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Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag

B&H # MA055XPB322 MFR # 055XPROB,322K
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Product Highlights
  • Supports 11.0 lbs (5kg)
  • Made in Italy

The Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod is their most fully featured medium weight class aluminum legset, delivered in this configuration with their very popular 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead and a well-made padded bag.  Manfrotto makes a great aluminum tripod, and they're continually improving a basic design frameset that's survived for over two decades now.

This latest-generation 055XPROB model features improved flip-lever leg locks and a center column which doubles as a lateral arm and does so at just a moment's notice.  Rated for 11 lbs (5kg) and with 29.4mm diameter upper leg segments, this tripod's appropriate for use with SLR cameras and any lens smaller than a 300mm f/2.8 (the legs can support a 300mm f/2.8 by exchanging the ballhead).

This particular kit (with the 322RC2 head) is an ideal choice for working professionals and advanced enthusiasts wanting the fastest possible unlocking/repositioning/locking speed for the tripod head.  It is perfect for wedding applications.  As delivered, it will place the camera's viewfinder at or above the eye level for the majority of people when the legs are extended and the column is fully retracted (the 'working height').

Manfrotto's standard-size professional class aluminum tripod, with an action grip ballhead and a durable ballistic nylon case
Taking your hand away from the 322RC2 Ballhead locks it into place (squeeze the action trigger handle to unlock and gain control of head)
Adjustable ball tension
Unique tri-faceted center column will not rotate accidentally and also becomes a lateral arm immediately upon demand
Detachable center column fitting, along with multiple/independent leg deployment angles, allows impressively-low 8" minimum operating height
Improved lever locks 'snap' open or shut and require just ~45° of motion
4-Position leg locks (23, 45, 65, or 88°) allows use on uneven or angled terrain
Rounded rubber leg tips permit carriage upon commercial aircraft
Two foam-covered upper leg sections ease handling in extreme weather
Accepts any Manfrotto RC2 quick release plate, including the 341 Junior Elbow Bracket (permits horizontal/vertical exchange w/o moving head0
Maximum upper leg diameter of 29.4mm
Made in Italy
Maximum Height 74.3" (188.7cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 60.0" (152.3cm)
Minimum Height 8.0" (20.3cm)
Folded Length 29.8" (75.8cm)
Load Capacity 11.0 lbs (5kg)
Leg Sections 3
Leg Lock Type Flip lever
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Center Column Sections 1 1
Please Note:

Entire column can be detached for low operating heights.

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Center Column Type Sliding
Center Brace No
Spiked Feet No
Head Type Ballhead with quick release
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8"-16
Weight 6.83 lbs (3.100kg)
Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag
  • 055XPROB Pro Aluminum Tripod
  • 322RC2 Grip Action Ball Head
  • 200PL-14 Rectangular Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 Screw
  • Padded Bag (31.5"/80 cm)
  • 2-Year Warranty + Additional 3-Years after Registering Online or by Mail
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    Manfrotto055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag
     
    4.8

    (based on 84 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (72)
    • Unfolds quickly (56)
    • Folds away (18)
    • Lightweight (17)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

    • Heavy (22)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (58)
    • Night shots (55)
    • Portraits (54)
    • Home (37)
    • Wildlife (34)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (40), Semi-pro photographer (24), Casual photographer (11), Pro photographer (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (58), Yes (3)

    Reviewed by 84 customers

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    5.0

    Great all-around tripod

    By tmossy

    from SF, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

    I was looking for something to shoot wildlife, long exposures, time-lapse, and remote-controlled family portraits. This tripod is a little heavy, but I don't mind that because it's so easy to use and sturdy enough to hold a 5dmkiii along with rented lenses up to 11 lbs total.

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    5.0

    Solid as a rock

    By DaveMc

    from North Bend, WA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Solid

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

    Beautifully engineered tripod and solid as a rock. This will probably be the last tripod I will ever need to buy. I am an amateur photographer with a professional grade tripod! The grip action ball head mount is a pleasure to use and solid. Love this equipment!

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By AK Shooter

    from Anchorage, AK

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

    Very stable, but kind a heavy.

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    5.0

    Best I ever Had!

    By Keithy D

    from Fairchance PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

      Great product! Will use again and again for years to come. Can't go wrong when you need a professional, easy set up tripod!

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      5.0

      Lives up to the reviews

      By Mike

      from Chicago 'burbs

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

        Easy to setup and use.

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        4.0

        Very well made tripod & head

        By Patrick

        from Spartanburg, SC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Well made

        Cons

        • Slightly heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits

        Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

        Very nice Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod and 322RC2 head. By looking at the diameter of the legs, you can tell this is well built and sturdy. This tripod along with most of Manfrotto tripods can open to different positions, especially nice if you shoot macro. I love the 322RC2 Grip Action Ballhead. You can quickly and easily move the camera mounted on the head by squeezing the handle. You don't have 2 knobs to lossen and tighten as you would with a standard ballhead.The MBAG80 padded case is awesome, great to protect and store the tripod. Only giving 4 stars because it is slightly heavy because aluminum is naturally heavier than carbon fiber, but for cheaper, so the extra weight isn't bad considering the extra cost for carbon. Buy this combination and you will not be dissapointed. Great price to boot!!!

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        5.0

        Nice kit!

