Manfrotto MK190 XPRO3 w/496RC2
The black, redesigned MK190XPRO3-BH Aluminum Tripod with 496RC2 Ball Head from Manfrotto builds on the success and popularity of the previous 190-series with professional hardware and convenience features that make it even easier to use than its predecessor. The key feature of the kit is the tripod's 90° centre column mechanism, which allows the column to be extended vertically as normal, or horizontally to open up a wide range of framing and shooting possibilities; this makes it an extremely versatile tripod, suitable for a wide range of photography applications. The horizontal column mechanism is housed within the tripod's top casting for compactness, but it is easily and quickly extended whenever you need it. Switching between vertical and horizontal column orientation requires no disassembly, and can even be done with a camera attached.
Convenience features include grippy rubber leg warmers on two legs for cold or inclement weather and a bubble level that rotates so that you can see it easily regardless of the tripod's position. The 496RC2 Compact Ball Head RC2 Quick Release is constructed of die-cast aluminum alloy, strong enough to support SLR or DSLR cameras with a medium lens, and light medium format cameras. It has a single repositionable locking lever, ±90° tilt movement, plus a friction control for precise positioning. Cameras are attached to the ball head with the included 200PL-14 quick release plate with 1/4"-20 male threads.