Excerpt: I bought this for a grab and go telescope tripod and so far it exceeds my expectations. I'm glad I went with the 3 sections instead of 4 for the quicker setup. I will say the hook on the bottom is kinda bleh but easily upgraded for 2 bucks at a home improvement store. I don't plan to use this for airline travel so if that is a consideration you might want to go with more sections and a shorter folded up length.
Excerpt: I purchased this tripod to use with Nikon's 600mm and a Gimbal head. The lens is heavy but the tripod is rock solid. It was a great platform to work from. Just returned from a wildlife shoot on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The tripod was quick to set-up and is light for the load it will easily handle. The only thing I would like to see are more index marks on lower legs, but that is really minor.
Excerpt: This tripod is incredibly study and built like a tank. Maybe it's even a bit of an overkill for my purposes. It will support my entire weight (180#) so a DSLR and 400 mm lens is easily supported. Tapping on the tripod doesn't cause the camera/lens setup to vibrate like my former tripod/head assembly did. I also ordered the Gitzo geared center post.
Pros: Extremely Solid, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: Another high quality Gitzo product. I own a smaller Gitzo tripod, which I purchased along with my 200-400mm lens. However, I found that the smaller tripod was not as steady with a 600mm. This tripod fits the bill.
Excerpt: I have mixed feelings about this tripod but I will still give it five stars based on the fact that what I encountered was definitely a rarity. This tripod is top of the line, but the original tripod I recieved had a manufacturer defect. It had a one inch long hairline split on one of the legs, I'm surprised I even saw it. BandH was very quick to help me replace/exchange it.
Pros: Good Stability, Light 4 Weight Capacity, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I use this tripod with a Wimberley gimbal mount (version 2) for my 300-800mm Sigma telephoto lens with Nikon D series cameras. It is superbly solid in its support. I had bee using another carbon fiber tripod that supports 40 pounds but the difference is incredible.If you use lenses that are larger than 400 f2.8 you NEED this tripod!
Excerpt: I use this with a Wimberly WH-200 for my Sigma 300-800mm and either a Nikon D3 or D800 and it is a superb support. It is the sturdiest tripod I have ever used and I highly recommend this tripod.
Pros: Built For A Lifetime, Great Stability, Superb Construction
Excerpt: I asked and researched tripods for several months and came up with I think is a solid platform for any long lenses. One will feel you could change an engine in there truck with one of these...
Excerpt: This is actually the second one of these I bought. I had one I have been using with a ball head attached. When I purchased a Wimberley full gimbal head, I bought this one so I wouldn't wear the threads out changing them. This is a superb quality, very stable tripod. I was using another manufacturer's model before these and was not pleased with the stability. I have no complaints with these at all.