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Manfrotto 556B Leveling Center Column for 190 PRO Series Tripods

B&H # MA556B Mfr # 556B
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Product Highlights
  • 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
     
    4.6

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (11)
    • 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 (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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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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                    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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                        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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