Excerpt: This tripod is heavy, expensive and it's well worth it. I now have three tripods all from Manfrotto, the four sections 190, 055 and 057. While the other two are great in their own ways, the 057 is just so much sturdier. It's my new go to tripod for windy conditions, long exposures at night or shooting wildlife with my big lens mounted.
Excerpt: This product is used to hold my camera, digital/film,35mm and medium format. The quick release plates allow me to change cameras,formats,etc., quickly and easily with no hassle. Because it will extend to 80 inches, and then to ground level, allows me to shoot from many different angles. It is so functional. I love it!!!
Pros: Easy to use, Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Quick set up, Sturdily constructed, Unfolds Quickly, Useful features
Excerpt: I intend to use this pod for all of my photography. It is certainly built for anything want to shoot. I can shoot from high up, or I can shoot low. This is the tripod I've always wanted. It has all The Options in one piece of equipment, that I've had to buy separate pods for. I've just purchased it, so the discovery of it's full potential is yet to come.
Pros: Fit everything I do, Folds Small, Good Stability, Greatest construction, Lightweight, Unbelievable height, Unfolds Quickly, Unspeakable utility
Summary: At last, Manfrotto have made a Tripod sturdy enough to take long lenses and heavier cameras,. This does not move and if you require total steadiness for long exposure shots, this is perfect, This tripod represents value for money when compared to other well know Tripod makers, and will stand up to heavy professional use, coming in at 3.5KG without the head, makes it relatively light This tripod is made for professionals who need a tripod that fits the job.Paul Richards...
Summary: I find this tripod a bit of a mixed bag.Price, Height and the fact thats its Carbon fibre are all positives.However i find its still lacking in the old torsional rigidity front and at maximum leg extension (without column) its got quite a bit of sway.There area fe design choices im not keen on also, the leg clips for one just get tangled up in plants and vines if you use it outside, i MUCH prefer Gitzo's screw lock.The centre column not being carbon fibre is also kinda...
Summary: I shudder to think how much money I have spent on tripods over the years, some good some bad, this one was expensive but worth every penny it is really well made, and should last me until I pop my clogs.
Pros: Amazing hight range, Durable, Great Features, Simple Controls