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Berlebach 3042 Wood Tripod Legs with Levelling Center Column - Supports 22.0 lb (10.0 kg)

B&H # BE3042 Mfr # BE3042
No Longer Available

Berlebach has been manufacturing beautifully finished pieces of German craftsmanship for over a century, and then as now the natural advantages of wood continually appeal to discriminating shooters. Handling a wood tripod in extremes of heat or cold is quite a different experience than that of a metal or even carbon fiber tripod. Wood just seems not to care.

But despite wood's impervious nature to temperature and its general asthetic appeal, the best reason to choose wood over any other material for a tripod is its incredible ability to absorb vibrations. Wood simply does not resonate vibrations such as other materials, instead it gobbles them up. A wooden tripod placed in a shallow stream may be vibrating quite a bit where the legs meet the water, but up at the column it is dead as a doornail. Putting a laser pointer on top of a metal, carbon fiber and wood tripod and shaking the legs of each clearly displays the advantage. The laser pointer's beam upon the wood tripod will have come to a rest much quicker than the others, and additionally its resonating disturbances will be smaller as well. This will assuredly show up in your pictures!

The 3042 is the flagship 2-section model of the Berlebach line. The center column is incorporated into a levelling base with a bubble level, and this provides 30° of quick correction in all directions. For many applications you wouldn't even need a tripod head at all, and of course the closer your camera is to the top of the tripod legs the better off you'll be.

Integrated levelling base and center column with bubble level
3-Position independent leg spread
Simple to clean
Leg locks which are unaffected by sand, mud or water
Dual spiked/rubber tipped feet
Classic stylish appeal
Maximum Height 72.8" (185.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 53.1" (135.0 cm)
Minimum Height 20.5" (52.0 cm)
Folded Length 36.6" (93.0 cm)
Load Capacity 22.04 lb (10.00 kg)
Leg Sections 2
Leg Lock Type Twist
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Brace No
Spiked Feet Yes
Head Type None
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20
Weight 7.72 lb (3.50 kg)
Berlebach 3042 Wood Tripod Legs with Levelling Center Column - Supports 22.0 lb (10.0 kg)
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    Berlebach3042 2-Section Tripod
     
    5.0

    (based on 4 reviews)

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        5.0

        Your Gonna Love It!

        By Drayer10

        from GJ, CO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Berlebach 3042 2-Section Tripod:

          A few things know one has said yet.
          A spread angle of 20° & 45° will lock, however the tripod legs can be spread to any angle.
          Like surveyor tripods, a small "step" tap is provided to firmly step on and drive the legs firmly into the ground.
          Quick set ups.
          Center column can be reversed for very low upside down camera positions.
          No strap provided to hold legs together, a small dog collar works great.

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          5.0

          Berlebach Stability a Winner Day & Night

          By Bonimon

          from Pine, Colorado

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Good Stability
          • Great Looks
          • Quick Damping

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Long Lenses
            • Night Shots
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Berlebach 3042 2-Section Tripod:

            I chose this particular Berlebach Tripod because of it's stability, resilience and known quality. I use it primarily for a 480mm telescope and general photography, especially in low, low light. Amongst the astronomer types, wood tripods are known for settling down rapidly after adjusting or aiming one's telescope, because ash wood dampens vibration more quickly than just about any material generally available to us (and yes, that means carbon fiber as well!). Having only two sections per leg also assists in making this a really stable platform. I really like the rubber tip / spike feet option and the built in leveling ball and leveling bubble to help me even things up quickly while on uneven terrain. I think this combination will spoil me when I use other tripod set-ups! I knew this tripod was not going to be the smallest, lightest rig I could buy (I can read the specs), but I did know it was going to be stable and easy to use and be built with that good old German Craftsmanship. This tripod will outlast me, I'm sure of it, and be passed on to my relatives one day. I bought it knowingly and have no regrets. I also enjoy using (and showing off) this fine looking wooden tripod.
            One could call it: Old School Performance!

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            5.0

            outstanding tripod

            By Artichoke

            from Houston

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Long Exposures

            Comments about Berlebach 3042 2-Section Tripod:

            beautifully crafted
            feels wonderful to the hand
            more stable than my Gitzo carbon fibre
            wood has its advantages
            weight is not one of them

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love it

            By jimmyd

            from South Carolina

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Long Exposures
            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
            • Stabilization

            Comments about Berlebach 3042 2-Section Tripod:

            This is not for the masses, it is for those who want the best. It is a little heavy, still not bad to carry. It is "NOT" "Old School". Any wood tripod is better and harder to use than the new material. It does not get hot or cold, and it does not transmit vibrations as metal does. (That is what a want it to do and not to do).

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            Berlebach -  Quick Release Assembly 150
            • You Pay: $249.99
            Usually ships in 7-14 business days i This is a Special order item. Est. arrival at B&H is 7-14 business days (subject to availability). Your order will be charged at time of shipment.
             

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