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| p.3 #7 · Gitzo tripod vs. Induro tripod |
I must confess that I have a slight anti-Gitzo bias based on past experience. About 2 years ago, after having used a monster Uni-Loc and then an aluminium 055 for years, I decided to upgrade to something a bit (a lot) lighter so, based on the reputation of Gitzo and the almost religious fervour with which they were promoted/defended,
I elected to buy a 2-series basalt, the 2930 I think it was. Basalt was touted as being stiffer than aluminium but lighter, almost as stiff as carbon but cheaper. Sounds good.
As the nearest dealer with any kind of stock was 200 miles away I had to buy it mail-order. What could go wrong, it`s a Gitzo FFS. When it arrived I removed it from the plastic liner to find that 2 of the screw-in rubber feet had come off and the third was loose.
No big deal so I set it up to marvel at this wonder of Gitzo magnificence. What a POS. The much-vaunted ALR leg locks felt plasticky and mushy to operate, but I could overlook this and even get used to it because IT`S A GITZO. What I could not overlook was the general lack of stability as the whole thing would twist when ever any torsion was applied. It would flex alarmingly even with the slight force required to move my camera against the pre-set tension on my ballhead. This can`t be right, IT` A GITZO.
Well, it was right and I have never been so disappointed in a product which promised so much and delivered........absolutely nothing. This thing was a toy, in fact it could have been painted pink and marketed as a Barbie-Pod although Mattel might have done a better Job.
Yes, yes, I know, all you Gitzo fanbois and apologists, it was a one-off, no company`s products are perfect etc. etc., blah blah blah. And that is why I do not worship at the Sacred Altar of Gitzo-ness. Currently I`m using a Manfrotto 055CX with which I`m very happy. Should I wish to change in the future I would consider any and all makes, including Gitzo, but their`s would have to be an order of magnitude better than their competitors to get my business. Rant over, please resume normal bickering.
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