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Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 055 Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column + Calumet Padded Tripod Bag

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3-Section
  • Carbon fibre 3-section tripod delivers maximum rigidity from the lightest components
  • The 100% carbon fibre tubes and new QPL leg locking system increase the tripod's rigidity and absorb vibrations, stabilizing camera equipment under any conditions.
  • Carbon fibre tubing and magnesium castings also reduce the weight of this tripod compared to the equivalent aluminium version. ease of use.
  • The legs of the 055CXPRO3 tripod are also fast to extend and adjust, thanks to the Quick Power Lock levers that block and unblock each leg section.
  • The top casting of the 055CXPRO3 has an Easy Link connector for supporting a photo or video accessory

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Technical Details

Size: 3-Section
  • Brand Name: Manfrotto

Product Description

Size:3-Section

The Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod delivers maximum rigidity from the lightest components; a masterpiece of engineering designed for photographers who want the best from their tripod and need it to be easily transportable. The 100% carbon fibre tubes and new QPL leg locking system increase the tripod's rigidity and absorb vibrations, stabilizing camera equipment under any conditions. Carbon fiber tubing and magnesium castings also reduce the weight of this tripod compared to the equivalent aluminum version.


Product Details

Size: 3-Section
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  • ASIN: B0130NT4UU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 30, 2015

From the Manufacturer

The top casting of the 055CXPRO3 has an Easy Link connector for supporting a photo or video accessory (such as an LED light, flash, reflector, or other piece of equipment) on an extending arm or bracket, and making the tripod into a practical mobile studio.

  • Transport and store your tripod safely and protected in the calumet padded durable bag. Heavy-duty nylon zippers on both the main and outside compartments provide quick and easy access to equipment. A sling strap wraps around the entire bag for safe support while an adjustable shoulder strap with removable pad offer carrying comfort.

055 carbon fibre three-section tripod, with horizontal column

A masterpiece of engineering designed for photographers who want the best from their tripod

The new 055 carbon fibre three-section tripod delivers maximum rigidity from the lightest components; a masterpiece of engineering designed for photographers who want the best from their tripod and need it to be easily transportable. The 100% carbon fibre tubes and new QPL leg locking system increase the tripod’s rigidity and absorb vibrations, stabilizing camera equipment under any conditions. Carbon fibre tubing and magnesium castings also reduce the weight of this tripod compared to the equivalent aluminum version.

Key Features:

The key feature of the 055CXPRO3 is its 90 degree centre column mechanism, which allows the column to be extended vertically as normal, or horizontally to open up a wide range of framing and shooting possibilities; this makes the 055CXPRO3 an extremely versatile tripod, suitable for a wide range of photography and video applications. The horizontal column mechanism is housed within the tripod's top casting for compactness, but it is easily and quickly extended whenever you need it. Switching between vertical and horizontal column orientation requires no disassembly, and can even be done with a camera attached.

The legs of the 055CXPRO3 tripod are also fast to extend and adjust, thanks to the Quick Power Lock levers that block and unblock each leg section. The special design of the QPL levers allows a more comfortable single-handed opening of all leg sections in one action. QPL’s lever design also offers more powerful locking of each section, meaning the tripod is more stable and rigid than with traditional lever designs. Intuitive and ergonomic leg angle selectors allow each leg to be independently and solidly set to any of the preset angles, again allowing considerable positioning freedom.

A bubble level is built in to the top of the centre column for precise framing. The bubble level rotates freely around the centre column, so it can be positioned wherever it's easiest for you to see it while adjusting the tripod, and without it either being obscured by the mounted head and camera, or getting in the way of head or camera controls.


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Customer Reviews

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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful By approach on November 20, 2008
Size: 055CXPRO3 Verified Purchase
Really, you won't believe how light this thing is until you see it in the flesh and actually pick it up.

It's very nicely made (100% carbon fiber in the legs, and magnesium castings). It's solid as a rock, too. The base plate has a bubble level in it (moderately useful), and three set screws that push against your tripod head to make the head/tripod connection absolutely tight.

The 90 degree column rotation feature works very well. I haven't used it yet, but I'm guessing that it'll be quite useful for certain shots. You can get the tripod very low via the adjustable leg angles.

I use the tripod with a Manfrotto 488rc2. I think it's a very nice combination. Very light and very solid.

One more thing: this tripod is TALL, and that's a good thing. I'm 6'1", and with the legs extended, my Nikon D300 is right at eye level. Why is that good? Well, it means that for most (if not all) shots, I don't need to extend the center column. That makes the entire setup just that much more unshakeable.

400 bucks is quite a bit of money, but I think I got what I paid for.

