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Manfrotto 055 CX Tripods

Posted on May 08, 2009 in News: Camera Supports, Manfrotto

Following the recent introduction of 190CX carbon fiber models which were very enthusiastically received, Manfrotto is proud to introduce the finest of the range: the brand new 055CX models which complete the CX family.

The new 055CX has been developed to meet the needs of the most demanding professionals and photography enthusiasts who want the best performance and the highest quality. These stylishly striking carbon tripods not only excite the eye but are extremely versatile and functional, contributing greatly towards enhanced convenience and higher productivity for the users. The range presents outstanding qualities in terms of height, rigidity, payload and setup speed, offering at the same time an extreme lightness, thanks to the carbon fiber structure.

The 055CX carbon tripods range includes three models: CXPRO3, CXPRO4 and CX3. All three models feature the renowned and patented Q90° (Quick Centre Column System) that allows you to position the central column horizontally without having to remove the head or the column itself.

The PRO versions offer a choice of 3 or 4-section legs, both equipped with a tri-faceted carbon fiber centre column, magnesium top spider die casting and leveling bubble integrated on the magnesium top plate. All locking levers and main castings have been redesigned to allow, not only for a beautiful product, but also ergonomic improvements as well as lightness and reliability. They are much easier to operate and are a seamless element of the tripod.

The 055CXPRO models feature 100% carbon fiber tubes for the legs and the tri-faceted centre column. These tubes are made using high-quality "Pull-Winding" production technology that combines a perfect harmony between the number of layers and angle of the fiber directions to achieve an optimum balance between rigidity and compression resistance.

The 055CX3 is light and compact. As its designation suggests, it has a 3-section leg that incorporates the new 3-layered rounded 100% carbon fiber tubes for improved rigidity and lightness. Unlike the PRO models that use magnesium die castings, both the CX3’s top spider die casting and top plate are made from aluminum and the tri-faceted center column uses aluminum instead of carbon fiber tube.

Despite their light weight (CXPRO3 at 1.65 kg, CXPRO4 at 1.70 kg and CX3 at 1.78 kg), they all can handle very impressive 8-kg payloads to give you all the support you need.

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