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Gitzo 2220 Aluminum Explorer


Review Date: Oct 8, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: heavy, sturdy, flexible
Cons:
none so far

I've had this tripod for quite a while and it has served me well. The articulating upper column allows you to position the camera in just about any angle relative to the tripod. It is heavy and stable and with a BH40 head holds my 5D2, 100-400, and 1.4x absolutely steady. I worried that the clamps on the leg angle wouldn't hold up but we're over eight years without a problem. The little bump/notch that indicates normal leg spread is hard to see. I dabbed it with a little white paint, problem solved. No loose or broken parts so far.

Others have complained that its heavy. Yes, that's good! I use this tripod near my home or car. For hiking or air travel I use a Gitzo G1058 with RRS Bh-25. Just under two pounds, 19" long colapsed and rigid for a 5D + 24-105 or macro lens. The 2220 is the right tool for its job and the 1058 is the right tool for its job.