P.S. I got Manfrotto's 055SPK2 spiked feet (Amazon). They have rubber feet with an extendable hardened aluminum spike in the middle. Very nice. If you get them, be careful during the install--you need to wedge the feet open so they slide onto the tripod legs without catching. A little water helps here too, and will evaporate when you're done.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Jerald Winter on September 8, 2009
Size: 055CXPRO3 Verified Purchase
Scott Kelby recommends this tripod in his top seller, Digital Photography. It is definitely one of the best pieces of advice I ever read. While pricey, this tripod is worth every buck. Using it near daily for several months and capturing several thousand photos has changed my photography for the better, especially landscapes and water shots.

1. Bring on the water. This tripod is ideal for getting in the water--creeks, rivers, lakes, marshes, etc. It lures one into deeper water for unique shots that cannot be gotten from shore. (Watch out for forgotten cellphones in pockets.) Sand, mud, clay, bird dropping, etc, do not impede the latching. It cleans easily with a water hose. Drains best upside down (or down the back of a shirt.)

2. Stable. The magnesium leg hinges change angles with a firm press, then maintain their angle solidly. The legs extend/collapse quickly and hold their position without slipping.

3. Get all the angles. The 90 degree column is fast and especially useful for near-ground shots or up against a rock face or tree. There is hardly any angle the plate cannot be set to, or location this tripod can't be set up on (haven't tried ice, yet.)

4. Surprise benefit. An adjunct hiking "stick" to get up or down banks or ledges--a great combo with a separate hiking stick for getting to optimum capture sites.

5. Carbon fiber. Worth it. Damps vibration compared to aluminum. Light weight is perfect for hiking with camera attached and ready to shoot.

6. Pairing: Needs a separately purchased head. Manfrotto 322RC2 Horizontal Grip Action Ball Head with RC2 Rapid Connect Plate (3157N) pairs nicely with it.

Numerous photography authors advise getting a really good tripod. If you got a cheap tripod, upgrade to this one. If you don't have a tripod, then do your photography addiction a favor and get this one!
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy S. Greene on December 21, 2008
Size: 055CXPRO3
A couple years ago I bought one of those cheap, Chinese knock-offs on Ebay. Sure, it was light, but it looked like some amateur had made the thing without the instruction sheet. That one had twist locks that were literally painful to use and made my hand raw during a trip to Alaska. I couldn't sell it fast enough after I got back.

I just couldn't get myself to pay the $700+ for a Gitzo, so when Manfrotto came out with this model I was excited. Everything I read or saw about the piece was positive, and I can only parrot those reviews.

At $400 it's not cheap, but since it works so well, it's a GREAT value. The leg locks are flip-locks that I love. With a little adjusting, they open and close easily and securely. Out of the box, I found them to be a bit tight. Adjustment is a breeze with the supplied tool.

I mounted my Arcaswiss ballhead on it, and it's still amazingly light. A HUGE relief from my old Manfrotto 3221.

The only problem I've encountered is the little lock adjustment tool that snaps onto the legs. It snaps right OFF, too. I fixed this with a little spring loaded, locking ring I had laying around, and a piece of fishing line. There are a couple nice convenient loops on the top to attach this to.

Unless you want to show off the fact that you have a "Gitzo", and you're budget doesn't stretch this fat, I highly recommend this tripod, or perhaps others in the series.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By G. Berger on January 17, 2010
Size: 055CXPRO3
Well, nothing is perfect but this tripod is awfully close. I was looking to replace a 3021 and needed:

1. Light weight (3021 is over 9-1/2 lbs. with the head and carrying it through the woods for several hours is tiring).
2. Height - I'm 6' and don't want to bend over if I don't have to.
3. Wider range of adjustments - the 3021 will not get right down to the ground.

This tripod fits all three criteria. It's 3.6 lbs. (without the head). Even with the head it's light as a feather. The first few times I picked it up with the camera attached I almost threw it up into the air, being used to the weight of the 3021. With the head and the camera, it easily gets up to eye level without extending the center column more than an inch or so.
The center column can be pulled all the way up and flipped to a horizontal position on top of the tripod. You have to see how this works, it's hard to explain but simple and quick to do. Then the legs can be flipped out to 90 degrees. The tripod is now resting flat on the ground with the camera pointed down (if desired). You have to see this demonstrated to understand it, but it's fantastic.
As a bonus, it's aesthetically beautiful. Why do the Italians excel at designing beauty into their products, and why can't everyone?
I purchased the Manfrotto ball head for 120.00, and there is currently a 50.00 rebate when you buy the tripod and a head. Between the tripod itself and the ball head, I feel like I'm in a new world.
Expensive, yes, but worth every cent.
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