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Are Gitzos worth the money?

 
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Mar 03, 2013 21:25 |  #1

I was thinking about getting a Gitzo but my friend asked me "why would you spend so much on a glorified walking stick" What do you guys think? Are they worth the money or should I just get a Manfrotto?


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Mar 03, 2013 21:33 |  #2

Worth it if your budget allows it just like a Phase One is worth it if your budget allows. Until my budget allows my 5D3's and Manfrotto gear will suffice.


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Mar 03, 2013 21:33 |  #3

Yes.


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Mar 03, 2013 21:35 |  #4

It really depends if your going use it a lot.


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Mar 03, 2013 22:14 as a reply to  @ slickooz's post |  #5

Some said "depends on how you use it"

This is more valid than the quick one sentence reply might appear.

For me the answer would be "no" except that I really got into long lenses and birding.

With a pricey kit with a super telephoto, the Gitzo soon actually becomes pretty much the only game in town.

For almost anything else, I am very happy with my hundred dollar tripod, which works great.

But to keep a 500mm happy, the Gitzo really was the only game in town.

More important, the landscape has changed a bit, and many of the carbon fiber alternatives available today are pretty impressive.


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Mar 03, 2013 23:57 |  #6

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #15673835 (external link)
...More important, the landscape has changed a bit, and many of the carbon fiber alternatives available today are pretty impressive.

...which are also worth the money.


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Mar 04, 2013 00:25 |  #7

I got mine a few years ago, for almost half price, as they were clearing out stock
in preperation for some new models. And in that case it was well worth it, for the
weight reduction and quality. But as CyberDyne mentioned there are now quite
a few companies making Carbon Fiber Tripods for a reasonable price.

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Mar 04, 2013 02:26 |  #8

Yes especially if you do a lot of landscapes ..not so much if you do inside work ..imo


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Mar 04, 2013 02:27 |  #9

can this same thought process be applied for monopods, or are all monopods the same?


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Mar 04, 2013 09:10 |  #10

victordeng wrote in post #15673652 (external link)
I was thinking about getting a Gitzo but my friend asked me "why would you spend so much on a glorified walking stick" What do you guys think? Are they worth the money or should I just get a Manfrotto?

Well your friend will probably invest in several tripods given his thinking (?) on the subject. When he adds up the cost of those tripods years from now it will easily exceed the cost of a Gitzo bought first. In addition, once you buy a quality tripod it will last through several generations of camera bodies and lenses. It is money well spent.

As others have noted above, you don't absolutely have to buy a Gitzo. Staying at the high-end, there is also RRS who also make quality tripods that will last. The RRS prices never discount but you can get great sales on Gitzos at the Holidays and when they update their designs. Buying used is also a great option for the high-end brands. Looking at the value products, Benro and Feisol are popular on this forum with reason: they offer 85% of the quality of a high-end tripod at about 1/2 the price.


The best thing to do is become an educated consumer and a great place to start is on the tripod FAQ on this forum. After you do your research there visit a camera store or a photo show to get some hands-on experience with the different models. Then you'll have a better sense of what really works for you.


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Mar 04, 2013 09:11 |  #11

Mine was, until I needed a part.




  
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Mar 04, 2013 09:52 |  #12

I just sold my "glorified walking stick" and I'm happy with the decision. If Gitzo is the only carbon fiber in the market or it's make is so superior uber alles, then the answer to your question is yes. But it's got competition from other brands that offer just as good makes at much lower price. For instance, I just got a Feisol. I don't think I'm going to suffer for it because it's not Gitzo.



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Mar 04, 2013 11:36 as a reply to  @ SYS's post |  #13

I had a gitzo tripod stolen a while back and really cringed when I was going to have to spend the money again. I do love the Gitzo but I found the Induro CT214 (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …rbon_8X_CT214_T​ripod.html (external link)) while browsing B&H one day.

I couldn't be more happy with it. The Induro is Carbon Fiber as well. I matched the tripod with the Induro BHD2 ballhead (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …79_002_BHD2_Bal​lhead.html (external link)) which I also had on my Gitzo.

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Mar 04, 2013 14:21 |  #14

For me yes it was worth it...I use it as much as I use my camera ;)




  
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Mar 04, 2013 14:59 |  #15

Have you ever bought a car? Is a Mercedes worth the money when a Toyota will do the same thing? Sorta the same philosophy.


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