Which Tripod is Best?

Which Tripod?

I’m hard on camera tripods. In fact, I’ve completely obliterated several in my day. Several years ago I decided to stop messing around and buy a quality tripod, and I certainly found it: the Gitzo G-1228 Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod. It’s been light enough for me to climb mountains and strong enough to support my large format view camera. As usual, I researched for months before I purchased this product. My favorite place to purchase photography equipment, B&H Photo and Video, is also a great unbiased place to read product reviews from actual customers. That is where I made my final decision to purchase this tripod.

I haven’t been disappointed. I love the vibration reduction of this tripod, as well as its light weight. I’ve had this puppy in rivers, snow, sand, and storms, and it is still a work horse (haven’t had to use the lifetime warranty). It extends way up, which is a benefit for a 6′-2″ guy like me, yet it collapses to a convenient size & fits on most camera backpacks. The leg locking mechanisms are sometimes difficult to deal with, but they are made for people who are trying to use their tripod in a blizzard.

You can certainly find more technical reviews on this tripod, but then again, my reviews are more practical. However, below are some specifications. As usual, please share your thoughts and ideas on this and other tripods! I believe this is the most similar new version to my Gitzo Mountaineer:

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Maximum Height 60.6″ (153.9 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 52.0″ (132.1 cm)
Minimum Height 12.6″ (32.0 cm)
Folded Length 21.3″ (54.1 cm)
Load Capacity 17.60 lb (7.98 kg)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Twist
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Center Column Sections 1
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Brace No
Spiked Feet No
Head Mount Thread Size 1/4″-20 & 3/8″-16 (reversible stud)
Weight 3.40 lb (1.54 kg)

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