Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/04/24

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Subject: [Leica] Tripods
From: geordiepete211 at (Peter Cheyne)
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:42:45 +0900

Hi Jayanand,

about 8 years ago I bought a carbon fibre Gitzo G1257 and a Gitzo ball  
head.  This was mainly for use with a view camera, but it is not too  
heavy to use for general use either.

I later bought a gimbal mount so that I could use my 400/2.8 lens with  
it.  Even with this heavy lens, the G1257 holds steady, although I  
wouldn't want to use any lighter tripod with that set-up.

Anyway, my point is that on vacation in Shanghai I saw a camera store  
with many Chinese made tripods that were indiscernible from Gitzo,  
except for the label.  ... And the price.  I paid 90,000 yen for my  
Gitzo, whereas these tripods were about a quarter that price.

A little Googling later found stories that Gitzo wanted to collaborate  
with this Chinese company and gave them the plans for their 6x CF  
series tripods.  The Chinese company ended up not collaborating, but  
produced the same tripods themselves.  The company was Benro.  There's  
also a company called Benbo which make tripods, which probably leads  
to some confusion sometimes.
You might want to look into Benro.  I wish I'd known about them before  
I bought my Gitzo.

Another tip, I have lost two of my three Gitzo feet.  They become  
loose easily and are expensive to replace.  If I ever get around to  
replacing them (maybe from Benro), I'll add a drop of Loctite to each

All the best,


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