I really don't know which to go for... My ex-tutor / present class mate has the 190xpro, It seemed sturdy enough. however, I wonder if the giottos is worth the extra £50, the legs can go all the way round more or less and it can be used as a monopod, but is it as stable or better than the 190xpro? I already have a Manfrotto Monopod but it would be handier to have a tripod / monopod to carry instead of both (if needed to switch.) the manfrotto monopod seems really well built, just wondering about the giottos as I have no history with them. Responces will be appreciated!