Considering either the Bogen 3001pro or the 3021pro. Without the center column extended there seems to be a 6-7" height difference, 46" to 53". Everyone says not to fully extend the center column for reasons of stability. Thats only 4 foot tall! Am I missing something with this? I shoot mainly landscape/nature and macro. I'm 5'10" tall if that means anything in my final decision. Probably go with the 3047 3-way pan-head. Sound good?
#1. "RE: tripod heights?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberMon 28-Jan-02 12:28 AM
To the maximum height of the legs alone you have to add the height of the head, then the height of the camera viewfinder, the sum is not that low and I will rather bend a little than either carry a heavier tripod and/or introduce instability with the center column. I find myself using the 3001N much more than my 3021Pro, which now I keep in the trunk of my car. BTW, the 3047 3-way pan-head is the choice of many advanced amateurs and pros, good ..... and tall'.
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#2. "RE: tripod heights?" | In response to Reply # 0krf Charter MemberMon 28-Jan-02 10:16 PM
I would go with the 3021 for the extra height, if you want an "all around" tripod. You can always partially collapse the legs if you are shooting at a lower altitude. I got the black version for its stealth when setting up outdoors since it doesn't reflect light like the bare aluminum version. The green cammo version looks cool, but kind of out of place when setting up indoors for a formal shoot unless you've got your M-16 with you. As for the pros and cons of shooting with the center column extended, I've never experienced any problems as long as there's no wind. Theoretically, you could get some minute movement from mirror slap when the shutter fires with the column extended high, but in practice I have never seen any visible evidence of this. You are more likely to get motion introduced to the tripod from someone walking across a hardwood floor in the same room where you're set up. When my kids were young, they could make the record needle skip on my audio system when running through the house.
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#3. "RE: tripod heights?" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberTue 29-Jan-02 03:22 PM
I lug around my Bogen 3401B (now known as the 3221 Pro). This came with two columns, a short and a long. I almost always keep the short one on the tripod, and use the long one when I want to do some macro work and mount it horizontally. Its also stable enough for my wide field telescope.
I have taken it to Lake Tahoe and some other locations all over Northern California. If I had to say one thing, it stable but somewhat heavy (especially when you factor in having to carry a baby, diaper bag, photo bag...) Anyways, I was looking at purchasing a 3001 Pro for the weight savings (as well as space savings) as a travel pod (I'd like a carbon fiber, but my wife doesn't agree with that thought).
The 3047 is a good head, handles are a bit on the long side, however. I looked at the 3410 (Manfrotto 329) Low profile 3-way head.
One thing to note, there are optional hex plate heads (like an architectural plate) for the 3047. The 3410's QR plate is unique to that head. (The 3030 uses the same QR plate for several different heads - 3-way, ball, and the monopod QR head.)
Anyways, hope this was helpful.
#4. "RE: tripod heights?" | In response to Reply # 0vchong Basic MemberTue 29-Jan-02 10:08 PM
I have a Bogen 3021Pro w/ the 3047 head and I find it a little too tall when the legs are fully extended. The problem isn't with the centre column but rather the fact that the head is quite large (good for self defense, even).
I too am 5'10" and I wind up retracting the legs down about an inch or two just to keep the viewfinder at a comfortable height.