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| p.1 #6 · Really Right Stuff Tripods |
I have owned several Gitzos for years, various sizes. They've generally worked well, but the glue joints at the top of legs have failed on three different tripods (the leg is then loose but does not actually fall out of the top joint) and the feet sometimes fall off. This sort of stuff is a nuisance, especially since repairs are slow (many weeks). I have switched to RRS now and so far am very happy with the two of those I have (TVS24 and 33), but I have not had them for as long (far more than a year of fairly heavy use though). Gitzo and RRS probably have similar vibration absorption. Much will depend on how much weight you hang on them to damp the vibration; both have hooks if you use a center post. I think the RRS will, with care, last forever. I also like supporting a small, extremely well-run, American company that cares a lot about its customers.