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Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 055 Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (Black)
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- Carbon fiber design for Unprecedented Strength
- Redesigned Q90 center column with quick one finger operation
- Easy Link connection for adding accessories
- Redesigned upper disk with rotating bubble level
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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|
|Item Dimensions||5 x 5 x 24.02 inches|
|Item Weight||4.4 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||5.1 pounds|
The new 055 carbon fiber 3-section tripod delivers maximum rigidity from the lightest components. The 100% carbon fiber tubes and new QPL leg locking system increase the tripod’s rigidity and absorb vibrations, stabilizing camera equipment under any conditions. The key feature of the 055CXPRO3 is its 90 Degree Centre column mechanism, which allows the column to be extended vertically as normal. 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 055CXPRO3 tripod are also fast to extend and adjust, thanks to the Quick Power Lock 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, again allowing considerable positioning freedom. A bubble level is built in to the top of the Centre column for precise framing. The bubble level rotates freely around the Centre column, so it can be positioned wherever it's easiest for you to see it. SPECIFICATIONS attaches by. 3/8 attachment type center column rapid closed length 24.02 in Color black color column cross section three-faceted column tube diameter 28mm leg angles 25 Degree.46 Degree.66 Degree.88 Degree leg cross section round leg sections 3 number legs tube diameter 29.2 . 24.8 . 20.4 mm material carbon fiber tubing + magnesium castings maximum height 66.93 in maximum height (with center column down) 55.12 in minimum height 3.54 in safety payload 19.84 lbs section center column 1 number weight 4.41 lb.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
I was sold! I've only used this tripod a few times, but I'm completely happy thusfar. I'll follow up if the problems other's have stated neck problems. That being said, I did have an initial issue once putting the neck horizontal, it wouldn't go back in. I don't remember exactly what the problem was, but it did work its way back in and hasn't been a problem since.
It is very stable and firm. But lightweight because of the CF.
It is pricey but when you have to travel with it the less weight is highly appreciated.