Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

B&H # RORC5558 MFR # RC-5558
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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 55 lb
  • Maximum Height: 58.5"
  • Minimum Height: 3.7"
  • Folded Length: 22.5"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 5.2 lb
  • 10x Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Lock & Safety Pull Latch in Spider
  • Interchangeable Top Plate & Video Bowl
  • Modular Rubber, Wide & Spiked Feet
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Maximum Height: 58"

58" 63"

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70" 80"

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Load Capacity: 55 lb

55 lb 77 lb

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Robus RC-5558 Overview

  • 1Description

When your career depends on that next shot, you need a tripod that's much more than just three legs to stand on. Meeting and succeeding that need, we have the RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod, one of a series of tripods from Robus that delivers performance to satiate the most demanding image-makers, regardless of the conditions or terrain in the field. The 10x carbon fiber legs feature wide, stable leg tube diameters. Even at maximum extension of 58.5", these substantial cylinders combine with the tripod's anodized CNC-machined spider to support video or still camera rigs weighing up to 55 lb.

Shooting outdoors can definitely be a challenge, especially when doing macro or close up photography on the ground. But with three variable leg angles of 25, 55, and 85°, plus independent leg spread, the tripod can be splayed out to a minimum height of just 3.7". The tripod's central spider features a lock to loosen the yoke and a safety pull latch that releases the finely machined top plate. This permits interchangeability with the included 75mm video bowl. There's also an optional center column available that extends the RC-5558's maximum height of 73.25".

A quarter turn of the tripod's twist-locks retracts the 4-section legs to a reasonable folded length of 22.5". Two of the legs have tactile rubber grips that ensure a secure hold as you carry the support from one place to another. Additionally, a 3/8"-16 socket at the end of each leg allows you to swap out the standard feet for the included spikes or wide rubber feet to accommodate different terrains and surfaces.

With a possible 73" reach, a 55 lb weight capacity, and a folded length of less than 23", the tripod's notable stability and performance-based features ensure its place as a favorite go-to-support solution for professionals and dedicated enthusiasts.

10x Carbon Fiber Legs
Provides stability and dampen vibrations, which would cause shake in the camera.
CNC-Machined Aluminum Spider
The CNC-machined spider features a lock to loosen the yoke and a safety pull latch that releases the top plate, which has a counterweight hook on the bottom. The anodized spider also features a strap mount and an integrated bubble level that ensures your horizons are always leveled.
Interchangeable Top Plates
A finely machined top plate features a smooth anodized finish, a chamfered leading edge for ease of installation, and a 3/8"-16 threaded head mount. The 75mm bowl is interchangeable with the top plate and mounts into the spider in the same fashion. There's also an optional center column available that extends the RC-5558's maximum height to 73.25".
All Surface Capable
Accommodate different terrains and surfaces via the three different sets of feet. The standard rubber feet, wide rubber feet, and spikes are all interchangeable via the 3/8"-16 socket at the end of each leg.
Variable Leg Angles
Three variable leg angles of 25, 55, and 85° with independent leg spread accommodate uneven terrain, and allow you to shoot at a minimum height of 3.7".
Twist Leg Locks
Twist Locks that open with a quarter turn to extend to a maximum height of 58.5" or collapse the 4-sections of the leg in a quick and timely manner.
Tactile and Comfortable Rubber Leg Grips
Heavyweight rubber sleeves on two legs provide a secure, comfortable and balanced grip under any weather conditions.
UPC: 847628007482
In the Box
Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Flat Top Plate with Weight Hook
  • 75mm Video Bowl
  • 3 x Standard Rubber Feet
  • 3 x Wide Rubber Feet
  • 3 x Spiked Feet
  • 3 x Hex Key
  • Carry Case with Strap
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Robus RC-5558 Specs

    Load Capacity 55 lb / 24.95 kg
    Maximum Working Height 58.5" / 148.6 cm
    Minimum Working Height 3.7" / 9.4 cm
    Folded Length 22.5" / 57.15 cm
    Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 5.2 lb / 2.36 kg
    Materials Aluminum Alloy, Carbon Fiber
    Bubble Level Yes
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Diameter 1.26" / 32 mm
    1.10" / 28 mm
    0.98" / 25 mm
    0.87" / 22 mm
    Feet Features Rubber, Spiked, Wide Feet
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 9.55 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.0 x 7.0 x 6.3"

