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Gitzo G2227 Explorer

Review Date: Apr 4, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $225.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: great value compared to carbon fiber models with most of the performance. great for small to medium weight systems. Very flexible leg system with infinite leg angles.
takes some practice to set up quickly and to know your options for using the tilting center column.

This is a fabulous legset. I use small 35mm equipment and lenses and don't have a need for a larger system. The flexibility of the adjustable center column and the leg angles is great. It does take a little longer to set up but once you practice with it a bit, you can get set up relatively quickly. The biggest disadvantage I have run into is that I generally don't want to open the leg angle locks once I get it level. this means I have to walk around with the legs out, not possible in some environments.

The price for this model is wonderful. You only save about 1/2 a pound by going to the carbon G2227 model. At less than half the price, I would not consider buying the carbon model over this aluminum version.

Highly recommended!