Manfrotto 057 3-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod w/ Rapid Center Column

Model #MT057C3

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Independent Leg Spread Yes, 23, 50, 75°
Center Brace No
Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"-16 screw
Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes/yes
Leg Lock Type Flip lock
Leg Cross Section Round
Leg Tube Diameters 39.2, 34.2, 29.2 mm
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3


Type Optional


Weight 6.2 lb (2.8 kg)
Load Capacity 39.7 lb (18 kg)
Folded Length 24.4" (62 cm)
Minimum Height 8.7" (22 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 52" (132 cm)
Maximum Height 61.8" (157 cm)
Material of Construction Carbon fiber legs, aluminum column and magnesium and aluminum castings

Center Column

Center Column Sections 1
Reversible Column Yes
Column Cross Section Three-faceted
Column Tube Diameter 35 mm
Center Column Type Rapid
User Reviews
B h photo.34921152
29 July 2016

I purchased the Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod to support my DSLR heavy telephoto zoom lenses, as well as night photography & certain landscape shoots. The construction & configuration is exactly what you would expect from a Manfrotto tri-pod.

3 January 2016

Very Solid and well made piece of kit

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    Good Footing, Locks In Tight

B h photo.34921152
3 June 2015

I bought this tripod as an upgrade over an old Bogen aluminum model that i'd been using for years. The 057 is as advertised. Solid, stable and well constructed. I paired it with a Manfrotto 393 head and use it primarily with a Canon 5D Mk. II and Canon 500mm f4 lens combination.

24 September 2014

Ok so maybe it isn't as little as it could be - but then this thing is a feast of carbon fibre and magnesium. I wouldn't normally have spent this much on a tripod but a WEX part exchange meant I could upgrade and so picked this tripod.

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    Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement

B h photo.34921152
11 July 2014

I ordered this tripod to hold a telescope for astronomy. I wanted something that would provide stable views at medium/high magnifications while still being easy to carry and transport. It serves the purpose very well.

B h photo.34921152
6 September 2013

Must have been 2 different groups that designed this tripod. The CF legs and magnesium spider do meet all the advertising hype. But the center column is definitely not pro calibre.1. The top plate is extremely large. This interferes with the use of manfrotto 405 and 410 geared heads.

11 July 2013

A real work of art and a tripod that's built to last. Very happy

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    Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement

B h photo.34921152
2 May 2013

I wanted a more substantial tripod for use with my DSLR and new 500mm f/4 lens. The Manfrotto 055 Carbon model I already had felt a little too light for the job when outfitted with my Wimberley 2 gimbal head even though it was fine with a 400mm f/5.6 lens.

B h photo.34921152
14 April 2013

LightweightSturdyEasy to use

B h photo.34921152
20 December 2012

A really nice unit. The only disappointing thing is that when it arrived I removed it from the box and one of the feet fell off. I then had to use a special hex key to remove the leg, and stuffed around for ages wondering how to refasten the foot. I called the website. Busy signal for hours.

Product Highlights
  • Maximum Height: 61.8"
  • 3 Leg Sections
  • Rapid Center Column
  • Supports Up to 39.7 lb
  • Minimum Height: 8.7"
  • Folded Length: 24.4"
  • Low-Angle Adapter
  • Spirit Level
  • Independent Leg Spread
  • Weighs Only 6.2 lb
In The Box
  • Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 10 Years with Registration
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