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Vanguard MT-110 Tripod


Bratislava, SK
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Sat 16-Feb-02 03:19 PM

(Repost from old server. Originally by JanoBA)

Hi friends,

I've to replace my broken Vanguard tripod. It's an old model VGT-27227, that I haven't used too much and whose leg locks (traditional lever format, made of plastic) broke one after another (all of them).

Today I've seen the new Vanguard MT-110 L model at a photo shop (you can see it here: http://www.dotlinecorp.com/dl_cat_D/tripods_art/MTSeries/008_MTSeries.html). This new model has a twist leg lock adjustment mechanism.

In appearance, it's similar to the Manfrotto 390/Bogen 3405 (same tubular twist leg locks, a 3-way pan & tilt head and a short center column), but bigger.

At the same shop, they have also the Manfrotto 190 Mini/Bogen 3001 (I don't know if it was the PRO or the CL version).

At the shop, I compared both the Vanguard MT-110 (US$ 85) and the M. 190/B. 3001 (US$ 155) + M. 141RC/B. 3030 3-way head (US$ 75) (total price: US$ 230) (remember: I live in Buenos Aires

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Vanguard's pros:
- lower price
- it's taller: fully extended 178.4 cm (62.6"), but as it has a short center column, it's height without the center column extended is greater than Bogen's (I think it's 145/150 cm)
- 3-section legs Ø 28mm, spread independently (3 positions)
- can invert the center column for ground level shots
- 3 different heads to choose from:
a 3-way fluid pan & tilt head (model MT-100 H)
a 3-way fluid pan & tilt head (model MT-110 H), with a QR plate (model QS-36)
a ball head (model MT-200 BH)

Vanguard's cons:
- bad experience with my old model (broken leg locks: now is 50 cm tall!)

Vanguard's ???:
- the geared center column

Manfrotto/Bogen pros:
- can change its head from pan & tilt to ball head (Markins!)
- can invert the center column for ground level shots
- center column can be used for vertical and horizontal shots

Manfrotto/Bogen cons:
- max. height: 119 cm (center column down) / 145 cm (center column up)
- very expensive (here in BA)

I tested both (without camera) tapping at its legs, and the Manfrotto/Bogen bent a little more than the Vanguard. Because Vanguard is taller (longer legs), perhaps there is more "shaking" at its top, with my F80 + a long lens attached.

The selection of heads are:
- Vanguard 3-way fluid head (pan & tilt) MT-110 H, with QR shoe QS-36:

- Vanguard Ball head MT-200 BH:

Anyone has tried this Vanguard tripod?

What do you think? I've heard a lot of very good comments about the Manfrotto/Bogen tripods, but I'm tall (1.85 m/6'1") and I need a tall, firm and cheap tripod. This one looks sturdy. I didn't compared it to a Manfrotto 055/Bogen 3021 (they only have the M. 190/B. 3001).

I have no information about weight and load capacity for the MT-110, but with both tripods in my hands (MT-110 in my left and M. 190/B. 3001 in my right), Vanguard's is lighter (the B. 3030 head only, weights 1 kilo!).

According to my research into the Nikonians threads, B.3021 is a heavy one (heavier than the B. 3001). JRP said that it weights 6 lbs for a load capacity of 13 lbs, so it is kept for very short distances walks (like less than 20 feet) https://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/Images/sad.gif. He's my Guru, so I trust blindly in his words https://www.nikonians.org/dcforum/Images/happy.gif.

The bad experience with that old fashioned leg locks has shocked me: "el que se quema con leche, ve una vaca y llora".

Saludos from the Pampas, land of Gauchos!

BA (Buenos Aires)
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