The Manfrotto 055 Aluminum 3 Section X-PRO 055 Tripod has been create to redefine the 3-section aluminum tripod. Thanks to its size and shape, and to the materials used, the Manfrotto 055 X-PRO Tripod delivers an unprecedented level of stiffness.
The key feature of the 055XPRO3 is its 90 degree center column mechanism, which allows the column to be extended vertically as normal, or horizontally to open up a wide range of framing and shooting possibilities; this makes the Manfrotto 055XPRO3 X-PRO 055 Photo Tripod an extremely versatile tripod, suitable for a wide range of photography and video applications.
The horizontal column mechanism in the Manfrotto 055 X-PRO Tripod is housed within the top casting for compactness, but it is easily and quickly extended whenever you need it. Switching between vertical and horizontal column orientation requires no disassembly, and can even be done with a camera attached.
The legs of the Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Tripod are also fast to extend and adjust, thanks to the Quick Power Lock (QPL) levers that block and unblock each leg section. The special design of the QPL levers allows a more single-handed opening of all leg sections in one action. QPL's lever design also offers more powerful locking of each section, meaning the tripod is more stable and rigid than with traditional lever designs.
The intuitive and ergonomic leg angle selectors allow each leg of the Manfrotto 055 X-PRO Aluminum 3 Section Tripod to be independently and solidly set to any of the preset angles, again allowing considerable positioning freedom.
A bubble level is built in to the top of the center column for precise framing. The bubble level rotates freely around the center column, so it can be positioned wherever it's easiest for you to see it while adjusting the tripod, and without it either being obscured by the mounted head and camera, or getting in the way of head or camera controls.
The top casting of the Manfrotto X-Pro 055 Tripod has an Easy Link connector for supporting a photo or video accessory (such as an LED light, flash, reflector, or other piece of equipment) on an extending arm or bracket, and making the tripod into a practical mobile studio.