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144 pages

John Shaw's Closeups in Nature

Creator: John Shaw | Photography - 1987

These tripods are the Slik M322 on left and the Gitzo 320 with a Bogen 3047 head on right. Both tripods offer low- level ground positioning. I've taped the legs of my Gitzo to keep my hands from getting so cold when I'm using it in the winter.

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
The nature photographer John Shaw offers the first book to apply closeup techniques to the subject of nature. Most of the available material on closeup photography concentrates on studio techniques, which can't be used effectively in the field. Discussing the basic technical considerations as they apply to outdoor closeup photography, Shaw covers exposure, equipment, and composition. Specific techniques and equipment applications include - extension tubes and bellows; macro lenses; internal focusing lenses; zoom lenses; supplementary lenses; teleconverters; flash; and lighting. Studio work and other methods are explained in relation to why they are not practical in the field. The book is illustrated throughout with Shaw's fine, full-color images.



144 pages

John Shaw's Landscape Photography

Creator: John Shaw | Photography - 1994

The Gitzo 341, with the same legs as the 320, gives you the option of removing the centerpost assembly entirely and replacing it with a flat platform. Consequently, this tripod will go absolutely flat on the ground if you need that shooting ...

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
From grand vistas to intimate woodland glades, landscapes are favorite photography subjects. Too often, however, photographer's visual experiences of the majestic outdoors aren't reflected in the pictures they make. Why? Because many people overlook the importance of good technique, believing that exotic locations and expensive lenses create fantastic pictures. As John Shaw, the famous nature photographer and best-selling author, demonstrates in this definitive book, expertise as a landscape photographer comes from mastering techniques and developing a personal response to nature, not from having a large budget for travel and equipement. "John Shaw's Landscape Photography" teaches that producing good photographs means learning how to control the tools of photography: camera equipement, lenses, film, light, and exposure. The goal Shaw proposesis to make technical proficiency second nature, so that it doesn't intrude when it is time to compose great pictures. With lessons fully illustrated by 195 color photographs, including many before-and-after sequences, this beautiful book also covers all the basics of photographic design and composition that characterize brillian portraits of the landscape.



144 pages

The Backpacker's Photography Handbook

Creator: Charles Campbell | Photography - 1994

Another excellent tripod is the Gitzo 224. Gitzos are expensive, but they are very well made and come with a lifetime warranty that makes them worthwhile investments. I like the fact that the 224's legs can be spread parallel to the ground .

Publisher: Amphoto Books

About this book
Whether you're on an afternoon hike or scaling the Himalayas, backpacking adventures are ideal for taking spectacular pictures. This book covers all the rigors of living and photographing outdoors, from protecting equipment to shooting on the move.


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  • Bogen

    Gitzo GT1545T Series 1 Carbon 4 Sections Traveler Tripod (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)

    Rating (6 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Bogen

    Outstanding Tripod.

    I was replacing an older tripod which had served me well for many years but which was on the heavier side and which had flip locks that I found more and more difficult to flip as the years have gone by. It was important that I find a sturdy, lightweight tripod which had legs that were fast and easy to extend and this tripod is exactly it. I've been using it for several weeks now and I have only good things to say about it. I use the Nikon D300 and my largest lens is the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 and this tripod handles both with ease. The leg locking mechanisms, in particular, are a joy to use. A half turn and you can slide the leg section right out; another half turn and the section is locked. And this is a time saver: On any given leg, turn all the leg locks at the same time and you can pull that leg to its maximum length in an instant. The feet on the tripod seemed secure enough to me but rather safe than sorry, I used the removable Loctite on the threads. Would I buy it again... 5/5 HorseLady - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) I was replacing an older tripod which had served me well for many years but which was on the heavier side and which had flip locks that I found more and more difficult to flip as the years have gone by. It was important that I find a sturdy, lightweight tripod which had legs that were fast and easy to extend and this tripod is exactly it. I've been using it for several weeks now and I have only good things to say about it. I use the Nikon D300 and my largest lens is the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 and this tripod handles both with ease. The leg locking mechanisms, in particular, are a joy to use. A half turn and you can slide the leg section right out; another half turn and the section is locked. And this is a time saver: On any given leg, turn all the leg locks at the same time and you can pull that leg to its maximum length in an instant. The feet on the tripod seemed secure enough to me but rather safe than sorry, I used the removable Loctite on the threads. Would I buy it again... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 20, 2016

    Long term durability?