        By Das Schafe

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Pan Tilt Clamp
        • Good Stability
        • Price
        • Quality construction
        • Weight Capacity

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

        Very solid tripod with a flexible design. I use this as my studio tripod and for shoots that don't involve hillside rambles. It easily supports the weight of my 5D3 and the 70-200mm f/2.8L lens, along with a variety of other accouterments that I like to have mounted near the camera.The ballhead performs flawlessly. At first, I thought that the grip-release was designed more for form than function, but it quickly grew on me. This is a *fantastic* design for supporting your rig if you shoot sports or wildlife and are looking for a quick-action design that allows you to reposition within three axes, while clamping down is as simple as releasing your grip. Panning/Tilting? Easy. Clamping down? Trivial. What's not to love?Oh, the padded case is also quite nice. There's even room for a pony!

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        5.0

        Outstanding Tripod & Ballhead

        By GuyJ

        from Aliso Viejo, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Just a little heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

        I recently got back into photography and was looking for a quality tripod and ballhead. After much research I am happy with my choice and have used it numerous times the past 2 weeks. The padded case is also superior. I would have no reservations telling someone to make the same choice.

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        5.0

        Excellent Tripod

        By MaVp

        from Roswell, NM

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

          Tripod is used for youth sport portraits. The ball head is very easy to use. My camera, lens and flash weigh about 7 1/2 pounds and it holds everything firm with no movement.

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          5.0

          Perfect

          By borisbean

          from Seattle

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

            Great tripod and great service.

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            5.0

            Solid, stable and high quality

            By Alex

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

            A great tripod and ballhead. The release is very convenient. Solid quality, no shortcuts.The only complaint: much heavier than I expected. Have a bit of a buyer remorse - perhaps i should have gone with a $200 more for carbon fiber...

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            5.0

            Best I've ever used.

            By LangleyB

            from British Columbia, Canada

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Unfolds Quickly
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

              This Manfrotto kit replaces a "Kitstar" aluminum tripod I bought along with my Nikon film camera in 1976. I've been thru many cameras, and because the ole tripod still works the same as the day I bought it.. I never really could bring myself to replace the antique. Anyway, I just started with my first DSLR (EOS 7D) and experimenting with some macro shots, well the oldie was woefully inadequate. Not sure why I waited so long, Wow, what a versatile, super quick setup this is! My only regret is not getting this sooner.

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              5.0

              Great setup

              By Photo Phil

              from Montreal, qc Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                  This is my first good quality tri pod, I don't really have a comparison base but this tri pod is fast to set up, The ball head is great, easy to move around for your framing, Im very happy with it, it was worth the money.

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                  5.0

                  Great tripod/ballhead

                  By Spiceman

                  from Catonsville, MD

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly
                  • User friendly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                  I was looking to replace my old tripod with one that is a bit more friendly for the handicapped. The tripod is more than sturdy enough for my use but I am especially pleased with the ballhead. I am missing most of my right hand, only one finger, so most ballheads are too difficult to use. The joystick control of the 322RC2 answered my problem. I suspect it would be good for those with arthritis.

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                  5.0

                  What a great buy

                  By dr bill

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                    Made my portrait taking easier - less hassle, crisper images, less overall prep and post time

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                    5.0

                    One squeeze adjustment.. Finally

                    By Evoquent

                    from Oakley Ca

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 1 grip adjustment
                    • Great Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Low Light Photography
                      • Night Shots
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                      I am now using this in studio and on location shoots. Very stable. It holds the weight of my Nikon at any angle with no slip or creep. Great for long exposure night photography also.
                      The padded case was a bonus. It has a strap on the case to throw it over your shoulder or starp it to your camera backpack for really easy walks.

                      This Tripod is a little heavier than I expected but well within reason for me.

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                      5.0

                      awesome

                      By cleve dave

                      from cleveland oh

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                          love this tripod, a little pricey but you get what you pay for, especially so with tripods. this is well built, a pleasure to use. no regrets!

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                          4.0

                          Better than my last one

                          By Dominator522

                          from Saint Helena, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                          I plan to use this tripod to replace my existing Ball head setup.
                          I love the easy switch from upright to side for the extension tube.
                          The case is beautiful, well padded and heavy duty, great for throwing and going. I'll have to see how the zippers hold up but for now it's great.
                          I like the ball head grip and it does a good job holding up my 70-200 lens in odd positions as long as I set the tension all the way up.
                          Overall I'm very pleased. It's still a little heavy but I think the only way to get around that is to get carbon fiber sticks.

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                          5.0

                          Great Purchase!

                          By Hambone58

                          from Powder Springs

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Portraits
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                            I use the tripod for taking portraits of my grandchildren and my birding photography. It can be set up very easily and I love the ball head grip action. Comes with a very nice carrying case. No complaints here.

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                            5.0

                            Perfect Tripod for landscape

                            By Palo

                            from Bend, OR

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Manfrotto 055XPROB 3-Section Tripod with 322RC2 Ballhead & MBAG80 Padded Bag:

                                  I use my tripod mostly for shooting landscapes in climbing areas. I've found that this one can stand up to the rigors of dragging it up the side of cliff.

                                  Set up & adjustment is easy as can be. Very stable. Has options to add additional weight ( not needed with a 5d mrk II and 70-200 )

                                  The head makes shooting panoramas a snap as well.

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