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Manfrotto055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
 
4.8

(based on 328 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (276)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (283)
  • Lightweight (277)
  • Unfolds quickly (224)
  • Folds away (86)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (247)
  • Night shots (209)
  • Portraits (165)
  • Wildlife (152)
  • Travel (149)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (157), Semi-pro photographer (77), Pro photographer (43), Casual photographer (22), Photography student (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (245), 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

Must buy

By Mace

from Boston

Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

Very light for how much weight it can hold. Very easy to adjust the legs on eneven serfaces. Fold to a fairly small size.

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4.0

I love this tripod!

By Rahul

from Eugene

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

    After days of poring over internet articles and a fair bunch of phone calls where I grilled my most knowledgeable photography buddies, I decided to settle on this tripod. Carbon fibre didn't come cheap but then I am so thrilled that it weighs so little and yet offers an extremely sturdy and flexible platform for shooting. Its also perfect for traveling with.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Strong and Light

    By Jonathan

    from New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

      went to B&H to get a Light tripod to have as a backup and to use when shooting with the GH4, looked in the video section but couldn't really find anything that had a good fluid head and nice legs that where light and wouldn't cost me over $. so decided to put together my own kit instead . Im supper happy i did this these Sticks/legs are really light and very strong the fluid head i bought with it was the Manfrotto 502HD.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Excellent carbon fiber tripod legs

      By Biomed Hiker

      from Meriden, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

      • Center column adjustment

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro
      • Night Shots
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

      This is a very stable tripod and at 3.6 lbs. isn't too heavy to carry around even on short hikes. As this is a 3-section tripod there are only two adjustments for adjusting the height. The center column is well-made and it can also be used horizontally. I haven't tried the horizontal position yet but wished it could be adjusted at any angle between vertical and horizontal like some other tripods. Hence, my 4 star rating. All in all this is a very capable and steady tripod that doesn't weigh too much.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I own two of these. They're great!

      By Scubacam

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

        I really like this tripod. One of the most steady tripods I've owned. It's light, sturdy, easily deployable, and rugged enough for travel.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sturdy and lightweight, easy adjustments

        By Sp2pilot

        from Peoria, AZ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs:

          This thing is LIGHT! Legs are easily adjustable.Using this with a Manfrotto 054 Magnesium ball head, prob not the best combo. The tripod head/base is a little large, esp with the level, which sometimes gets in the way of the adjustment knobs on the 054 head.Tripod gets LOW, which is a great feature!

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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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            • No

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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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                  • No

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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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