    3/5 J. Smith (USA) - See all my reviews, December 11, 2016

    Five Stars

    5/5 Tariq Ahmed (Kirkland, WA USA) - See all my reviews, April 1, 2017
    List Price: $718.48
    Compact folding for easy carrying
    Strong but light carbon fiber tubes
    Supports up to 22lbs


  • Dolica

    Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head

    Photography (Dolica)

    Rating (0 reviews):
    (4.3/5)
    Dolica

    Anything larger than a mid-sized point-and-shoot camera will overload this tripod.

    If you are looking for a tripod to mount an optic or camera with even low to moderate weight - look elsewhere.While this initially looked to be a sturdy and well-made tripod, it became immediately apparent that if you mount anything weighing over approximately 1.5 lbs, this thing will wobble and oscillate with the slightest touch, defeating the purpose for using a tripod in the first place.I returned this tripod and purchased a more expensive, centrally braced tripod - but with significantly better results. I would go far as to say this tripod would have trouble preserving a vibration free platform for even a mid-sized point-and-shoot camera - let alone anything with even the slightest piece of glass on it. Spotting scopes? Forget it. Binoculars? Again - anything much over a pound will just sit there and vibrate/resonate/ring, preventing the kind of view you pay good money for a tripod for.Consider the Davis and Sanford PROVISTA 18. This is the most... 2/5 Slipstreampilot (Pensacola Florida) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) If you are looking for a tripod to mount an optic or camera with even low to moderate weight - look elsewhere.While this initially looked to be a sturdy and well-made tripod, it became immediately apparent that if you mount anything weighing over approximately 1.5 lbs, this thing will wobble and oscillate with the slightest touch, defeating the purpose for using a tripod in the first place.I returned this tripod and purchased a more expensive, centrally braced tripod - but with significantly better results. I would go far as to say this tripod would have trouble preserving a vibration free platform for even a mid-sized point-and-shoot camera - let alone anything with even the slightest piece of glass on it. Spotting scopes? Forget it. Binoculars? Again - anything much over a pound will just sit there and vibrate/resonate/ring, preventing the kind of view you pay good money for a tripod for.Consider the Davis and Sanford PROVISTA 18. This is the most... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 9, 2016

    Buy a few of these instead of one expensive one.

    If a lot of people knew about this tripod, they wouldn't feel compelled to buy some of the more expensive ones. I do have a video tripod which cost a bit more to use DSLRS/Mirrorless cameras for video. It's very smooth for panning video because of it having the handle, etc. However, when it comes to just photography, (and even some video) I use this tripod. I have two of them. I like to make sure one is always in my trunk at all times. Here are the great things about it: Low price, therefore allowing you to have a spare one, leave in truck, or in another location. Lightweight, so not bad while hiking or getting landscapes. Good quick release plate. I also use this tripod for audio sometimes, for example with the Zoom H6 or H4n, which has a tripod thread. I use it for GoPro to get time lapses. Last but not least, the ball head. Most cheaper tripods don't come with the ball head. I like to shoot panorama's with the camera being vertical. This allows for that, you can get... 5/5 Logan - See all my reviews Enthusiast: Photography Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX620B100 62-Inch Proline Tripod and Ball Head (Camera) If a lot of people knew about this tripod, they wouldn't feel compelled to buy some of the more expensive ones. I do have a video tripod which cost a bit more to use DSLRS/Mirrorless cameras for video. It's very smooth for panning video because of it having the handle, etc. However, when it comes to just photography, (and even some video) I use this tripod. I have two of them. I like to make sure one is always in my trunk at all times. Here are the great things about it: Low price, therefore allowing you to have a spare one, leave in truck, or in another location. Lightweight, so not bad while hiking or getting landscapes. Good quick release plate. I also use this tripod for audio sometimes, for example with the Zoom H6 or H4n, which has a tripod thread. I use it for GoPro to get time lapses. Last but not least, the ball head. Most cheaper tripods don't come with the ball head. I like to shoot panorama's with the camera being vertical. This allows for that, you can get... Read more, April 23, 2015

