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    Just Ordered a Sweet Bogen Carbon Fiber Tripod!

    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
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    awesome , i use a Tripod alot and i can tell you that will be sweet to have. at the lighter weight.
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    Nice!!!!

    I got a CF tripod and magnesium ball head from Amvona.com. They're "Dynatran" - no brand really, but a lot of people seem to like them. It's damn light and sturdy too. It weighs half as much as my old one so it's really nice for when I go hiking around.
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    that is really pimp!

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    i have a couple little things from amvona and am very happy with them, however lately i have read some pretty bad things about their customer service. i also read that over time the latches and other components on their tripods loosen and dont operate as well any more. thats not acceptable for equipment that i need to rely on regularly so althoughi was tempted to pick one of those up i went to a name that i know and trust. to clarify, i bet its really sweet for the price, i'm just saying i couldnt risk it with this.
    anyways, yeah i'll post photos when i get it, haha... i feel so lame getting excited about a tripod but its the first CF thing i own! mad tite yo...
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    haha MAD JDM TITE CARBON FIBER YO!!!

    Yeah, I've heard questionable things about Amvona, but for 80 bucks on ebay, i could not pass up a CF tripod.

    Bogen/Manfrotto though is the BOMB
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    I have the manfrotto 458b, the one with the super fast extendable legs. i love it.

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    just found this thread again randomly and needed to correct a statement i made above. this tripod was no tthe first cf thing i own... my snowboard bindings are made completely of cf... they are old school burton x-base bindings... and they are uber light.
    anyways, ive been using the tripod for a while now and its great, i'm glad i bought it. i'm getting ready to pick up a monopod as well for automotive stuff mostly and think i have decided that the Manfrotto 680B fits my needs best... and for some reason its $52 on B+H as opposed to the $70 retail price that its listed at everywhere else.

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    Manfrotto are some dang good tripods. i have the 190ProB and love it. very solid, which makes shooting with low light and a heavy camera alot more enjoyable.

    congrats on the new equipment

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