Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.

English German French

Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries Recent Photos Contest Help Search News Workshops Shop Upgrade Membership Recommended
members
All members Wiki Contests Vouchers Apps Newsletter THE NIKONIAN™ Magazines Podcasts Fundraising

Vanguard MT-110 Tripod

bgs

Bratislava, SK
7765 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author
bgs Administrator One of the two c-founders, expert in several areas Awarded for his valuable Nikon product reviews at the Resources Charter Member
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

Click on image to view larger version
):

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:
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/sweetronicsstore/vanguard-mt-110h.html

- Vanguard Ball head MT-200 BH:
http://shop.store.yahoo.com/sweetronicsstore/vanguard-mt-200bh.html


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!

Jano
BA (Buenos Aires)
Nikonian from Argentina

Bo Stahlbrandt - Founder & Administrator. I am mainly located in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Follow us on Twitter

G