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Manfrotto055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.8

(based on 160 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (129)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (130)
  • Lightweight (123)
  • Folds away (105)
  • Unfolds quickly (94)
  • Easily adjusted (6)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (111)
  • Night shots (93)
  • Travel (88)
  • Portraits (75)
  • Wildlife (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (77), Semi-pro photographer (44), Casual photographer (12), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (113), Yes (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Affordable Quality

I do lots of hiking and I needed a reliable, lightweight, affordable, easy to use, tripod. I was looking at the Gitzo Basalt and CF but was unsure how well the twist...Read complete review

I do lots of hiking and I needed a reliable, lightweight, affordable, easy to use, tripod. I was looking at the Gitzo Basalt and CF but was unsure how well the twist locks would hold up to the dirt,snow, and ice we have here in Wisconsin. I also didn't like that if something hit the basalt then it would make a loud clang. I don't want the wildlife to know I'm there.

I wanted light weight design so carbon fiber was my only option. I couldn't afford the Gitzo models that compared to the 055cxpro 4. It is loaded with features that are practical and work. Manfrotto did an incredible job at making this tripod easy to use. The leg angles adjust easier that my previous model by leaps and bounds. I really like the quick horizontal feature, I have a similar feature on my 3001BPro but I never used it because it just took to long to do.

The only complaint I have is that it is a little jerky when adjusting the length of the legs. Not so much that I get irritated but I notice it once in a while. I would guess it comes from the carbon fiber friction. Really a small observation than a deciding factor.

For those who are unsure about the leg lock design. I had them covered in snow and ice and with gloves on, I could easily unlock it, break the ice and adjust it.

I get obsessive when researching something and I'm glad I did because this is one of the best purchases I've made. Together with the Acratech GV2 ballhead this is the perfect tripod for me. I asked a pro photographer what he uses and said I wouldn't be unhappy with the Manfrotto 055cxpro 4, he's used Manfrotto for years.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice Tripod, could use improvements

This tripod is definitely light weight, but some features could be improved. The leg release buttons are hard to press, and once pressed, the legs are not very easy to adjust. This...Read complete review

This tripod is definitely light weight, but some features could be improved. The leg release buttons are hard to press, and once pressed, the legs are not very easy to adjust. This should be a more fluid process, in my humble opinion. Also, the ability to make the center column swing out horizontally seems pointless. This is not proper substitution to ground level shots. [...] I returned this tripod for a better model.

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4.0

Great for travel

By Jeff

from Los Angeles

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easily Adjusted
  • Good Footing
  • Lightweight
  • Locks In Tight
  • Smooth Movement

Cons

  • Not Tall

Best Uses

  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

I use this with a cheap Velbon head when I travel. The weight is incredibly light, which I can fit in my check in and because it's carbon fiber, I'm not as concerned with the legs being damaged in transit. I've only used this tripod with DSLRs and micro 4/3rds cameras, so I wouldn't trust it with larger prosumer camcorders or DSLR rigs over 15lbs.

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  • No

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5.0

For the Birds

By Birdman

from Florida

Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

Great tripod to support my new Vortex Razor spotting scope. Very lightweight carbon fiber and 4 entension legs contract into small size for easy transport.

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5.0

Great Tripod for hiking and travel

By wnshall

from Portland, OR

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easily Adjusted
  • Lightweight
  • Locks In Tight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Outdoors
    • Travel

    Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

    This is my first and only tripod, so I don't have anything to compare against, but this has worked well for me. After just over a year of use, it has proved versatile and easy to use. It has been plenty stable for my needs. It is easy and quick to set up. I was worried it wouldn't be tall enough (without extending the center arm) for me (5'11"), but it has been fine. The ability to put the center arm horizontally so you can shoot down or from other odd angles has been valuable. At under 4 lb, it is light enough to carry hiking or walking on vacation, and if folds very small, compact enough to easily fit into luggage.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Second Manfrotto tripod

    By Knight

    from PGI, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Good Footing
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      Nice weight and size. Use it hiking and with a wimblerly head, needed something small and sturdy.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great deal

      By Don

      from Scottsdale

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      Well made I like them more than my RRS legs works quite nicely with my RRS my 40 ballheads

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      4.0

      Love this Tripod

      By Whitwitt

      from Ohio

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      This tripod is sturdy, light, and perfect for any occasion. I love the knobs on the side but it takes some getting used to so make sure you practice a couple times before going on assignment. One thing I don't like about the tripod is taking vertical shots. Let's say I'm up close to a large tree and I want the camera vertical, there's no knob to tilt the camera up. I have to shorten the legs of the tripod in the back in order to do that. Horizontally there is knob but not vertically.

