Manfrotto 055XPROB Black Aluminum Tripod with 808RC4 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head, Maximum Height 76", Supports 15 lbs

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About Manfrotto Pro Alumin

Head 808RC4

The 808RC4 streamlines our range of 3-way heads by incorporating new elements while maintaining all the features you loved. There are two balance springs in the vertical tilt (forward/backward) and horizontal tilt (left/right) movements. These springs enable you to more comfortably handle heavier camera loads (such as very long lenses) with minimal effort.

Both springs can be turned off in case normal head operation is required. The head is comprised of aluminium and designed in a manner to support up to 8kg yet lightweight and small enough to pack in any camera kit. The standard quick release system is used to accommodate larger camera platforms which incorporates dual axis bubble levels to achieve level shots.

Tripod 055XPROB

The 055XPROB makes the famous Manfrotto-patented horizontal centre column feature even easier to use. By extending the column to its highest vertical position, it can be swung round 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 and the quick action leg locks themselves have also been greatly improved

The Manfrotto Pro Alumin is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Night shots, Portraits, Video, Weddings and more.The Manfrotto Pro Alumin is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The Manfrotto Pro Alumin is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Manfrotto Pro Alumin: Attaches firmly, Large range of motion, Stable and Strong clamp

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (122),Unfolds quickly (86),Folds away (34),Lightweight (25),Attaches firmly (4),Large range of motion (4),Strong clamp (4),Durable (3),Versatile (3),Well built / quality (3)
Heavy (51)
Best Uses:
Portraits (82),Landscape/scenery (73),Night shots (69),Home (46),Wildlife (41),Long exposures (32),Stabilization (31),Photography (29),Weddings (29),Travel (26),Video (20),Sports/action (19) Macro (7),Reducing noise (ISO reduction) (7) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (62),Semi-pro photographer (36),Pro photographer (12),Casual photographer (11),Enthusiast (3),Photography student (3)

Manfrotto Pro Alumin Features

  • Horizontal column feature allows the tripod to reach extremely low positions. Center column can be quickly and easily swung from vertical to horizontal without any disassembly
  • Eye-catching new design improves ergonomics of the leg angle levers and the horizontal column block
  • Leg angle presets allow the camera to reach all intermediate heights from min-max extension.
  • Quick action leg locks with new improved design.
  • Built-in bubble spirit level makes camera alignment quick and easy.

Manfrotto Pro Alumin Specifications

Tripod Legs 055XPROB
Material: Aluminum alloy
Maximum Height: 70.3" (178.5cm)
Max Height w/o Column Extended: 55.9" (142cm)
Min Height: 3.9" (10cm)
Folded Length: 25.8" (65.5cm)
Load Capacity: 15.43 lbs (7kg)
Weight: 5.29 lbs (2.4kg)
Leg Stages/Sections: 2/3
Leg Cross Section: Round
Independent Leg Spread: Yes, 23, 45, 65, 88°
Leg Lock Type: Flip-lock
Leg Tube Diameters: 29.4, 25, 20mm
Spiked / Retractable Feet: No, rubber
Head 808RC4
Load Capacity: 17.6 lb (8kg) the legs included with this kit supports 15.43 (7kg)
Height: 6.1" (15.5cm)
Quick Release: yes
Spirit Level: Yes, double
Tension Control: No, but does have balance spring
Tripod Mount Thread Size: 3/8"
Weight: 3 lbS (1.37kg)
Tripod Legs 055XPROB continued.
Center Brace: none
Head Mount Thread Size: 3/8"-13, Male
Center Column Type: Rapid, friction lock
Center Column Sections: 1
Reversible Column: No, horizontal 180° column feature
Column Cross Section: 28mm
Bubble Level: yes
Head Mount Thread Size: 3/8"-16
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Better Than I Imagined

I purchased a cheap tripod when I purchased my 50D in 2008 but rarely used it after trying more robust tripods. I wanted to purchase a tripod that was commiserate with my taste. I purchased a 5D2 and 1D3 so I decided to get a decent tripod. After perusing many forums and online dealers, I decided on this tripod/head combination. It's not cheap nor expensive but once it arrived I was blown away at the quality. The flexibility in panning, tilting and swiveling and the smoothness of its operati

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I purchased a cheap tripod when I purchased my 50D in 2008 but rarely used it after trying more robust tripods. I wanted to purchase a tripod that was commiserate with my taste. I purchased a 5D2 and 1D3 so I decided to get a decent tripod. After perusing many forums and online dealers, I decided on this tripod/head combination. It's not cheap nor expensive but once it arrived I was blown away at the quality. The flexibility in panning, tilting and swiveling and the smoothness of its operation is phenomenal. It isn't overly light but it is far from heavy. I used my 5D2 to create a video of my wife and dog and it was beautiful because of the easy maneuverability of this tripod combination. I am smitten and extremely happy. I am glad I took a while in deciding which tripod to purchase.

Reviewed by 129 customers


This is IT!!


from Arlington Heights,Illinois  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Apparently I didn't know what a really great tri-pod was until I bought this. I have been using cheap, flimsy tripods for years. There is so much to say about this. Firstly, it is very heavy. I believe that is exactly what you need for a stable image in all conditions. It's rock solid. The build quality is excellent. It feels like a fine piece of machinery. I am 6'3" and I can use it without even raising the center tube and not have to bend over. Talk about versatility. The legs have four defined positions that let you lower this tri-pod almost completely to the floor. And the center tube converts into a boom allowing infinite combinations of position. It will support even my heaviest lens which is a monstrous Sigma 150-500 telephoto. This tripot does it all. And it was on sale for 33% off. Can not be beat!


Well built and sturdy


from Concord Ca  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


great tripod for a good price


from Phoenix, Az  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


First real camera tripod


from Gig Harbor, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Great general purpose tripod.


from Merna, Nebraska  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


very stable, but slightly heavy


from Southern Oregon  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Sturdy and easy to use


from Phoenix,Az  -  Pro Photographer

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".


Excellent, but it is heavy


from Fort Worth, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

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.


Great !!


from Nashville tn  -  Casual Photographer

This is a light weight tripod ,very Sturdy and very easy to work with. I highly recommend !!


What I Was Looking For


from Pensacola, FL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Have been looking for a tripod with all the "extra" features that permit almost unlimited angles and height adjustments. The Manfrotto 055XPROB fit the criteria. Stayed with the 3-way pan/tilt head as that is what I am use to. This combo has fit-the-bill for anything I've called on it to do...landscape, portraits, wildlife, etc. Only minor complaint is the the aluminum tripod with head is a bit heavy but, then again, more stable than many others I've used. Too, weight can be relative to the situation so what's heavy to one individual is acceptable to others. Would buy again if I needed to.

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