I?ve eased into a reasonable LF setup for field use over the last couple of yea rs. I?m considering an upgrade for my Bogen 3001 tripod. I have a Tachihara a nd tend to hike or backpack several miles. The 3001 is idea for size and weight and the only similar upgrade seems to be a carbon fiber. I rarely extend the c enter post on the 3001 and have not seen much of a problem with it ( I do wish f or some close to the ground setups that could be solved with a hack saw on the 3 001 center post), but I lack a lot of experience and have nothing to compare thi s with. A CF is a chunk of change in my budget that I?m carefully considering. I?d be interested in hearing from folks who use the 3001 and have found it to suffice, as well as others who have upgraded and found their photos to have impr oved. Of course, other advice would also be appreciated. I would probably be l ooking at the Bogen 3444 and the Gitzo is probably not in my price range.