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Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket for Leveling Center Column

B&H # MA553 Mfr # 553
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The Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket is designed to be used with a "leveling center column" in horizontal orientation (e.g. 555B, 556B Leveling Column). This simple L bracket makes it possible to mount any tripod head in a normal horizontal position parallel to the ground, even when using the column in horizontal position. Also features a bubble level to make leveling easier and faster.

3/8" male and female tripod and head connections
Dimensions 2.7 x 2.7 x 2.6" (69 x 69 x 66mm) WxHxD
Weight 0.45 lb (205 g)
Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket for Leveling Center Column
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    4.7

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    4.0

    Simple and Effective

    By Laura

    from Brooklyn Park, MN

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Comments about Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket for Leveling Center Column:

          I bought this right angle bracket to use with Manfrotto's tripod 4-head crossarm (131DDB) for tethered shooting. The angle bracket allows me to keep my camera upright when using one of the two horizontal ends of the crossbar. The camera is balanced on the other side by Manfrotto's 183 Aluminum Projector Platform, installed on one of the two upright connectors. The platform holds a 13" laptop opposite the camera. While the crossbar's upright connectors hold the platform without difficulty, they do not have the three set screws necessary to hold a tripod head on securely and keep the tripod head from twisting loose. While the crossarm''s two horizontal ends did have the set screws, they held the camera facing down. This angle bracket allows the tripod head to sit upright, and it has the three set screws for a secure connection to the tripod head. If you are using Manfrotto's crossbar, I'd highly recommend this simple attachment.

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          5.0

          Makes Horiz Column Work!

          By ChipCdM

          from Corona del Mar, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Close-up
          • Extreme Orientations
          • Horiz Column Work
          • Macro
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Travel

          Comments about Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket for Leveling Center Column:

          This makes the "Horizontal Column" feature of the "Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod" (+ other models) really work. This 90° "553 Right Angle Bracket" completes the "Horiz Column" functionality.

          Several Manfrotto tripods, and other brands, have columns that can be switched from the normal Vertical Orientation, to a Horizontal Orientation. Then the column, technically, becomes a "Beam." When horizontal, the column/beam can extend side-ways from the tripod. It's wonderful! Look at the Manfrotto site to see examples. But! Then the "Head" is side-ways! The 90° "553 Right Angle Bracket" fixes that problem! Now your tripod "Head" is upright and normal.

          This 90° "553 Right Angle Bracket" works just fine with the standard "Vert/Horiz Columns" of the 055XPROB tripods. You don't need the "Leveling Column to make it work. The "Leveling Columns" are great though! I want the "555B Leveling Column."

          This 90° "553 Right Angle Bracket" allows you to remove your "Tripod Head," add the "553 90° Bracket," then re-attach your head. Now the tripod can be configured in any of the many orientations with the "Head" in a completely normal orientation. Now all the axes of the head work "normally."

          The 90° "553 Right Angle Bracket" is very well built, very professional. Note: The threads are 3/8-16, not 1/4-20. The 3/8-16 thread is standard for most all of the Manfrotto (& many brands) for "below the head" attachments.

          The side that attaches to the tripod is female threaded (3/8-16), with a knob. The side that attaches to the head is male threaded (3/8-16), and has a screw head with a "coin slot," plus, there are 3 "120° Security Set Screws" to drive into the base of the "Head" to prevent rotation of the "Head." There are similar "120° Security Set Screws" at the top of the Manfrotto columns, where the "Heads" usually are attached. There is also a "Bubble Level (Circular)" for the "Head" side of the "Angle Bracket."

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          5.0

          Specialized Functional Accessory

          By Joseph from the U.S.A.

          from Philippines

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

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              Comments about Manfrotto 553 Right Angle Bracket for Leveling Center Column:

              My tripod is a Uni-Loc (Major 1600). Like the Benbo it has the rotating center column. This makes the Manfrotto 553 right angle bracket a slick accessory for low angle shots. I have dedicated one of my Manfrotto 468MGRC4 ball heads to it. But for any tripod with a center column that can be positioned parallel to the ground this is a worth while accessory for it.

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