I dont know who would get excited about this except for maybe a few of you guys here...
I have pretty heavy equipment and my current travel tripod just wasnt cutting it anymore. I did some shopping around which led me to Bogen, particularly their 3021BPRO tripod which is very sturdy at a medium to slightly heavy weight of 5.3 lbs, and still affordable at $150. I longed for a carbon fiber tripod but didnt think I was ready to spend the loot on one since I really dont shoot with a tripod all that often. Most CF tripods I have seen are $300-$400 or more so I really didnt dwell on it too much. I was all set to go and buy a 3021 today but before I went to pick it up I checked photo.net and saw a new Bogen 3443 CF tripod for sale for $225 shipped. It is their older model but is a very nice setup, and after going back and forth about it for a few hours I decided to take the plunge. It has basically all of the same features as the 3021 and is rated to hold the same amount of weight, but it tips the scales at only 3.5 lbs... a 30% drop in weight.
A short review is located here: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/re...rbon_one.shtml
So anyways, I'm excited about this. It will be shipping tomorrow and I plan to have it before the weekend. I will be coupling it with a Bogen 488RC4 ballhead which I will be picking up used from a local store for $80, and that should make for a relatively lightweight, very stable setup.
I shoot with a Nikon D2H and a 17-55 f2.8 and 80-200 f2.8, by the way. I also just picked up a 77mm circular polarizer which I am excited to start using while shooting local cars. The D2H, 80-200, new tripod and new polarizer should be a killer combo for this, the only thing in question now is the photographer.
Here is a photo of the tripod and the ballhead:
Thanks for listening, just a little excited