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Giottos MT9271 Aluminum 3-Section Tripod Series II


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  • Folded length 28.3"
  • Maximum height with center column 70.9", maximum height without center column 63", minimum height with optional short column 11.4"
  • Weight 5.5 lbs
  • Leg diameter 32mm
  • Load capacity 22 lbs
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  • Item Weight: 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000OLWJX6
  • Item model number: MT9271
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

3-Section aluminum Series II tripod with twist leg locks. Includes case and strap.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ole fart on August 10, 2008
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Received this a couple days ago and have taken it out twice already..both times in stiff breezes..strong enough to blow my hat off.. Had a sizable load in my D300 with the 80-400 VR lens using the Kirk tripod collar replacing the collar the lens comes with. The tripod performed excellently..only slight vibration during the strongest gusts..Didn't lose a single shot and had the VR off the entire time..
I bought this for handling heavier than normal loads and it did better than expected..Only one weakness...the center column doesn't serve horizontally for macro photography..Part of me wishes I'd bought the
MT-9371 but beyond happy with this..I rarely shoot Macro. So not a huge minus
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By Steve Morgan on August 7, 2009
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I spent a lot of time researching and comparing different tripod legs and heads. I finally settled on this Giottos MT-9271 (with the Giottos MH-1300-657 ball head). I am very happy with my purchase. The tripod is stable and well-built. It is solid with thick legs, even the last one of the 3 sections at the bottom. It seems as well-built as the more expensive Gitzo line for a lot less money. Bottom line - great bang for the buck. I spent a lot of money on my camera (Canon 5D Mark II and a lot on lenses. I wanted to protect my investment with a stable tripod without wasting my money for a "name". Advice - go to a local store and try out the various tripods if you can (you don't have to bother a salesman to do this). I am sure you will come to the same conclusion. You have to figure out the highest load (weight) you will put on your tripod and then figure which tripod and head will work safely with this. You need to give yourself a "cushion" so that the maximum weight load of your tripod and head is more than the actual weight you are going to put on it. I assume that a lesser known brand like Giottos has to try harder to beat the competition and I believe it has.
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The tripod is very stable. I like that it can raise up tall or drop down for those low shots!
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This has been a reliable tripod for the two months I've had it. But time is the true test. It's heavy, which is what I wanted, because it is stable. No news is good news.

UPDATE:It's now been eight months and I have enjoyed using this. I recently picked up my older Manfrotto sticks and couldn't believe how light and flimsy they seemed.

Here's a story that should instill confidence the Giottos brand. One of the neoprene grips came loose so I called the company last Friday. I spoke with a woman who said she'd never heard of the problem before, but quickly found a replacement leg and sent it to me no questions asked. It arrived today, Tuesday. Impressive service.

UPDATE #2: The other two neoprene grips dried up and fell off after 11 months of use. This time when I called for service I had to wait three months for replacement parts from China. Instead of complete legs, which are easy to replace, they sent me only the top sections. I could only get one of the legs to come apart (and really shouldn't have to), so I am settling for two legs with the grips. Not a killer, but irritating. Durability is important when you use tools to make a living. After my experience I wish I had spent more on the proven brands.

UPDATE #3: This review is becoming a novel. Long story short, they replaced my tripod with its successor in the line. Got it within a week and it looks solid. They even gave me the one with a center column that can be rotated horizontally.
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The usual advice when buying a tripod is to consider three things - stability, portability and affordability - and then to choose any two of them. If you're considering the MT 9271, the two you have chosen are stability and affordability. The MT 9271 is big, even when folded, and heavy, 7.5 pounds with a decent head. It's a tripod to take with you on a planned shoot rather than a casual hike. Either that or it will be your studio tripod, as it is for me. In either case, you will probably want a second, less substantial tripod to use when travelling light.

The payback for that bulk is stability and the MT 9271 is possibly Giotto's best in that regard (there is an even bigger MT 9281 but it isn't available anywhere). The 9271's legs have only three sections (the fewer the better) and twist locks. It might just be my imagination but twist locks somehow feel sturdier to me than lever locks. Finally, if you're after maximum rigidity, you'll know not to use the centre column on any tripod and you won't need to with this one. I'm 6 feet 3", yet this tripod - with legs fully extended and an MH 1300 ball head on top - places the camera a few inches above my eye level with the centre column down.

Build quality is flawless. I've never owned a Gitzo but it's hard to imagine how Gitzo's quality could be any better than this. All in all, the MT 9271 is a great tripod, as long as its bulk suits your purposes.
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