Excerpt: Its big. Its heavy. Its rock-solid stable, even with 26+ lbs. of gear mounted, including large pano-head, camera and BIG lens all being buffeted by 25+ MPH wind gusts out on the open high-plains. It stands firm, and does what's its supposed to do . . . not move or shake or vibrate. This beast has that covered in spades and then some. Its not for casual shooting, though. I'd use something lighter for those needs. Good price too. Get what you pay for. Highly recommended.
Excerpt: I'm 6'6" tall. This was just one of three tripods that I found that could reach up to me instead of me going down to it. For the past year or so I've been into pan photography...I like to shoot more than what I can see through the viewfinder...and needed a tripod that could stand up to windy conditions with pan head and camera attached. This past weekend, at my parents house in New Smyrna Beach, FL, I had the opportunity to test it out in 15 to 20 mph gust.
Excerpt: Extremely easy to use tripod that is perfect for the studio. You will have to decide if the extra convenience of the tripod is worth the extra carrying weight if you are using the tripod outside of the studio. The automatic leg release system works as advertised. Simply press the red lever on each leg to adjust each leg individually or press/rotate the center levers to release all legs simultaneously.
Excerpt: Rock solid and very strong. I do a lot of macro work professionally and needed a new studio tripod. This one is great because at its normal height it is perfect for my table top and I can adjust the legs outward if I need to lower the platform. The total height is something I don't think I will ever need but it is there if you are willing to carry this thing around. I am using it with an 058 ball head which is also very strong and matches well with this tripod.
Pros: Durable, Great Picture Quality, Solid And Heavy Duty
Excerpt: We used this tripod to capture the bride walking down the aisle, which is usually impossible once her guests stand up. It was really easy to just pop it up to full height when she walked down the aisle and then slide it right back down to human height for the remainder of the ceremony.PROS: ridiculously & wonderfully tallheavy dutyCONS: the locking clips to release the lower legs are cumbersome
Excerpt: I use the 058 for landscapes. It is quite heavy, but that's just what I am looking for to get excellent stability. It can get quite windy on the west coast of Norway, but so far this tripod does not budge. Great stuff. And with the automatic leg release it is a true joy to work with. I got nothing bad to say about it really. Met all my expectations.
Excerpt: I originally purchased this tripod under its previous designation of 3251 w/ a Bogen 501 head around the year 2000. I've been filming weddings and events since that time, and this combo has traveled all over the South with me. It's extremely well built and durable. As a result it is also very heavy. Carrying this tripod in its bag, along with a Pelican 1620 wheeled case loaded up is quite the challenge for a one-man video crew.