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Gitzo G1348 Inter Pro Studex Mk2 Carbon Fiber

G1348
Review Date: Apr 1, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $650.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Incredibly sturdy, very lighweight.
Cons:
Gitzo twist leglocks...

This is an awesome all-around tripod. I have used it to steady 35mm through 8x10 view camera systems; my Leica with the 21 mounted as well as with the Wimberley Sidekick under my EOS 1D with the 500/4 IS plus 2xII attached -- and it works perfectly for all. I have an Arca B1 head on it, and in over 30 years of shooting, this is simply the best all around tripod I have used.

 
Gitzo G1228 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 Carbon Fiber

G1228G_1_
Review Date: Mar 31, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $400.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Compact and lightweight; When folded without the head attached, it fits inside a 22" carryon suitcase; VERY sturdy for its weight.
Cons:
Gitzo's twist leg-lock system is horribly inconvenient in use.

This is a superb tripod for travel or regular use with smaller lenses. The legs spread wide to allow for ground-level shooting, yet when fully extended the tripod is both comfortable and sturdy enough for my 6'-6" frame to use. The twist leg-locks are inconvenient at best, requiring both hands to effectively lock and unlock; an adjustable tension lever-lock would be a far better solution here.

 

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