    Live and learn, this one is for me

    I own 3 tripods. #1 is the big strong, firm, bullet proof, expensive pan head that everyone thinks is the one you want. It has the twist lock legs that most of the stronger tripods have. It is slow to deploy, a pain to carry around due to weight and size, and I would hate to loose that costly piece of equipment. It is better suited for studio work. #2 is the Dolicia GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo, far more versatile and portable. The flip lock legs deploy and adjust quickly, it becomes very stable when I hang other equipment or the camera bag from the hook. Great right? Nope. I really have developed a dislike for ball heads. They will flop. Purchased this tripod for many reasons including it's rating for heavier gear, but ballheads just do not tighten easily enough for me. I replaced the original head with a compact trigger head that worked faster but was not as exact or smooth when changing positions. Oh, but what a great price for a tripod... 5/5 Southern Cookie (NC USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Dolica AX680P104 68-Inch Proline Tripod and Pan Head (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Camera) I own 3 tripods. #1 is the big strong, firm, bullet proof, expensive pan head that everyone thinks is the one you want. It has the twist lock legs that most of the stronger tripods have. It is slow to deploy, a pain to carry around due to weight and size, and I would hate to loose that costly piece of equipment. It is better suited for studio work. #2 is the Dolicia GX600B200 Proline GX Series 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod and Ball Head Combo, far more versatile and portable. The flip lock legs deploy and adjust quickly, it becomes very stable when I hang other equipment or the camera bag from the hook. Great right? Nope. I really have developed a dislike for ball heads. They will flop. Purchased this tripod for many reasons including it's rating for heavier gear, but ballheads just do not tighten easily enough for me. I replaced the original head with a compact trigger head that worked faster but was not as exact or smooth when changing positions. Oh, but what a great price for a tripod... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , September 5, 2015
    List Price: $49.99
    Quick release leg locks and non-slip rubber feet
    Ballhead, quick release plate and bubble level
    62" Aluminum Proline Tripod
    Support up to 13.2 lbs


  • Manfrotto

    Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (Black)

    Photography (Manfrotto)

    Rating (178 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    Manfrotto

    Fantastic Tripod!!!

    Well worth the money!I won’t go into specs about the Manfrotto 055. If you are looking for these, simply look at the description. I did however, attach a few pictures comparing the size of the tubing of this model compared to a Manfrotto 190XB using a digital caliper. Huge difference that really isn’t shown by the photographs.This tripod is impressive to say the least. I already own a Manfrotto 190XB and have used this as my go to tripod for at least five years. I have gotten into night photography recently and have a few dslrs, but only the one tripod. Well, it was time to purchase a new addition to my gear. Impressed with the sturdiness, quality, and build of the 190XB, I decided to stick with the Manfrotto brand.I decided on the Manfrotto 055 based on my prior experience with Manfrotto, along with the many reviews available online. Upon arrival, I was instantly impressed with the build of this model. It is “supersized” compared to my 190XB. See the attached... 5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (Black) (Electronics) Well worth the money!I won’t go into specs about the Manfrotto 055. If you are looking for these, simply look at the description. I did however, attach a few pictures comparing the size of the tubing of this model compared to a Manfrotto 190XB using a digital caliper. Huge difference that really isn’t shown by the photographs.This tripod is impressive to say the least. I already own a Manfrotto 190XB and have used this as my go to tripod for at least five years. I have gotten into night photography recently and have a few dslrs, but only the one tripod. Well, it was time to purchase a new addition to my gear. Impressed with the sturdiness, quality, and build of the 190XB, I decided to stick with the Manfrotto brand.I decided on the Manfrotto 055 based on my prior experience with Manfrotto, along with the many reviews available online. Upon arrival, I was instantly impressed with the build of this model. It is “supersized” compared to my 190XB. See the attached... Read more, October 24, 2016

