Fri 15-Jan-10 01:25 AM | edited Fri 15-Jan-10 09:30 PM by dgillilan
Dear Nikonians, I have a question about an item in my Gitzo box that came along with my new Gitzo 5561T monopod; I also have a new Markins Q3T traveller ballhead mounted on it. A great setup for portable use when I choose not to take a tripod. (Also, I wondered if a bag would come with the Gitzo monopod, but did not see it listed in the contents on the B&H site. Guess what? A lightweight unpadded bag labelled "Gitzo" did come with the monopod ! It is not heavy duty but does have a draw string to close it and is a lot better than nothing, so I'm pleased to have the bag. The question: a small item came in a baggie and I do not know what it is for. It looks like a piece of sturdy felt, is about 1 inch square(2.54 cm) that has a tassle on it like a key chain, with "Gitzo" on one side, came along with the monopod. Is this some type of cleaning square of felt to wipe off the monopod or what is it?
Update 5:30pm EST on 01/15/2010 Here are photos(taken with Nikon Coolpix P6000). Note the base size of the Markins is much smaller than the Gitzo 5561T mounting plate. Also, last photo is with monopod fully extended.
It's a jigger, a what-cha-ma-flip, a whosat....... if you rub it on a duck it makes it go faster.
Yeah, I don't know what it's for either. I think it's just a bit of frippery. IMHO it's a waste only fit to end up in landfill and confuse future generations of archeologists who will state quite earnestly towards the TV cameras "we think it might have been some form of ritual sacrifice to the gods of photographic supports."
Sat 09-Jun-12 09:11 AM | edited Sat 09-Jun-12 09:12 AM by slothead
Debra, Those things come with every Gitzo, be they monopod or tripod. I have no idea what they are and assumed that it was something Gitzo thought they could get some free advertising with by hoping the owner would flash it around somehow even when he/she wasn't out shooting.
Ha! And now I see that this thread is 2.5 years old!