I am replacing all my gear that was stolen and am looking at the Bogen 3021BPRO, coupled with the 3265 Grip Action Ball Head.
Does anyone have any comments/suggestions on this head? I will be using with F100, 80-200 f2.8 AF-S, and SB-28 as my heaviest combination.
I am very interested in the grip action due to the speed of which I can compose as I do a lot of candid wedding shots with this combo.
Any and all suggestions are much appreciated.Jerry Ross
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San Diego, CA
Park City, UT
#1. "RE: Bogen 3268 Grip Action Ball Head" | In response to Reply # 0tgvf5 Basic MemberMon 07-Jan-02 03:42 AM
I've been using the same head since August in MF Hasselblad body with a 100/3.5 lens and simply adore it. I actually went out today to buy one and the place I frequent only had the green ones in stock so I'll be checking elsewhere tomorrow. I've used it also with my 80-200 lens on an F5 body attaching at the lens collar mount and I haven't had any problems with that set up. I'll be attaching the new head to my 3021 Non-black legs where I currently have a 3047 head. I've found torquing down the tension on the head gives me better piece of mind.
I've also been using a tripod called a Pro4 Uni-Loc http://www.pro4.com/standardpods.cfm
It is the BEST tripod I've ever been fortunate to use. I'm looking to get one of my own sometime soon. I've been working with a wedding photographer in my area and these are the only tripods he uses... They are sweet. I really like turning the one Uni-Loc lever to lock the tripod in place and to use same to break it down. I think the Pro4 and the 3265 are a GREAT combination. The tripod can be bought on-line or from a dealer. http://www.pro4.com/dealers.cfm The tripod extends nicely laterally as well.
Thanks for listening.
Tom - Nikonian:tgvf5
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#2. "RE: Bogen 3268 Grip Action Ball Head" | In response to Reply # 0jstream Basic MemberMon 07-Jan-02 01:21 PM
It is a good head, but there is one major issue to remember. It is fairly fragile. If you drop it, throw it in your trunk and let it bang around, etc., it will break. The release lever does break rather easily (from the above treatment). Of the 50 or so we've sold in the last 2 months, 12 have come in broken. Oh yes, one was from cold (10 degrees f) weather, it just snapped. A weak point in an otherwise good head.
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#3. "RE: Bogen 3268 Grip Action Ball Head" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberMon 07-Jan-02 02:16 PM
If you have a tripod collar for your 80-200, the Grip Action head would be workable, but the load would approach the upper limit of what I'd care to put on it. Without a tripod colar, you'd probably dislike this head if you need to frame vertical shots. The head is very tall and when you tilt it at 90 degrees, the center of gravity is quite far off center of your tripod. The quick release plate is also very small for the camera combo that you're spec'ing, so expect the rig to twist and loosen on the plate(and there is no anti-twist plate of this size) unless the rig is used only with horizontal framing, or you rotate for verticals using the tripod collar on the lens.
The relatively light load rating and grip action of this head also make it difficult to do precise positioning with long lenses. I've retired mine from photo duty and use it with a spotting scope now - for this use it works well until you release the lever. Then the position inevitably jumps a little as you let go of the grip.
I far prefer my Markins ballhead (similar to the Arca B1) which offers similar speed to set up but with more solid load capacity, anti-twist Arca type plates, a much more compact, lightweight design, as well as independent panning action. The price of entry is fairly high for a system head like this, but I think the performance is worth it. The Acratech may be the best buy in this class right now: