I recently needed to purchase a new Bogen 3001, as the one I had had fallen and was damaged. One of the leg ends (the one attaching to the head) broke because it's made of cast iron or cast aluminum. I tried Bogen USA and Bogen Canada, and even bogentripodparts.com, but all 3 no longer carried the part that I needed.
I therefore decided to purchase 2 replacement ones on e-Bay. If you already have a tripod head (from my old one), you simply can remove it and place it on the newer purchased one. You have to raise the tripod centre column with the head. Under the head on the underside are 3 screws. You need to loosen them and then rotate the head to remove it.
I ended up buying 1 complete tripod (a 190QC) with a 352 RC ball head. The other tripod was the a 190 with the legs only. The head from the damaged tripod is a 3029 model.
1. The 3001 and 190QC tripod are the same height,whereas the 190 is shorter by about 1 inch when closed and 4 inches when the legs are extended.
2. The 3001 and the 190 have tightening knobs that loosen. That's how I broke my tripod - I didn't tighten 1 leg enough.
The 190 QC has a tightening/loosening lever. This might be better because you are more sure to make sure it is tightened. Also, it takes less time to tighten it, than a tightening knob.
3. All 3 tripods are made of the same-sized diameter leg extensions.
4. The 190 QC came with an extra length of tubing that attaches to the central column. You most-likely can buy this from Bogen if you wanted to add extra height.
5. The 190 QC came with insertable pointed metal screws feet that can replace the simpler rubber-capped ends.
1. Personally, I like the older-style 3029. It has 3 handles to change the angle of the head in all 3 dimensions.This takes longer, but I prefer that than to the352RC ball head.
2. The 352 ball head has a quick release plate that attaches to the camera.You then simply align the plate with the camera to the tripod (quick release).
Angling and orientation of the head is faster with this head than the older-style 3029.
All 3 of the above tripods are light in weight. I also have a Manfrotto 3050 with a 3047 head. It's built like a Sherman tank, weight a lot more, but only rises about 70-72" like the 190QC and 3001. It also has the 3 handles, and quick-release plate. I used this one with a 4x5" camera. So now it stays sitting as a backup.
If you're looking for a tripod on e-Bay, look to see that all the parts are on the tripod, and none are missing. If any parts are broken or missing, then check with Bogen or with bogentripodparts.com to see that parts are readily available.
In terms of pricing, the 3001, 190, and 190QC will cost you anywhere from $60.00-145.00 US plus shipping depending on the day that you bid or buy. There is a good thing on e-Bay that allows you to check up on the past history of the item that you are looking for. You go to E-Bay>>Advanced Search>>list the item (e.g.Bogen tripod) or item number that is being sold>>completed listings, and you will come to a page or 2 of recently sold and unsold items. However, this info is only provided for e-Bay members. The Manfrotto 3050 ( I only found the 3051 in "advanced search) will run you from $ 250.00-300.00 US plus shipping (a lot more considering the weight). I'll be using this one for studio set-ups under tungsten lights (some of us still use them!).
I hope this helps you decide your choice of tripod. There are of course other makes and models that you might want to check out. Also 1 final note. You can check out the later models at your local pro camera shop. The newer models (e.g. carbon fibre materials, fancy heads) will still have the basic design, that will help you with your selection, should you choose an older model of tripod.
Good luck with your bidding, and thanks for taking the time to read this review.
Guide created: 31/08/10 (updated 19/08/13)