Excerpt: I was looking for a lightweight, backpackable tripod for both video and photo use (Canon 5D Mark III / Canon XF100), and this fit the bill nicely. I use it with a Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Head w/ flat base, and the combo works perfectly. While the Manfrotto's leveling bubble is poorly placed for reading, the tripod's leveling column has its own bubble at the bottom of the column, perfectly readable.
Pros: Compact, Durable, Easy to Use, Fast Setup, Lightweight, Stable
Excerpt: I primarily shoot landscape, so I need a portable tripod that is easy to set up and will support my camera and heavy lenses. This tripod has the leveling feature for the center column which makes quick work of getting ready on uneven terrain. It also supports removing the center column so you can get down very low for macro work. Using it with a Gitzo ball head to support a D200 and one of several f/2.8 zooms.
Pros: Beautifully made, Easy to level quickly, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: These legs will be used with a Gitzo GH2780FQR ballhead to support a Nikon D200, soon to be a D800, primarily for landscape work. All my lenses are Nikkor AFS 2.8 zooms, so they are heavy. I needed a very solid platform from which to shoot, and this gear looks like it will do the job. The carbon fiber is stiffer than my previous aluminum tripod, and damps out vibrations more quickly.
Excerpt: Comparing with Manfrotto 190MF4 and 556B leveling center column which I used for spherical panorama shooting several years, this product gave me additional 44cm height and more stability in exchange for 1kg extra weight. Its ball joint-mounted center column is easier than 556B to level since you can use bottom of center column as a lever.
Excerpt: I use this for long exposures at night, HDR, and panoramas. I had previously been using a Manfrotto 190, and I thought that was pretty slick, but it's apparent just from picking up the Gitzo that the build quality is top notch. The action of extending and tightening the legs further demonstrates excellence in engineering and build. It's a joy to use. The leveling center column works flawlessly, especially when you hang some weight from the ballast hook.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: After using the Manfrotto 055PROB for many years I wanted to upgrade to a much lighter tripod for travel, I debated over the Gitzo and the Manfrotto 190MF4, being a lover of Manfrotto gear I purchased the Manfrotto only to be dissappointed, I should have stuck to my first choice and purchased the Gitzo, It is a much more sturdy tripod coupled with the ease of use and light weight, I use the Canon 1d mkiii with the 100-400 lense on this tripod with no problems!!!
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Smooth Movement