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Bogen / Manfrotto 3001- Pro Tripod

Review Date: Oct 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Bogen build quality, size, ability to change center column, ability to put center column horizontal, ability to tighten snap locks on legs as they loosen on you
snap locks on legs can pinch your hands

This was my first moden tripod I used for any serious applications. I bought it used from B&H with a 486RC2 ballhead, so the bubble level on it is useless. If you have a pan/tild head it could come of use of course.

I used it with the standard center column for a year before replacing it with the Bogen short center column and regret not switching it earlier. Last year the legs loosened up on me, but a quick tighten of the nut on the legs snaps fixed that quickly and they haven't come loose since.

Belive it or not, but this tripod and ball head fits perfectly in a razor skooter travel bag, which makes a sturdy cheap bag to carry the tripod over your shoulder.