Conclusion: Great build quality and excellent stability are the hallmarks of the Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod and 496RC2 head. But it's also extremely simple to use, especially when it comes to the centre column pivot facility. The only downside is that the pivot lacks 180-degree versatility, as it can only be used in regular vertical mode or as a horizontal boom.
Excerpt: The Manfrotto 055XPROB is a most clever tripod that is quite like a bigger brother to the 055 in its other series allowing for a very versatile use. If you are a landscape photographer you will certinately appreciate the possibility to be able to get down to as low as 7cm. Sports photographers might appreciate the fact that you are able to get to a high distance even without the center column, making it a pretty sturdy tripod for any use.
Excerpt: The Manfrotto 055XPROB is a large but affordable professional tripod designed for general-purpose use. It's one of the tallest models in the range, and feels the part with its aluminium construction. Like most higher-end tripods, the 055XPROB does not come with a head as a standard. Instead it features a plate onto which you can mount a wide variety of optional heads to match your exact requirements.
Summary: Manfrotto 055 er et af de billigere stativer i den professionelle klasse og derfor potentielt interessant for både professionelle og for hobbyfotografer. Stativer i denne størrelse er dyre og mange fotohandlere vælger de mindre og billigere stativer i deres sortiment fordi de ved, at de er nemmere at sælge.