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Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods

B&H # MA556B Mfr # 556B
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  • 50mm Half Bowl

This innovative Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column is a leveling system for the 190 Pro series (previous 3001 Pro) of tripods. It allows you to quickly level your photo or video head, independently from the tripod. A built-in 50mm half ball with 15° of levelling is mounted on top of the tripod center column so as to make the angle of the plate independent of the rest of the tripod.

Locking and unlocking of the half ball is via a turning grip on the bottom of the center column.

The half ball-mounted plate has a male 3/8" screw for attachment to a photo or video head, and a bubble spirit level for added ease of use.
Material Aluminum
Load Capacity 11 lbs (5kg)
Travel Distance 10.2" (26cm)
Height 15.9" (40.4cm)
Weight 1.5 lb (670g)
Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods
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    Manfrotto556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods
     
    4.7

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Improves tripod function (11)
    • Fits well (10)
    • Solid/sturdy (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (4)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Travel (3)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (9), Photo enthusiast (3)
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      5.0

      Works perfectly

      By Mark

      from Minneapolis

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

          I purchased this so I can set shots quickly with the leveling device. I use it rigorously and I am thoroughly impressed and give it the highest review possible. I use it with my 190XPROB Manfrotto tripod and the two were made for each other. Note: If you buy the 190XPROB just know it does not level for you and you have to do it manually by lowering or raising the legs, which can be tedious and a time waster. The centering device saves you a lot of time! I also use the 701HDV head, which I really enjoy. I feel the 3 items are the perfect combination for my DSLR / small camcorder video production business. I also do a fair amount of travel and I love how it can be broken down and fit it into a carry on bag. Very sturdy construction all the way around!

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          5.0

          Makes fine adjustments fast and easy.

          By Bassecam

          from Carmel Valley, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Leveling
          • Well Constructed

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • DSLR Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

            I added this column to my 190 series tripod and topped it off with the 126 RC light video head. Now I can dial in a shot with the leveling ball much, much faster than I could by adjusting 3 handles on the original head. The other reason I put the light video head on top is I can now also turn my Nikon D7000 into video mode and make a smooth pan, knowing that the head is level and the pan won't go downhill.

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            5.0

            Perfect addition

            By Billfish

            from Washington, DC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fits Well
            • Improves Tripod Function
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

              I added this center column to the Manfrotto 190CX carbon tripod. I was very impressed with the latitude of leveling this item offered. I never imagined gear at this price point could adapt to so many different surfaces so quickly. I use this column while shooting video with a DSLR. Leveling lets me move quickly and set my shots before sequence opportunities vanish. I am a professional videographer with a major news organization.

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              4.0

              Works like a charm

              By Jeff the Documentarian

              from New York

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                  I put the column on my manfrotto legs with the manfrotto 501 head. My old column had broken due to too much weight.
                  I've only had the column for a few weeks but it's been a great addition to a simple tripod setup- it allows me to quickly adjust the level of my shot without arming out the legs individually.
                  The length of the arm is a double edged sword:
                  It's long so I can arm it up for an extra high shot, but it also makes adjusting the level of the shot a bit hard since I need to use both hands pretty far away from each other. It's completely doable, just a little awkward.

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                  4.0

                  Pretty cool product

                  By InHouse

                  from Healdsburg, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fits Well
                  • Improves Tripod Function
                  • Solid/Sturdy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                    Makes a Bogen tripod feel more like a pro tripod and allows you to level quickly. Very good product. Definitely worth adding to any Bogen setup.

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                    5.0

                    a must

                    By blue moose

                    from montreal, qc

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Improves Tripod Function
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                        if you work on uneven terrain, often change tripod positions etc, it is a must. Use it to fine tune the camera horizon. Will make your work so much easier!

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                        5.0

                        Great upgrade for DSLR VIDEO!

                        By Chubbsman

                        from Winter Park Florida

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Saves time
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                          I've had a Manfrotto 190 photo tripod for quite a while. I use a larger video set of sticks for shooting with heavier setups. With the advent of DSLR cinema, I figured this would be a great attachment. Great for music videos, short films, and anything else you coud think of!

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent addition to the tripod kit

                          By Barrindp

                          from Mollymook Australia

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fits Well
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                            I work as an expedition photographer in the polar regions. The ability to quickly fine tune the level of the tripod head without having to mess with the legs on uneven ground is fantastic, enabling me to set up quicker to catch the wildlife action.

                            Impressed wit the build quality and the simplicity of the adjustments. Only slight down side is the need to remove the locking nut at the bottom of the colum to remove it from the tripod. I use a couple of different columns with different heads.

                            Very happy to have this in my kit bag

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                            5.0

                            Very useful for panoramas

                            By Uli

                            from Norway

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                              I had some problems initially to insert the column into my tripod, but after that hurdle it is really a joy to use. It makes it so much easier to level the tripod. However, be careful that you don't have too much weight on the column (e.g., your camera) when leveling your tripod (at least mine tends to spin out of control when adjusting it ...).

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                              4.0

                              A win and a loss

                              By Peter_J

                              from Adelaide - Australia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Adjusted
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function

                              Cons

                              • Side mount restricted

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                              The WIN - A great accessory, very easy to use, quick easy leveling, good grip on the lock thread at the bottom of the column, minimal increase in mass for hikes (old column is replaced), fits perfectly, quality product.
                              The LOSS - the ability to quickly set the column up normal (90 degrees) to the legs. This is due to the lock nut grip that has to be removed before the column can be pushed through the top clamp.
                              Overall, - a winner

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Must have for CF 190CX3 tripod

                              By jmz48

                              from Upstate NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fits Well
                              • Improves Tripod Function
                              • Solid/Sturdy

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Video
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                                This leveling column is a perfect addition to any Manfrotto 190Pro series tripod, especially all carbon fiber models. It is perfect companion for all photographers shooting panoramas or videorecording. I would buy it again in a blink of an eye. This product adds very little weight to the tripod, as it replaces original column, so additional weight is no more then 0.2kg.

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                                5.0

                                Great conversion for 190cx3 CF legs

                                By biggametv

                                from Norman, OK

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Long Exposures
                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                                  Offsets leveling time due to individual extentsion legs. Really useful for fast action in wilderness situation.

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                                  4.0

                                  Good accessory if you use a tripod

                                  By Jorge

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fits Well
                                  • Improves Tripod Function
                                  • Solid/Sturdy

                                  Cons

                                  • Pricey

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Any tripod situation
                                  • Architectural Photography
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Panoramic Photography

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods:

                                  If you use a tripod at all this is a must have. Put it on and forget about it; until you need to level the camera and now you can do it without changing the legs length (which is annoying at best).

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