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Manfrotto has just revealed its new 055 collection of tripods. Featuring a Quick Power Lock system, which applies significantly increased locking power to the leg section cuffs, the new Manfrotto 055 tripods have a vertical-horizontal column mechanism hidden inside the tripod’s top casting until it is needed. Both the head and the camera are now closer to the central casting, making the tripod even more rigid and further improving image sharpness, the company says. When required, the touch of one-finger lifts the 90° column mechanism out of the casting, allowing the centre column to swing to the horizontal position, with no disassembly and without removing the head or camera. Supporting up to 9kg payload, the new Manfrotto 055 is available from £199.95 SRP.
Manfrotto Press Release
PRESENTING THE NEW 055 SERIES
1st March 2014 – Manfrotto, world leader in the equipment and accessories industry for photography and imaging, is proud to announce the launch of the new 055 collection of highly innovative, practical, precise and quick to use tripods.
QUICK POWER LOCK
Compared with standard leg-locking levers, the new Quick Power Lock system applies significantly increased locking power to the leg section cuffs, making the tripod much stiffer.
Higher locking power doesn’t mean that the leg levers are harder to use, in fact, the QPL system has been specifically designed to allow single-handed opening of all leg sections on the folded tripod. This cuts set-up time and ensures even greater ergonomic ease.
OVER STRONG - 9kg (19.8lbs) maximum load
The new 055 supports an outstanding amount of gear: in any position, the guaranteed maximum payload is 9 kg (19.8lbs).
CAMERA STABILITY AND UNPRECEDENT STIFFNESS
To verify the new 055’s torsional rigidity Manfrotto ran specific tests that demonstrated that the new 055 collection is 50% more rigid than its predecessor.
Manfrotto’s extensive research has once again produced great innovation: the new QPL shape allows for increased locking power in the leg locks, extending the tripod’s payload capacity from its predecessor’s 7kg (15.4lbs) to 9kg (19.8lbs):
PORTABILITY AND VERSATILITY – 90° COLUMN
The new 055 tripod also has a vertical-horizontal column mechanism hidden inside the tripod’s top casting until it is needed. This saves space occupied by the shells in the previous model. Both the head and the camera are now closer to the central casting, making the tripod even more rigid and further improving image sharpness.
When required, the touch of one-finger lifts the 90° column mechanism out of the casting, allowing the centre column to swing to the horizontal position, with no disassembly and without removing the head or camera.
The new horizontal column mechanism combined with the 4 leg angles allows the new 055 to smoothly reach whatever camera position the photographer has in mind.
Furthermore, the bubble level can be rotated 360° so it can always be positioned to suit the user best, never falling inconveniently under a head locking lever
The Easy Link attachment enables the tripod to be converted in a portable photography studio.
By simply attaching an arm with an LED light, a reflector, or any other accessory, the new 055 goes beyond the classic boundaries of tripod functionality.
Available from 1st March and starting price from £199.95 SRP.
For more information, visit http://www.manfrotto.co.uk