Manfrotto 055 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (MT055XPRO3),Black
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- STABILITY: The QPL's (Quick Power Levers) design offers more powerful locking of each section, meaning the tripod is more stable and rigid than with traditional lever designs
- ERGONOMIC DESIGN: The long lasting ergonomic design ensures extraordinary ease of use, with a wide range of leg angles to choose
- VERSATILE: The horizontal column mechanism can be easily extended when you need to shoot at the last-minute and is housed in the tripod's top casting to keep it as compact as possible when not in use
- PRECISION: Frame and shoot more precisely with the bubble level, which rotates freely around the centre column
- SUPPORT ACCESSORIES: The top casting of the 055XPRO3 has an easy link connector for supporting a photo or video accessory
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Quick power locks with high locking power ensures maximum camera stability.
High Payload: 9 Kg / 19.8 lbs.
0 degree column and 4 leg angles allow to reach any position.
Quick Power Lock
With the new 055 camera stability is assured more than ever.
Compared with the classical locking levers, the QPL allow to apply extra locking power to the leg locks which, in turn, increase the stiffness of the tripod and enable it to support a higher payload.
Higher locking power does not mean compromise on ergonomics: QPL have a 1 Hand Opening mechanism which cuts the set up time and makes the operation comfortable.
The Easy Link attachment, allows to convert the new 055 in a portable photographic studio.
By simply attaching an arm with an LED light, a reflector, or any other accessory, the new 055 goes beyond the classic boundaries of tripods’ functionalities.
|Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod||Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fibre 3 Section Tripod||Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fibre 4 Section Tripod||Manfrotto 055 kit - alu 3-section tripod + XPRO 3 way Head||Manfrotto 055 Alu 3 Sec Tripod + XPRO Ball Head|
|Leg Lock Type||Flip Lock||Flip Lock||Flip Lock||Flip Lock||Flip Lock|
|Closed Length||61 cm||63 cm||54 cm||74 cm||72.5 cm|
|Max Height||170 cm||170 cm||170 cm||183 cm||181.5 cm|
|Min Height||9 cm||9 cm||9 cm||9 cm||9 cm|
|Safety Payload||9 Kg||9 Kg||9 Kg||8 Kg||8 Kg|
|Maximum Height (with Centre Column Down)||140 cm||140 cm||140 cm||153 cm||151.5 cm|
|Weight||2500 g||2000 g||2100 g||3500 g||3000 g|
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The professional 055 redefines the 3-section aluminum tripod, delivering an unprecedented level of stiffness. The key feature of the MT055XPRO3 is its 90° column, which allows the column to be extended vertically or horizontally. 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 055XPRO3 tripod are also fast to extend and adjust, thanks to the Quick Power Lock (QPL) levers. The special design of the QPL levers allows single-handed opening of all leg sections in one action. Intuitive and ergonomic leg angle selectors allow each leg to be independently and solidly set to any of the preset angles, allowing positioning freedom. A bubble level is built in to the top of the center column for precise framing. The bubble level rotates freely around the center column, so it can be positioned wherever it's easiest to see. The top casting of the 055XPRO3 has an Easy Link connector for supporting photo or video accessories (such as an LED light, flash, or reflector) on an extending arm or bracket, transforming the tripod into a practical mobile studio. Technical Specifications: Closed Length 24.02”; Leg Angles 25°/46°/66°/88°; 3 Leg Sections; Legs Tube Diameter 1.18-1.02 0.89”; Load Capacity 19.84 lbs; Maximum Height (with Center Column Down) 55.12”; Maximum Height 66.93”; Minimum Height 3.54”; Weight 5.51 lbs.
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I won’t go into specs about the Manfrotto 055. If you are looking for these, simply look at the description. I did however, attach a few pictures comparing the size of the tubing of this model compared to a Manfrotto 190XB using a digital caliper. Huge difference that really isn’t shown by the photographs.
This tripod is impressive to say the least. I already own a Manfrotto 190XB and have used this as my go to tripod for at least five years. I have gotten into night photography recently and have a few dslrs, but only the one tripod. Well, it was time to purchase a new addition to my gear. Impressed with the sturdiness, quality, and build of the 190XB, I decided to stick with the Manfrotto brand.
I decided on the Manfrotto 055 based on my prior experience with Manfrotto, along with the many reviews available online. Upon arrival, I was instantly impressed with the build of this model. It is “supersized” compared to my 190XB. See the attached pictures. This product is built to top quality standards. A bit heavy of a tripod to use as a walk around, but if you travel by car, or motorcycle and only plan a few hundred yards walk to your subject, this shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you plan on backpacking this tripod, be ready for the extra weight of this model. It will wear you down within an hour or so. It is by no means small or ultra-lite.
This is extremely sturdy and needs no extra weight to keep it steady on a breezy day. I am 100% Satisfied!
Manfrotto isn’t cheap stuff. Top of the line for the money spent.
During week two of use the center column started slipping and would not hold its position forcing numerous re-shoots and aggravating amounts of time lost while working. The final nail in the coffin came soon after when the tension screw quit working all together, not the center column cannot be locked into place at all, negating the need for a tripod all together because no matter how level you were the entire column just wobbles around making a truly still shot next to impossible.
If you value your time and money, avoid this tripod at all costs.
The 055 just dwarfs the 190. The larger diameters of the leg sections give this tripod a much sturdier footprint. Moreover, the 055 is roughly a foot taller than my old 190. This may not sound like much, but with the 190, I often had to extend the center column in order to look comfortably through my camera’s viewfinder. That extra foot of height means that not only do I not have to use the center column, but that I actually can’t even fully extend that last section of leg. If I did that, the viewfinder would be several inches above my eyes (with the 054Mg ball head). I should point out here that I am just shy of 5 foot 11 inches. The extra height is extremely important because extending that center column makes the tripod less stable. If I used my old 190 in the wind, with the center column extended, there were often slight vibrations. While I haven’t had the chance to test it yet, I am certain that the 055 will not have that problem.
