Hello. I am considering the above head to go on a Bogen 3021PROB. After finding only one (positive) opinion in the archive discussions, I decided to write and seek some opinions from anyone currently using the 3410. For the present (and forseeable future) it would be used with an N/F80 and Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro (60mm f/2.8D AF Micro to be added later), Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6D AF Zoom and Nikkor 70-210mm f/4-5.6D AF Zoom. Larger Zooms (17-35mm f/2.8 AF IF-S, 80-200mm f/2.8 ED AF, and ???? to 400mm ????) to be added eventually. Thanks for your time and info.
#1. "RE: Bogen 3410 3-way head" | In response to Reply # 0avm247 Charter MemberTue 16-Apr-02 07:19 PM
Was that opinion mine?
I have the 3410 Low-profile 3-way head (Manfrotto 329). This head is inbetween the 3030 and 3047 in terms of height vs. load capacity. I don't think you would have a problem with this head with any of the lenses that you are planning on using.
+ 3-way head allows precision control allows you to isolate movement.
+ Head will support 17lbs.
+ Height is around 4 inches.
+ Shorter handles than the 3047.
+ Has 3 levels (one of which is on the wrong side when switching to verticle format) including a bubble level.
+ Has a secondary push lock that keeps the QR plate from falling out completely.
- QR plate is unique (does not have an "architectural" plate to keep camera percendicular to the head - BUT this has not been a problem for me.)
- One of the bubble levels faces the ground when switching from landscape to portrait format.
- Slow to operate vs. a ball head.
Hope this helped.
BTW, I use this with an N70, 28-105d, 70-300d ed, af 50, af24, and sb-28 attached on occations.
#2. "RE: Bogen 3410 3-way head" | In response to Reply # 1rwal10 Basic MemberTue 16-Apr-02 10:38 PM
Thanks muchly for the info. It is indeed a great help. The choices today are far beyond what it was 25 years ago. My choices for now are the three you mentioned (3030, 3047, 3410). The 3030 is nice and basic and leveling with a torpedo level (on my current crap-ola tripod) is a pain but totally doable. The 3047 seemed a bit overkill (huge) when I checked ot out in the local camera store but also seemed incredibly stable. I like the "low profile" features of the 3410 for stability in the less than ideal outdoor conditions to which I generally expose myself. I haven't completely ruled out dropping the big nut for a quality Bogen ball head (3435QR) for ease of sport (surfing) related shooting. It seemed like the 3-way would be better suited for macro, etc. but having never used a ball head I can't say for sure. Given budget constraints, etc. probably the 3030 or 3410 will get the call. Thanks again for your time and info.