Summary: I wanted a lightweight tripod that would be easy to travel with and I wasn't disappointed. This mag fiber tripod easily fits in a small suitcase and once in use, it is suprisingly stable. This tripod expands easily and is simple to use. I would highly recommend it.
Summary: Lost your Bogen 190MF4 rubber feet like I did? Then, these rubber feet will be exact replacements for those lost in the heat of the battle. These feet look and fit just like the originals. Except, I added just a drop of white glue to the bottom portion of the shaft to hold the replacement feet in place. I also drilled a 1/32nds hole in the bottom of the rubber feet so that water can drain easily (I use my 190MF4 in streams and lakes). Hope you enjoyed this review!
Pros: Compact, Fits Well, Improves Tripod Function
Summary: This thing is nice and light to carry. folds up short because of the 4 leg sections. i love the mag fiber due to the light weight. it is also still very sturdy. i love the strap and carry handle. keeps the legs from opening in transit. very easy to take with you. only con so far is that the pegs are not spiked. you can buy spikes as an accessory, but for what one of these costs, it should come with them.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: Admittedly, I'm comparing this to a fairly clunky heavyweight tripod I've been using for non-mobile purposes for a couple of years; but it's not just the light weight that appeals to me with this Manfrotto -- it's also very resistant to vibration, takes up a minimum of space, and looks good. The only caveat -- I'm of middling height (5'8"); if I were taller, I might find the maximum elevation a bit short. As it is, it's just right for me.
Summary: Easy to use, the MF4 sets up quickly and takes down just as quickly. It is VERY solid when up and supports a 300mm 2.8 lens without issues. It is tall enough for a 6 foot user without using the center column and is very easy to carry. The only drawback is that it is about a pound heavier than a comparable Gitzo - as comenpsation is every bit as well built and about 40% cheaper.