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Good value for money. 4.5 points out of 5 for me.,
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This review is from: Giottos Vitruvian VGRN9255 Aluminium Tripod with MH5400-652 Ball Head - 5kg Weight Capacity (Camera)
It is a good quality tripod. It seems to be idea for travelling. That`s the main reason I bought it for. My current Manfrotto 190 aluminium is a bit too big to take on holiday. I could not justify spending a lot more money for the carbon version of this (giottos) tripod. The price increase to the amount of weight saved does not seem attractive to me. I have played around with it, comparing it to my current tripod (Manfrotto) and I do not regret buying it.
I have tested it with this set up: Canon 7D + grip with 2 batteries, 24-105mm L F4 lens, flash gun with 4 AA rechargeable batteries. Legs extended to the max. I think if you are to use this tripod you will have to use a 2secs or 10 secs delay between pressing the shutter release and taking the pic, otherwise there is a chance that you might get a small shake of the camera. You probably will find yourself using the hook at the bottom of the central column or like me setting the camera for a delayed shutter release and pressing the tripod with one hand to make it more stable. This seems to work for me, that`s what I have been doing with Manfrotto. Giottos gets a little bit more stable when you do not extend the very bottom leg extensions.
The tripod has only two angles for setting the legs. One for normal photography and one for macro photography or if you want to set the tripod very closely to the ground. It would be nice if it had a middle setting so the legs could be spread slightly wider to get better stability but still maintaining the reasonable height of the tripod (Manfrottos 190 has more leg angles). You can regulate with the allen keys (supplied) the resistance of the legs. It looks like that if you open and close the legs a lot the nuts become less tight but not to the point when you could loose nuts. You only notice that the legs close with less force. You will have to carry the allen keys with you at all time or maybe tighten the nuts to the max before going out on a trip.
So I think, Manfrotto is slightly more stable tripod but because Giottos can be folded into very manageable package, it wins for me in terms of a tripod for excursions longer than a day. I am quite happy to take Giottos to the mountains or on a bicycle ride. My camera, lens etc are rather heavy so if you are using less chunky equipment you are going to be more pleased with the tripod