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A well thought out versatile tripod, requiring serious consideration

  • Dec 2, 2005
Rating:
+5
As a photo-hobbyist that enjoys photographing my travel experiences my first camera support purchase was the Bogen 3231 professional monopod with deatchable legs with the 3025 3D junior head. This is a great monopod, but every serious photographer should also have a tripod. After doing some research I purchased the 3021BPRO. Now for over a year I've enjoyed the versatility and ease of use this sturdy tripod provides.

Constructed of Anodized Aluminum, this tripod weighs about 5.3 lbs and without head stands 25.6 inches closed. The minimum open height is a mere 4.4 inches, while the maximum is 69.3 inches with the center column fully extended. It has three independent legs with two expandable leg sections adjusted by Rapid-action lever leg locks plus a third section each. Two of the leg's top sections come covered with padded grips/warmers. The foot of each leg is made of hard rubber to help prevent slippage. The two-section center column has a solid metal clip to connect the suggested 458HL strap at the bottom and is topped with a 3/8" threaded mount. The top section detaches without any tools by simply unscrewing the knob at the bottom of the column. The center column slips into the top of the tripod where the other metal bracket for the strap and a leveling bubble is located. The maximum load capacity is rated at 13.3 lbs, and is designed to use for still photography, video, and sports optics.

The design of the top of the tripod allows for rapid adjustment of the center column with the turn of a knob, and can hold the center column horizontally or vertically. For those shallow shots the bottom section of the center column screws off to leave a short column attached to the threaded mount.

So far I have not experienced any re-tightening issues even though a tool is provided for tightening when needed. I've left the tool on the leg and it has yet to fall off or get lost. I don't worry about loosing it since I carry camera equipment tools with me anyway. I haven't experienced any other problems either.

Bogen/Manfrotto products are high quality professional gear and this tripod is no exception. After using this sturdy tripod for a year and traveling with it to Eastern Europe, I can say with no doubts this tripod is an excellent addition to my photo support equipment. However I noticed a big difference between carrying around the monopod and the tripod in terms of comfort and weight. There are times when a monopod just isn't the best tool for the job though, but I guess that works both ways.

PROS:
Double positioning vertical and horizontal center column
Well thought out versatile design
Easy and quick to use
High quality sturdy construction

CONS:
I just cannot think of any

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Designed for professional photographers, the Bogen 3021BPRO tripod is versatile enough for both indoor and outdoor use. Its legs are constructed of anodized aluminum, making it strong and durable to support just over 13 pounds while also remaining lightweight and portable. With a broad range of possible angle settings, an adjustable center column, and a removable low-angle adapter, the 3021BPRO lets photographers shoot from any height between 4.3 and 69 inches above the ground.

The tripod comes with a built-in grip head and rapid-action leg locks for quick angle adjustments, making it perfect for venues where things can move at a fast pace, like rock concerts and sports stadiums. The Bogen 3021BPRO can mount a variety of cameras, whether small or medium format, and is great for still photography and video.

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