REQ: suggestions for a good $100-$200 tripod

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Alan, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Hi All,

    Does anyone have any suggestions for a really good tripod in the $100
    to $200 range (preferably closer to $100)?

    Alan, Aug 27, 2003
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    Best bet (IMHO) Bogen 3021 Pro. Stable, flexible, sturdy.

    Lisa Horton, Aug 27, 2003
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    Bill Hilton Guest

    From: (Alan)
    Bogen 3021
    Bill Hilton, Aug 27, 2003
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    Tony Spadaro Guest

    Tony Spadaro, Aug 27, 2003
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    Slingblade Guest

    with or without the head? A bogen 3021 is a great one, it's right in
    that range...but the head is additional.
    Slingblade, Aug 28, 2003
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    Ed E. Guest

    Wow, 3 responses and all 3 say Bogen 3021. I'm going to take that as
    That's good! I just ordered it two days ago (the black leg version.) I got
    the 3265 head, though. It was $199 for the two combined. Shipping was
    pretty steep for something that only weighs 6 pounds.

    Before I ordered it, I was seriously contemplating the B. Osh (sometimes
    referred to as Bosh) tripod with the pistol-grip style head for about $140.
    There was also one regularly selling for about $100 on eBay made by
    "Dynatron", which I had never heard of. It looked identical to the one made
    by B. Osh. They both looked pretty solid, but I figured I'd go the extra
    $60 to get the one most recommended in here. After all, it's a lifetime
    Ed E., Aug 28, 2003
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    Slingblade Guest

    Why necessarily a ball head? I always preferred the 3-way Bogen heads
    myself. I have an older one on my 3021, I don't remember what model
    number it's a pan-tilt model similar to the 3047, but I've
    been considering replacing it with the 3025, because I often find the
    handles get in the way, but I like the way the head operates.
    Slingblade, Aug 28, 2003
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    Slingblade Guest

    That looks like a pretty good deal to me. My 3021 and my pan-tilt
    head (I just dug it out to check and it's head number 3029) are about
    15 years ago, and I paid atleast that much for them back then. I
    remember the tripod was just under $100.00 then, and the head was
    about the same price.

    I didn't realize until just now, checking Bogen/Manfrotto's website
    that my head was still being produced. But it's slightly redesigned
    from the model that I have. The only problem I have with my head is
    the handles sometimes get in the way when attempting certain types of
    photography. For that reason I've considered the 3025 head, which is
    a step down from the 3028 that you mention. Looking at the 3028, I
    see it uses levers instead of the handles on my current head...they
    should not present you with the problem I sometimes experience, and
    the 3028 head is a almost double the weight capacity of the 3025. It
    would probably be a great choice for tripod/head combination.

    A lot of people suggest ball heads. I've never used them, so I don't
    know if I'd like one. I could see how they'd be quicker to set up in
    some cases, since you usually have only one locking mechanism.
    Slingblade, Aug 28, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    Bogen 3021 and 3030 head...I got my combo on sale for $130....
    Do you mind if I ask you where you got it?

    Alan, Aug 28, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    After all, it's a lifetime investment.

    I've had a tendency in the past to buy cheap ones and they end up
    breaking and then I have to buy another one and on and on, but I think
    I'm going to go ahead and get something good - hopefully something
    that will last me for a while.

    Alan, Aug 28, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    Hi All,
    I like the looks of the Bogen 3021 and the price is good and all that,
    but I did see a Slik Pro 700DX in B&H Photo's "specials" section for
    only $129.95.

    It looks like the biggest differences (besides price) are that the
    Slik supports up to 15 pounds where the Bogen supports up to 11 and
    the Slik has a 3 year warranty where the Bogen only has a 1 year

    The head on the Slik has a quick release which I kinda like, too.

    Is Slik a decent tripod or am I a fool for even considering it?

    The almost $40 price difference is certainly something I'll have to

    Alan, Aug 29, 2003
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    Slik makes some really cheap and crappy tripods. On this basis, you'll
    hear people dismissing the entire brand, or worse. However, Slik also
    makes some good tripods, some very good. The 700DX would sit at the top
    of that category. I have a 300DX, and it's in every way comparable or
    better than the equivalent Bogen (3001, equivalent in price). I would
    think the 700DX to be at least as good as the 300DX, and almost
    certainly more than a little bit better.

    However, the 3021Pro has a unique feature that no Slik tripod has: the
    ability to use the center column horizontally. Great for macro and copy

    Lisa Horton, Aug 29, 2003
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    ROBMURR Guest

    Forget the tripod.
    IF you only have one body forget about
    a quick need for it.
    Also most of the quick release systems
    are not that great..they wiggle and I have
    had a bogen unlock before...You have to
    spend more money for a good system.
    ROBMURR, Aug 29, 2003
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    Alan Guest

    Forget the tripod.
    Perfect, because I ordered the Bogen.

    At first I was really moving a little toward the Slik because of the
    warranty, the quick release and the price, but then I went back and
    compared the details again and the minimum height on the Slik was
    something like 24 inches and the minimum on the Bogen was something
    like 8 inches. That and a couple of other things made me decide on
    the Bogen.

    Anyway, I really appreciate everyone that took the time to write and
    offer their advice.

    Thanks again.

    Alan, Aug 30, 2003
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