Just a few thoughts about my newest addition (early birthday present ) Brought from Park Cameras @ the birdfair for £150 in total
I had been looking around for a while for a decent tripod, as my manfrotto legs were annoying me, not enough height without centre column extended and also after years of use the legs just wouldnt tighten properly and i kept on having to do so. A bit of research took me to the slik pro 700dx and a vanguard tripod i saw last yr. But in the end it was down to the slik and the Giottos. Only 1 place locally had the Giottos and no where stocked the slik locally.
Things i needed were,
decent height without the centre column
legs must go low angle for when i do macro
sturdy and manageable with decent build quality.
And of course not to expensive.
The slik fell down on the low angle as it doesnt come supplied with a splittable centre column, its an extra!
So i decided on the Giottos.
weight 2.2kg (legs only)
max weight load 10kg
max height 180cm (centre column extended) 162cm without column extended, then obviously adding the head too.
So being impressed by the stability of the legs themselves, the smoothness of extending the legs , make the tripod a joy to setup and use.
The low angle locks are a nice pull out design, which work very well indeed, The legs are a little stiff, but im sure they will gradually loosen with more use,
Now the head, I will admit to not making my mind up on the head to purchase with the legs, i had looked at many heads, but the ones i liked were just far to expensive, so rightly or wrongly i made the decision blind and only having the assistant from park cameras to go by, i agreed and brought the head he suggested. When i got home, i was thinking, I hope I have made a good decision with regards to the head. Thankfully the answer was YES, i attached my opticron hr66ed scope to it, and was using it whilst panning through some gulls at Staunton Harold, i was really impressed with the smoothness of the panning ability, my prfevious 3 way head was a little jerky, but the new Giottos vh 6011 head proved superb value for the money i spent. The smoothness also helped when digiscoping with my scope and camera. Balance is also easily adjustable with this head too, it has a nice large knurled circular know which allows the mounting plate to be slid forwards or backwards, with this I was able to get the "perfect" balance.
So if you are in the market for a new tripod, I would strongly recommend this setup, it will serve you well indeed.
A few pics of the kit....