I bought the Manfrotto 055XPROB Pro Tripod out of necessity from Amazon.com . I was trying to take very detailed images of small parts from an overhead position and I was struggling. Then I stumbled across the 055XPROB which can go vertical to horizontal in seconds. With the right tripod head (in my case the Manfrotto 3437 3D) your options are unlimited. When shooting pictures on my coffee table with the D90 facing down I simply place a bubble level on the cameras LCD and adjust the head or tripod legs accordingly. It’s worth noting that a weight should be hung from the center column or the hook on the tripod itself to prevent the tripod from falling forward while in the horizontal position.
The tripod is very stable and sturdy. I should point out though that if you have the center column fully extended it may vibrate for a few seconds after making adjustments or accidentally bumping it. Give it a few seconds to settle before taking your pictures.
This is a heavy duty tripod and I stress the heavy part. You dont want to lug this thing on a hike.
This is a top of the line tripod with reasonable price. Quality that will last a life time. Dependability that will never let you down.
From the manufacturer:
The Manfrotto 055XPROB Aluminum Tripod Legs builds on the success of the 3011/3021 series. It features the Manfrotto-patented horizontal center column feature, which allows the center column to flip quickly and easily from vertical to horizontal. By extending the column to its highest vertical position, it can be swung over to horizontal without removing the head or disassembling the column itself. The ergonomics of the leg-angle release mechanism and the quick action leg locks have also been improved.
The 055XB provides speedy set-up coupled with added security with quick action, lever-type leg locks. It is ideal for use with 35mm and light medium-format photographic cameras, and digital or conventional type video camcorders.
• Center column can be quickly and easily swung from vertical to horizontal without any disassembly
• Horizontal column feature allows the tripod to reach extremely low positions
• 3-faceted center column which totally eliminates column rotation
• Redesigned more ergonomic flip locks, with only 45° of movement
• Leg warmers on 2 legs ease handling in extreme weather conditions, and help to protect the legs
• Four leg-angle settings (25, 46, 66 & 88°)
• Bubble level included
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