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My new tripod broke leg hinge

burchan

Sydney, AU
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burchan Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2012
Sun 19-Aug-12 12:26 AM | edited Sun 19-Aug-12 05:13 AM by burchan

Tripod is something I have never put to much priority into. For years I used cheap tripods without fail. I decided to upgrade to something better. I purchased Giottos MTL 8350B professional carbon fibre tripod. I never had the oportunity to use it. Leg hinge broke as I was testing height and then folding the legs in.

I needed to re-edit the post. After visiting camera store and comparing Manfrottos and (one only)_Gitzo tripods to my Giottos I still like the Giottos the best regardless of price difference.
Gitzo did not look any more solid in the hinge area.
Being used to braced legs tripods over the years was big change for me. With braced legs all force is in brace area of the legs and little in hinge area. With tripod legs without brace all force is in hinge area. The longer the legs and wider the spread force is multiplied. At full extent of legs at the lowest point brackets could not support the weight of tripod, ball head and camera with lens.
I did not think of this so tripoid is at the repair. Still regard the tripod as one of the best.

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