    Improved design, slightly less durable than the XPROB

    I've used the 055XPRO series for a few years now, went through two 055XPROB's in two years, and now that I've had the PRO3 for a few months I can see that it is certainly a design improvement over the PROB. The center post collar design seems to be a lot more stable than the collar of the PROB, and the locking levers are a bit easier to thumb open. The improved pricing of the XPRO3 was also a welcome change, but seems to have come at the cost of durability of the leg-joints. I do put these tripods through hell, and being a stickler for height and stability I end up lugging them around to places most people would just opt bring a light travel-pod, and probably at the sacrifice of my poor back. So far, I'm already starting to see the initial signs of wear in the leg-joints which eventually lead to floppy-leg-syndrome; not fatal mind you, but exceedingly annoying. I know I'm only a few more hex-tightenings away from the mechanism failing, and I'm thinking that I will likely be... 4/5 Kenny (PUEBLO WEST, CO, United States) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (Black) (Electronics) I've used the 055XPRO series for a few years now, went through two 055XPROB's in two years, and now that I've had the PRO3 for a few months I can see that it is certainly a design improvement over the PROB. The center post collar design seems to be a lot more stable than the collar of the PROB, and the locking levers are a bit easier to thumb open. The improved pricing of the XPRO3 was also a welcome change, but seems to have come at the cost of durability of the leg-joints. I do put these tripods through hell, and being a stickler for height and stability I end up lugging them around to places most people would just opt bring a light travel-pod, and probably at the sacrifice of my poor back. So far, I'm already starting to see the initial signs of wear in the leg-joints which eventually lead to floppy-leg-syndrome; not fatal mind you, but exceedingly annoying. I know I'm only a few more hex-tightenings away from the mechanism failing, and I'm thinking that I will likely be... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 23, 2015

    Solid Tripod but I found not the best at higher focal lenghts in the wind.

    4/5 Dave - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 Aluminium 3-Section Tripod with Horizontal Column (Black) (Electronics) The Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 055 is a very solid tripod. It is very well built compared to the Benro GA357F I also purchased. In particular, the Manfrotto leg locks are noticeably superior to the Benro's (I mention leg locks because on my old tripod 3 of the leg locks broke, not the levers but the ears on the cast aluminum housings) . I originally chose the Manfotto over a few others I considered mostly due to Manfrotto being manufactured in Italy.The ONLY problem I had with the MT055XPRO was at higher focal lengths (400-600mm) in a mild to moderate wind (at 6 lbs I was well below the max payload of 12 lbs). So I bought the Benro mainly for it's 44 lb payload (vs Manfrottos 12 lb) and it beats the Manfrotto under the conditions I mentioned above. Still, I consider the quality of the Manfrotto superior to the Benro. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 5, 2016
    List Price: $267.00
    Redesigned upper disk with rotating bubble level
    Weight 2500 g
    Easy Link connection for adding accessories
    Unprecidented Strength
    Redesigned Q90 center column with quick one finger operation


  • ZOMEI

    ZoMei Z818 Light Weight Heavy Duty Portable Magnesium Aluminium Travel Tripod Come With Quick Release Plate Ball Head and Carry Case For Canon Sony Nikon DSLR Cameras(Orange)

    Photography (ZOMEI)
    List Price: $229.99

    Light weight: Anodic oxidation processed&anti-corrosion Magnesium and aluminum alloy tube. It's ideal for indoor and outdoor photography, you can take it anywhere making it perfect to all events, such as sports activities, camping, family gatherings and much more.
    Stable: Column Hook, located in the bottom of the center-column, allows you to hang additional weight from the tripod's center of gravity for increased stability. Separate Head and Pan Lock: Individual head tension and lock knob as well as pan lock help make the right adjustment.
    Multi-Functional: 2-in-1 tripod, the tripod could be converted into a full size monopod by screwing together the removeable center column and tripod leg
    Compact: The tripod legs can be inverted and folded back 180 degree,giving it a compact size of 18", save your space and make it small enough to carry everywhere
    Easy set up: Screw the quick-release mounting plate onto your camera and with the push of a button you can remove your camera from the tripod for mobility. Three leg angle postions provide flexibility and enable shooting in cramped quarters or on irregular surface areas. Rotating leg locks control four adjustable leg sections that glide in and out with ease, offers you a height range of 18" to 65"


