Gitzo's special edition Titanium Traveller tripod
This post is really just to natter about it.
I spoke with Gitzo about it. For an item of such a high price - about £1500 and which must be so distinctive amongst their catalogue range, Gizo seemed to be completely at sea about it.
The Gitzo staff member started off by telling me that this tripod was a 5 section leg model without a ball head. Then when I pointed out to him that the pictures showed that it was a 4 section head, he had to go away and then came back and confirmed that he had been wrong and that it was four section. I then told him that if there was no ball head included, that the pictures were very misleading as they all had showed a ball head - although there was never any reference to it or any suggestion of what type of head it was. A few minutes later he cam back and told me that in fact the tripod does include a ballhead and that the head is titanium as well. By this time I had discovered another part of the Gitzo titanium tripod website which very clearly showed a 4 section one AND a 5 section one - each with ballheads. The Gizo man was frankly quite at a loss to explain why this should be but he agreeed that it did suggest that each model might be available in titanium - although their performance chart only carried the specs for one of them.
He then told me that they were really titanium versions of the two standard tripods - but then later on corrected that and told me that they were actually unique designs. He also at one point told me that ballhead was just a titanium G1077m - but then later on told me that it was actually a unique design but modelled on the G1177M.
Towards th end of the conversation I started to explain to him the kind of use I had in mind for the tripod.
He interrupted me with a suprised exclamation, querying that I was actually going to use it?!!!!
I quizzed him and he told me that they were selling quite well but his impression was that most people had no intention of using them. He told me that they were so beautiful and so expensive that how could anyone actually think about using it and that it seemed a waste.
Observation: Gitzo provide a lifetime unlimited warranty with these tripods. This is a very good bet for something which is just going to be hanging up on people's wall.
#1. "RE: Gitzo's special edition Titanium Traveller tripod" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Fri 01-Feb-08 02:14 PM | edited Fri 01-Feb-08 02:15 PM by nrothschild
Well, we all probably know people that own lenses they don't shoot because they are afraid to get a scratch on the barrel, or even a wear mark on the mount. Especially with older MF lenses. To each his own, of course
Thanks for relating the story. Despite his suggestion, I suspect he doesn't actually answer many calls about a $2500 portable tripod suitable for framing
#2. "RE: Gitzo's special edition Titanium Traveller tripod" | In response to Reply # 1Nielsen Registered since 11th Jun 2007Fri 01-Feb-08 03:33 PM
Well, I certainly would never buy a tripod that expensive, and if I did I would never use it. It would be a collectors item and sold 15 years from now to another collector.
However, if I was head of state in Bahrain, lighting cigars with 100 dollar bills things might change, but then I probably wouldnt have photography as a hobby......
#3. "RE: Gitzo's special edition Titanium Traveller tripod" | In response to Reply # 0
$2500 USD at B&H:
I simply must have one to go with my Tiffany diamond-encrusted iPhone to take photos of my chiuaua. I'll have my bodyguard run out and get one.
#4. "RE: Gitzo's special edition Titanium Traveller tripod" | In response to Reply # 3jrp Charter MemberSat 02-Feb-08 11:02 AM
I probably shouldn't tell, but, We have sold FOUR Gitzo 90th Anniversary GT90TT at the PhotoProShop just in January.
And for Nikonians, photographers who are actually using them.
I am very surprised too.
Everything is relative, obviously.
But I am still saving for my Titanium M20.
Have a great time :-)
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