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Manfrotto 3021BPRO Professional Tripod without Head (Black)
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- Easy switching between low angle and normal shooting with center column design
- Leg warmers on two legs keeps hands protected in cold weather
- Double-positioning vertical and horizontal center column
- Rapid-action lever leg locks with just 45-degree run
- 69.3-inch maximum height with center column, 13.3-pound maximum load
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|Item Dimensions||4 x 4 x 27 inches|
|Item Weight||5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||7.2 pounds|
The tripod comes with a built-in grip head and rapid-action leg locks for quick angle adjustments, making it perfect for venues where things can move at a fast pace, like rock concerts and sports stadiums. The Bogen 3021BPRO can mount a variety of cameras, whether small or medium format, and is great for still photography and video.
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Constructed of Anodized Aluminum, this tripod weighs about 5.3 lbs and without head stands 25.6 inches closed. The minimum open height is a mere 4.4 inches, while the maximum is 69.3 inches with the center column fully extended. It has three independent legs with two expandable leg sections adjusted by Rapid-action lever leg locks plus a third section each. Two of the leg's top sections come covered with padded grips/warmers. The foot of each leg is made of hard rubber to help prevent slippage. The two-section center column has a solid metal clip to connect the suggested 458HL strap at the bottom and is topped with a 3/8" threaded mount. The top section detaches without any tools by simply unscrewing the knob at the bottom of the column. The center column slips into the top of the tripod where the other metal bracket for the strap and a leveling bubble is located. The maximum load capacity is rated at 13.3 lbs, and is designed to use for still photography, video, and sports optics.Read more ›
The listed features all function smoothly. In particular, the multiple leg angles often come in handy and operate very effortlessly, while maintaining a solid feel. The outermost setting allows the legs to be spread flat along the ground. Angling the legs out a few clicks requires no special attention at teardown - just fold it back up.
The head can be kept mounted on the center column to switch to either horizontal operation or to insert the top section of the column directly into the tripod base for a lower angle.
In addition, I found that the quick-release leg snaps require much less effort/time to set up and tear down than the double-wing locking knobs found on many other tripods. (Though if you want to fine-tune individual leg length often, their open/closed operation may be a problem - there is no "slightly open, slides down slowly" state as there is with the knobs.)
I personally have not come across the re-tightening issue mentioned in the pervious review, but I keep the snaps very tight, and the tripod comes with the tiny angled socket wrench needed to make these adjustments. (Though I would not trust the little ring on which the wrench comes mounted to the tripod for one day outside...)
The weight (9.7 lbs with the 3047 head I use and would recommend) could, I guess, be an issue, but carrying it around for a few hours at a time on a strap it has never been a problem for me. (I use a strap from a tripod bag I got but have found a pain to actually carry around.) ...Read more ›
But I'm really writing this review to give you some advice on what else to buy with it. First, get the Manfrotto carrying strap. Its great. Its got a nice handle, stays attached to the tripod, doesn't get in the way, and holds the legs together when you move it.
Second, if you're going to get a tripod this good, don't waste your investment with a cheap head. For still photography be sure to get a ball head and I'd suggest the Manfrotto 488 with the RC2 quick release. Its a sturdy, serviceable head at a great price point. I think of this as the Honda/Toyota setup - quality at a fair price.
You can certainly spend more for light and stable tripods and great ball heads but you're in the land of diminishing returns - paying up to triple for maybe 10% more functionality. If you want the Acura/Lexus setup then you should check out the Gitzo tripods and Arca-Swiss or Kirk heads instead.
I never understood what you got for the money. Well, here you get multiple leg positions, a hanger for weight when it's windy, a two-piece center post that can be used for low shots (with just the very short top) or in a horizontal position for shooting right on top of your subject - all for a terrific price.
If you're still using a $50 tripod, spend the money - it's worth it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had my3021 tripod for over 15 years now. It is simply the best.Not flimsy at all. Well built. And very versatile. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Manfrotto lives up to their reputation once again. This is my second tripod from them, and I cannot express fully how pleased I am with these legs. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by R. H. Mitchell
I love the way the center piece could be positioned vertically or horozontally for different angles, I use the horozontal position for macro shots.Published on November 27, 2010 by Jason M. Babila
Very solid and quality product. I use it all the time for steady solid shots. It's a little heavy so I wouldn't want to take it hiking. Read morePublished on April 23, 2009 by Steve
This thing is truly an excellent tripod! It's not light however so don't expect to take it hiking too far! Sturdy and perfect for those looooong shutters!!Published on March 30, 2008 by Rita L. Lawrence
This tripod is one of the best accessories I have purchased for my camera. I've used it on the beach, indoors, baseball fields, and for takeing pictures of waterfalls. Read morePublished on December 6, 2007 by K. Work
I bought this tripod from Adorama (through Amazon) and the box arrived damaged. The tripod seemed to be in good shape except for the center column. Read morePublished on August 27, 2007 by R. Leong