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GK1555T-82TQD Series 1 Traveler Kit with GT1555T 5 Section Tripod & Head (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (5.0/5)
    Bogen

    Ultimate travel tripod

    Light, simple, and fairly solid.I've dragged this thing up volcanoes, to remote beaches, and more mountains that I can remember. It does not take the place of a real solid tripod for true rock solid stability, but I have been amazed at how solid this can be with just a little effort.The 5-section legs allow you a lot of flexibility. When up all the way, you have a great pod for those family gatherings where everyone wants group shots. But I find that I can get by in the field with just 3 or 4 sections extended. I keep the center column down and use a short bungee cord to tie my pack under the tripod to limit movement. If you pull on the legs a little to get some tension the platform seems to be very stable.I love the finger release that allows the legs to fold up. The ballhead can support a nice hiking lens, but don't expect to use this with huge glass up front. I keep my Kirk plate on the camera and it works just fine. Remove the little set... 5/5 C. Siano (Massachusetts) - See all my reviews, January 26, 2016

    P E R F E C T

    5/5 Amazon Customer - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GK1555T-82TQD Series 1 Traveler Kit with GT1555T 5 Section Tripod & Head (Black) (Electronics) built like a tank! this is my first high end tripod after my sirui and man am i in for a real treat. everything about this is perfect from how things turn/adjust up to its max height! im just 5'10" so its just perfect for me. weight... what weight? :)fits perfectly inside my lowepro pro tactic 450, side by side with my 70-200mm Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 26, 2016

    good travel shooting tripod

    5/5 Mike chen - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GK1555T-82TQD Series 1 Traveler Kit with GT1555T 5 Section Tripod & Head (Black) (Electronics) This is a very good portable carbon tripod. It can be folded down to 35cm which fits backpack. The only thing I am concerned about is that the last leg section is thin and the rubber pad is a little slippery if the ground is flat and smooth. Nevertheless, it is good enough for traveling use. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , October 26, 2016
    List Price: $989.88
    Supports up to 22lbs
    Strong but light carbon fiber tubes
    Perfect for use with lenses up to 200mm


  • Neewer

    Neewer Carbon Fiber 66"/168cm Lightweight Portable Camera Tripod Monopod with 360 Degree Ball Head and Bubble Level, Load Capacity 26.5lbs/12kg

    Photography (Neewer)
    List Price: $109.99

    New generation of high-density carbon fiber tube, using eight layer different angles carbon fiber staggered laminated, high temperature curing, high pressure strengthening polymeric structure.
    Universal ball head design with 2 locks and 360° dial that photographers adjust angle free and quickly.
    Quick release leg locking, giving a more convenient leg handling.
    Comes with a portable bag, easy to carry.
    2-in-1 tripod, one of leg can be used as monopod.


  • VANGUARD

    Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit

    Photography (VANGUARD)