    Robus RC-5558 Reviews

    RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing tripod While only time will tell about the longevity of this tripod, from what I can see from its build quality I think it may outlast me. The build quality is outstanding. I have several manfrotto and Gitzo tripods, but the Robus is my new favorite. The twist locks are smooth and precise and work like a dream. This tripod is fast to set up and breakdown and comes with many extras that the more expensive competition do not include like extra feet, level, and carry case. This tripod will do it all! I will purchase a second one in the Extra long 80 in the near future. The standard model has the added bonus of nicely fitting inside my carry on (on the diagonal) with head and feat removed.. I just flew several flights up and down the east coast with the robus in my carry on.
    Date published: 2019-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!  What a Surprise! I just got my tripod this afternoon.  I mounted my Markins M10 Ballhead with Wimberly Sidekick and D850 with my 500f/4G and went out shooting.   This tripod is rock solid and built like a tank.  Every bit as good - or better - than my old Gitzo.  The mounting plate is a work of art.  Legs are solid and the position locks and twist locks are all smooth and easy to use. Im 510 and the height of the 5558 is perfect for me.  With my ballhead mounted, I dont have to extend the legs all the way to get the eyepiece to match the level of my eye (maybe 2 or so left?).  Ditto when the sidekick is mounted.  I was thinking of the taller model, but really like the 22.5 collapsed length of the 5558 for packing. Accessories are great too.  Extra feet (wide version), spikes and case.  I have no immediate need for the video bowl, but its there.  All this plus an exceptionally competitive price point!  Will this last the 12+ years of my old Gitzo 1257?  Well, I dont know for sure, but I really do think it will do every bit as good.   No compromises on the design that I can see, and lots of improvements (like the setscrew that locks the ball-head to the mounting plate and leg grips).     I am very pleased and recommend it if you are looking for a new tripod.
    Date published: 2019-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great set of legs for a great price Over the last couple of months, Ive been testing out the Robus RC-5558 Vantage Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod. The RC-5558 is the shortest tripod in Robus’ Series 3 line. At maximum height, it is 58 inches high. It ships with a flat top plate, so that’s the height without any center column – it’s just the legs fully extended. I generally don’t use center columns and prefer tripods without them, but Robus offers a center column that replaces the flat top plate for those who want one. The optional center column extends the height by 14.75 inches. The minimum height is 3.7 inches, so when the legs are completely spread it gets down low enough for macros of flowers and mushrooms and such. When folded it measures 22.5 inches without a ball head. It weights 5.2 pounds. Before I got this tripod, my primary tripod was a Gitzo 3542XLS with either a Kirk BH-3 or Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head with Lever-Release Panning Clamp. Its a great tripod and I’ve used it almost daily for years and carried it all over the country. So, I was skeptical to try a new brand’s first attempt at a tripod but agreed to test it out anyway. The RC-5558 has legs made of 10x carbon fiber with a maximum diameter of 1.26 inches, which matches the diameter of the Series 3 Gitzo tripods, including the one I own. The center spider, the plate that the legs connect to, is made from CNC-machined aluminum. The legs have a variable spread with stops at 22, 55 and 85°. The spider holds interchangeable plates, including the above-mentioned center column, and it ships with a flat plate and 75mm video bowl. I’m a still photographer, so the bowl didn’t matter to me.  It also includes three sets of feet, spikes, wide rubber feet or standard feet. I’ve found the standard feet to be the most practical for landscape photography, which is what I do. They even work fine on the icy shores of Lake Superior, my home base and a premier location for winter seascape photography. In use, I’ve found almost everything about the tripod either equals or exceeds my Gitzo. The Robus is just as solid at the Gitzo. The twist locks work slightly better, especially in winter and sub-zero Fahrenheit temps when the Gitzo gets super stiff and sometimes don’t lock completely but the locks on the Robus remain easy to use in cold temps. The stiffness of both tripods is equal. The Robus even includes a foam pads on the upper section of the legs – I had fork out about $50 more to get a set of LensCoat LegCoats for the Gitzo and even after spending that extra money the LegCoats tend to slide around whereas the Robus pads stay in place. The only thing the Gitzo has on the Robus is, because it is the XLS model, it sets up extra tall. That said, the height of the Robus RC-5558 is perfect for me. I’m 5’10” and with the RRS BH-55 or the Kirk BH-3 mounted the camera sits just slightly above eye level. I don’t usually shoot with the tripod that high as I’m usually shooting with a lower tripod placement but getting the tripod to eye level is as easy as extending all the legs. If you need a taller tripod, the next step up in the Robus Series 3 measures 70 inches when fully extended. Robus sent me this tripod before it launched, and they didnt send along pricing info. That meant I had no idea what price this would be and where it would fit into the echelon of tripods. After using it, I figured it would come in maybe $100 or so under the Gitzo pricing because the quality seemed equal. I was surprised when they released the pricing info. This goes for about half of what my Gitzo cost me which is a bargain for a carbon fiber tripod of this quality. I like it so much that it has become my primary tripod and the Gitzo hasnt come out of the gear closet since I got this one. I teach photography workshops, and this is going on the recommended equipment list for students. It’s great that there’s an option on the market of this quality at this price. In fact, several students have already bought it and have given me glowing reviews. After a couple months of usage, I highly recommend the Robus RC-5558. As hard as it is to believe, I cant imagine going back to Gitzo after using this product. This is a solid product. [I received this product in exchange for my honest review.]
    Date published: 2019-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super High Quality This company set out to make the best tripod and they succeeded. Every detail and part on this thing shows excellent workmanship and quality. EXTREMELY WELL MADE. Best value for $$ that B&H carries. I might buy another model before the price goes up.Keep it up ROBUS. It is nice to see companies like this still exist. If you need a heavy duty solid tripod, get this one. You wont be sorry.
    Date published: 2019-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! So far Ive only used this tripod on a couple of outings, but I like it.  Its sturdy and easily holds my Canon 70D and Sigma 150-600mm lens and easily adjusts.  I suspect that Ill be using this tripod and Gimbal Head for a long time.
    Date published: 2019-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well built! I received my new RC-5558 two weeks ago. In that time I used with my Sony A7RIII and different lenses attached. The tripod is very sturdy, easy to mount and really well built. Accessories and the bag that comes with it are also well made. I am 6f tall and when fully extended it comes as a perfect match for my height when the head and camera are mounted as well.  The only con, if it can be said it is a con at all, is that the tripod is not very light. I plan to use it mainly for landscape (carrying on my backpack) and that is why for me it may be a bit on the heavy side, but I would not take a star out for that, as the product itself is great and I am sure if you decided to buy it, you will not regret. The only question now is if it will be as durable as I expect it to last at least 5 years of good use. If it does, then it is worth every penny. I am happy to find products of good quality yet at a reasonable price and backed up by BH.  I have not received anything for this review. It is my voluntary impressions without any offer made either by Robus or by BH.
    Date published: 2019-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Look no further ! If you are looking for a high-end tripod, that is bullet-proof, this is it. Well made, sturdy, obviously well designed and thought out. Price is reasonable for the only heavy duty tripod you will ever need.
    Date published: 2019-03-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Tripod! Simply put, this tripod is excellent. Let me give a bit of background. My main go-to tripod has been a Gitzo basalt tripod purchased back in the 2000s. These legs combined with my Kirk Enterprises BH-3 ballhead have traveled with me everywhere I’ve been, to and from multiple countries and across the United States. This awesome combination has never given me trouble. The same cannot be said for the other tripods I’ve tried and witnessed in that same period. I run a photography school that teaches hundreds of students a year. Most of those students have tripods, and many of them have issues with their tripods. Along with being the director of the school I also manage our equipment inventory. I’m the go-to guy for any student who has issues with their gear. I see a lot of tripods break. Because of this, I’ve learned a few things. For one, the quality of name-brand tripods has decreased in recent years. I used to never see those tripods break, but now they seem to break all the time. Also, many of the other, newer tripod brands also break frequently. Simply put, I’ve been very disappointed with almost every tripod manufacturer in recent years. In fact, I’ve been waiting for something to come along that I can feel good recommending to students. Lets start with the things I really like about it. Its sturdy. It feels well built. It’s relatively light (given the size). It comes with a case. It comes with an adapter to mount a leveling video head. The hook on the bottom is actually large enough to handle hanging your camera bag! It only comes with a short center post. That’s a good thing. I usually have to buy a short post. Robus gives you a short post and makes you buy a longer one if you need it. This is perfect as I am a firm believer in people buying a tripod that’s tall enough without the use of post extension. Now, there are a few Robus tripod varieties. This is one of the larger (largest?) ones. This isn’t a tripod that you would want to travel with. Look for the other varieties of Robus if that’s what you’re looking for. But, if you are looking for a quality tripod for a larger lens, maybe a bit of astrophotography, or perhaps some studio work, this is a great choice. Now, I feel I need to mention a couple of things. First: I’ve only been using the tripod for a few weeks. Will something break with more use? Maybe. But, I can already say that it feels more well-built than any tripod I’ve used since buying my basalt Gitzo in the 2000’s. Second: the only negative thing I have to mention is the case it comes with. It just doesn’t convey the same level of quality as the tripod. I wish it fit the tripod better and was made out of a higher-quality material. But hey, at least you get a case! [I received this product in exchange for my honest review.]
    Date published: 2018-12-13
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    Will the ProMediaGear 75mm Half Ball (B&H # ...

