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Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs

B&H # MA055CX3 Mfr # 055CX3
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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 42 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (37)
    • Stable (35)
    • Unfolds quickly (25)
    • Folds away (23)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (28)
      • Portraits (22)
      • Night shots (21)
      • Wildlife (16)
      • Travel (14)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (11), Semi-pro photographer (11)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (32)

      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.

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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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        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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          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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            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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              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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                  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.

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                          • 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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                              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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                                        4.0

                                        Lightweight but solid

                                        By Mike W

                                        from Cairns Australia

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Unfolds Quickly

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Wildlife

                                          Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                          I've been using a set of 055 pro aluminium legs for 20 years. These legs are just as solid but very light weight. There's a lot of plastic (like pretty much everything now days) so I don't expect I'll get 20 years from these legs.

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                                          5.0

                                          Rock Solid

                                          By Ted

                                          from Atlanta, GA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Folds Small
                                          • Good Stability
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Unfolds Quickly

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                            This thing is rock solid. I had my 5DMKII attached to it the other day on top of a parking garage, getting a shot of the downtown skyline. The wind was particularly strong, and the tripod didn't budge. At one point I had the tripods legs fully extended, and my shots were still rocksteady in the blowing wind. Very impressive. It's not very heavy, so toting it around isn't an issue. It is a bit pricey though, but, for the money, you can't beat it.

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                                            4.0

                                            Top quality; step less than perfection

                                            By lmcwilli

                                            from Arcata, CA

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Good Stability
                                            • Unfolds Quickly

                                            Cons

                                            • Heavy
                                            • Not quick for low setups

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Long exposure

                                            Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                            I needed a tripod to replace a 30-year-old Slik I gave to my son. The Manfrotto is very cool, has more range, but is not much lighter.

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                                            5.0

                                            Lightweight but Heavy Duty

                                            By DriverJoe

                                            from Lima, Oh

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                            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 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.

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                                              5.0

                                              Love the new tripod

                                              By Suz

                                              from Minnesota

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Folds Small
                                              • Good Stability
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

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

                                                Comments about Manfrotto 055CX3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                                                I purchased my first Manfrotto 055cx3 tripod about 6 months ago. I like it so much that I purchased a second one for my husband. It is easy to use and light to carry but sturdy enough to hold my d300 camera and my 80-400 lens. We do a lot of shooting on uneven ground and the tripod is quick and easy to adjust for any surface. I haven't found one thing that I don't like about the tripod.

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