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Is this the perfect tripod?,
This review is from: Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber 3 Section Tripod with Q90 Column and Magnesium Castings (Black) (Camera)
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.