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Manfrotto 055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head

B&H # MA055XB501HD
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 13.2 lbs (6kg)
  • 7.3"-74" (18.5-190cm) Range

The Manfrotto 055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head builds on the success of the 3011/3021 series, but has been redesigned to offer even better ergonomics of the leg-angle release mechanism and improved quick action leg locks. While it can reach eye-level working heights, by using the low angle adapter built into the center column it can also be used extremely low to the ground.

The 055XB provides speedy set up coupled with added security via quick-action, lever-type leg locks, low-angle adapter and leg warmers. It is ideal for use with 35mm and light medium-format photographic cameras, along with digital or conventional type video camcorders.

The 501HDV Pro Video Head features improved drag in both axes and switchable counterbalance for the latest ultralight high-definition camcorders. A sliding camera plate helps balance uneven payloads due to outboard batteries or matte boxes, while dual rosettes permit left- or two-handed pan arm configurations. A rear-mounted spirit level facilitates rapid setups.

3-faceted center column which totally eliminates column rotation
Redesigned, more ergonomic flip locks--with only 45° of movement
Leg warmers on 2 legs ease handling in extreme weather conditions and help protect the legs
Built-in low-angle adapter in the center column for ground level shots
Four leg-angle settings (25, 46, 66 and 88°)
Fixed counterbalance optimized for 5.5 lb (2.5 kg) payloads
Special Teflon-coated discs (used instead of fluid cartridges) ensure smooth movement and consistent friction of the head
Sliding camera plate for uneven camera/lens payloads
Dual pan arm rosettes for left- or two-handed configurations

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General
Load Capacity 13.2 lbs (6kg)
Maximum Height 74.8" (190.0cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 58.6" (148.8cm)
Minimum Height 7.3" (18.5cm)
Folded Length 28.5" (72.4 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Weight 8.5 lbs (3.8kg)
Head
Counter Balance System Fixed spring
Quick Release/Wedge Plate Yes (501PL)
Balance Plate Yes, with 58mm of travel
Tilt Drag 1-Step
Tilt Range -60° to +90°
Tilt Lock Independent
Spring Loaded Counter Balance 1-Step
Pan Range 360°
Pan Lock Independent
Legs
Material Aluminum alloy
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet Optional (190SPK2N)
Center Brace No
Manfrotto 055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3 Years with Registration
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    Manfrotto055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head
     
    5.0

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    5.0

    Awesome Tripod.

    By Jett Brown

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easily Adjusted
    • Locks In Tight
    • Smooth Movement

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

      Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head:

      We use this tripod and head at the college I attend for broadcasting. It has an awesome fluid head great for smooth pans and tilts.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sturdy and Smooth

      By Hahn Media Productions

      from Searcy, AR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easily Adjusted
      • Good Footing
      • Locks In Tight
      • Smooth Movement
      • sturdy

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head:

      I had to buy a sturdy tripod on a trip to the Fort Worth area (having left one of my own at home) and decided that this was the opportunity I needed to purchase a sturdy/heavy tripod. No doubt, WORTH IT! I bought mine out of necessity that day and definitely paid for it. I knew I could've gotten a better deal by checking B&H, but I needed it in a few hours and so I paid much more for it. Still totally worth it. I'm very happy with it. It is of course smooth as you would expect and hope for paying hundreds, but it is remarkably sturdy. It is heavy, BUT this was what I was looking for. In fact, I was looking for something a tad heavier, but this worked out better for my traveling. All of my other tripods are weak and don't tighten extremely well. I don't mind hauling the extra weight for the added sturdiness. All in all, I love it. I use the FX7 right now and it has worked great. I have gone cheap on SEVERAL other tripods and paid for it, but this is small enough to take on trips and sturdy enough to use as my camera for longer productions.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I recommend to anyone

      By Ryan

      from Ohio

      About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy, Video Professional

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Anti-tilt system
      • Good Stability
      • Smoothflowing
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Movies
      • Professional video
      • Smooth movements
      • Sports events
      • Stabilization

      Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Tripod System with 501HDV Pro Video Head:

      This is a great trripod. I use this model at work, was very impressed and had to get one myself. Manfrotto will not fail you[...]. This has a very nice fluid moving head, so even the slightest touch will get even your smallest results - as opposed to being jerky and getting your unwanted abnormal large movements. It also has a anti-tilt system where it will balance the weight of your camera (provided you're not using a heavy DVCPro camera, which this tripod is not suited for anyway) and keep it from tipping the tripod. Just for reference, I use the Sony HDR-FX1 and it works great with this tripod. With my other one, my camera controlled the tripod making it hard to do what I really wanted. With this Manfrotto, I control the camera.The only complaint I have is that this thing can get a little heavy, but oh well. A tripod for a Panavision would be a killer, just for a comparison.I recommend to anyone who is a serious video professional or in filmmaking.

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