Manfrotto 055 MT055CXPRO3 tripod review

The Manfrotto 055 MT055CXPRO3 is a full-sized set of carbon fiber tripod legs that gives super-solid support, plus a pivoting center column

Manfrotto 055 MT055CXPRO3
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Something of a stickler for tradition, this Manfrotto 055 series tripod has a conventional configuration. The market is currently awash with ‘travel tripods’ that have swing-up legs to reduce the stowage size. This one doesn’t, so it’s relatively large when folded down. The upside is that it’s remarkably quick and easy to set up, gives a lofty maximum operating height, and delivers rock-solid support. Everything works intuitively, including the pivoting center column mechanism which adds versatility, but you’ll need to buy a head separately, plus a carrying bag if you feel the need for one.


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    Solid and sturdy

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    Tall maximum operating height

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    Pivoting center column


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    Pricey considering the lack of head and carrying bag

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    No additional spiked feet supplied

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    Quite large when folded down

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The Manfrotto 055 series of tripods has become somewhat legendary over the years and, for us, the MT055CXPRO3 is the pick of the bunch. Further down the pecking order, there’s an aluminum 3-section edition that you can buy as just a set of legs or as a full kit with an optional ball head or 3-way head. There’s also a 4-section carbon fiber edition that folds down somewhat smaller.

For our money though, the 3-section carbon fiber version comes up trumps for rigidity and all-round performance, along with ease of use and a reasonably lightweight construction. It’s pretty pricey though, especially considering that there’s no ‘kit’ option for the 055 CXPRO3, so you need to add the cost of a suitable head, if you don’t have one already.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.