Manfrotto Manfrotto Legs Note: The 055XPROB has been replaced by the Manfrotto MT055XPRO3, which has some new and improved features. This is a great in-depth review of the Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod put together with the 496RC2 ball head. This was my first professional tripod after I decided I wasn’t going to lose any more time or any more shots because of cheap, flimsy tripods that couldn’t reliably support my gear. I wasn’t let down – I love this tripod and I’ve taken it all over with me in my travels. I haven’t had a single issue with it and it feels fantastic every time I set it up. Manfrotto 055XPROB As far as aluminum tripod legs go, the Manfrotto 055XPROB is one of my favorites. The Q90 center column adjust up and down, to the side and can also be inverted so you can literally put your camera right on the ground. This tripod does more than allow you to put your DSLR on the ground, it also allows you to get it up in the air and at 6 foot 4 inches tall, I find this tripod to be a dream come true. Manfrotto 496RC2 This is the upgraded replacement to the Manfrotto 486RC2 and it is very popular with DSLR shooters. Just click on the link below to see some of the user reviews in a new window. [button link=”http://www.tripodfordslr.com/a/manfrotto-496rc2″ size=”large” style=”tick” color=”orange” window=”yes”]Click for Pricing & Consumer Reviews[/button] Unless you plan on shooting a lot of video, this is a great combination that will serve you well. Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod for HD Video If you are planning on shooting a lot of video, you might want to consider a video head like the Manfrotto 701HDV – this is what I use and I love the combination and smooth panning that the 701HDV provides when I’m shooting HD video. Carbon Fiber or Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod? If you are going to be carrying your tripod a lot, you might want to consider upgrading to carbon fiber – check out our Manfrotto 055CXPROB review. Hope you enjoyed the Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod review.