Manfrotto Manfrotto Legs I purchased and still use the original version of the MT055XPRO3, known as the 055XPROB. While not as light as a carbon fiber tripod, like the 055CXPRO, I personally love this tripod. It's sturdy, well-built and easy to use. I've taken it with me as far as Thailand and Russia.Plenty of Features to LoveThe Q90 center column on this tripod adjusts up and down, but can also be used in two other positions. You can invert the center column and literally put your camera on the ground. That's not novel as a lot of tripods can now do the same.What is novel is the ability to tilt the center column to 90 degrees, allowing you to get your camera closer to your subject if you have the right tripod head.Four leg angles allow to reach any position.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.A bubble level on top of the column makes it easier to level the tripod and the head.A Tall, Well-Made Tripod with Plenty of PayloadWith a max height of 66.9 inches (170 cm), the MT055XPRO3 this tripod gives you the range you'll need. Personally, I'm 6'4" and love a tall tripod. Granted, not all compositions lend themselves to a fully extended tripod, but it sure is nice when you don't have to hunch over.With a max payload of 19.8 pounds (9 kg), this tripod will handle most of gear you can stack on top of it.Worth The InvestmentI've had the original version of this tripod for years, which has essentially reduced the daily cost of using this tripod to pennies.If you're looking for a sturdy, well-built tripod that will last you for years, the MT055XPRO3 is a good investment.Click here for pricing.If you need a lighter tripod or spend a lot of time carrying your tripod, the carbon fiber version of this tripod is worth the additional cost to insure you'll use it and be comfortable when you do.