Man­frotto MK055XPRO3-BHQ2

Man­frott o’s heavy­weight con­tender

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£300, $370

More sub­stan­tial than the Man­frotto 190, this 055 se­ries tri­pod has wider leg sec­tion di­am­e­ters of 30mm, 26mm and 22mm, com­pared with 26mm, 22mm and 19mm. As a re­sult the tri­pod it­self is 25 per cent heav­ier, at 2.5 kilo­grams, and weighs in at three kilo­grams with the same XPRO ball head. It has a car­ry­ing length that’s just 3cm longer, yet gains 10cm in max­i­mum height, at 182cm. In this group, that’s only beaten by the gi­raffe-like Benbo 2.

The cen­tre col­umn and push-levers for the four-po­si­tion multi-an­gle legs are also beefier than in the 190 tri­pod but, at eight kilo­grams, the max­i­mum load rat­ing only gains a sin­gle kilo­gram. At least that’s a closer match to the 10-kilo­gram rat­ing of the XPRO head that’s sup­plied with both kits.

Fur­ther sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween both Man­frotto tripods in­clude an ‘Easy Link’ con­nec­tor, which en­ables you to at­tach ac­ces­sories such as an LED light, and a bub­ble level on the col­lar, in ad­di­tion to the two bub­ble lev­els fea­tured in the ball head. The pivot mech­a­nism of both tripods is iden­ti­cal in style and op­er­a­tion – the 055’s is just a lit­tle big­ger.

Per­for­mance

Over­all rigid­ity is more im­pres­sive than that of the 190 on test, but the leg sec­tions still drop out too freely when re­leased. As a kit, the 055 legs feel a bet­ter match for the pro-qual­ity XPRO ball head.

Specs Max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height: 182cm Folded height (with head): 70cm Weight with head: 3kg Max load (legs, head): 8kg, 10kg Leg sec­tion di­am­e­ters: 30mm, 26mm, 22mm Piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn : 90º only Ball head: Man­frotto XPRO Head mount di­am­e­ter: 60mm Lock­ing leg an­gles: Four an­gles Feet: Pads

Ver­dict

Features Build/han­dling Per­for­mance Value for money

Over­all

Of the two Man­frotto kits on test, this is the stur­dier and bet­ter op­tion.

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