Bogen 719D "Digi Tripod" - Anyone used this?
I currently own an inexpensive Velbon tripod I bought at Walmart many years ago, and has filled my needs. Recently, I purchased an N80, 28-105 D, and 70-300ED, all with an MB-16 Grip, and it seems to be a bit much for the old Velbon... I took a look at some Bogen tripods at a camera shop out of town, and wow.. those things are just plain rock solid compared to that plastic Velbon.. I was amazed to say the least.
So.. I decided to upgrade to something a bit more sturdy. I have been reading the posts on the "budget" tripods uder $100. I would like to have it light enough to carry around or to take backpacking, but strong enough to be more sturdy than the old plastic Velbon.
I have narrowed it down to a few choices... the Velbon Maxi 343E, the Bogen 3405 Jr., or this Bogen 719D "Digi Tripod" I saw on the Bogen website. Here's a description from Bogen :
"The Digi 719B is a lightweight marvel that can meet any shooting need. It includes an aluminum ball head with a single "ratchet" locking lever as well as quick-action leg locks for fast set-up and breakdown.
Four section tripod legs permit a folded length of only 20 ½" making the 719B ideal for fitting into luggage. Once on location, the 719B extends to 5ft 4". It weighs under 4lbs, and can support digital (and film) camera's up to 8.8 lbs. In addition, the innovative three faceted center column design prevents any column rotation and is reversible for low-angle shots.
A carry bag that sports twin shoulder straps for backpack-style carrying is also included."
I am leaning toward the 719B as it seems tall enough (extends to 64" with the center column), is only 3.7lbs, and comes with a nice case. It has a Ball head vs. the pan and tilt of the "Jr" tripod wich people seem to prefer around here. And it is priced right at $89 from B&H.
Has anyone used or played with this tripod? Seems like a good buy in comparison to the Velbon, even though it weighs a tad more. Is the weight rating of 8.8lbs sufficient for my equipment (N80, 28-105 or 70-300D, MB-16, sb-50dx)?
Thanks in advance,
#1. "RE: Bogen 719D" | In response to Reply # 0Philip Basic MemberThu 30-May-02 07:09 PM
> ... and can support digital (and film) camera's up to 8.8 lbs.
I use several Gitzo tripods, both carbon and aluminium, but in the users manual, nowhere a found that they can also support digital cameras.
They kept supporting my camera-lens when I switched from Kodachrome to Fujifilm, but that was just a minor change for the tripods. I'm afraid for the day I'd buy a digital camera. I wonder what's going to happen than.
#2. "RE: Bogen 719D "Digi Tripod" - Anyone used this?" | In response to Reply # 0JohnE Basic MemberFri 31-May-02 10:25 PM
>I have narrowed it down to a few choices... the Velbon Maxi
>343E, the Bogen 3405 Jr., or this Bogen 719D "Digi Tripod" I
>saw on the Bogen website. Here's a description from Bogen :
Do you have a URL for where you found this? I was intrigued by the description, since I'm interested in a bit sturdier travel tripod than the one I've got.
However, I searched Manfrotto and the B&H websites and came up with nothing on a 719D tripod.
#3. "RE: Bogen 719D "Digi Tripod" - Anyone used this?" | In response to Reply # 2Tony B Registered since 31st Mar 2002Fri 31-May-02 11:31 PM
Here you go... I found it on the www.bogenphoto.com website, not the Manfrotto website. It's possible it's not available overseas? I dont know.. here is a direct link...
Here it is listed at B&H... I think it was my erro in the initial post. It's the 719B not "D"... my apologies.
Looks intruiging and I am close to purchasing it, if I can just get my hands on one to try it out first. I also contacted Bogen about the ball head on this tripod as it looks suspiciously like the Bogen 3413 Pro ballhead (which I liked the looks of anyway). Here is the e-mail correspondance from bogen....
My original inquiry reads:
"Hello, I have one quick questons regarding your new Bogen 719B tripod with ball head. I am new to tripods and am wondering if the ball head is removeable and replaceable if I later decide I would like a pan head, or a better ball head for this model.
Also, which ball head would this models ball head be comparible to in
your current ball head lineup. It looks similar to the 3413 ball head, but I would like to know if it will function similarly or if it is in fact the same head."
The response was:
"The head on the 719B digi-tripod is permanently attached. It is based off of the 3413QR, but modified to keep it lighter weight for today's more compact digital cameras.
Kevin V. Lackey
My feeling is that it looks like a great, sturdy, tall tripod that folds down to a packable size. I would probably get this tripod and a quick release adapter for $27, and spend under $130 on a nice travelling and general purpose tripod! I gotta find one at a store near me soon to feel it out....