Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber 3 Section Tripod with Aluminum Castings and Top Plate (Black)
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- Ultra light carbon fiber and aluminum construction.
- New ergonomic leg locking levers.
- 3 layered 100% full carbon tubes for improved rigidity and lightness.
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|Item Dimensions||26.3 x 5.43 x 5.43 inches|
|Item Weight||4.41 pounds|
|Material Type||carbon fiber|
|Maximum Height||177 centimeters|
|Minimum Height||6.5 centimeters|
|Shipping Weight||5.11 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
All other specifications, however, tilt in favor of the 055CX3 including more compact closed length (61cm vs 65cm) and shorter minimum height (6cm vs 11cm). The 055CX3 is basically a classic tripod design taken from previous aluminum design tripods and implemented in carbon fiber. I own a much older aluminum tripod that has the same exact dimensions and function. I never gave up on that tripod except that I wanted to upgrade to a lighter tripod and newer locking levers.
I particularly enjoy the ability to extend only one section of the two telescopic legs and then raise the center column for my desired working height. This arrangement reduces the tripod foot print and minimizes the space required for the tripod making it easier to get closer to objects with prime lenses for close up photography such as food detail for example. Overall I am very happy with this tripod
Also the center column is near useless with a 70-200 2.8, I cut mine in half to save weight and still offer the extra height if i need it. Also the center column is made of aluminum not carbon fiber, probably doesn't add too much weight but good to know if you're buying this online and can't tell from the pictures.
I've learned you can't cut corners on tripods, I broke my fair share of cheap ones before I finally made the leap to this beauty and I'm very happy I did.
This carbon fiber version is lighter, and it absorbs the vibrations more than the aluminum version, but of course it also costs more.
The basic facts for this one are:
Maximum Height: 69.7"(177 cm)
Folded Length 24.2" (61.5 cm)
Supports 17.6 lb
3 Section Design
4 Leg Angle Settings
Weighs 3.9 lb
Low Angle Adapter
The low level adapter lets you get a few inches from the ground, and it is attached to the bottom of the center column for quick access.
If you are wondering what the difference is between this one and the 055CXPRO3 it is that the 055CXPRO3 model has a special feature that allows for the center column to be used in a horizontal position which lets you get into lower angles more quickly than by using the adapter on the 055CX3. The down side is that it makes the tripod about an inch longer, when folded, and in my opinion makes it a little less stable. If you're doing a lot of Macro stuff, then the 055CXPRO3 might be a better bet, otherwise I would suggest this one.
Here's the best part though. About a month and a half ago I was shooting on a rocky beach and accidentally stepped back onto the tripod and broke one of the legs off at the upper pivot. When I got home I went to the Manfrotto website and was able to find and order just the upper tube w/ the metal pivot pre-glued to it. About 10 days later I was reassembling the tripod w/ the new part and it works just as good as new. So for $90 all in I was back in business. A big shout out to Manfrotto.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excelent product : its light and resistant. I have no worries putting my 2.8 200mm heavy lens on this tripod.Published on August 20, 2013 by Vince
Like all Manfrotto products this tripod is top notch. I have two other Manfrotto tripods, the 055XB and 055XPROB and like them both. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by P. Hayes
I was pleasantly surprised when my tripod arrived. I played the game of buying cheapo tripods for years, and figured they were all alike. Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Michael Choudoir
For that price, i guess you can't expected less.
Light. Tall. Quality built.
Extending only the legs brings the head at around human eye ( for a 1,75 meters height man )
I looked at alot of these in person before I ordered this one and this design and height was perfect for me and the carbon fibre made it lite enough to carry all the time... Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by dmoose
I love the size and weight of this tripod but it tends to sink into itself when extended. When weight is on the head the legs will splay a little so if you had the weight of your... Read morePublished on May 11, 2010 by S. Holman