Speaking of vibrations, one of the things I wrestled with while upgrading was whether or not it was worth the extra money to get the carbon fiber model, or if the aluminum model would do. In the end, I decided to spring for the CF model, and am glad that I did. This tripod feels like it weighs less than my old 190 (which was aluminum) and yet, there is noticeably less vibration when I move it around (that is to say, there is no vibration.) With the aluminum tripod, after placing the tripod in a new location, I could see and feel the slight vibration. When I move the CF 055 around, there is no vibration at all (this is with a D800 with vertical grip and a 70-200 2.8). Obviously, this may be due to the fact that the 055 is just a bigger tripod, and dampens the vibrations better. However, my understanding is that CF is much more rigid, and therefore is better at dampening. CF also stands up to the elements better, and given that I do a lot of my shooting outdoors, this was a concern for me. Keep in mind, however, that I have not had any experience with the aluminum 055, so I can’t really comment intelligently about the differences between the two.
Finally, the center column can be moved quickly an easily to the vertical position in no time flat. You simply loosen the center column, fully extended it, push a button on the bottom of the column, and it rotates into the vertical position! For me, this was amazing given that my old 190 couldn’t do it all. However, as I said earlier, the 190 was old, and therefore, I have no experience with the Q90 system. I can’t say how much easier this new system is compared to the old Q90 system… The floating level is also nice, as it allows you to rotate it around the center to whatever position you’d like, which ensures that you can always see it no matter how you have the tripod set up. I also like the Quick Link set up, which allows me to attach a magic arm or any other accessory with a standard 3/8in screw. I can’t say I plan on using this much, but it might be helpful for some product photography, and it’s a nice feature to have, allowing one to grow into it, if they need to.
The bottom line is that this tripod is light, strong, sturdy, and includes a handful of nice features that ensure it is not merely a tool that gets its job done, but is a tool that really excels at helping you get your job done. Moreover, the craftsmanship is second to none, and its obvious quality means that I have no doubt it will be helping me get the job done for years to come! Yes, it is expensive, but a quality tripod is absolutely necessary for any real photo work. Plus, do you really want to trust extremely delicate and expensive camera equipment to a tripod that you are not absolutely sure of?
I will try to post a couple pictures showing the new 055 alongside my old 190 so that you can get a sense of perspective.
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This tripod has three section legs, two of which have a thick rubber grip at the top. This makes it much more comfortable to carry by one of these legs, particularly in cold weather. I’m 5’ 11” and, with legs fully extended, I only need to lift the centre column a couple of inches to bring the camera to eye level.
Leg extension is restricted by click stops. There are three of these and then the leg moves out to horizontal. To move past these to allow the tripod to be lowered, or used on uneven ground, means pushing back a little on the leg and simultaneously pressing down on the silver lock button. With the legs fully extended this is simple enough. With legs at their shortest,the camera in place, and the legs splayed wide, I found it very awkward to move the legs past the stops. I found I had to lift the tripod, guessing where I wanted the legs and then trying to position it again. I have fond memories of using the Benbo to do the same thing – slacken the bolt slightly, re-arrange the legs and re-tighten the bolt. It was dead simple. The Manfrotto is not, and my major use of it is for flower photography so easy manoeuvrability at low levels is important to me. This tripod does not get my recommendation for ease of use for low-level photography.
The centre column comes up and out and tllts to horizontal. To get it out of its housing you have to press a little red button at the bottom of the column while at the same time pulling on the column. I strongly advise not to do this with the camera on the tripod. Getting it back down again afterwards is a struggle. You can’t get at the button, which seems to block the column’s downward progress. I’ve found that jiggling and pushing with a little force applied eventually pops the centre column back down again. Also you need to get at that red button to move the column from horizontal to vertical before pushing it back down. The trouble is bits of tripod get in the way of my fingers, so again it’s awkward/clumsy. It works, but it’s far from the elegance I would expect from Manfrotto.
With everything tightened up this tripod is rock solid. I have no complaints on that score. It does however have a slight flex if you push on the fully extended legs. No problem with steadiness with hands off and a cable release.
The leg extension clips are big and easy to use. My only problem with them is the deisgn makes them look as if they open the opposite way, so I’m forever grabbing the wrong end of the lever and wondering why nothing is happening.
I bought a Manfrotto video head for use with this and that fits and works perfectly. But for stills it doesn’t do portrait orientation so I have to resort to my Manfrotto small ball head for that. The tripod’s head mounting plate is a bit big for it and the tripod’s built-in spirit level gets in the way of the locking lever on the ball head. The spirit level rotates so it can be moved out of the way. Because the locking lever on the head hangs below the level of the mounting plate it has to be positioned horizontally in order to screw the ball head into place. These are minor niggles, but I would have expected a manufacturer of Manfrotto’s reputation to make all their bits and pieces fully compatible.
It’s an ok tripod, and solid enough for me. The centre column mechanism for shifting from vertical to horizontal (which you need to do if you have the legs fully splayed) is far from slick – but the whole thing is solid enough when finally adjusted. One other thing the centre column is not cylindrical so it doesn’t rotate to ease positioning of the camera when used horizontally.
I like its height, and although its heaviness is a problem for portability, it’s a bonus for solidity. I like that the legs splay horizontally. I don’t like the mechanism for rotating the centre column through 90 degrees. I like the rubber grips for carrying. I don’t like that the size of the base plate interferes with a Manfrotto head.