As a travel video blogger, I was on the lookout for a lightweight, yet sturdy and high quality tripod with fluid head. I had done a ton of research and finally decided on the Italian made, Manfrotto 055XDB tripod with 128RF fluid head. I purchased the tripod with micro fluid head together, however they are often sold separately…I got the package deal for about $250 on Amazon (click here to go directly to the product page on Amazon).
Built on the same ergonomically improved design as the 055XB, the 055XDB is lightweight, sturdy and extremely portable and easy to use. This particular tripod has the same design as the 055XB but with a simpler center column, and, more traditional locking knobs. The leg angle presets allow the camera to reach all intermediate heights from minimum to maximum extension. The legs extend with a wing-nut locking system…a quick half-turn will loosen or tighten the legs for rapid use or packing.
The lightweight fluid head with pan bar and quick release camera plate are ideal for cameras up to 8lbs in weight. It has smooth fluid movement, pan and tilt locks.
I’ve been using this tripod for over a year now and absolutely love it! Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.