This Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Bundle comes with: . Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey.
The 055XPROB makes the famous Manfrotto-patented horizontal center column feature even easier to use. By extending the column to itshighest vertical position, it can be swung around to horizontal without removing the head or disassembling the column itself, so switching between framing and positioning setups is more convenient than ever. The ergonomics of the leg angle release mechanism andthe quick action leg locks themselves have also been greatly improved
I am using this tripod mostly out in the field, I carry it on my back pack thus the weight is an issue but my budget could not stand the price per pound of carbon. It is still very easy to pack even at my age, and two new knees. The levers are easy to work and lock very well. Setting up to level is easy and it is very stable. I like this tripod.
Fairly light, stable, easy to set up. It didn't 5 stars only because I wish it had screw out spike legs. Otherwise, I am very pleased.
The unit itself is a bit heavy, but really, that's what I was looking for, something to hold up out in the wilderness while getting shots of birds, wildlife or landscapes. This tripod is as described and should do just about everything I will ever need out of a tripod.
Nice strong tall stance, yet gets as low as a few inches for micro shots. Just big and heavy enough to get the job done.
I shoot with a 5d Mark ii. I wanted something that would feel sturdy for using my 70-200 2.8 with image stabilization. I am very pleased with my purchase. this is a very well made tripod that is easy to use. the weight isn't ideal for hiking, but I knew that it was going to be a little heavier since it isn't carbon fiber.
This is my go to tripod for all my uses. It is very sturdy and easy to use in any situation. I have had many tripods and this one is by far my favorite. It is not that compact as my others but does extend quite high up to 70".
I have a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod that is great for travel or hiking but needed something more solid for my architectural and interior photography. I also really wanted the horizontal column. I am extremely pleased with this tripod. It is very solid. My only issue with it is the weight. Between this and the head, it is very heavy. It's fine for the way I will be using it, but don't pick this thing as a travel setup. The other possible problem people might have with it is the height. I am 5'7", so with the head on it I can't fully extend the legs even with the center column collapsed. So, beware that this is a very tall tripod. Other than those two small items, this is a great tripod. It will last me for years.
This is a light weight tripod ,very Sturdy and very easy to work with. I highly recommend !!
I am reluctant to give 5 stars, just because I have not had it for long enough to test longevity. I had the older version of these legs, and they served me for many years. 90% of my shooting is on a tripod. I experienced a bad fall on rocks which permanently bent one of the lower legs just slightly, so it does not come in and out of the sheath very smoothly. I have to yank it out and push it in. I got sick of doing that, and I love just unlatching the locks and letting the legs slide out quickly, so that was a bummer. Compared to my other legs, I noticed that where the latches are attached to are now plastic, where before they were a hard material that felt like metal, but was more like porcelain (as one of them cracked and broke in the fall I mentioned). The plastic may actually be more resilient, even though it doesn't look or feel as tough. On the whole the legs are lighter, but still seem strong. I really like the adjustable neck on this one, where you can move it horizontally so you can get super low to the ground. The last model I had did not have that option. I bought a shorter neck for my last one in order to be able to get closer to the ground. I could have just reversed it, and put the camera upside-down, but it is much more tedious and the legs can get in the way. I have a larger-than-I-need ballhead on this one that supports over 30lbs, on this so it is definitely more top heavy compared to using it with my older legs. So anyway, as of now, a 4, if they last as long as my old ones they will get a 5. I am sure I will remember to adjust my review at that time :~)
Great tripod. A little heavy, but "heavy" usually equals "sturdy". Very easy to use and set up. I'd recommend it without hesitation.