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Manfrotto057 Carbon Fiber Tripod
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (8)

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    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stable (5)
  • Unfolds quickly (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (5)
  • Wildlife (5)
  • Night shots (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Satisfied

I ordered this tripod to hold a telescope for astronomy. I wanted something that would provide stable views at medium/high magnifications while still being easy to carry and transport. It serves the purpose...Read complete review

I ordered this tripod to hold a telescope for astronomy. I wanted something that would provide stable views at medium/high magnifications while still being easy to carry and transport. It serves the purpose very well. It's surprisingly compact when folded up considering how beefy it is, how tall it gets, and the fact that it's only a three section, vs. a four section.It is a very sturdy tripod. It's not the lightest thing if you are looking to carry it all day on a trail for photography, or backpack with it up a mountain. But if you are looking for a very stout tripod with a lot of stability, it's great. I find carbon fiber dampens vibrations much better and more quickly than aluminum if both are a similar size/class tripod.The leg sections fit together very precisely, allowing virtually no lateral movement even when unlocked and fully extended. They actually offer slight resistance to extending/retracting due to the air seal around the leg sections and make an air hissing sound when extended/retracted). When locked in place they are rock solid. I prefer the lever locks on this tripod to a twist lock system (just personal preference) and they came adjusted well. Not too tight or difficult to lock/unlock, but tight enough to hold totally secure.It's rated to hold 39 lbs, and I have no doubt it would. My load is much less (15-20 pounds tops), and it doesn't flex or get the slightest disturbed by the load. In fact, the mount head I'm using puts the scope about 5-6" off center (not in line with the center column) to allow for full rotation without interfering with the tripod center column or the legs, and it still stays solid and steady, even when rotating the scope around on the offset mount.The center column locks tight and secure without having to crank the lock knob super tight. Snug the knob and the column is firmly held in place. The column is very solid as well, and doesn't flex or shift at all, again despite the offset load. There is a small adjustment screw to adjust how freely the column can slide when unlocked, which is a nice touch.The top plate on the center column is probably a bit larger than it needs to be. Some may not like that, but it doesn't matter with my setup at all. I'm very pleased with the tripod. It's as quick and easy to set up as any of my tripods, and it's incredibly sturdy.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great legs - terrible center column

Must have been 2 different groups that designed this tripod. The CF legs and magnesium spider do meet all the advertising hype. But the center column is definitely not pro calibre.Read complete review

Must have been 2 different groups that designed this tripod. The CF legs and magnesium spider do meet all the advertising hype. But the center column is definitely not pro calibre.

1. The top plate is extremely large. This interferes with the use of manfrotto 405 and 410 geared heads. The movements of the head are severly restricted. And there is not enough clearance between some of the knobs and the large top plate. In other words, pinched and cut fingers and lots of cursing.

2. The aluminum center column shaft is removable (low angle adapter feature) and the top plate can be attached directly to the spider. Problems here also. When the bottom screw is tightened it pulls the top plate significantly off level. This makes any attempt at panoramic or precision still life work futile.

3 Manfrotto has always had an extensive line of pro accessories for their tripods; one of the reasons they were so popular in studios. How many accessories for 057 tripods? ZERO. And querying Manfrotto about the needs gets ZERO response. No leveling center column and the oversized top plate prevents using existing leveling adapters. No short center columns. No accessory feet. etc. etc. etc. etc.

If you do any serious studio work or video forget the 057's. Mine has been in a corner gathering dust since I bought it and then found out about all the short comings and the total lack of interest to address them at Manfrotto.

Quess it is time to finally learn those $%^$%#$ twist locks if I want a pro CF tripod.

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5.0

Excellent

By Dror

from Alamo City, TX

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      Sturdy, relatively light, easy to use.

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      5.0

      Great Tripod

      By DarrenH

      from Alexandria, VA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoors
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        I bought this tripod as an upgrade over an old Bogen aluminum model that i'd been using for years. The 057 is as advertised. Solid, stable and well constructed. I paired it with a Manfrotto 393 head and use it primarily with a Canon 5D Mk. II and Canon 500mm f4 lens combination. I photograph birds both perched and in flight and this tripod definitely provide the necessary stability for such shots.

        I will say that even though the legs are made of carbon fiber this is still a big tripod and not the lightest piece of gear, but I like the solid feel of the unit. All of the adjustments work smoothly and easily. Although I likely won't use all of the leg positions and center column option it is nice to have those available.

        All in all it was definitely worth the investment.

