A&P Can NOT decide between Bogen 3021Bpro or Giottos 9180

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  1. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    I'll be using it with all my lenses, currently with my heaviest being the sigma 100-300 F4 with the 1.4x converter on a 30D with the battery grip.

    Bogen 2021Bpro
    http://www.adorama.com/BG3021BP.html?searchinfo=bogen 3021bpro&item_no=2

    Giottos 9180
    http://www.adorama.com/GTMT9180.html?searchinfo=giottos 9180&item_no=2


    Features I like about both in no specific order

    1. Around $150 (I'm not looking at carbon fiber at this time)
    2. They're tall (69 inches and 71 inches respectively) I'm 6'4"
    3. Black legs (not a big deal)
    4. Movable center column

    Features I like about the Bogen specifically

    1. Said to be "rock solid"
    2. 3 leg sections
    3. 4 leg positions

    Features I like about the Giottos

    1. Center column can be put in more positions
    2. Built in head (though I probably wouldn't use it much, especially if I replace the bolt it comes with)
    3. Twist locks instead of clamp locks (not a big fan of clamp locks)
    4. Slightly smaller closed size
    5. Rated for about twice as much weight (26 lbs as opposed to 13 lbs of the Bogen)

    Things that really turns me off to the Giottos


    1. I heard a few people say it's not sturdy (I did not hear anybody say anything negative about the stability of the Bogen)
    2. The twist locks need to be retensioned often.


    I really can't decide. I'd love to be able to go try out both of them. If anybody has any more specific information or hands on use with these tripods please let me know!


    I have decided on a monopod... the Giottos P-pod, specifically the 5580
     
  2. CornUponCob

    CornUponCob New Member

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    I still haven't bought one... Anybody have any opinions?
     
  3. Pineapple Devil

    Pineapple Devil beat it!

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    my vote goes for the 3021. ihave one and it is awesome
     
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    f/2.8L New Member

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    Bogen 2021Bpro gets my vote.
    I wouldn't trade mine for anything in it's price range.
     
  5. Derrict

    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    3021 BPRO crew signing in
     
  6. inkblot78

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    3021 is awesome. I have one with steel legs (wanted black but it was the last one). It's great.

    That's 4 for the 3021Pro and 0 for the Giotto.... I think you have your answer.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    One feature I don't use often but comes in handy is removing the center column and mounting it horizontal for macro shots... or for what I use it for, low angle wheel shots
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    I could just rest it on a telephone book, though lol
     
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    f/2.8L New Member

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    A telephone book doesn't equal the coolness factor though. :)
     

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