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Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs

B&H # MA055CX3 Mfr # 055CX3
Discontinued

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Product Highlights
  • Optional Ball, Pan/Tilt, Fluid Heads
  • Maximum Height: 69.7"
  • Supports 17.6 lb
  • 3 Section Design
  • 4 Leg Angle Settings
  • Flip-lock Legs
  • Faceted Non-twist Center Column
  • Weighs 3.9 lb
  • Low Angle Adapter

The black Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod is part of the 055CX series, which was designed to meet the needs of demanding professionals and photography enthusiasts who want the best in terms of performance and quality. It has been improved with the use of carbon fiber tubing for its legs. Thanks to innovative production techniques - which allow for high quality 100% carbon tube structures - the 055CX series guarantees a higher load capacity and an increased height with a lighter overall weight (-20%) thanks to a completely new design, which allowed to lighten the components.

The 055CX3 also features several other improvements, such as an improved leg locking system, and a redesigned angle adjustment levers. While it can reach a maximum working height of 69.7" (177 cm), it can also be used as low as 2.56" (6.5 cm) by using the low angle adapter built-in to the center column.

General
Material Carbon fiber legs, aluminum column, magnesium/aluminium castings
Maximum Height 69.7" (177 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 53.5" (136 cm)
Minimum Height 2.56" (6.5 cm)
Folded Length 24.2" (61.5 cm)
Load Capacity 17.6 lb (8.0 kg)
Total Weight 3.92 lb (1.78 kg)
Legs
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Independent Leg Spread Yes, 23, 47, 66, 89°
Leg Tube Diameters 29.2, 24.8, 20.4 mm
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Lock Type Flip-lock
Spiked / Retractable Feet No, rubber
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Bubble Level Yes
Center Column
Type Rapid, friction lock
Center Column Sections 2
Center Brace No
Reversible Column Yes
Column Cross Section 3-Faceted
Head Type None
Column Tube Diameter 28 mm
Head Type None, optional
Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension upon Online Registration
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    Manfrotto055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
     
    4.6

    (based on 47 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (42)
    • Stable (40)
    • Unfolds quickly (29)
    • Folds away (27)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (31)
      • Night shots (26)
      • Portraits (24)
      • Wildlife (19)
      • Travel (17)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (13)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (36)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Lightweight but Heavy Duty

      I am an Photo and Video Enthusiast for work & home use. I decided to upgrade my tripod to something that will last for the next 20 years.
      The Carbon Fiber construction is...Read complete review

      I am an Photo and Video Enthusiast for work & home use. I decided to upgrade my tripod to something that will last for the next 20 years.
      The Carbon Fiber construction is beautiful on this Tripod and it is lightweight for easy portability while carrying other camera gear which was an important factor in spending more money for the Carbon Fiber. I did also purchase the Manfrotto carrying bag which works perfect with the 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head still attached.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Didn't last

      Lots of great reviews here, but didn't have the same luck. On two of the legs, the interior stops broke on the last segments (after about one year of use). So when...Read complete review

      Lots of great reviews here, but didn't have the same luck. On two of the legs, the interior stops broke on the last segments (after about one year of use). So when fully extending these legs, the final segments would slip right off. Made leveling the tripod a chore. Seems carbon fiber construction can be flimsy -- going to stick with heavier metal legs.

      Reviewed by 47 customers

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      5.0

      This makes the 3rd tripod in the family

      By Judy

      from Anchorage AK, Tucson AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Night Shots
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

        We photograph scenery, wildlife, and the macro world. This tripod easily converts to being almost flat on the ground for macro photography to supporting heavy 500 mm lens and pro Canon bodies. We especially like the ability to remove the center column and its light weight, quick adjustment of height from flat to rock piles in the field and ease to clean legs and snap clamps when in sand and salt water.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        lo llevas y no te das cuenta

        By AORA sin h

        from Uruguay

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

          Es tan liviano que es un placer colgarlo en la mochila y caminar durante horas.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect and versatile

          By Tidejag01

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

            This tripod is perfect. I picked it up on sale. I like how you can take the center column out for really low shots. The adapter for the low shots is on the bottom of the center column. Simply take the adapter off, pull the center column out and put the adapter in place of the center column hole. I don't even use the center column much. I leave the adapter in and find that the tripod is plenty high enough. Also, it helps make the tripod a little lighter not having the center column in place. This tripod is very sturdy, light and versatile. The legs extend outward so you can go low at one setting or really, really low at the lowest setting. This tripod could also easily be used for small camcorders. I wouldn't hesitate putting my Sony EX1R on it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent tripod!

            By Shaq Photography

            from Demarest, NJ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

              Lightweight and sturdy. Replaced my Slik trusty tripod, especially for international travel.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Very Impressed!!

              By David

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                I had been using another brand for the past 4 years. The legs worked great and were very sufficient for my needs. I was looking to get a nicer pair now that I am out of college and making some real money. I was looking to stay with that brand again, but they lacked an equivalent to this tripod (with the clips, I hate the twists).

                I was blown away by the quality of these legs (even though when you pay this much you deserve it). I plan on having these legs for a long time - and would recommend them to anyone. They are very light for how big and sturdy they are.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Love this

                By danny

                from Lafayette, LA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                  When I pulled this out of the box I had to double check to be sure it was all here it was so light. I love the way the legs fold "up" and the center post is reversible and comes apart to allow ground level shooting.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great tripod legs.

