Astrosystems Telekit 10" with F/6 JC Wilkinson mirror
Quote:One other factor to consider: I have a Gitzo tripod for photo use and a part was lost from the tripod on a trip (the end cap to the center post with the spring-loaded hook to hold a counter-weight). I went to the Gitzo Web site and found a complete schematic and parts list for the tripod (which is a discontinued model). I then called Bogen USA (distributor for Manfrotto which owns Gitzo) and ordered the part. The clerk told me it was backordered from the factory in Italy but would arrive in about 12 weeks. Sure enough, 12 weeks later Big Brown drives up with the part.This was just a minor part for the tripod, but it was nice to be able to find the parts information and order the part with no hassle with a phone call to someone in the U.S. who speaks English. Can you get repair parts for a Chinese knock-off tripod? Possibly, but I wouldn't count on it. So while a Gitzo costs a lot more than a Feisol or similar copy, you do get some value for the extra money, including parts and service that is probably unavailable with other brands. I resisted spending the money for a Gitzo for years, but when I finally bit the bullet and bought one I was not disappointed. Great quality of construction and a company that stands behind their products.
Quote:Another vote for the Gitzo 5531S. I have my HHII mounted on it and I couldn't be happier! I had an AP wooden tripod when I first received the Half Hitch, and it was crazy stable - but mounting that 5 pound mount on that large/heavy tripod was just out of character for the mount. The Gitzo is a perfect match for the HHIII IMHO - stable and light (just like the Half Hitch). Getting the lighter tripod freed the larger wooden tripod up for a nice GEM.......there is a balance in the universe
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Quote:CESD seemed very content using the Gitzo with his NP 127.
Quote:I use a 3 series Gitzo with my Stowaways, 5 series with the Traveler (it's too much for the 3) and the 130 with an alt-az mount. When I use a GEM with the 4 and 5" scopes I much prefer the AP wood tripod because it's more stable than the 5 Gitzo with that much weight on it.
Quote:I use the Gitzo-HH combination with a TV102 and a Pentax 75. I have had no problem pushing the power to the limit with these two scopes. While the AP had essentially no damping time, the Gitzo damps out so quickly that I'd be hard pressed to give a duration.....a second maybe. I don't think I'd want to go much more than a TV127 - but I really don't have any direct experience to back that up.The thing for me was lugging out this heavy tripod to mount up a nice light weight mount like the HH. Made me think of towing a camp trailer behind a Ferrari - while you might be able to do it, why would you ever want to?
Quote:FWIW, Gitzo is made in Italy at the Manfrotto plant:
Quote:FWIW, Gitzo is made in Italy at the Manfrotto plant:http://tinyurl.com/lreeug
Quote: Gitzo used to be made in France, but when Manfrotto bought the company production was moved to Italy. Most Manfrotto products are made in Italy, but I believe that a few of the low end items are made in China. I'm pretty sure Benro, Induro and Feitsol are made in China.
Quote:I am intrigued with the Benro CF at the price point; users report 95% of Gitzo's quality and stability at about 60% of the Gitzo cost. Although somewhat skeptical of comparisons to the Gitzo I am almost convinced they are a good buy.The line from the movie Dirty Harry keeps popping into my head. "You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well do ya punk?"
So from now on, I avoid the cheap knock-offs and get the quality products, even if it means spending more, and even if it means deferring the purchase until I can afford the more expensive option. Sometimes there are no other options and you're stuck with only cheap junk or a fantastically expensive option to choose from. But if there is a choice, I'm going with the quality option.
I hear you Gary, but I am finding it difficult to move on the Gitzo; the Benro may be a Chinese knock-off but all the users have given the new Benro's excellent reports on its quality.
I followed-up with B&H today; no price on the Benro C-457M8 and seems like no intention to stock. They referred me to Mamiya? Spoke with someone there and they did not know if that model was available for US distribution. I do not feel comfortable buying overseas on ebay, dealing with import fees and the possiblility of dealing with potential problems without a US distributer.
B&H did have the Benro C-358M8 model with a 40 lb. capacity for $387.50 shipped. Not sure how it would it would handle the AT111 but I am thinking it would serve as a nice grab and go for the SV90. Anyone feel free to tell me I'm wrong! At that price I could almost get the Berlebach and the Benro for the price of the Gitzo.
I more than welcome any other thoughts on this! Gitzo users I guess this is a plea to push me over the edge.
Chris Mallincam Color Hyper Plus 10" DSH with SC DSC, CPC 800 XLT AT 111EDT, AT 102Achro, ZS80FD 10th Anniv, AT 72ED, ZS66SD, PST CG5-AGT, EZ-Touch, Voyager POD XL3
Quote:I'm looking for an ultra-light/compact tripod to use with either my 66SD or 80FD scopes for air travel. I was looking at the Benro Travel Angle C-169. Ant other suggestions?
Quote:Thanks Paul, I was looking for it to fold up shorter, like 15" - 16" though.
Quote:A couple of more questions for the Gitzo crowd. What vendor did you purchase your Gitzo from? What experiences have anyone had with B&H or Adorama? Prices for the Gitzo are basically the same, either of the two vendors stand our in customer service?
Quote:A couple of more questions for the Gitzo crowd. What vendor did you purchase your Gitzo from?