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Exceptional for what it is.
on January 5, 2013
I purchased this tripod for a recent international trip as I was traveling with only carry-on luggage and my other tripod is far too large to fit in such an arrangement. Knowing that this is a rather tiny unit, I didn't have particularly high hopes regarding overall stability, even considering the name brand. It turns out I was mostly wrong and this unit has done so much to impress me that I've yet to go out with my large tripod since obtaining this one. It works very well for me. It won't necessarily work very well for you, so please read on.
I'm 5'11" and with the legs fully extended, the center column all the way up, with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 and a Nikon D600, the viewfinder sits maybe an inch below eye level. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close to perfect as I'm ever going to get from a tiny tripod. Yes, I'd much rather have a tripod that gets to eye level with no center column for the added stability, but that's clearly not going to happen with this class of tripod.
The unit is mostly very stable, but not as stable as the Manfrotto 055 series. My other tripod is a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and it's a tank. It's also ridiculously stable. It's also a completely different class of tripod, thus making the comparison a bit ridiculous. I guess what I'm saying is that if you value stability more than portability, shop elsewhere. There is a little bit of wobble if you have the center column up and there's wind, but I've not had any issues with the center column down. This is a little surprising given the 4 section legs and how small the end sections are. I'll chalk it up as a testament to the quality of engineering. Also, my Manfrotto, which I previous thought was very nice, kinds of looks like a toy compared to the tiny Gitzo, which is very clean. Not that the look of a tripod has anything to do with anything, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Finally it's worth noting that this thing is, as advertised, tiny and lightweight. On an interesting note, to fold it down to its smallest size the center column must be fully extended and the legs inverted. I'm yet to get tired carrying it around, and I can easily clip it to my camera bag without worrying about it getting in the way of anything, both of which are issues I frequently have with my big tripod. It very easily fits into carry-on luggage, even my somewhat awkwardly shaped backpack, and it weighs as close to nothing as you're likely to find in a nice tripod.
Buy this tripod if:
- You need a good, stable tripod that collapses very small, but also extends quite a bit.
Do not buy this tripod if:
- You ultimately require more stability and height over portability.