Leveling bases.. Acratech versus Bogen/Manfrotto

Sep 15, 2007
Long Island, NY
Tired of adjusting legs to get the pan level, so it's time for a leveling base. I shoot the gross majority of my tripod mounted activity using long glass and a Wimberly Sidekick in a Markins M20 on a Gitzo 1325.

Two options as I see it...

1) Acratech Leveling base.. It's the shorter of the two options, quite a bit lighter but is rated for 25lbs. Cost is around $150 or so. Relies on a twist clamp.

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2) Bogen/Manfrotto 3502 Slightly taller, and quite heavier, rated for 33lbs and cost a bit less. Relies on a lever action to adjust and I have read some reviews claiming it is prone to sticking.

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I've ruled out the Gitzo 1321 because of the hanging center post. Any feedback on either of these.? Any other options?? If anyone uses either , can you tell me the diameter of the top tripod mounting plates?

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