I just got a Gitzo G1227 tripod. I read some posts sometime ago in this forum that some fellow Nikonians have different ways to protect their tripods, such as having some kind of tubing or tapes etc. I did not log it down and now I am not able to locate those posts. Would those who do so please let me know how do you dot it? Thank you for the help.
I have the same tripod, and I purchased the Gitzo leg covers for around $29.00 per set. Not as easy to intall as my Manfrotto covers were, but they do offer some protection. I also store the tripod in a case. I know that you can purchase foam pipe covers at a hardware store, and either glue them in place or use duct tape.
The covers may protect the finish of the legs from nicks and scratches. But the reason behind the use of such items is to protect your bare hands out in the extreme cold. I placed pipe insulation tubing on the top section of my tripods but tighten them in place with plastic fasteners. It looks a bit more neat than duct tape.
To protect the tripod during travel, always place it inside your suitcase (right in the middle of it). Better if yours is a hard one. I've seen tripods with their legs bent, tripods that were sent alone or in tripod bag in the luggage compartment of airplanes.
Hi, I also use foam pipe covers. I do that to carry my tripod over my shoulder in a more comfortable way (with a heavy lens attached). Otherwise it hurts your shoulder. When you travel by car, you can protect your tripod by slipping it in a large plastic pipe. That way, you can place other gear on top of it like backpacks etc. and still be able to reach for it.
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Thank you, every one, very much for your response. I will try both insulatin tubings and tennis racket grip wraps. JRP: Could you please show me a bit more detail about what plastic fastners do you use? Thanks.
You can buy those fasteners of several lengths and even colors (I use them black) at any hardware store, they are used to keep wires/cables together; also used by policemen without enough handcuffs (that should give an idea of how strong and reliable they are). I wish I could remember the exact name for the item.