Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs

You Pay: $374.90
Product Highlights
  • Optional Ball, Pan/Tilt, Fluid Heads
  • Supports 17.64 lb
  • Max. Height: 68.9"
  • Min. Height: 4.53"
  • Folded Length: 25.6"
  • 3 Leg Sections
  • Q90 Transverse Column System
  • Independent Leg Angle Selector
  • Weight: 3.64 lb

The black Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 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 055CXPRO3 is a 3-leg section tripod, with a center column design that allows it to be used in either vertical or horizontal position. By extending the column to its highest vertical position, the column can be swung over to horizontal without removing the head or disassembling the column itself.

The 055CXPRO3 also features several other improvements, such as an improved leg locking system, redesigned angle adjustment levers, and a leveling bubble that is incorporated into the head plate.

Transverse center column can be easily swung 90 degrees for low angle shots
Padded grips on the top sections of 2 legs make for a firm grip in cold or inclement weather
Four leg angle settings - 23,47, 66, 89° compensate for uneven terrain
General
Material Carbon fiber with magnesium castings
Maximum Height 68.9" (175 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 55.1" (140 cm)
Minimum Height 4.5" (11.5 cm)
Folded Length 25.6" (65 cm)
Load Capacity 17.6 lbs (8.0 kg)
Total Weight 3.64 lb (1.65 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 Male
Bubble Level Yes
Center Column
Type Rapid, friction lock
Center Column Sections 1
Reversible Column Yes, with 90° transverse feature
Column Cross Section 3-Faceted
Column Tube Diameter 28 mm
Head Type None, optional
Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
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  • Limited 8-Year Warranty Extension upon Online Product Registration
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    Manfrotto055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
     
    4.8

    (based on 322 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (272)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (2)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (278)
    • Lightweight (273)
    • Unfolds quickly (221)
    • Folds away (84)
    • Easy to use (3)

    Cons

    • Cumbersome (8)
    • Heavy (6)
    • Poor quality (5)
    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (242)
    • Night shots (205)
    • Portraits (163)
    • Wildlife (149)
    • Travel (146)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (156), Semi-pro photographer (76), Pro photographer (41), Casual photographer (21), Photography student (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (240), Yes (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    All-round performance.

    I've used this tripod for studio work, hike-in and out landscape work, urban/city work and all of these in harsh, extremely hot desert conditions. The movement and locking of the legs is...Read complete review

    I've used this tripod for studio work, hike-in and out landscape work, urban/city work and all of these in harsh, extremely hot desert conditions. The movement and locking of the legs is smooth and solid...sand just isn't going to get into the telescoping fit of the legs. This solid foundation is mated to a MG468RC0 ball head which makes it an unbeatable combination. Sure, the head is about as much weight as the whole tripod, but the difference between this tripod and the aluminum version is still quite noticeable on landscape shoots. The axis shift on the center column is rock solid and very handy, the feet are just rubber to begin with, but this I solved with three 676SP2 Monopod spikes which give the 055 the real outdoor traction it needs. Central column clips for straps and counter-balances make this a keeper of a tripod. If you're hiking in to get your landscape shots on a regular basis, weight matters, and this is the tripod your back with thank you for.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Medium Duty

    This is an OK product for a part timer or hobbyist.
    Have used this tripod everyday for around five years. Legs have fallen out of the head. Leg angle locking device failed...Read complete review

    This is an OK product for a part timer or hobbyist.
    Have used this tripod everyday for around five years. Legs have fallen out of the head. Leg angle locking device failed in the first six months.
    Replaced by Bogen Photo. Failed again a year later.
    Pros: very light, very quiet, leg extension locks work great.

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    5.0

    perfect for DSLR

    By pjd5150

    from Long Island

    Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

    This tripod is very light, which is great for shoots that require constant moving around. It's strong enoughost as well. I have a 501 HD head and use DSLR for video it's the perfect tripod.

