Excerpt: I bought this tripod as an upgrade over an old Bogen aluminum model that i'd been using for years. The 057 is as advertised. Solid, stable and well constructed. I paired it with a Manfrotto 393 head and use it primarily with a Canon 5D Mk. II and Canon 500mm f4 lens combination.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Excerpt: I ordered this tripod to hold a telescope for astronomy. I wanted something that would provide stable views at medium/high magnifications while still being easy to carry and transport. It serves the purpose very well.
Excerpt: Must have been 2 different groups that designed this tripod. The CF legs and magnesium spider do meet all the advertising hype. But the center column is definitely not pro calibre. 1. The top plate is extremely large. This interferes with the use of manfrotto 405 and 410 geared heads.
Pros: Solid Cf Legs
Cons: No Required Accessories, Terrible Center Column
Excerpt: Recently purchased. B&H was quick to ship it and it showed up before the scheduled delivery date. Used for a couple different shoots. Inside or out it works great. Very sturdy, excellent build quality. Definitely satisfied with my purchase.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I wanted a more substantial tripod for use with my DSLR and new 500mm f/4 lens. The Manfrotto 055 Carbon model I already had felt a little too light for the job when outfitted with my Wimberley 2 gimbal head even though it was fine with a 400mm f/5.6 lens.
Excerpt: A really nice unit. The only disappointing thing is that when it arrived I removed it from the box and one of the feet fell off. I then had to use a special hex key to remove the leg, and stuffed around for ages wondering how to refasten the foot. I called the website. Busy signal for hours.
Excerpt: No way you can "overload" this tripod. No vibration at all, it's rock solid. A bit heavy, but it's no big deal. The only real complain I have is that with my old Manfrotto 190PRO I can use the central column on a horizontal plane, I can't do the same with my 057.