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4.0 out of 5 stars Good news is it's heavy and sturdy; bad news is it's heavy and sturdy., November 6, 2007
This review is from: Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod Legs (Black) (Camera)
This tripod has the flip type of leg locks (which I like SO much better than the twist-screw leg locks) and has the weight and stability to hold your camera securely in whatever position you lock it into. There is no perceptable "play" in any of the tripod components. It has a sturdy but smooth resistance, so you can make micro adjustments easily, and wherever you lock it, it stays exactly there. It also has individual leg adjustments that allow you to extend one, two, or three of the legs beyond their usual locked position (which I've used more than I thought I would). The center post also pulls out to slide into a horizontal position, should you need the additional stability. Only a couple of minor drawbacks: It would have been nice if it had a hook at the bottom of the center post, and a handle for carrying it in the collapsed position would have been an added bonus. If you're going to travel with this tripod, be aware that it's too tall to fit into your carry-on luggage (even with the head removed). You'll either need a tripod case, or you'll have to put it in your full-size check-in luggage. It also weighs a ton when you're carrying it with all your other stuff ... until you get ready to use it - in which case, the weight ceases to be a detriment and becomes more of an asset. Other than that, I love this tripod. It's solid.
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2009 6:33:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 18, 2009 6:37:57 PM PDT
Eileen. Snow says:
I have these tripod feet, which I do not find heavy. My heavy tripod weighs 12 pounds for the feet only, 18 pounds for the head and feet. Carbon fiber helps with the sturdiness. But, I now carry (in my car) a 1 gallon plastic milk jug of water to use as a ballast, which adds weight down the center of the feet and rock solid sturdiness, hence protecting my camera, low dispersion lenses and also reducing vibration. The ballast can be added after the tripod is set up at location.

Since I walk with a cane after receiving a total knee and total hip replacement, I needed something lighter, but still sturdy. This tripod fits the bill.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2011 11:46:25 PM PDT
Sorry if this sounds picky, but these are correctly called "legs." The feet of the tripod are the tips, like the ones on some tripods that can be screwed up to expose spikes. It helps if we all speak the same language :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2013 4:54:37 PM PDT
Tom Brody says:
Regarding the tips, it is imortant to unscrew the tips when you set the tripod up on the roof of your automobile. If you leave the tips in the screwed position, the result is likely to be scratches in the paint. Regarding the comment about FLIP verus TWIST, I much prefer FLIP. With TWIST, it is always confounding which way I should twist.
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