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Manfrotto055XB Aluminum Tripod
 
4.7

(based on 197 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (145)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (177)
  • Unfolds quickly (130)
  • Folds away (78)
  • Lightweight (76)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

  • Heavy (53)
  • Unstable (6)
  • Poor quality (5)
  • Cumbersome (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (106)
  • Portraits (96)
  • Night shots (92)
  • Video (88)
  • Weddings (80)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (57), Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (44), Casual photographer (10), Enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (142), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Tripod

I like this tripod. It's a lot lighter then i thought it would be. And the quick release clamps on the legs for adjusting height are a MUST in my book! When you're...Read complete review

I like this tripod. It's a lot lighter then i thought it would be. And the quick release clamps on the legs for adjusting height are a MUST in my book! When you're out on a job or trying to capture a moment you need to be able to adjust fast! And they quick clamps have always allowed me to do that. I wont buy the tripods with the screw nob type tighteners on the legs.

Also, I nice compact sized tripod. Great for storage or carrying around.

I bought this tripod as part of a kit with the Manfrotto 501 fluid head... and the only downside is that it didn't come with a carrying case.
I took an old folding lawn chair bag and use that sometimes. I also use an old duffle bag and carry a couple tri-pods at a time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too flexible for field work

I bought this tripod as a set with the Manfrotto 503 fluid pan head. This tripod is too flexible for panning. If your drag is set the least bit stiff to produce a smooth...Read complete review

I bought this tripod as a set with the Manfrotto 503 fluid pan head. This tripod is too flexible for panning. If your drag is set the least bit stiff to produce a smooth pan, the tripod legs twist under the head then spring back at the end of the pan.

The round rubber feet are too small and slippery. and the legs too flexible. It may be OK for use with a lightweight still camera, but it is practically useless for video work.

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5.0

Great Tripod!!!

By John

from San Diego

Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

Sturdy. Nice weight. Nothing but quality.

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5.0

Sturdy and extremely well built.

By Alejo

from Miami

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home
    • Portraits
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

    I've been using this type of tripod legs for about 2 years. Most of the time I mount a manfrotto head with a dslr. Also, I've had the opportunity to mount a 20inch slider and it has worked wonderfully. Is truly remarkable the built quality and how sturdy it is in taking this amount of weight. The "fourth" leg or neck that pulls up and down could be a little unsteady. Over all this product is great and durable. Very pleased and is my go to legs in most of my shoots. Very easy to go in and go out of places such as weddings, events, etc...

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    • No

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    4.0

    Very sturdy, somewhat pricey

    By Eytan

    from New York, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Real Estate

    Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

    I use this tripod mostly for real estate photography, so with such long exposures, even the slightest instability ruins the picture. With that, this one does the job. However, it gets pretty heavy after a day of shooting.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Works great!

    By Aspiring Filmmaker

    from Norcross, GA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

        Really solidly built tripod, works great. Definitely recommend!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Very Good Tripod

        By Chris Video

        from Santo Domingo, DR

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

          Perfect to travel

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Solid Sticks

          By Adam

          from Chicago

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots
          • Video

          Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

          I attatched these sticks to my Manfrotto 502HD Head. They work perfectly with this set up.

          Pros:
          Cheap and strong, very durable
          Easy to operate

          Cons:
          Heavy

          The only downside to these legs is that they are heavy for their size, otherwise they are a very solid set of sticks for medium sized tripod heads.

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          5.0

          Fantastic all-around Tripod!

          By Carissa

          from Denver

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

            Even though I recently received this tripod, I work for a videography company and we have the exact one that we use for filming wide shots of ceremonies & timelapses - typically with a DSLR with a wide or fixed zoom lens.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Design change

            By ION

            from Iowa

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cost Effective

            Cons

            • Unstable
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

            Heads up! The leg locks have changed from thumbscrew to snap and the "wrench" to tighten these is a plastic thing, it won't last long. That's important to us since these are used by students who don't check the legs before they use the tripod. Cameras have been destroyed.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Solid tripod

            By Land Ops

            from Garden Grove, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Has A Nice Carrying Case
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

            I owned a bunch of cheap tripods. My best one was a tripod I inherited from my father from the 1960's. It worked for so long and finally just wore out.

            This is such an upgrade. I like the way the legs can spread wide. I've attached my slider to this and dropped it down to a much lower level by spready the legs. Meets my needs quite well.

            Solid construction.

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            • No

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            5.0

            I like this tripod Cheap and cool

            By tsering

            from new york

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • Unstable
            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

            it's eg to use.....love it...

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Heavy Duty and Lightweight

            By JYFilms.

            from Racine, WI

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

              I thought this wouldn't be heavy duty enough to hold up my Edelkrone slider but it does it with ease. I thought about going with the PRO version but it really is unnecessary when you mainly do video. Great purchase

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              5.0

              Excellent tripod for the money!!

              By bogiemaster

              from South Windsor, CT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits

                Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                This is a portable tripod that works great for location work. It's sturdy and flexible, making it perfect of any situation I find myself in (indoors and out). Leg adjustment is quick and easy.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Surprise!

                By Banksar

                from Nanuet

                Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                That's exactly how I felt when I received this tripod. It's strong and sturdy and handles my D200 with a Sigma 50-500mm lens with ease. I would recommend this product to all. And the price is right .

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                5.0

                Exceptional and Sturdy

                By CJ S

                from Wauwatosa, WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Goes Very Low
                • Good Stability
                • Tall

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Cityscape
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                  This tripod might be heavy to some but even so it is very stable and sturdy with that. I have done long exposure night photos (45 seconds to 2 min) in winds of 25-45mph and still had tack sharp images. Not sure how some are saying this is unstable or weak or what they are trying to do with it but I have never had an issue with it be it doing CityScape or landscape photos. I have even set it up in the middle of a river with a decent current and gotten rock solid results from it. I have been using this tripod for 5 years now and it has never failed me.

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                  5.0

                  don't you wanna get

                  By devranbey

                  from manhattan

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                  Cheap and cool

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                  5.0

                  Quality product

                  By P Dog

                  from Kingman AZ

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Solid Foundaton
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                    Bought it for mounting a spotting scope. Very sturdy in the wind.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Good tripod

                    By Goober Dog

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                      Affordable and fairly lightweight. A nice addition to my kit.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Pequeño pero perfecto

                      By Alexander

                      from Cuenca, Ecuador

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                        Estas patas de tripode me vinieron con el kit de Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head, y lo he utilizado para mi Canon 7D, es perfecto, muy estable y confiable.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Best bang for your buck

                        By Ryan

                        from NYC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Inexpensive
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General use

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                          For a budget tripod, it doesn't get much better. You could get the "pro" version if you need to shoot straight down. I opted for this because I don't need that and this might be slightly more stable without the additional "joint." Relatively tall, relatively light (very light by some standards), relatively sturdy, VERY cheap for what you get.

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                          4.0

                          Good product

                          By Bg

                          from Tx

                          Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

                          Tripod is sturdy. Doesn't include ballhead... Must buy separately.

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