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Manfrotto 055MF3 3-Section MagFiber Tripod without Head


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  • Carbon fiber three-faced tubes for the tripod legs, aluminum and nylon polymer center column
  • Magnesium die-casting for all tripod parts; stainless-steel nuts and bolts
  • Quick-action adjustable leg lever locks
  • Push buttons to operate leg angles and four degrees of inclination
  • 66.5-inch maximum height with center column; 15.4-pound maximum load

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 4 x 4 inches ; 5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00091SBU6
  • Item model number: 055MF3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 8, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Bogen-Manfrotto 055MF3 MagFiber is an ideal tripod for many applications. A 'beefier' tripod to the 190MF series, the 055MF3 provides professional photographers with a tripod that's still very light in weight, simple to use, strong, and extremely versatile to position.

The 055MF3 supports up to 15 pounds, offers a minimum height of only 4.3 inches -- which is perfect for low-angle shooting, and can extend to over 5.5 feet when needed.

Without compromising on stability or rigidity of the tripod, Manfrotto engineers reduced the weight of the 055MF3 by utilizing carbon fiber legs with quick action lever locks in magnesium and resin. In addition, they incorporated the patented design of the 3021PRO series top spider which offers four leg angle settings, and converts the center column into a lateral arm.

The center column itself is of the latest generation of aluminum and resin materials. The low-angle adapter forms the top section of the center column and is easily detached by simply unscrewing the knob at the bottom of the column. This enables the head to be left mounted on the center column when switching between low-angle and normal shooting positions.

All parts are assembled using a proven pressure clamp technology for greater durability and in-the-field serviceability. To make transportation even easier, the 055MF3 is supplied with a hand padded carrying strap that can also double as a hook to hang weight and increase stability during extreme wind conditions.

Features include:

  • Carbon Fiber three-faced tubes for the tripod legs
  • Aluminum and nylon polymer center column
  • Magnesium die casting for all tripod parts and stainless steel nuts and bolts
  • Ergonomic, user friendly features such as quick-action adjustable leg lever locks that instantly secure leg extensions firmly in place with no slippage or rotation
  • Push buttons to operate leg angles to offer four degrees of inclination
  • Center column with vertical/horizontal positioning
  • Built-in low angle adapter

The two-part center column switches between normal and low-angle work without forcing you to remove the camera and head every time you need to change position.

What's in the Box:
Included carrying handle makes the tripod more comfortable to transport and stays conveniently and unobtrusively attached during use.

Product Description

The 055MF3 supports up to 15lbs, offers a minimum height of only 4.3 inches - which is perfect for low-angle shooting, and can extend to over 5 1/2 ft when needed. Without compromising on stability or rigidity of the tripod, Manfrotto engineers reduced the weight of the 055MF3 by utilizing carbon fiber legs with quick action lever locks in magnesium and resin. In addition, they incorporated the patended design of the 3021PRO series top spider which offers four leg angle settings, and converts the center column into a lateral arm.
The center column itself is of the latest generation of aluminum and resin materials. The low-angle adapter forms the top section of the center column and is easily detached by simply unscrewing the knob at the bottom of the column. This enables the head to be left mounted on the center column when switching between low-angle and normal shooting positions. All parts are assembled using a proven pressure clamp technology for greater durability and in-the-field serviceability. To make transportation even easier, the 055MF3 is supplied with a hand padded carrying strap that can also double as a hook to hang weight and increase stability during extreme wind conditions. Center column with vertical/horizontal positioning Maximum Height with extended center column - 66.5 inches

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Excellent for pro or serious amateur.
S. Michael Vardell
I often shoot very low to the ground for interesting perspectives, and the horizontal center column mount is awesome.
Catfish Photo
I coupled it with the Bogen-Manfrotto 488RC2 Midi Ball Head with RC2 Rapid Connect System and WOW!
TheFeeNix

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brian Koch VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
This tripod actually weighs a little more than some of my other tripods, but it is balanced so well that it feels lighter and is easier to carry around with you all day than my others. Also, despite the fact that Bogen does not recommend them, you can use the 3430 Tripod Leg Protectors with this tripod to help pad it some and keep your hands warmer in cold weather. They are not the easiest things to get on though due to the larger triangular leg shape of the 055, but with some pliers and a friend it can be done.

