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Equipment & Techniques => Cameras, Lenses and Shooting gear => Topic started by: dwdallam on February 06, 2006, 11:10:47 pm

Title: Tripod Question
Post by: dwdallam on February 06, 2006, 11:10:47 pm
I have a lighter Manfrotto Tripod, which is nice for traveling. However, I need something a lot heavier for studio and landscape work, where packing the weight isn't really an issue.

I have this tripod now: Manfrotto 3001N

I want a much heavier tripod, and I want it to have the option of 90 degree center peice for top down shooting.

I was thinking about this one, but since I can't touch it, I was wondering if any of you would think it would be a enough improvement over my current tripod to make a real difference.

Bogen / Manfrotto 3221GN3: (

In the event that the above tripod does not have the 90 degree center piece option, what about this:

Bogen / Manfrotto 3021 Pro (

I have actually seen and played with the 3021 Pro at the local shop, and it is much beefier, but still not tons more beefier than my 3001N.

Any other sugestions?
Title: Tripod Question
Post by: BryanHansel on February 07, 2006, 12:18:30 pm
I have a 3001, which I use on trips.  I've taken out the center column for backpacking and canoeing though.  I really don't think that you'll gain much from the 3001 to the 3021, at least, not what you really want.

I use a Gitzo 1340 or 1440.  I don't remember which one I bought.  At any rate, the thing is beefy and solid.  If I were buying today, I'd probably get the carbon fiber version of it.  You can add a center column later if you need one.  I can highly recommend this tripod for a good one that will do both.  I'm not sure if you can add wheels to it though.