Gitzo is the professional photographic tripod ‘par
excellence’. Founded in 1917 by Arsene Gitzhoven, his
company began making tripods in France since the late 40's.
Gitzo is renowned for having been the first in the world to
offer the high-tech lightweight rigidity of carbon fiber in
their range of camera tripods. Gitzo tripods are now produced
in their own facilities in Italy.
is another excellent brand of high performance lighting and
camera support and other photographic equipment. Founded
Italy in 1970 by Lino Manfrotto, Gruppo Manfrotto set the international
standard for good quality professional equipment with
value for the money.
Photo Corp, started by Lester Bogen in 1959, was the distributor
of Manfrotto products in the USA since the early 70's; later
distributing Gitzo products and transformed into Bogen
Imaging, with subsidiaries around the world. It has now reverted
to be named Manfrotto Distribution, integrating the expanded
with 6 distribution
companies placed in Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Japan and
Manfrotto in 1989, Gitzo in 1992 and Bogen in 1993, were
Group PLC, a group with a long tradition in this industry.
Sparked from W. Vinten Ltd, the company founded by William
Vinten, dedicated to producing film developing and printing
machines, film cameras and camera mounts, from the very start
of the cinematographic industry and now world leaders in the
design and manufacture of camera supports. Although the group
has diversified into related high-tech market segments, it
is more than reasonable to expect the continued dedication
photography of the Imaging and Staging division of Vitec Group
PLC, headed by Vitec Group Italia S.p.A.*
are the major material choices? Aluminum
or Carbon Fiber. Aluminum will do, but if you
are into hiking or
trekking, the up to 30% reduced weight that carbon fiber
provides without compromising strength and stability
something worthwhile to consider, despite its higher
price tag. Other factors are added sturdiness,
higher load capacity, easier to deploy and durability.
advantage of the CF (Carbon Fiber) tripods is that in cold
your hands will not freeze at the touch, like with a naked
you don't mention Mag Fiber and Basalt tripods?
Check the load to weight ratios, specifications and prices
of both, then compare them to those of aluminum of the same
why immediately. But
we closely follow the evolution of these product lines. The conclusion
may change over time.
should I try to get the best possible tripod?
good tripod will outlast you, so - as a lifetime investment
it is always
I wish I had waited until saving enough to get any of
the best of these
babies. It would have save me from a long series of disappointments,
frustrations and in the end spending by far more energy
and money in numerous wobbly designs. I
was taught to
be the least vindictive possible so I won't mention any of
those other brand names. You will also do good to yourself
falling for an imitation. You
get what you pay for.
Nikonian BJ Nichols on tripods:
Costs are reduced at the expense of serious compromises
You can have
sturdy and reasonably priced.
You can have lightweight and reasonably priced.
But you can't have sturdy, lightweight, and reasonably priced