                  By Will

                  from Salt Lake City

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                  Very sturdy and keeps the camera fixed. Somewhat heavy for the hiking I do but manageable. Great for getting various angles for shots.

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                  5.0

                  Studio and beyond

                  By Donovan

                  from Tallahassee, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                    Use these legs in the studio and in the field; fairly lightweight but very sturdy; quick up and down. DSLR, DSLR w/ telephoto, DSLR video. We're in the woods and on the water a lot; we try not to abuse equipment, but these can stand up to it. Excellent height range. Take care of them and it'll be worth it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Legs!

                    By Bart

                    from New York, New York

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                      I was at first skeptical of giving up my aluminium legs for Carbon Fiber replacements. I was scared they'd be too light and too flimsy. I was wrong. I feel very comfortable putting my DSLR with Battery grip on these legs. They're very sturdy while also being much lighter than my old aluminum ones.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Sturdy and Light

                      By Bart

                      from New York, New York

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Portraits
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                        I use these set of legs for video and photo work. I end up changing the heads in my studio depending on what I'm doing but this way I can just have one set of great legs. I was skeptical at first about carbon fiber since it feels a bit flimsy but once the legs are out the tripod feels pretty sturdy to me. There are also options to attach weights for counter balance to this specific pair of legs.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice upgrade from my old Manfrotto

                        By dude in austin

                        from Austin, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                          For 20 years I've loved my big honking clunky Manfrotto aluminum tripod for studio work and for big video cameras. It was time I got a carbon-fiber one for location work, that will double as my studio tripod as well. It's not the most compact nor the lightest. It's not a hiking tripod but I've used it on 3 indoor model shoots and one outside architectural shoot. And I LOVE it. It goes about 8 inches higher than my eye standing and it goes to like 5 inches off the ground. I'm really happy. And I'm a guy that likes flip lever tripods over the twisty kind cause at least I can visually see when sections are locked down.

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                          5.0

                          Definitely gets the job done

                          By foto chica

                          from vancouver, bc

                          About Me Photography Student

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                            I use this when I travel and hike, great for star trails in the middle of nowhere, great for shooting on cold mountains, don't see many reasons not to use this.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Super Light, Super Strong

                            By Scott

                            from Wichita, KS

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                              I finally decided to invest in a real tripod, and I couldn't be more happy. I do a lot of hiking and need to be as mobile as possible, so I decided on a carbon fiber tripod. After shopping around, I chose Manfrotto based on price and reviews. The tripod is worth every penny. The legs lock tight and are very fluid and quick to adjust. Being able to remove the center is going to be great once I get into macro, so I bought this tripod because it's something I can grow into.

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                              1.0

                              Didn't last

                              By B

                              from Washington, DC

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                    Lots of great reviews here, but didn't have the same luck. On two of the legs, the interior stops broke on the last segments (after about one year of use). So when fully extending these legs, the final segments would slip right off. Made leveling the tripod a chore. Seems carbon fiber construction can be flimsy -- going to stick with heavier metal legs.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing

                                    By pupuch2000

                                    from Rimoiski QC CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                      This tripod is very light.
                                      I recommend it.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod

                                      By haasrw1031

                                      from Gainesville, Florida

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Folds Small
                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Unfolds Quickly

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                        Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                        I like this product. This is my 6th tripod, and I find it light, and stable.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Love the light weight!

                                        By Ogopogo

                                        from Kelowna, BC, Canada

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Pros

                                        • Folds Small
                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Travel
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                          When it arrived, I thought something was missing from the box, it is that light. Seems very sturdy under first tries, can't wait to take it out for a real test.I bought this after a couple of years use of the Manfrotto 028B monster tripod which is very heavy and needed the light weight for portable jobs. Nice that the rubber feet are non-marking and don't have spikes so I don't damage/mark floors. I also needed a tripod that would go into angles and low positions that my previous one did not.Great product!

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                                          4.0

                                          Worth the Cost

                                          By sst

                                          from Kerman, CA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                                I use this with a ballhead and sidekick mount. It's a good sturdy tripod and worth the money.

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                                                5.0

                                                Great For Video/Travel

                                                By Kyle

                                                from NYC

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Folds Small
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Travel

                                                  Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                                  I shoot DSLR video and travel a lot. These sticks helped me keep the weight down for checked bags and even when I'm only shooting locally, the light weight makes it much more convenient. I think I now have the perfect travel setup. I bring my Manfrotto BHDV monopod. I've replaced the head on that with the 701 head, which is the same as what comes on the BHDV except the BHDV head doesn't pan. That combined with the carbon fiber sticks gives me a lightweight setup. I simply take the head off the BHDV and put it on the sticks. Of course, it's a lightweight head but for what I'm doing (talking heads and some basic tilts/pans) it works great.

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                                                  4.0

                                                  A Load Off My Back

                                                  By Backlight

                                                  from Richmond, VA

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Lightweight

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Flexible

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • HDR
                                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                                  Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                                  I usually don't use tripods, so I had been carrying around a 20lb Bogen tilt/pan tripod I'd had since film school. But I started getting into HDR photography in my free time and lugging that thing was getting old - not to mention the minimum height was about 30 inches.

                                                  The carbon fiber is great, and the minimum height is only as high as the ball head I'm using! The only con I've encountered is that at full leg extension, the tripod tends to be 'springy'. If you push down on it, there is noticeable give in the legs' narrowest extension. But at 1 and 2 section length, it's rock solid.

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