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    5.0

    Great tripod.

    By Lone Ranger

    from California

    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
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

      The Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod is my best tripod to date. I have another Manfrotto that is significantly heavier, made out of Aluminum, which is a great tripod also. But this one is nice and light and I can carry it easily. Manfrotto always does a great job on the center columns. They're always rock solid, even when fully extended; and I really like the leg-clip design a lot better than other manufacturers that use the screw-in/out type to extend the legs.
      The leg clip design is one of the main reasons I buy Manfrotto tripods. The center column on this model is really cool; it flips horizontal and it's very quick to do. There's a little button on the bottom that you press to release the detent. I wish they would have included a case.

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      5.0

      Lightweight yet sturdy

      By Davis_kipling

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • None so far

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

      Works as expected, lightweight easy to set up and take down. Built in level makes it easy to line up.

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      5.0

      This product is great!

      By somacoul

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

      I will buy this again and would recommend it to others!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great tripod, great price!

      By Julie

      from Park City, Utah

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

        Easy to use, sets up fast, very stable, lightweight to carry. A real plus is that it's able to hold cameras with long lenses attached.

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        5.0

        LOVE it Love it Love it.

        By photo_guy

        from Victoria, B.C., Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Portraits
          • Travel
          • Walk Abouts

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

          I didn't know it had a center column design that allows it to be used in horizontal position as well as the usual vertical. Great bonus.Very very light compared to my old 055. Every time I pick it up I'm glad I finally splurged. Helps it was [$] off.Haven't worked in really windy conditions yet, but so far I'm good to go for close ups, landscapes.Bought it for a lot of packing around coming up on the West Coast. The padded hand grip is a tad thin, but in colder weather i'll see how well it helps. I had bought 2, one for my partner. Mine came out of the box missing screws for the base. Turns out they were rolling around loose in the box. 2nd one was fine. Pretty small complaint .Extremely satisfied and seems to hold my new ball head and any large lenses well.Legs don't release quickly, but assume in time they will. However it'd be only a minor problem if they remain stiff like they are now.

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          5.0

          Best tripod I've ever used

          By SJW

          from Portland, OR

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

            Solidly built, easy to adjust and light.

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            5.0

            best carbon fiber tripod

            By trfoto

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

              I looked at all of them, this is the best price to value out there.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Purchased after much deliberation

              By tonsfocus

              from Chiang Mai, Thailand

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                I researched tripods like a maniac and after a few weeks of searching this was the tripod I selected. It didn't disappoint, and having jumped from a $10 cheap-o to this, I feel, um, nouveau riche and decadent. Just hearing the legs "shhhlock" into place (sliding them out) gives me the same acoustical buzz as my camera's solid shutter click.

                One niggling complaint - the cheap sticker they used for the model and serial number started flaking off almost right away. Not a tragedy, but something that they could fix quite easily.

                On the up side: these legs are light, EASILY fit into a suitcase (straight, not diagonally), and can stably raise my camera above my head. Awesome. Even the box they came in was pretty luscious.

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                5.0

                Professional

                By asppro

                from Baltimore

                Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                Very light and stable.

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                5.0

                "Serious gear"

                By Redlander

                from Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                  Upgraded to a heavier tripod due to mainly using longer tele lens on an APSC DSLR for wildlife. It's not that "heavy" to carry around and holds my gear much more steady than the aluminimum tripod I have been using. I have the Manfrotto 322RC2 head and I just can't say enough about either of the two. This combo really works well for me. The 055CXPRO3 is a little longer than the PRO4 but I don't travel that much by air so it's not an issue for me. I looked hard at the 190CXPRO as well but went with the 055 after playing with them both at a local photo shop. The 055 is a tad taller than the 190 with the center column down and is at eye level for my viewfinder. The Q90 function is excellent and allows the user to really manipulate the camera position. The tripod legs extend easy and lock in solid. I also purchased the spike feet to install as well.