    Rating (762 reviews):
    (4.5/5)
    VANGUARD

    Love it / Hate it / Sent it back

    For the past 20/25 yrs., my go to tripod has been the a long discontinued Bogen 3020. It’s a tank and trusted friend; but I’ve been needing a good multi-functional with a lateral arm that could also second well for video, and travel was starting to be an issue. Spent a long time researching, but kept coming back to the Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB with the SBH 100 Ball Head. Its reviews were strong and the promise of, “Outstanding stability and loading…..to 18 lbs.” put it in play with the big boys, all at half the price.. with a rebate no less.Out of the box, this is stunning tripod that’s clearly very well thought out and engineered. Their MACC (Multi Angle Central Column.) system sets them apart. But despite the lure of this pod’s innovations, it was soon clear that while this might truly be the ‘cat’s meow’ for most, it was not the one for me. If you use your tripod fully extended as much as I do, and know what solid feels like, this one is not of “Outstanding... 3/5 chasbo-sc (Hilton Head, SC, US) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit (Electronics) For the past 20/25 yrs., my go to tripod has been the a long discontinued Bogen 3020. It’s a tank and trusted friend; but I’ve been needing a good multi-functional with a lateral arm that could also second well for video, and travel was starting to be an issue. Spent a long time researching, but kept coming back to the Vanguard Alta Pro 264AB with the SBH 100 Ball Head. Its reviews were strong and the promise of, “Outstanding stability and loading…..to 18 lbs.” put it in play with the big boys, all at half the price.. with a rebate no less.Out of the box, this is stunning tripod that’s clearly very well thought out and engineered. Their MACC (Multi Angle Central Column.) system sets them apart. But despite the lure of this pod’s innovations, it was soon clear that while this might truly be the ‘cat’s meow’ for most, it was not the one for me. If you use your tripod fully extended as much as I do, and know what solid feels like, this one is not of “Outstanding... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 18, 2015

    Finally.

    PROS- Multi-angle head is the best one in the industry (in my opinion)- Leg Angle adjusting buttons are best in the industry (in my opinion)- Lightweight but feels solid- Goes super low and quite high- Came with a free bag which is good enough for me- Price is BETTER than the name brand rivals which aren't as good as this oneCONS- Haven't found any yet. Seriously.I must have bought 10 different tripods trying to find one I am happy with. I finally made it to this one and really feel satisfied. Let me tell you why I hate every other tripod that is comparable to this:The multi-angle feature that is becoming standard on most tripods are very insecure, flimsy, and overall feel clunky. This is the best one available in the industry, by far. Manfrotto includes this feature on their mid-to-lower end tripods and I swear it almost broke on me when I tested it out. It look like the center column chamber was going to... 5/5 chad d (Colorado) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT Aluminum Tripod Legs (Electronics) PROS- Multi-angle head is the best one in the industry (in my opinion)- Leg Angle adjusting buttons are best in the industry (in my opinion)- Lightweight but feels solid- Goes super low and quite high- Came with a free bag which is good enough for me- Price is BETTER than the name brand rivals which aren't as good as this oneCONS- Haven't found any yet. Seriously.I must have bought 10 different tripods trying to find one I am happy with. I finally made it to this one and really feel satisfied. Let me tell you why I hate every other tripod that is comparable to this:The multi-angle feature that is becoming standard on most tripods are very insecure, flimsy, and overall feel clunky. This is the best one available in the industry, by far. Manfrotto includes this feature on their mid-to-lower end tripods and I swear it almost broke on me when I tested it out. It look like the center column chamber was going to... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 26, 2012

    Dropped $2000 of camera gear on a cement floor

    While it has a tremendous amount of nice features - especially for the price - it's useless when it doesn't do the most basic thing it is supposed to do... hold a camera.I paid over $200 for this tripod and it has seen mild and always well cared for use. Until the other day, I would have given this a 5 star review but I had it set up in my garage holding a Canon 7D and 60mm macro. The conditions could have been any better for a tripod.. flat, level, cement floor - indoors, no wind - the rubber feet had great grip - and it wasn't unbalanced or precariously positioned... yet when I was just far enough away to not be able to catch it in time, it collapsed to the floor, lens first. Somewhat fortunately, Canon makes robust gear but the lens is definitely damaged and will never be the same and there is damage to the body of the camera.The reason? The quick release locks on the leg extensions apparently (and inconspicuously) loosed themselves over time to the point... 1/5 tnum - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Vanguard Alta Pro 263AGH Aluminum Tripod Kit (Electronics) While it has a tremendous amount of nice features - especially for the price - it's useless when it doesn't do the most basic thing it is supposed to do... hold a camera.I paid over $200 for this tripod and it has seen mild and always well cared for use. Until the other day, I would have given this a 5 star review but I had it set up in my garage holding a Canon 7D and 60mm macro. The conditions could have been any better for a tripod.. flat, level, cement floor - indoors, no wind - the rubber feet had great grip - and it wasn't unbalanced or precariously positioned... yet when I was just far enough away to not be able to catch it in time, it collapsed to the floor, lens first. Somewhat fortunately, Canon makes robust gear but the lens is definitely damaged and will never be the same and there is damage to the body of the camera.The reason? The quick release locks on the leg extensions apparently (and inconspicuously) loosed themselves over time to the point... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , April 9, 2017
    List Price: $179.99
    Hexagon-shaped central column moves from 0 to 180 degrees
    The Instant Swivel Stop-n-Lock (ISSL) System securely repositions the central column in one simple movement
    Premium magnesium die-cast canopy and anti-shock ring
    Quick flip leg locks and rubber feet with retractable spikes
    Outstanding stability and loading capacity up to 15.4 pounds
    26mm 3 section aluminum alloy legs adjust to 25, 50, and 80-degree angles to enable extreme low angle photography
    Smooth fluid-like ball head rotates 360 degrees and includes a quick release plate and bubble levels
    Folded height: 28.125", Extended height: 68.125", Weight :5.38 lbs/2.44 kg


