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Thoughts versus Gitzo

I own five Gitzo carbon fiber tripods from the smallest to the largest. Most have served me well, with the 1340 XLS having been my “go to” tripod for all around use until it quite literally fell apart, more on that below.

On this page, I document what I feel are the shortcomings of the Gitzo carbon fiber tripods. I freely admit that not everything on this page is defensible as “hard fact”, but after about 15 years of using Gitzo, I do feel that my perspective is born of ample experience.

Are Gitzos bad? No, of course not. If the right Gitzo model is chosen, there is minimal functional difference between it and the Really Right Stuff offerings.

Models and build

The Gitzo line has devolved into an incomprehensible line of poorly conceived tripods.

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Off comes the foot on my Gitzo 3540 XLS
Off comes the foot on my Gitzo 3540 XLS

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