Gregory Johnson offers the following commentary on this tripod and head:
On 10 February 2011, I purchased the Manfrotto 190XPROB Professional Aluminum Tripod and 128RC Micro Fluid Head combination from University Camera in Iowa City. The 190XPROB is a lighter version of the 055XPROB.
For years I’ve been using a Manfrotto 3205GN tripod with 3130 head for my own photography and video work.
The 190XPROB and 128RC are the current equivalent, and from what I can tell an improvement over the previous model.
Although the tripod is lighter in weight, it seems to have the same or better strength, durability, and stability.
The leg lock design is quick and easy to use, with an improved design making it less likely you’ll get pinched.
The tripod offers a very innovative design feature allowing the camera to be turned on it’s side for a portrait perspective rather than landscape. This adjustment could also accommodate photos where the camera is facing directly down.
The Manfrotto 128RC Micro Fluid Head (pictured below) is strong and steady. The fluid motion is ideal for professional video and offers smooth movement for tilting and panning the camera.
I really like the metal plate mount used by Manfrotto. In fact, for me, this is probably one of the main selling points when choosing Manfrotto. The plate is solid, sturdy, secure, and yet makes it very easy to attach or remove the camera.
This seems like an ideal tripod for someone wanting to spend about $250 for a professional quality tripod.
Video Review. In the video below, Gregory Johnson offers a review of the the Manfrotto 190XPROB Professional Aluminum Tripod and 128RC Micro Fluid Head combination.