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo Series 3 Systematic 4 Section Long Tripod GT3542LS

    Photography (Gitzo)
    List Price: $849.88

    Modular top casting design
    Strong and Stable
    6x Carbon Fiber Legs


  • Gitzo

    Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 4 Section Tripod GT5542LS

    Photography (Gitzo)

    Rating (13 reviews):
    (4.7/5)
    Gitzo

    Solid and Sturdy as advervisted, cost a lot, but so does most other quality products.

    Glad I bought the 4 sections, the bird blinds I go to, have different height of portals to look out, it is critical, without a center post to be able to adjust the height of the tripod, 4 sections give me that option, if needed. Using just 3 legs, with a Gimbal head, I have to bend slightly, at my 5/11 size, but lifting the Gimbal head vertically, just a bit, puts me at my eye level, or lowering the 2nd leg a bit to the pre-marked lines on each leg, which in my case is a perfect fit, and the leveling bubble was centered, wish they had more of these lines and numbered, on each leg, but I suppose one could create their own marks. Serial number is located behind (rear) of the Gitzo lable on one of the legs, took me forever to locate this... Since I bought this on amazon, and not Gitzo, I was not able to successfully register the product at the external website you are referred, all it would say, after I registered on the site, and entered all my info, would not recognize the product... 5/5 Review13 (Saint Louis, MO USA) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 4 Section Tripod GT5542LS (Electronics) Glad I bought the 4 sections, the bird blinds I go to, have different height of portals to look out, it is critical, without a center post to be able to adjust the height of the tripod, 4 sections give me that option, if needed. Using just 3 legs, with a Gimbal head, I have to bend slightly, at my 5/11 size, but lifting the Gimbal head vertically, just a bit, puts me at my eye level, or lowering the 2nd leg a bit to the pre-marked lines on each leg, which in my case is a perfect fit, and the leveling bubble was centered, wish they had more of these lines and numbered, on each leg, but I suppose one could create their own marks. Serial number is located behind (rear) of the Gitzo lable on one of the legs, took me forever to locate this... Since I bought this on amazon, and not Gitzo, I was not able to successfully register the product at the external website you are referred, all it would say, after I registered on the site, and entered all my info, would not recognize the product... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 15, 2015

    If you need a big strong tall tripod this is a very good choice. I use it for architectural work

    4/5 djm - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 4 Section Tripod GT5542LS (Electronics) This thing is a beast. Very beefy legs. Very strong. Very tall, especially when used with an optional GS5512S Systematic Rapid Center Column. Even with that center column it is very stable. If you need a big strong tall tripod this is a very good choice. I use it for architectural work, where I often need to get my camera up 6' or 7' above ground level (in contexts where I can't use a drone). But be warned that it is is definitely on the heavy side and not something you'll want to carry everywhere. I also have a Gitzo traveler, which does go everywhere with me, and sees much more use. But when I need to get the camera higher or need extra stability for very long exposures this Series 5 is my go to unit. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , December 25, 2016

