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    Hi, for hiking I think it's important to get a lightweight tripod. I carry a 5-6 pound tripod and it is too heavy. I plan on switching to the carbon Gitzo g1228, but am a little leery of the twist lock legs.

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    I use a bogen 3001 with a 3047 head for everything from 35 mm up to 4x5 (Toyo 45AII which weighs 6 lbs body only). The 8x10 goes on the Manfrotto 475 with a 3047 head plus a long lens support.
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    Boy, I'm the only person using a Ries? That's been my tripod since 1985 after my Bogan gave up my Wisner over a Northern Calif coast Cliff. The Ries is alot of wood but it strong. I use it for my Medium, 4x5 and 8x10.
    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit"
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    I've been using a Manfrotto/Bogan for years but I've had enough of it. I've ordered a new Berlebach wood. I'm not sure if it's the answer for you but it is worth looking into.
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    I use Manfrotto, a 055 CLB tripod and a 229 head!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark H
    Bogen 3021 with 3047 head. .....I think it would qualify as a "real" tripod.
    Yup...same set up. I use it for my P67 and for my Omega View 4x5 and it's damn near bulletproof. The only change I would make, if I had the bucks, would be a Manfrotto (Bogen) geared head (the smaller of the two they sell...the 410 I think it is) on the same legs for the 4x5.
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    Wow...tough words to take..kinda like those that tell me I need a new girlfriend.

    I'm quite happy with my imaginary one for now thank you very much.

    • Consider best for budget

    • Consider Future needs

    • Consider portability and function

    • Take your gear down to a store and try the various models, and..

    • Consider Future needs
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    I have used a Bogen 3021 with various heads for years and it is OK.

    I just bought a Berlebach with 2-piece legs and a leveling center post along with an Acratech ball head with quick release plate. I use it with a Toyo field camera and a Pentax 67 system. Could not be happier for the money.

    Of course you could sell your car and buy a Gitzo carbon fiber and an Arca ball head.
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    Thanks so much, everyone!! These are great suggestions! I am making a spreadsheet of all these makes & models! I have looked at the Manfrotto 055 fiber one with 3 sections, and looked at the comparable Gitzo (but my husband had to close my laptop so I would resume breathing). haha

    I'd never really thought about a wooden tripod... I'll have to look at that.
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    Jeannette: I used a couple of different models of Bogen the last few years, the last one being a 3221 with their pistol grip head. I used the excuse of unsharp images to justify the purchase of a Gitzo 1325 and a Kirk BH1 ballhead. Yeah, I dropped close to $1k on the combo, but its rock solid, light to carry, and should be the last tripod/head I ever buy.


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