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        5.0

        Very Satisfied

        By BigT

        from NW Ohio

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            I ordered this tripod to hold a telescope for astronomy. I wanted something that would provide stable views at medium/high magnifications while still being easy to carry and transport. It serves the purpose very well. It's surprisingly compact when folded up considering how beefy it is, how tall it gets, and the fact that it's only a three section, vs. a four section.It is a very sturdy tripod. It's not the lightest thing if you are looking to carry it all day on a trail for photography, or backpack with it up a mountain. But if you are looking for a very stout tripod with a lot of stability, it's great. I find carbon fiber dampens vibrations much better and more quickly than aluminum if both are a similar size/class tripod.The leg sections fit together very precisely, allowing virtually no lateral movement even when unlocked and fully extended. They actually offer slight resistance to extending/retracting due to the air seal around the leg sections and make an air hissing sound when extended/retracted). When locked in place they are rock solid. I prefer the lever locks on this tripod to a twist lock system (just personal preference) and they came adjusted well. Not too tight or difficult to lock/unlock, but tight enough to hold totally secure.It's rated to hold 39 lbs, and I have no doubt it would. My load is much less (15-20 pounds tops), and it doesn't flex or get the slightest disturbed by the load. In fact, the mount head I'm using puts the scope about 5-6" off center (not in line with the center column) to allow for full rotation without interfering with the tripod center column or the legs, and it still stays solid and steady, even when rotating the scope around on the offset mount.The center column locks tight and secure without having to crank the lock knob super tight. Snug the knob and the column is firmly held in place. The column is very solid as well, and doesn't flex or shift at all, again despite the offset load. There is a small adjustment screw to adjust how freely the column can slide when unlocked, which is a nice touch.The top plate on the center column is probably a bit larger than it needs to be. Some may not like that, but it doesn't matter with my setup at all. I'm very pleased with the tripod. It's as quick and easy to set up as any of my tripods, and it's incredibly sturdy.

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            2.0

            Great legs - terrible center column

            By f11kramer

            from Titusville (Orlando), FL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Solid Cf Legs

            Cons

            • No Required Accessories
            • Terrible Center Column

            Best Uses

            • Possibly Gimbled Heads
            • With Gimbled Heads

            Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            Must have been 2 different groups that designed this tripod. The CF legs and magnesium spider do meet all the advertising hype. But the center column is definitely not pro calibre.

            1. The top plate is extremely large. This interferes with the use of manfrotto 405 and 410 geared heads. The movements of the head are severly restricted. And there is not enough clearance between some of the knobs and the large top plate. In other words, pinched and cut fingers and lots of cursing.

            2. The aluminum center column shaft is removable (low angle adapter feature) and the top plate can be attached directly to the spider. Problems here also. When the bottom screw is tightened it pulls the top plate significantly off level. This makes any attempt at panoramic or precision still life work futile.

            3 Manfrotto has always had an extensive line of pro accessories for their tripods; one of the reasons they were so popular in studios. How many accessories for 057 tripods? ZERO. And querying Manfrotto about the needs gets ZERO response. No leveling center column and the oversized top plate prevents using existing leveling adapters. No short center columns. No accessory feet. etc. etc. etc. etc.

            If you do any serious studio work or video forget the 057's. Mine has been in a corner gathering dust since I bought it and then found out about all the short comings and the total lack of interest to address them at Manfrotto.

            Quess it is time to finally learn those $%^$%#$ twist locks if I want a pro CF tripod.

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            5.0

            Excellent tripod

            By Danny G

            from Sonora, Ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits

              Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              Recently purchased. B&H was quick to ship it and it showed up before the scheduled delivery date. Used for a couple different shoots. Inside or out it works great. Very sturdy, excellent build quality. Definitely satisfied with my purchase.

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              5.0

              Really Solid Tripod

              By TomJ

              from North Texas

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Rock Solid
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I wanted a more substantial tripod for use with my DSLR and new 500mm f/4 lens. The Manfrotto 055 Carbon model I already had felt a little too light for the job when outfitted with my Wimberley 2 gimbal head even though it was fine with a 400mm f/5.6 lens. The 057 model seems to fit the bill perfectly. Carbon legs are much more robust and everything just seems like it was made for this job. Very nice product. Like nearly every piece of Manfrotto gear I have ever purchased, this is a keeper.

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                5.0

                Fantastic tripod

                By Grenache

                from California

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Heavy Heads Loose Fit

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                Lightweight
                Sturdy
                Easy to use

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                4.0

                nice gear

                By Rick

                from Virginia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    A really nice unit. The only disappointing thing is that when it arrived I removed it from the box and one of the feet fell off. I then had to use a special hex key to remove the leg, and stuffed around for ages wondering how to refasten the foot. I called the website. Busy signal for hours. They referred me to some one else. More busy signals until I got a tech who said "they must have forgotten to glue it during manufacture". You can return it or glue it yourself. I chose to glue it back myself, and it has been fine since.

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                    5.0

                    Rock solid !

                    By Me

                    from Nunavut (Northern Canada)

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    No way you can "overload" this tripod. No vibration at all, it's rock solid. A bit heavy, but it's no big deal. The only real complain I have is that with my old Manfrotto 190PRO I can use the central column on a horizontal plane, I can't do the same with my 057. It's going to be my last tripod for sure.

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                    5.0

                    Solid Tripod

                    By Lindy

                    from Los Angeles, Ca.

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

                      Comments about Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      I bought this tripod to hold a heavy teleprompter. It surpassed my expectations!

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