridgid. The Q90 column is very usefull. With different leg angles, extensions, and the Q90 column, you can get the camera position you need on ANY terrain. with a little extra work, the column can be removed and inserted upside down for even more variety of shooting positions.
Summary: Great Stuff. I was looking for a good tripod for a long time, everything matched my required specifications (very low weight,decent load capability) but was doubtful about the height. But am very happy with the product, and height also works perfect for me at 5'9".
Summary: After reading Kelby's Digital Photography 1 book, I took one of his first suggestions: buy a really good tripod. This Manfrotto was my choice, and for once, I made a terrific decision. It is really solid, easy to use and works well with my Manfrotto ballhead that I got at the same time. As other reviewers have commented, it doesn't really have a nice, large, and convenient hook to hang some weight from, but it has enough other projections that work well enough.