This tripod has a very solid feel and is very versatile with the various leg positions and repositional center column. It is also taller than many of the other options which keeps you from have to stoop over as much which can really save on your back after a long day of shooting. All the locks and leg segments are very sturdy and firm which gives you a real sens of stability when using this. A tripod is about the most important thing to consider when it comes to getting sharp photos. If you don't have an easy to use rock solid tripod, you will regret it when your pictures end up soft. So do yourself a favor and make sure you get a good tripod such as this one and use it regularly.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Kreis on September 19, 2008
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This tripod seemed a good price-performance compromise for this slim-walleted amateur photographer. I was interested in a tall, sturdy platform for taking landscapes and panorama sequences, yet flexible enough to be useful for most purposes. With the Manfrotto 488RC2 ball head mounted on the tripod and my dSLR camera on top of that, and with the legs fully extended but with the center column completely down, the eyepiece of the camera is just above the level of my eye (I am six foot).

I selected the model with three leg sections over the one with four leg sections (055MF4) because the four saved inches in collapsed length did not seem as important to me as the compromised sturdiness might be. After comparing with a 055MF4 recently purchased by my Photoshop instructor, I am satisfied with my choice. (Also, set-up is reduced by three leg-extending actions, a welcome simplification.)

This is my second set of Manfrotto sticks, so I am used to the locking lever configuration used on the leg sections. I have used tripods with locking knobs on the legs, and I much prefer the levers. The pricey Gitzo tripods feature twist-collars to lock their legs, and I have read critical comments about that configuration (no direct experience). These were never really an option for me, anyway, as all Gitzo gear is made of unobtainum.

A clip-on carry handle is included with the tripod, but I would have preferred a carry sack. Sharp edges on the ends of the bolts used with the leg clamps gouge the finish of adjacent clamps when the tripod is stowed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John B. Kalla on January 23, 2009
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When I researched tripods, I added up the total weight of my camera with the largest lens and realized that most "SLR" tripods aren't rated to handle my 40D with battery grip, a ball head and the Canon 70-200mm f/4L. Looking at the better tripod companies' (Bogen-Manfrotto, Slik, Gitzo, etc...) websites, I configured tripods that would fit this weight and was left with mostly "video" tripods. The Manfrotto 055MF3 was one of the tripods that worked with the weight of my setup. You'd be amazed how much your camera (and tripod head) weighs!

After owning this unit for about a year, I can say it was one of the best camera purchases I've ever made! The tripod is rock-steady, and fits nearly every situation I've needed it for. The only real con of this tripod (and most every tripod that fit my specs) was that it's a bit large to strap to a camera backpack. However, that can easily be accomplished with the huge Kata HB-207 GDC Hiker Backpack for DSLR system or DV/HDV camcorder. (Insertrolly optional), though it's difficult with the comparitively tiny Tamrac Adventure 9 Photo/Computer Backpack (Grey/Black). If you're looking for a tripod that fits the Adventure 9 (or similar-sized Kata DR-467), I would look for a tripod with a compressed height less than the 055MF3's 21 inches. I think a 12-16" tripod would be better suited to traveling. Also, keep in mind that even though this tripod is carbon fiber, it weighs a comparatively-hefty 5lbs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Michael Vardell on July 31, 2008
First class tripod! Light, sturdy, easily adjustable. Excellent for pro or serious amateur. Horizontal option for center post a plus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catfish Photo on September 25, 2008
I bought this tripod after previously owning 2 "cheaper" tripods. Its a world of difference! This tripod is extremely solid and very well built. The features of this tripod are outstanding. I often shoot very low to the ground for interesting perspectives, and the horizontal center column mount is awesome. The 3 leg positions are extrememly handy. I paired this tripod with the 322RC2 grip ballhead and could not be happier. I use this tripod for landscape, wildlife and still life work. When shooting wildlife, I mainly use a Sigma 50-500 on my 40D with grip and the tripod remains rock steady.

As a lesser note, the carbon fiber looks great and isn't cold to the touch in winter like aluminum is. However, as someone that really likes to take very good care of their equipment, I wish that a couple of the legs had been padded anyways and with the head I chose, I am having problems finding a bag long enough to put it in without disassembly.
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