    Reliability

    4/5 Denise M. Grant (Baton Rouge,LA) - See all my reviews, February 2, 2014
    List Price: $1,199.00
    Strong and Stable
    6x Carbon Fiber Legs
    Modular top casting design


  • Bogen

    Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Kit with GT2545T 4 Section Tripod & Head (Black)

    Photography (Bogen)

    Rating (7 reviews):
    (4.4/5)
    Bogen

    Gitzo, why irritate your customers

    4/5 Kurt - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Kit with GT2545T 4 Section Tripod & Head (Black) (Electronics) Like most everyone else, can't believe Gitzo charges ultimate premium dollars and doesn't include their cheap tripod level or weight hook. I ordered both separately for $15 - 20 each. Naturally, the Series 2 weight hook didn't fit (the screw is too small). What a pain. When you spend $1200 - $1300 on something, they can charge me a little more and include everything that fits properly. Also had to order their $80 bag separately. Of course, it's a great tripod. I love it. Far superior to all my others. So Gitzo, why irritate your customers and leave a bad impression over nickels and dimes? Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 17, 2016

    Incredible

    Incredible.I use a Nikon D800, with battery grip and a 70-200 2.8, along with three primes. This tripod handles everything perfectly. Strong as the Empire State Building, light as a feather. And please note - this is the larger Traveler - the 2545T. It's slightly bigger in every way than the 15XX series. Bigger legs, bigger ballhead. This unit is solid as a rock. And also, there's a lot of misinformation about what this kit includes....so let's get it straight. It comes with the legs and ballhead (preassembled); a light, black drawstring Gitzo cover (not a case, a cover, designed to keep it clean); the Gitzo camera plate; a few allen wrenches; a bubble level; and the short center column that lets you use it at like, 18" high. I hope that helps. Now again, this is an exquisite piece of gear. Works smoothly, rock solid, light as a feather and frankly gorgeous. You get what you pay for! So to sum it up, camera bodies will come and go....but this joins my glass as... 5/5 HD_Dude (DC) - See all my reviews Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Gitzo GK2545T-82QD Series 2 Traveler Kit with GT2545T 4 Section Tripod & Head (Black) (Electronics) Incredible.I use a Nikon D800, with battery grip and a 70-200 2.8, along with three primes. This tripod handles everything perfectly. Strong as the Empire State Building, light as a feather. And please note - this is the larger Traveler - the 2545T. It's slightly bigger in every way than the 15XX series. Bigger legs, bigger ballhead. This unit is solid as a rock. And also, there's a lot of misinformation about what this kit includes....so let's get it straight. It comes with the legs and ballhead (preassembled); a light, black drawstring Gitzo cover (not a case, a cover, designed to keep it clean); the Gitzo camera plate; a few allen wrenches; a bubble level; and the short center column that lets you use it at like, 18" high. I hope that helps. Now again, this is an exquisite piece of gear. Works smoothly, rock solid, light as a feather and frankly gorgeous. You get what you pay for! So to sum it up, camera bodies will come and go....but this joins my glass as... Read more Help other customers find the most helpful reviews  Was this review helpful to you? , February 25, 2017

    Is a Gitzo worth the cost...

    I have been looking for a new Tripod for a while. I had a Slik Able 300dx which I have had for about 5 years. It still worked, bought it because it got good reviews but I never loved that tripod. It started to give me troubles with the quick release plate, would be difficult to secure in place so I decided to look for a new tripod since I just recently purchased a D750 and wanted a tripod that I would not be nervous attaching the camera too.I did a lot of research, and decided if I was going to get a new tripod I wanted to get a nice one. I purchased a Sirui tripod and head for about $300 and used it for about a week and did not like it. Thats another review. So doing some research I thought if I am going to spend $300 for a aluminum tripod I was willing to pay a little more for a carbon fiber tripod if I could find one. So looking at carbon fiber tripods, there are MANY no name tripods on Amazon and looking at many of the different manufacturers of these, you can tell... 5/5 J. Talbert (McLean, VA) - See all my reviews, July 11, 2016
    List Price: $1,099.99
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    Strong but light carbon fiber tubes
    Compact folding for easy carrying
    Supports up to 26lbs.


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