I do have that tripod as you can check on my profile. I like it very much. Sturdy, flexible in terms of independence of legs and longlasting, and withstands vibration very well. When some shot needs added sturdyness I load it with my bag. I think you will like it too. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
I just got the Bogen 3021BPro & 3410 pan head (which should be Manfrotto 055PRO & 329) a month ago from B&H. This is the first pro quality tripod I've ever purchased. Since what I had before is a cheapo Velbon tripod, the size and weight of the Bogen is a bit overwhelming at first. After bring it along for a trip to Lake Tahoe, I find the weight of the combination to be barely managable. It is very sturdy, and the leg lock is positive and does not slip. The pan head is smooth and easy to operate.
I choose the lower pan head because I'm short, ~5'8". Now I use the tripod with it's legs fully extended without it's center column with my F100 and it is right at my eye level. However, if I get a MB-15 later it may be a little too high.
Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure you'll like the build quality of the tripod and head if you can handle the weight. I know I do.
Wilbur: You are one inch taller than me. I have Alan Ladd´s height. I use the F5 on it. What I do is not to fully extend the legs. It works just fine, specially after I draw (painted) some lines on the legs to know where I wanted them locked. Also, in the field, not always I have the three legs equally extended since I have to accommodate to the terrain. Have a great time JRP (Nikonian at the north-eastern Mexican desert) My profile Previous photographic journey, before Nikonians: A Brief Love Story
How do you like your head/tripod? I have the same head and love it! I have the 3401B (which I believe is now the 3021 Pro) - it comes with two center columns (short and long) and has the capability to mount the center column horizontally.
I agree about the weight, but am willing to haul it out when I need to. Thinking about getting a lighter 3001 Pro legset for travel.
So, I bought it. It really is a solid one. When you set it up it looks like it is there to stay. No trembling and stuff. I bought the 029 head. Though the head is taller than 329, I didn't have any problems with weight-center (in horizontal, you can add some counterweight and it is OK).
I do like the head/tripod combo. It's a lot easier to adjust than my old cheapie tripod and a lot stronger. Once set up, it doesn't budge. I also like the fact that it has a small bubble level on the tripod, even though I'm not sure if I ever get to use it.
Congrad on the purchase. I'm sure you'll like it and it should last you for a long time.