My bids on auctions for new and used legs and heads consistently came up short. I wasn’t going blow my budget…so I needed a Plan B.
In considering my options, I decided that the joystick head was non-negotiable, therefore I would need to find a way to save on my legs.
While trolling eBay, I kept finding older tripod legs, 3001, 3221 and 3021. Maybe I had found a solution: the predecessor to 055xprob…the 3021bpro.
The tripod is a hair heavier, but has all the same technical specs and functionality. The only difference is how you can extend and move the center column to a horizontal position. Instead of a one piece action, the center column must be removed and reinserted.
After a few more failed auctions, I found both items for sale together in one auction. All told, I was able to purchase a used head and tripod, carry bag and electronic shutter release for $210.
While I am slightly disappointed that I was unable to buy all new gear for a nickel, I am very excited to get my new gear and start using it. So without further adieu….here she is (image is from eBay auction):