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August 24, 2017

Best Tripod for Edelkrone Sliders?

manfrotto tripod 055 edelkrone slider

Shortly after buying my new Edelkrone slider, I came to the harsh realization that my current tripod wasn’t going to do the trick. The fluid head’s base rests in a bowl and the slider would not be able to attach to the legs securely without a custom built solution. So began the search for a new tripod that would fit my needs and pair nicely with my fancy new slider.

After doing some research online, I found that the Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod fulfilled all my desires and then some, coming in at a price under what I expected to spend for a solution.

About the tripod:

The tripod legs have a maximum height of 66.93 inches (170cm) with it’s 3 leg segments and center column fully extended (55” with the center column down). They also spread to 4 leg angles allowing for an incredibly wide stance. *Tip: Remember to spread your tripod legs wider than the travel distance of the slider.*Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod   In addition to being able to raise and lower the center column, it’s also possible to “eject” it, allowing it to swing down to a 90 degree angle, perpendicular to the legs. This opens up a whole new world of shot possibilities.

Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod

Other new features on this tripod include what Manfrotto is calling an Easy Link attachment, which is basically a ⅝” tap on the side of where the legs meet so you can attach any variety of accessories, Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod Easy Linkand new Quick Power Locks on the legs which allow you to unlock all the segments on each leg at once.

Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod

The tripod fluid head and legs come together/apart with just a few turns of a ⅜” connection; as is the same when pairing it with the Edelkrone slider. The MVH502AH video head’s broad flat bottom creates a large and secure point of contact when mounted atop your slider.

Now if you’re building hefty pro rigs, i.e. Alexa, Red, F55 with additional monitors, Teradek transmitters, v-mount batts, etc, then this tripod combo might not be for you. Because although the Edelkrone slider has a weight capacity of 26lbs, the legs top off at 19.8lbs. You add the weight of the slider, in my case the Plus Pro L which comes in at 4.71lbs, to the weight of the tripod head, a substantial 3.5lbs, and you’re left with an available 11.59lbs of weight capacity. Which is perfect for me, as an owner/operator filming on either my Sony FS700 or my a6500. The larger FS700 with a Metabones adapter and Sigma 50-100mm Art lens tops off at around 7.5lbs, still leaving some healthy margin for when I want to throw an Atomos recorder on there for 4k recording.

Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod Edelkrone slider FS700

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a more-than-reasonably priced tripod with excellent functionality to use with your Edelkrone slider, and your rig is under 12lbs, look no further than the Manfrotto 055 Aluminium 3 Section Tripod; also available in a carbon fiber version for those of you willing to spend a little extra to save some weight.

 

Pixel Thick is a Phoenix, AZ based video production company.