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Manfrotto 055 Carbon Fibre MT055CXPRO3 Tripod Review

Gary Wolstenholme reviews this top-of-the-range tripod from Manfrotto sporting carbon fibre leg tubes for extra rigidity and strength.


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Features
Handling
Performance
Verdict
Specification

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This top-of-the-range tripod from Manfrotto costs around £400 and sports carbon fibre leg tubes for extra rigidity and strength. 

 

Manfrotto 055 Carbon Pro MT055CXPRO3 Features

Despite being strong enough to safely support a payload of up to 9kg, the carbon fibre and magnesium construction is lightweight, with this tripod tipping the scales at 2kg, which isn't much for a tripod of this size. To further aid the stiffness and stability of the tripod, Manfrotto have developed a new locking mechanism, which applies more force, making the legs stiffer. The new Quick Power Lock latches are still operable with one hand, which helps to make the legs easily adjustable.

Each of the legs can be set independently at four angles, and the newly designed latches make this setting much easier to adjust than with older Manfrotto designs.

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The centre column can be set horizontally simply be unlocking it and pulling it out into position and an 'Easy Link' connection for an additional accessory arm is also provided. 

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Key Features

  • Carbon fibre legs and centre column
  • Weighs 2kg
  • Can support a payload of up to 9kg
  • Quick power lock latches
  • Four leg angles
  • Horizontal column
  • Easy Link accessory connector

Manfrotto 055 Carbon Pro MT055CXPRO3 Handling

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Although this is one of the largest and sturdiest tripods Manfrotto currently offer, the light weight makes it quite portable. Unfortunately, the £400 asking price doesn't buy you a head, or a case to carry it around in. For the purposes of the review, we fitted a Manfrotto XPRO 3 way head, which costs around £110.

In use, the tripod is very easy to set up, with all the latches clicking easily into place and the legs are simple to position at the angle you desire. Using the horizontal centre column has a bit more of a knack to it, but once mastered, it is incredibly quick to set up.

Manfrotto 055 Carbon Pro MT055CXPRO3 Performance

Although the feet don't have spikes built into them, the tripod feels stable on soft ground, thanks in part to the inherent stiffness of the frame and the ease with which everything can be tightened up.

The centre column can be removed completely if needs be, but cannot be split into two for low level shooting. Instead the centre column needs to be set horizontally. It's a good job that it is easy to set this way.

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The maximum height of this tripod is 170cm, which is more than high enough for most applications. When closed, this tripod is 61cm long, which isn't the most compact, but the light weight adds to its portability.

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Value For Money

With a price of around £300 (without head) and the ability to support a payload as large as 9kg, this is quite a specialised camera support, that will probably be overkill for many people. Even so, this tripod is designed to last, and will be especially useful for work with heavy, long lenses or larger format camera systems.

If the lightweight and extra rigidity of the carbon fibre legs isn't a priority, the same tripod is available with aluminium leg sections for around £200.

Giottos also offer a similarly specified carbon fibre legged tripod. Their Silk Road YTL 8383 costs around £260, can support a maximum payload of 8kg and opens to a maximum height of 183cm.

 

Manfrotto 055 Carbon Pro MT055CXPRO3 Verdict

There is no doubt this is an excellent, sturdy tripod, that exceeds the capabilities many photographers will require. With the price being around £400, it's probably priced beyond what many photographers can justify for a camera support also. Saying that, if you regularly use heavy camera and lens combinations and need the absolute best you can buy, then this will be the tripod for you.

 


 
 
  The Manfrotto 055 Carbon Pro is an excellent, sturdy tripod that exceeds the capabilities many photographers will require. 
   

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Pros

Very strong construction
Easy to set up and use
Lightweight for its strength and size
Sturdy latches
Horizontal centre column
Easy link connection for accessories
Very stable

Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 Cons

Expensive
Centre column is in one piece, which may limit options for low level shooting
Price is without a head
No case included

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Manfrotto 055 Carbon Pro MT055CXPRO3 Specifications

ManufacturerManfrotto
Tripods
ConstructionCarbon Fibre
Maximum Height170cm
Minimum Height9cm
Maximum Weight Capacity9kg
Number of Leg Sections3
HeadN/A
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data
Dimensions
Weight2000g
WidthNo Data
Height610mm

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scottishphototours 16 2.6k 2
25 Apr 2014 8:05PM
3 out of 5 for value for money for something that comes incomplete and without any kind of protection??? - surely this should have been a 1 out of 5??!!
11 Mar 2015 10:44PM
Hi I have just purchased the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 055 Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column I love it except changing the leg positions are very hard to do. They are so stiff.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

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