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      5.0

      Great flexibility and stable

      By --

      from SE US

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Adjusted
      • Good Footing
      • Locks In Tight
      • Smooth Movement

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      My Slik aluminium tripod of 20+ years broke so I had an excuse to upgrade to this one. Love it's flexibility for being able to fit into awkward positions doing landscape photography while keeping the tripod balanced and stable. I bought the Manfrotto 054 magnesium ball head to go with this and it makes a great combination. Combined they are a bit heavy (would like "lighter than air") but still lighter than the old Slik set up.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Second Manfrotto CF Tripod

      By KAB Images

      from Michigan

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        Already have the 055CXPRO3 with a ball head and Arca QR bracket. Picked up a Wimberley WH-200 and needed another Tripod so I didn't have to switch heads. Decided on the 055CXPRO4 because I've been very happy with the PRO3, but wanted a bit shorter package when collapsed du to the size of the Wimberley head.This set of legs has not disapointed. Very stiff and secure with a D4S and 80-200 lens. I would not hesitate to purchase again.

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        5.0

        Amazing tripod

        By AIPPRO

        from San Antonio

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • Weak Construction

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        tall, wide, Sturdy, just an all around great tripod with the bang for the buck.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Sturdy and compact for travel

        By Luvography

        from Chicago, Illinois

        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
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          I travel frequently but also needed a sturdy tripod to hold my Nikon D4 and flash battery pack. There is no shake with with trips and with a 4 part extending legs it folds down to fit in a carry on suitcase. Best tripod purchase ever.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Heavy but nice

          By Daniel

          from Columbia

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          It is a professional tripod. My DSLR is very heavy more than 10lb but it always works good!

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          4.0

          Very tall and sturdy, a bit heavy

          By NickGa

          from Hong Kong

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          It may be marginally heavier than a Gitzo but the price is 1/2. For this height and sturdiness i believe this is a very reasonable price for this tripod.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Yes, it can support heavier lenses.

          By Yukihyo

          from Tokyo, Japan

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Can Support A Hefty Lens
          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • Jerky Leg Adjustments

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          Just about everything has been covered in reviews of this excellent tripod, but little mention has been made about its maximum useable weight capability. I'm using mine with an Acratech LLH 1160 (long lens head), and the combination can easily handle my Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS II. I'm not adventurous enough to say that that capability extends to adding a 1.4x teleconverter as I've yet to try that combination. I have the feeling however, that the CX Pro3 might be the better choice if you're considering a lens in this weight range (2.3 kgs), as the three sections would tend to twist less (not that there's much twist anyway), but the compromise means a slightly longer tripod to pack or carry. A very good value for money tripod, but I have reservations about the advertised maximum weight capacity of 8 kgs.

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          5.0

          I like it

          By Wyld99

          from Winnipeg, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            Like many I first bought a cheap-o tripod ($[$]) and hoped it would be good enough. It wasn't. I choose the 055CXPRO4 over the 3-section version for its ability to easily fit in luggage. I feel the best tripod is the one that you have with you. It's so compact when folded that it is no trouble carrying around and makes you feel less conspicuous as a result. The 4-section is likely not as stable as the 3-section, but it's plenty stable for the light Nikon gear that I use. The Manfrotto 498RC2 head seems to be a good choice for this tripod and for what I use it for (landscape and macro).Macro use is another strong point as it can get very low to the ground.I highly recommend it, especially as it was only $15 more than the 3-section version (055CXPRO3).

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works as advertised

            By JD

            from Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              Good portability. First professional tripod I've owned and it is living up to the other reviews.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Very robust

              By MarcB83

              from Montreal, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I purchased this to complement my small travel-oriented Sirui carbon tripod, which is super-compact and weighs very little, but is not as stable as a "large" tripod.

                This Manfrotto tripod on the other hand is rock-solid. Very well-designed. Reasonable weight but fairly bulky. Despite having purchased the 4-section legs, which makes it more compact, it remains an overall large piece of equipment to haul around.

                But I could not be more pleased with the quality and solidity of the tripod.

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                4.0

                Really nice tripod

                By Kirk

                from Denver, CO

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  I really like this tripod. It is light, easily adjustable, and provides a good solid platform. I gave it 4 stars because it feels like all of the pieces aren't solidly fitted together. It tightens up just fine and works great. It just makes me worry things are going to come loose over time. In all though I'm very happy with it and the great deal I got on it.

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                  5.0

                  It's the One

                  By George

                  from Dover, NH

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    Have not used a great deal yet, but handles my 5D Mark III with 70-200mm cinder block well.

                    Like everyone else I bought a cheap one at first; fell apart.

                    Very Stable. Read good reviews on it, got a great sale price....so I'm happy!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    super professional

                    By Carlos França

                    from Natal, BR

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      It's very confortable to working.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Lightweight and Sturdy!

                      By Jerry

                      from Wyandotte, MI

                      Comments about Manfrotto 055CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      I bought this tripod to replace a Manfrotto / Bogen 3020 that is sturdy but heavy, and a Manfrotto 190CX3 that is lightweight but too unstable for my digiscoping gear. With 4 sections it will be compact enough to stow w luggage but tall and stable for critical long-lens technique necessary for digiscoping at focal lengths to 6000 mm. I recently hiked 8 miles thru knee-deep snow w this tripod/scope slung to my back and never felt any strain. Terrific product and perfect for my needs!

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