Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/10/25

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Subject: [Leica] Light tripods and electronic first curtain
From: john at (John McMaster)
Date: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 21:04:37 +0100
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Oh well, I have never been a fan of Manfrotto. I have fixed the fibre rings
in many Gitzos, used geared columns etc. I have a steel and a carbon fibre
Gitzo, my 'best' tripod is the big Zone VI wooden tripod. With a Wimberley
head and big lenses it runs rings around my carbon fibre Gitzo with an Arca
Cube head...

John - in France

-----Original Message-----
From:  Mark Rabiner

The Gitzo's made in France though the choice among discerning photogs over
the decades has some glaring design flaws. Muddy water would cripple the
legs which required an engineering degree to fix.. Raise the post even a
little and the camera would flop around like Harold Lloyd on a clock. We'd
replace the posts with short posts or non posts.
When they were bought out by their Italian   competition, Manfrotto (Bogen)
Manfrotto re designed everything making everything MUCH better. They are far
better tripods now. Much better made. All kinds of different design systems.
Amazing. I still have my old ones though.

On 10/25/15 4:22 AM, "John McMaster" <john at> wrote:

> AFAIK every Gitzo has come with a plate that does that, just undo the 
> collar and lift out the centre column and fit it.
> john
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Rabiner
> But there is a Gitzo version now for very heavy use in which there is 
> no post and the camera rests on the top plate where the legs meet. A 
> very serious commitment to stability. I'd buy an 8x10 just to use one.

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