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Bogen / Manfrotto 3001- Pro Tripod

Review Date: Sep 14, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $119.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Versatility (low angle adapter, multiple locking angles, horizontal center column for macro), stability, price. Good max. load vs weight relationship.
Weight :) leg spikes as an option.

Known in Europe as Manfrotto 190 Pro (ProB is the black version) this tripod seems to be well engineered, sturdy and durable. I matched it with a 141RC (Bogen 3030) head.

At 1.9kg (4.2lbs) isn't very light specially if you add the typical head weight 1kg (3lbs) head for 3kg (6.6lbs) total weight. But the carbon version isn't much lighter (just 300gr/0.66lbs less) and more than double the price.

If weight is your concern then Gitzo is the best option IMHO. If neither weight or portability (0.7m /27inches with 141RC) is an issue, or at least not worth spending the triple, this is a very advisable combo in terms of price, features and quality.