I have a Bogen Wilderness tripod with a 3130 fluid head which I bought for a
spotting scope mount. I have found that it works beautifully with long
telephotos (300 and 400), but I don't use it for shorter lenses without lens
tripod mounts. The tripod legs are well built and sturdy but heavier than I
Chuck Norcutt wrote:
> Hi list,
> After 30 years of cheapo tripods I've finally decided that I should get
> something decent. Only problem is that I don't know what I should get.
> It needs to be a sturdy device that is able to double as the support for
> a spotting scope. If possible, I'd also like it to be able to get the
> camera near ground level for macro shots of tiny flowers, etc. I have
> an Oly bellows that I've had for many years but have almost never used
> because I've nothing that can support it well. Maybe I should give up
> on the bellows and gets some tubes?
> I've seriously considered the Bogen 3221W ("wilderness tripod") with a
> 3029 head. However, I've never used one and don't really know if it
> meets my requirements or not. I am totally unfamiliar with different
> tripod heads and accessories. The Bogen "side arm" looks interesting
> but after Gary's lens tests I wonder about the results one can achieve
> with gangly looking camera supports.
> Anyhow, I'll appreciate any and all advice which could well include that
> I'm looking for too much versatility from a single tripod.
> Chuck Norcutt
> Woburn, Massachusetts
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