Manfrotto 055 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (MT055XPRO3),Black
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- Unprecedented Strength and Rigidity Featuring Quick Power Locks
- Manfrotto's Q90 Center Column Boasts Quick One Finger Operation
- Easy Link Connection for Adding Accessories
- Upper Disk with Rotating Bubble Level to Level on All Planes
- The Professional 3-Section Aluminum Tripod Solution
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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.
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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.
I deliberately went for a 3 section leg, and find the locking mechanism really fast and solid. My lightweight tripod uses the twist grip mechanism, but I find the Manfrotto system much easier and quicker to use.
Sturdiness: This thing will not budge in wind, I had it on the beach, and it was really windy, and even on sand, I was never afraid of my camera falling over or anything! Rock solid!
Size: It is kinda heavy for lugging around, and it was too big for me to fit in a normal gym bag, but if you take the attached head off, it fits into a bag with a small extendable bit, and once you have a comfy bag it really won't be an issue!
It has taken a couple of bangs and all, no damage, this is a proper piece of equipment. The attachment as well is super easy to use, very smooth for moving the camera, and once it's locked it's locked. Very happy with it! :)
After skimping on inferior tripods for years, I bit the bullet and spent the extra on this Manfrotto 055. I am so glad I did, I only wish I had purchased it earlier.
I use mine as a studio based tripod although this is just about portable enough to take with you. Some may find it a touch heavy and therefore I would advise spend the extra again and go for the carbon fibre model.
Update: no support from manfrotto at all. The wingnut that is supposed to keep the head & centre column tight and secure has now completely sheared/stripped thread. Useless to me now. Not a cheap tripod and wasn't expecting this at all after 3 years.
This tripod comes with a huge 3/8 in screw, it comes with no adapter, which I find quite annoying as there's no information stating that the tripod has no standard screw. You could at least provide the adapter included in the price, now I have to wait even longer to get my plans done.
Now to the tripod - well made and this the upgraded redesigned 055 Manfrotto, easy to use, sturdy and considering its aluminium very light weight but very strong, new rubber hand grip on two of the legs, the horizontal operation of the central bar is very easy use and easy to fold it back to vertical. What a piece of kit!!!
VERY HAPPY DEFO I WILL BE BUYING FROM THEM!!!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!!
I have given it 4 stars not 5 just because it is quite weighty and while this isnt a bad thing for stability the tripod kit doesnt have a bag or strap for easy transport so you have to buy one separately hence the 4 star rating.
I needed a better quality tripod to replace my Hama Star 63 which just wasnt up to scratch for what I needed, as it was too light and just didnt go low enough for me.
I am a keen macro photographer but anyone who knows anything about macro will know you quite often have to use a tripod for best results and if its not stable enough it wont produce a decent photograph.
The 055 legs are excellent and allow the centre column to be moved 90 degrees from upright and the legs go so low you can get about 5-10cm from the floor which is excellent for low down macro shots.
The head is amazing and compact as I have had chance to use the older version and the handles were only screwed on and did not retract and this made the setup quite long and this was not what I wanted.
The leg sections are amazing and solid they do not feel like they will slip and the clamps (whatever you call them) are solid and easy to use but not as if they are going to open up and allow the legs to ruin a shot.
The tripod extend to an excellent height, I find that it is slightly too tall for me at full extension but all I need do is spread the legs slightly or just not extend the legs enough.
Even with fully extended legs and centre bar this tripod is solid.
A useful feature over my previous tripod is the centre column turning 90 degrees. This allowed me to get my camera and tripod very low to the ground, about 6 inches.