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Gitzo G1327 Mountaineer Mk2 Carbon Fiber

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Review Date: Sep 19, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Rock Solid - Inspires confidence.
Cons:
I would say price at over $900...however, I doubt I could have spent it better to improve my photography and workflow when in the field.

I purchased the 1325 (no center column) and a Kirk BH-1 ballhead from Kirk Enterprises. Having used the manfrotto 3221 legs for a couple years with good success I was skeptical about the new tripod. I expected to be getting "more than I need" for my short to medium lenses (the biggest being a 100-400 currently). WAS I WRONG! I feel completely confident when shooting with this setup - even with just my wide-angle work! While the bogen/manfrotto could hold the equipment, I always felt the system fragile and uncertain. Not with the gitzo! You stick it to the ground, lock the ballhead, and you have a rock solid system that invokes confidence!