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Mako109

Mako109

Lives in United States San Francisco Bay Area, United States
Works as a Management Consultant
Joined on Jan 31, 2009
About me:

Former film SLR guy, jumping into DSLRs with both feet after a 27 year hiatus from SLR type cameras.

Comments

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nunatak: my Gitzo's are keepers. but so too are my Benro and Sirui carbon legs. they're all solid.

Gitzo may add an iteration of "finish" to their products over most competitors, but when it comes to the critical functions of weight/support, Gitzo only equals some of their much less expensive Chinese made cousins.

all things being equal, i'd prefer to blow my budget on better glass than pay tribute to a slightly better finished set of legs. JMO.

Well said :o)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 23:38 UTC
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Mako109: "... while the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit from entering the locks and hindering operation."

Gitzo has been resting on their laurels for far too long letting many new companies sneak up and surpass them. So now they finally wake up and decide to copy the Chinese made Benro which is sold for at least half the price.

Yes, the C-198 is heavier because it has the articulating center post feature as I mentioned. If you were to add that feature to the Gitzo it would have bumped up the price another $400 or so (back in 2010), in addition to adding weight making comparably heavy as the Benro. I don't know what would be comparable to the newly announced Gitzo, nor do I care as I have a stable of good tripods that will last the rest of my life. My original post only points to the fact that the "new" O ring feature touted by Gitzo is old technology that can be found on tripods that cost less. If you are in the market for a tripod you might want to keep your eye on Sirui. They're a Chinese company that used to be one an OEM for Gitzo, but have since gone independent. I purchased one of their monopods recently and was blown away by the quality. Sirui has been getting a lot of attention and very positive reviews lately. Good luck and hope you find something that fits your needs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 23:16 UTC
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erotavlas: Stop complaining about the prices. If it's too much for your wallet, you have the choice to buy cheaper products made using Chinese factory slave labor. Be thankful to have a product from alternative manufacturing and country of origin.

@erotavlas
I'm not defending the practice and actually agree that it is hard to avoid. My point here is the reference to "Chinese factory slave labor". I don't disagree, but did you know before Sirui became part of the Mac Group they were OEM manufacturers for Gitzo? Sirui is based in ZhongShan, China. So tripods bearing the label "Gitzo" carry a price tag 3x that of the same bearing the name of Sirui (with only cosmetic differences) and whomever else they used to manufacture for.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 21:52 UTC
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Mako109: For those prices I'd rather buy RRS who offer a whole line up of accessories that are READILY AVAILABLE for purchase, offer easily obtainable parts, an online and hardcopy catalogue that I can understand, made in the USA (or at least US company), have US based customer service, and have an easy exchange/return process.

@tyyreaun
...and do you know where Gitzo gets their graphite? Hint, this is a global economy ;o)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 21:20 UTC
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erotavlas: Stop complaining about the prices. If it's too much for your wallet, you have the choice to buy cheaper products made using Chinese factory slave labor. Be thankful to have a product from alternative manufacturing and country of origin.

@erotavlas
"...using Chinese factory slave labor. Be thankful to have a product from alternative manufacturing and country of origin."

Sure, as long as you don't use American slave labor by ordering products from Amazon.com ;o)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
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nathantw: Wow. Look at those prices. Yikes!

My father has a mid-priced professional tripod purchased from Sears Roebuck in 1950. He was professional wedding photographer while working his way thru school. It's a heavy beast by today's standard, beat up from decades of use but functions perfectly. Point is you don't have to spend Gitzo prices to get lifetime quality.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:19 UTC
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Mako109: "... while the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit from entering the locks and hindering operation."

Gitzo has been resting on their laurels for far too long letting many new companies sneak up and surpass them. So now they finally wake up and decide to copy the Chinese made Benro which is sold for at least half the price.

@wjan -- Yes, in 2009 I was in purchasing for KRON news. We purchased 15 Benro tripods for our video crews for evaluation. The evaluation process included breakdown of the tripods and the internal O rings was definitely noted in the Benros. Granted we evaluated only 2 of their high end models. Not all of their models include that feature, but the fact remains they have been using the O rings for a long time. Personally, I own 3 Gitzos from 2010, one of them the Traveller GT1541T. Based on my experience with our station's use of the Benro's, I purchased a variation of Benro's travel tripod for personal use, Model C-198cn, a traveller with articulating center post (model # has changed by now). This has an internal O ring within the twist locking mechanism.

PS. I don't dislike Gitzo, I like them very much and own several. However, I do feel their prices have grown out of line with today's competitive landscape. For that kind of money I would buy RSS, which I also own.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 20:03 UTC

"... while the internal O-ring achieves softer operation and reduces dust and grit from entering the locks and hindering operation."

Gitzo has been resting on their laurels for far too long letting many new companies sneak up and surpass them. So now they finally wake up and decide to copy the Chinese made Benro which is sold for at least half the price.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 16:28 UTC as 11th comment | 5 replies

For those prices I'd rather buy RRS who offer a whole line up of accessories that are READILY AVAILABLE for purchase, offer easily obtainable parts, an online and hardcopy catalogue that I can understand, made in the USA (or at least US company), have US based customer service, and have an easy exchange/return process.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 16:13 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On Gitzo introduces three new Center Ball Heads article (40 comments in total)
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ryan2007: If you are starting out fresh with a carbon fiber tripod and ball head would you get Really Right Stuff or Gitzo or 3 legged Thing?

I do like the Arca Swiss ability, so I can keep the lens centered when I go for a vertical shot..

i prefer friction control for the ball head

1) RRS because they offer complete systems, offer the highest quality, and made in the USA. Though pricey, I'd much prefer to give my money to them than throw it away on over priced Italian/French/English made products where quality has become iffy e.g. Gitzo still uses glue to join some parts. I was highly disappointed when parts of my top of the line Gitzo came unglued after only 3 yrs of use. RRS uses threaded connections or inset screws on all critical connections.
2) If I had to throw money overseas on tripods, then it would be Chinese made Benro or Sirui. Great value for surprisingly high quality which have exceeded Gitzo and Manfrotto in some ways. e.g. like RRS, Benro and Sirui use threaded connections or inset screws on all critical connections.

ps. Re 3 Legged Thing, I don't know much about. Maybe they are a good value. My experience is based on ownership of 3 Gitzos, 1 Manfrotto, 3 RRS, 2 Benros and a Sirui.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 01:12 UTC
On Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop article (73 comments in total)

"With life-like realism" really? Based on examples shown at their website and posted on YouTube the results look very digital to me.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 22:15 UTC as 24th comment
On Superior Fury in the Water Extremes challenge (20 comments in total)
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madeinlisboa: It honestly looks unnatural. There is a great contrast between the sky and the water

If art had to look natural to be appreciated then wouldn't have Michael Angelo, Monet, Cezanne, etc.. To each his own, but I find much more pleasure in viewing a photo like this as opposed to a "documentary" photograph.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 4, 2012 at 02:34 UTC
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