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Bogen / Manfrotto 3001- Pro Tripod

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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.
Cons:
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.