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Bogen / Manfrotto 3001- Pro Tripod

Review Date: May 29, 2004 Recommend? no | Price paid: $122.95 | Rating: 6 

Pros: Ideal, all-around size. Adaptable to either of three configurations: ballhead only, centercolumn/ head, sidearm/head. Good support for my 180 macro and 70-200 F4. May be marginal for 70-200 2.8 & larger lenses. Probably OK for 300 F4 unless windy conditions exist. Use at lower heights for adverse conditions and heavier lenses, or use larger tripod.
Snap locks pinch my hands below thumbs or between thumbs and index fingers. Loosened the tension adjustments, but they still pinch. No one else seems to have mentioned this fault. I find it to be the main fault of the tripod. Due to the pinching problem, I replaced with Gitzo 2220 Explorer. Noisy snap locks.

Model # 3001BPro
Bought new approx. August 2001.

Excellent tripod for medium to smaller weight lenses.

Configured tripod with a Linhof Profii II head and RRS clamp.

Nice design except for the hazardous "pinch" locks.
They pinch tripod legs & user's hands. Newer models
may have addresed this problem. I would rate this tripod
"excellent" except for the pinch locks.