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Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs at B&H for $249.88
Posted By: Foma2, 02-21-2014, 11:36 PM

Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs at B&H for $249.88Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs 055CXPRO3 B&H Photo
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02-22-2014, 10:05 AM   #2
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Thanks I'm going for it, look for my aluminum one on the marketplace soon. Wonder if they may be getting ready to release a 'New' version like the 190 'New' ?
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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Thanks I'm going for it, look for my aluminum one on the marketplace soon. Wonder if they may be getting ready to release a 'New' version like the 190 'New' ?
They are discontinued on the Manfrotto website.

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B&H has a great price, $150 off. That is about $50 cheaper than the already discounted prices at most other stores.

I ordered one on Wednesday.

The 055CXPRO3 is lighter, taller, and stronger than my 12yo 3001BPRO/190PROB. (both model numbers are etched on one of the legs)
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I got my tripod today! Can't wait to try it. I need to do a set of tests of my Vivitar 19mm, Vivitar 21, SMC Tak 24/3.5, and Bower 24/1.4.

But I've got to wait for the rain to stop. I am not complaining. People who live in Los Angeles should never complain about the winter weather.


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QuoteOriginally posted by lmd91343 Quote
But I've got to wait for the rain to stop. I am not complaining. People who live in Los Angeles should never complain about the winter weather.
No kidding! Here is a shot I took today next to a body of water we call "Lake Ontario." Apparently, it isn't always a solid...

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Got the chance to use my new tripod for a bit now and it is great! It is rock steady. I could use either of my 400mm lenses on it and probably with a teleconverter too. I am happy with it and my Vivitar series 1 90-180 flat field macro zoom. That lens caused my biggest problems with my old tripod.

It is soooo much steadier than my aluminum 3001pro/190pro. It is lighter than it too. And that old tripod is pretty good.

The only problem is that I am too short at 5'8". The new tripod with the center column down, legs extended, 468mg head, and my homemade L bracket puts the k5 eyepiece at one inch below eye level. That is with the camera level while I am wearing sandals. I cannot read the lens settings. If I where to tilt the camera down, use a T&S lens with a spacer, add spiked feet, or use telescope stabilizers, I would not be able to see thru the camera. I'll have to start to retract the lower leg segments two or three inches from full extension then check for level. That's another two minutes to each time I set up the tripod. Heel lifts?
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On my 055 I have measured and marked locations on the lower legs with silver sharpie to make setup quicker.
I'm 5'8 and use a gimbal so camera ends up pretty high if I extend the legs all the way.
Enjoy your new tripod.
(I decided to keep my proB version after all to save up for the Pentax TC)
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Larry,

The Sharpie marker won't smudge or fade on the carbon fiber? It won't hurt the carbon fiber?

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The marks are dots, and they haven't faded. The carbon is layered in epoxy, so it doesnt get damaged. The marker is a Sharpie Metallic Silver.
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