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Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 Tripod Legs

Review Date: Nov 26, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $147.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: strong, sturdy, clamps are fast and easy and the new ones that come with the legs wont pinch. You cant beat the quality to price ratio. center column can be vertical or horizontal and can be place in ultra low position or macro photography with the (PRO model) This thing will last me for the next 20 years.
It's is a little heavy but for the price and sturdiness it just cant be beat. Also after being in the Army lugging the 3021BPRO on my back is not that bad. (trust me)

This thing is a solid piece of steel compared to my last tripod.
I love this thing, it's as solid as they come.
You can independently set 4 different angles for the legs.
You can make it any height you want from just about flat to 73 inches. high not including the tripod head and camera.
Now it is a little heavy at 5.29 pounds but thats only a pound or maybe two compared to the carbon versions 3 times more expensive plus it's sturdier.
This thing will stand there like a rock when the wind blows you all over the place especially if you attach your camera bag or pack to it.
I have the Bogen Manfrotto 488RC2 Ball head. Very good combo very sturdy. Holds my Canon DSLR and 70-200F4 with out me having to worry about slippage or my camera and lens crashing to the ground.
Unless you really, really need an ultra light carbon fiber tripod and can pay 3 times as much you may want to take a serious look at the 3021Pro. It's just hard to go wrong with this thing.
I highly recommend the tripod.