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                  4.0

                  tripod

                  By dawnphotogal

                  from MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Portraits
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                    easy set up and very sturdy!Good for portraits!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Love it! Much ligher than the Non Carbon

                    By Michael Iwasaki Fine Art Photography

                    from Vancouver, BC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                      I use this product when I go hiking (sometimes some long treks up to 10 miles into a location, up mountains, etc.). Every lb counts, and the difference between this version and the old non-carbon fibre version is incredible.

                      Lightweight, easy to set up, strong. I do find that because it IS so light, that I sometimes use the 'hook' to hang my bag off of to add a little weight to stop it from shifting during rotation of panorama pics. Loving it. Excellent price, fast shipping. Thanks B&H!

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                      5.0

                      Great tripod!!!!

                      By Lynn

                      from CA

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                      So stable! Love it!

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding Large Size Tripod

                      By Ryan the Snapper

                      from Fargo, ND

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                        I purchased this as a main tripod to be used for weddings, but also to possibly carry with out in the field.
                        I like that once I put the tripod head on it, it is almost at my eye level. It is also very light for its size.
                        It is large, so carrying it in the field isn't as ideal as I had hoped. But I have a large backpack that I can still put this in to carry along if needed.

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                        5.0

                        Great Value for The Money

                        By ACPhoto_71

                        from San Pedro Sula, Honduras

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                          I decided to purchase this tripod as I wanted something more versatile, stable, sturdy, yet durable and lightweight.
                          After reading some reviews and getting some feedback from some fellow photographers, I purchased the tripod.
                          I have used it for some night shots and zoom-out effects. I like the stability it offers, the versatility of the Q-90 system and the lightweight (with head it weighs around 6 lbs.)
                          It unfolds quickly and which helps you on the setup faster.
                          The onlything I would recommend is some insulation grips for the legs if you're going to use it in cold weather, because when the mercury drops, even though it's CF, you'll have some trouble grabbing it by the legs...

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                          3.0

                          Not much lighter but enough

                          By Duende Arts Studio

                          from Indianapolis, IN

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to use
                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Not Light Enough

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Product Shots
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                          I bought this to encourage myself to use a tripod for outdoor shoots. It is not that much lighter than the all-aluminum Manfrotto that I already have but just enough lighter to make picking it up on my way out more likely. Having a Manfrotto makes using this tripod a breeze - the same conventions of extending the legs, even using the perpendicular arm. I've even found myself using it indoors to shoot macro images as well as longer shutter speed and avoided using high ISOs more likely to cause noise. It is, of course, stable for the Canon D5M3 that I use although I have not used it with the heavier 70-200 mm telephoto lens.

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                          5.0

                          So Easy & Light

                          By Landscape Lover

                          from Largo, Florida

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                            I love using a tripod for landscape & macro work. I had a very low end tripod that was not meeting my needs. This tripod is great! Very easy to use. I love all the different angles you can place the legs & the fact that it can flatten out on the ground for very low work is awesome. The weight of it is very good for the price. If you are looking for a stable, well made tripod that is versatile-this is it.

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                            5.0

                            A+++++++

                            By Jar

                            from TN

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                            Really light and sturdy product ....

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                            5.0

                            Extremely Pleased

                            By Stephen

                            from West Chester, PA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • High Tech Look
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly
                            • Very Strong Legs

                            Cons

                            • Slightly Expensive

                            Best Uses

                            • Night Shots
                            • Portraits
                            • Product Shots
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

                            I replaced an older tripod with the 055CXPO3.
                            I used it with a Manfrotto junior geared head.
                            The tripod is easy to set up, lightweight, and extremely strong.
                            It a quick snap to raise the center support bar, and tilt it downward to take production shots.
                            And no mistaking the fact that it's carbon fiber. Instead of he normal painted metal shaft on a tripod, one can actually see the faint windings of the thin carbon fiber. Very high tech look.

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