    Will the ProMediaGear 75mm Half Ball (B&H # PRTRBU75) work with the included 75mm video bowl?
    Asked by: Greg
    Yes, B&H # PRTRBU75 should work well with this tripod when using the 75mm bowl adapter.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-04-07

    Where is this Robus tripod made? Also is it ...

    Where is this Robus tripod made? Also is it waterproof construction... can it be used in streams and water?
    Asked by: Dan
    "Made in China" is printed on the box.
    Answered by: Ryan
    Date published: 2019-05-10

    What is the purpose of the two silver fittings on ...

    What is the purpose of the two silver fittings on the side of the yoke ?
    Asked by: Simeon
    One may be used for the shoulder strap when you are not using the case. The other is a locking pin for the center inserts. It allows you to place the bowl or flat center when the tripod is not horizontal, keep them in place, move the tripod around, and lock in place when ready.
    Answered by: Taylor
    Date published: 2019-03-18

    the legs have tabs at their top. how are these ...

    the legs have tabs at their top. how are these removed to allow for cleaning clamping rings?
    Asked by: Matthew
    As someone else noted, not necessary to remove the legs from the spider to clean the friction locking clamps. Each clamp can be completely unscrewed (three sections, three legs) and the individual sections removed for cleaning.
    Answered by: Anonymous
    Date published: 2019-07-11
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