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Manfrotto055XB Aluminum Tripod
 
4.7

(based on 199 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (147)

  • 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 (178)
  • Unfolds quickly (131)
  • Folds away (79)
  • Lightweight (77)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (107)
  • Portraits (97)
  • Night shots (93)
  • Video (89)
  • Weddings (81)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (57), Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (45), Casual photographer (10), Enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (143), 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

Perfection

By Bob

from Western NY

Comments about Manfrotto 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

The build and working quality of this tripod is as good or better then the previous comments or reviews of this unit.

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5.0

Great Tripod! This is my second buy!

By fred

from texas

About Me Pro Photographer

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 055XB Aluminum Tripod:

    This is my second time to buy this tripod.Solid - I use it in photography with a ProMaster ball head and I use it in Video Production with a fluid head. Manfroto - MVI1500AH

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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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.

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      • 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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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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