i just bought this on e-bay with bogen padded carry case, carry strap & leg covers in the black version. it cost $200 for one barely used. i totalled up the new cost from b&h which would have been $320. i'm hard on my gear so wanted the accessories. essentially, i got them free with the tripod. this is the one i wanted: bogen name (they are numerous in your profiles), black, leg bracing, level, adjustable legs for uneven terrain, & ability to get down low). yeah, i know it's heavy but it will be for indoor sports, macros, informal portraits of daughter & landscape shots not too far from car. You know that famous photo of mt. shuksan? it's a take next to your car shot. so, the next ? is: which head? i'm leaning toward a ballhead. there was a limited review in recent 'outdoor photographer' magazine. i like the features of bogen 3038 & the price is right ( i've already spent too much; i have a frugal husband, but at least some of you have spouses with a countering addiction). but, i am also considering the bogen 3047 panhead. i don't know about those handles: i tend to be clumsy & i can just see me looping a strap around one & oops! i've looked at others: kaiser, giotto, others in article, but they seemed either cheap looking or cost $$$, so i think my choices are the two i mentioned. they both come with quick release so i don't have to monkey around with matching heads & QR. also, a bogen would be a good match for a bogen? what do you think? sorry to have so many ?s, but i'm getting back into this great passion that has been dormant too long. also, i've never owned a tripod & didn't realize there is so much to consider. judy, from the ever over-cast northwest
#1. "RE: bogen 3036 tripod" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 03-Aug-01 03:06 AM
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Don't worry about the matching thing - the tripod won't care what head you put on it. I personally far prefer a good ballhead to a pan-tilt head. A ballhead is sleeker, lighter and faster to use for still camera work.
Here's the deal. Look at the load rating of all the heads in the OP "review" (it was more an overview of a few of the popular ballheads). The higher the load rating, the more you will be able to get a smooth action with easier positioning. There's a big difference in the ease and precision when using my modest Bogen ballhead compared the the Markins heads that I use.
If you will be using a heavy camera and lens combo, also look at a plate system that has anti-twist, otherwise you'll constantly have to retighten the mounting plate as you work. Bogen has an antitwist hex plate (the low cost option) or you can get into Arca type plates (much pricier). The Arca plates can be left on your cameras and lens mounts all the time (they're light and very trim compared to the big Bogen hex plate). My only gripes with my Arca-style setup are the expense and lack of a safety interlock.
You can always start now with a modest priced ballhead and see if you find it wanting. Do try to find some heads that you can test with a camera in place...
Oh, I almost forgot. If you do go with a ballhead be sure it is a panning ballhead. That means in addition to the ball action, the base allows smooth independent panning action. With this feature you not only get panning accuracy, but it also makes orienting the ballhead slot much faster and easier.
#2. "RE: bogen 3036 tripod" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberFri 03-Aug-01 03:14 AM
I just happened to review tripods and ballheads for myself since I needed a lighter tripod for the First Nikonians Photo Trip into North Carolina and Tennesse this coming second week of October.
My backpack was to heavy with just the really-needed gear, so I opted for a Manfrotto 440 Carbon One (Bogen 3444) with a Manfrotto Ballhead 468RC (Bogen 3435QR) with quick release. It is a very good medium ballhead that supports 22 lbs. I added the Bogen 3157NR Quick Release Architectural mounting plate to avoid camera movement.
I should be getting it in about a week (have to go to the border to pick it up) and will let you know how I liked it.
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#3. "RE: bogen 3036 tripod" | In response to Reply # 2Tue 07-Aug-01 02:59 AM
thanks, fellas. i read your posting about your fortuitous encounter w/ the markins folks, bj. are their heads yet available in the u.s.? i've researched more thoroughly (i'd better get a "A" on this), & have decided to go with the more expensive ones. my reason is that quality costs (why i have continued to stay w/ nikon). it would be a disaster to have equipment fail (locks, etc.) & lose camera. so, jrp, plesase let me know your opinion on bogen 3435QR as it is one of my choices. also on list are: arca swiss b-1, f&l p1-q, kaiser proball (large), & linhof profi II. i've also got to consider QR systems. i'm not sure i want to buy 3 different plates if i do arca type (f2, f100 (to be purchased), & 80-200 f2.8 mounts) if i understand the system correctly. the point about arca types, i believe, is camera twist. but bogen has an anti-twist plate that jrp ordered without all the dedicated plates to order. you always seem to get the right gear. also, i am curious as to why high end QR systems have no spirit levels. would they be superfluous? bogen has them on less expensive models, but not on 3435 or 3436 QRs. only kaiser has them on its QR. sorry about dumb ?'s. so, should i get bogen 3435 (3436 is heavier) or kaiser or ????
judy, from ever overcast northwest