I will buy a new tripod soon. I think I want the Bogen/Manfrotto 3021 with a pan/tilt head. 3030 or 3047? I have an N80 & none of my lenses are very heavy. Are the bubble levels really useful? (The camera has gridlines.) The other thing is I am short - 5' 3". Would the 3047 make the tripod too tall for me?
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#1. "RE: Yet another Head Question" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberFri 05-Apr-02 03:22 AM
The legs can be set at infinite positions. In fact mine have marks I made with an indelible pen marker to set it at almost any possible height. The bubble levels on the legs are helpful for panning in a perfectly leveled plane; the bubble levels on the head to set the camera straight with the horizon and vertical lines. After many years of practice I don't use them at all, but then I don't take multiple pan shots for stitching panoramas.
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#2. "RE: Yet another Head Question" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 05-Apr-02 03:19 PM
It depends on how light you'd like to keep your tripod. Since the 3021 is heavy enough for medium format use, I'd guess that you're not selecting it to be a lightweight tripod that you'll carry around long distances.
It it were me, as long as I was getting into a heavier, bulkier pan/tilt head I'd go for the 3047. The longer handles will give you more finesse and the bubble levels make sense if you like to set your shot using tilt actions. The hex base provides more surface area with less potential for twist than the smaller QR base of the 3030.
The extra height won't be a problem. Don't use the center column extension and don't fully extend the tripod legs if that's still too high. The shorter you keep a tripod, the more rigid it will be...
#3. "RE: Yet another Head Question" | In response to Reply # 2Nikonnut Registered since 03rd Mar 2002Fri 05-Apr-02 11:57 PM
I would go with the 3030QR head if it were me. I think the 3047 is overkill for what your using. The smaller Q/R plates will be fine on your N-80 and can be left on the camera without being an annoyance. The smaller head will help keep the overall weight of the tripod down as well, a blessing when hiking all day. The grid line function in your camera will help you keep your horizons straight and everything nice and square. If you feel the need for a bubble level you can purchase an item called a double bubble. It goes in the hotshoe and gives you 2 way leveling. You may want to take a look at the Bogen 3228w Wilderness tipod. It is a black version of the 3021 with a 3030 Q/R head and comes with leg insulators, spiked feet and 3044 wide tripod carry strap. Its a savings to buy it this way, as the spiked feet and tripod carry strap are generally sold as accessory items. Along with buying a good tripod don't forget to buy a good quality cable release. The nice thing with the N-80 is that it uses a standard ISO cable release. My pick would be either the Nikon AR-3 cable release or the Minolta Cable Release II.
Hope this helps.
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#4. "RE: Yet another Head Question" | In response to Reply # 3BJNicholls Charter MemberSat 06-Apr-02 06:12 AM
I find the smaller Bogen/Manfrotto QR plates marginal to prevent a lightweight SLR body and lens from twisting when the camera is vertically oriented. With a longer lens with no lens mount, I find that the plate needs to be overtightened to do the job, and even then it oftens twists annoyingly. The big hex plate is holds better, but it's heavier. Bogen offers a hex plate with an antitwist plate that's better yet but heavier still. That's why I went with the expensive but absolutely twist-free Arca-style plate system. That and the fact that I can leave the plates permanently mounted on my cameras - thereby making setup for shooting much faster.
If you're going to lug around a tripod all day with just a light N80 system, a lightweight and trim ballhead is my suggestion and I'd go for a lighter tripod as well - the 3001BPro model is excellent. Since the question started with the bigger, heavier 3021 as a given, my suggestion is toward the more serious pan-tilt head for the reasons given.
#5. "RE: Yet another Head Question" | In response to Reply # 4longlens Charter MemberSat 06-Apr-02 08:14 PM
Many of us started with the hex plate style of Bogen/Manfrotto with occasional camera shift or twist. The Arca-Swiss design now offered by A-S, Kirk, and Really Right Stuff (my choice) solved the problem,but necessitates a ball head or plate receiver that can be attached to the appropriate head. If possible visit a camera dealer that has enough products for you to try on your camera. You may find a good ballhead a better choice for your purposes. There are several excellent discussions on this subject in photo.net. Good luck.