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Bogen/Manfrotto 3001D Tripod Legs

Review Date: Mar 14, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $150.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great flexability. Very sturdy - once in place, stays in place. It looks good!!!
Pinchy leg extenders clips. Vertically Challenged.

My review is actually for the 3001BPro

This tripod has nice versatility; it gets low, and stays in place well. The center column can be moved to a locked horizontal position to get to floor level. However, the column is just fine vertical and a savvy guy like me has a clip on the hook at the end of the column to hand a little weight when necessary. I've used it extended to its maximum height with a rather large 80-200/2.8 on the D70 (remote shutter release - of course) and I've found it very stable - definitely recommended for 35mm SLR systems and smaller MF.

Bottom line: Worth every penny. It's fun to get this tripod into some unusual locations with the versatility of the legs and center column. It makes getting stability easy! It goes everywhere with me.

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED AF

Review Date: Feb 7, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $325.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Fun, snappy, useful lens - good to great image quality, nice price. This is an easy choice over the very expensive 2.8 17-35mm. I have a feeling that this lens would work for 99% of the time for almost any photographer.
I too have noticed the Barrel Distortion at 18mm. You can't really complain about vari-aperatures - you know where to find the 2.8 constant.

If you don't have a bag of cash laying around then buy this lens!!! If money isn't a problem then go for the faster 2.8mm.