We've got it's baby brother, the 3001 BPRO and it's a nice relatively light tripod. Your larger version will be more solid.
Black is good, or so I've read, for not scaring wildlife. The leg lever locks are great. You can flip three open with one hand. Do this on each leg, tip the tripod vertically and the legs will slide to position. The older wingnut levers have to be worked one at a time.
Take down is fast by just reversing the process.
Having the center column that does tricks is very handy. The horizontal position is good for macro work. Leave the center column home and use the adapter platform when you want to keep it light.
The older 3221 is only slightly taller and heavier, but it has the same load rating. It has the design with wingnut levers and a vertical only center column. It looks like there's an updated version in the wilderness model with padded legs and convertible post.
That makes me feel better. This tripod is a bit heavy and I can see why carbon fiber is such a hit...
Too bad that Gitzo is so proud of their tripods.....But one day a Gitzo will grace my gear collection, because when it comes time for the big guns (500mm and 600mm) nothing beats the G1548.......
Now, after my next paycheck, it is back to my local shop for the Bogen 3047 pan head...it looks pretty neat, and does not cost a fortune. I think that the 3047 will be a good head to start with until I get a Kirk BH-1 later this year.........
I have the 3021P and it's a great tripod. Watch out for the snaps on the legs, they bite HARD!!! I have a 3029pan/tilt head and found it to be a pain. Recently bought the 3262 ball head. Much easier to use and adjust. You may want to consider getting a carrying strap. It just makes things easier.
"Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see" -William Newton Clark
I've had a 3021 for the past 14 years. It's pretty banged up. Dirty, scratched, battered, rained on, placed in mud, etc. But still sturdy and holding up. I won't exchange it for another Bogen, well maybe the carbon version of 3021. If I get another tripod (not even in my remotest dreams right now), I'd move up to the Gitzos for sure. But in the Bogen line, the 3021 (and all incarnations of it) seems to last forever.