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Jan 20, 2013 12:53 |  #1

I am thinking about buying this tripod looks good and B&H reviews seems to be well liked. I like this tripod because when needed I can extend it more than I need but it's there when I would need it. The other tripod I am looking at is the Feisol 3371 but would have to buy a center column and I really think this is much more than I need. My gear is not all that heavy and my ballhead would look silly on the column LOL it looks huge

Anyone care to tell me how you like your Manfrotto 055CXPro3?

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Jan 20, 2013 13:06 |  #2

Tanglefoot47 wrote in post #15512134 (external link)
I am thinking about buying this tripod looks good and B&H reviews seems to be well liked. I like this tripod because when needed I can extend it more than I need but it's there when I would need it. The other tripod I am looking at is the Feisol 3371 but would have to buy a center column and I really think this is much more than I need. My gear is not all that heavy and my ballhead would look silly on the column LOL it looks huge

Anyone care to tell me how you like your Manfrotto 055CXPro3?

Mike

Mike -- i owned it for awhile until i went in another direction and now i have the gitzo 2541.

the manfrotto is sturdy but heavy. the one thing i did not like about the CF manfrotto was unlike the aluminum manfrottos the legs do not drop down with just gravity.

i can actually set up a gravity fed aluminum manfrotto just as fast as my gitzo. i found that manually extending each leg was a PITA but i'm always in a hurry and i don't like futzing around. you may be different :D. also the level on the base broke quickly or drained. that's happened to both manfrotto tripods i've owned.

so, if you were to get a manfrotto i'd go with an aluminum tripod.

now if you are really ready to settle down with a tripod i'd get the gitzo 2541. i bought one used from BH for $459. it was rated a "9" and i swear it looks new. probably returned.


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Jan 20, 2013 14:31 |  #3

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Mike -- i owned it for awhile until i went in another direction and now i have the gitzo 2541.

the manfrotto is sturdy but heavy. the one thing i did not like about the CF manfrotto was unlike the aluminum manfrottos the legs do not drop down with just gravity.

i can actually set up a gravity fed aluminum manfrotto just as fast as my gitzo. i found that manually extending each leg was a PITA but i'm always in a hurry and i don't like futzing around. you may be different :D. also the level on the base broke quickly or drained. that's happened to both manfrotto tripods i've owned.

so, if you were to get a manfrotto i'd go with an aluminum tripod.

now if you are really ready to settle down with a tripod i'd get the gitzo 2541. i bought one used from BH for $459. it was rated a "9" and i swear it looks new. probably returned.

Like the Gitzo's who don't but out of my price range and I want something that will give me more height than the 2541




  
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Jan 20, 2013 14:43 |  #4

ed rader wrote in post #15512191 (external link)
Mike -- i owned it for awhile until i went in another direction and now i have the gitzo 2541.

the manfrotto is sturdy but heavy. the one thing i did not like about the CF manfrotto was unlike the aluminum manfrottos the legs do not drop down with just gravity....

so, if you were to get a manfrotto i'd go with an aluminum tripod.

You think the 055CXPRO3 is heavy (?!) but recommend the metal version which is really heavy! :confused:

It seemed the best option in that price range to me and I haven't been disappointed so far


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Jan 20, 2013 15:08 |  #5

Love mine....much lighter than the 055XBPRO and very sturdy as well!


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Jan 20, 2013 15:22 |  #6

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You think the 055CXPRO3 is heavy (?!) but recommend the metal version which is really heavy! :confused:

It seemed the best option in that price range to me and I haven't been disappointed so far

yep, and long. too long to fit in my carry on. too heavy for it's load carrying capacity. and too slow to set up.

i'd look at induro or benro first if you don't want to spring for a gitzo. i need something that's small enough to fit in my luggage but sturdy enough for 30-second exposures and a big lens like the 500L in a pinch.


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Jan 20, 2013 15:23 |  #7

Tanglefoot47 wrote in post #15512470 (external link)
Like the Gitzo's who don't but out of my price range and I want something that will give me more height than the 2541

the gitzo has a center column. how tall are you?


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Jan 20, 2013 15:34 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #8

here: http://www.adorama.com​/BEA2190T.html (external link)

much cheaper, same height, much lighter, higher carrying capacity.


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Jan 20, 2013 15:42 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #9

here's a better deal....but it's already sold ;)!

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Jan 20, 2013 16:24 |  #10

ed rader wrote in post #15512670 (external link)
the gitzo has a center column. how tall are you?

Just under 6ft but the reason I want a tall tripod at times I shoot over a link fence and need that extra few inches. I may have to stand on a stool LOL. Max height extended fully the Gitzo only hits 5ft I want something a little more and don't like having the center fully extended




  
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Jan 20, 2013 16:57 |  #11

Actually Ed I think that Induro CT213 would work for me looks awesome.




  
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Jan 20, 2013 18:51 |  #12

I have a 055cxpro3, and the legs on mine extend/contract under their own weight. I have another tripod with twist lock legs and the time for erection and taking down are about the same - or, not so different that I notice.

I don't find my CF 055 heavy - it's about 1.5 kg by itself, plus whatever head you put on it. It is long, though - about 65cm - add about 10cm for a ballhead (mine is a Markins Q10) and it's not exactly compact. The 4 leg section version is (from memory) about 10cm shorter - more compact but not in the travel tripod category.


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Jan 20, 2013 19:51 |  #13

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I have a 055cxpro3, and the legs on mine extend/contract under their own weight. I have another tripod with twist lock legs and the time for erection and taking down are about the same - or, not so different that I notice.

I don't find my CF 055 heavy - it's about 1.5 kg by itself, plus whatever head you put on it. It is long, though - about 65cm - add about 10cm for a ballhead (mine is a Markins Q10) and it's not exactly compact. The 4 leg section version is (from memory) about 10cm shorter - more compact but not in the travel tripod category.

Many good points i have used the flip locks in the past and like them. Also the CF 055 is not heavy at least for what I would use it for




  
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Jan 20, 2013 20:47 |  #14

Don't know about the CF models, but I have had two 3021s -one Bogan and my Manfrotto. This is the older model number of the same tripod. I have always found them sturdy and reliable and never too heavy. But then I used to use a 4x5 on a wooden tripod.

I'm planning on cutting about 4 inches off of each leg section of my older, more worn 3021 to make a shorter travel version.


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Jan 20, 2013 21:32 as a reply to  @ rgs's post |  #15

I have the Manfrotto legs of question. I also have a nice pair of Gitzo legs.

If your wrists are injured, the flip mechanism is easier - I know I recently hurt my wrist.

The Gitzo are without question a great pair of legs, but the Manfrotto legs are no slouch. For the price they are great. I do not notice the weight too much, but I carry a lot of stuff with me anyway.

In regards to use, both types of mechanisms are easy to use.

Depending on the camera/lens pairing, I believe the head you are planning on using will have a bigger impact on use.


just a few of my thoughts...
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