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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:18 am 
Hi Everyone. Here are my first impressions and some pictures of my new tripod, GITZO GT1931 Basalt Sport Series and the Vanguard SBH-200 Ball Head.

I just got this tripod TODAY in the mail for my B-Day. I thought I would do a quick review of my first impressions with this tripod. Since I have owned the Ball Head for a while it will not be a first impression but rather an overview of my experience with it.

Here are some specs before we get into the pictures and impressions.


GITZO GT1931 Basalt Sport Series Specs

Attachment: 1/4" and 3/8" screws attachment type
Center column: rapid
Closed length: 25.59 in
Leg angles: 24°. 60°
Leg sections: 3 number
Load capacity: 15.43 lbs
Material: basalt
Maximum height: 66.14 in
Maximum height (column down): 53.54 in
Minimum height: 13.39 in
Series: 1
Weight: 3.09 lbs

I want to start by saying this tripod is built like a tank but as light as a feather...3lbs! When I picked up the tripod the first thing I noticed is how light it was. Even though it was light the tripod felt very sturdy and built well. Besides it being so light, the best feature that I love about this tripod is the Twisting G-Lock leg extenders. These leg extenders feel so smooth and are complimented with rubber that allows for easy grip while adjusting the length of the legs. I was also very impressed by the angles at which the legs could move. This tripod can get low! It was also reassuring that the legs required a little force to change the leg angles. Some tripods take a lot of force to move the legs to different angles and some take barely any, this tripod has the perfect force. Everything that I expected from a Gitzo Tripod and more. Overall I am very satisfied with the feel and the features and can't wait to take it on the trail and test it's durability.


Vanguard SBH-200 Ball Head Specs

Type ball head
Weight (kg) 0.59 kg
Tilting range (degrees) +90°/-35°
Panning range (degrees) 360°
Plate type QS-41 and QS-43 quick shoes
Maximum load capacity (kg) 18 kg
Material magnesium


I am very pleased with this ball head. I haven’t had any problems with this product. The adjustment knobs are very smooth and accurate, as is the actual ball head. I also like the matte rough finish, which feels very durable and scratch resistant. The reason that I don’t have a Gitzo ball head is I really don’t see much of a difference in this Vanguard ball head and the Gitzo ball heads. This Vanguard ball head is just as smooth, 3 times cheaper, and can hold more weight 44lbs!

On to the visuals: Here is the Tripod with the Ball Head attached and the bag that came with it.
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Center column and leg-angle adjusters
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This is the Tripod and Ball Head minimum height without the legs extended.
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Center view. You will also notice rubber on the knobs, which is very nice and grips well.
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These are the AWESOME Twisting G-Lock leg extenders. Fast, durable, and weather resistant.
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Tripod is as Low as it can go. As you can see, you have to extend the center column to its maximum height get this low.
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Vanguard Ball Head with Two levels and three adjustment knobs.
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Closer look while the camera is tilted at a different angle
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Tripod extended at different leg angles. Very versatile and very sturdy, even when extended.
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Close up of center column leg angles
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Overall this Gitzo Tripod and Vanguard Ball Head make a great couple

Both products have:

*Durability
*Strength
*Smoothness
*Very light and Compact
*More than enough features


So far I am very pleased with this Gitzo Tripod and Ball Head. I am very excited to take this setup out in the field and know that it won’t let me down.

Thank you for reading this. Please comment or send a message if you have any other questions.


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Thanks for the review! How much was it! I have been looking for a new tripod!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:00 am 
You can get them at Adorama for $349. I got mine on amazon and paid a few dollars more. On eBay they are selling for $440. Other than that Adorama is the only place I could find it that cheap.

http://www.adorama.com/GZGT1931.html

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Wow! Thats a hefty amount! I knew I should have gotten into a cheaper hobby! Haha! Oh well! sometimes the price is worth it! Thanks for the link! :)

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Hi MNstorm,

Nice one. You've joined a small, but select, band of tripod reviewers. 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:35 pm 
It is a hefty amount :? The reason I chose the high quality Gitzo brand is because I use a tripod almost every shot. I shoot mostly landscapes in cold weather and also like to hike. I needed a durable, long lasting, and reliable tripod that can take the harsh weather and rough terrain. So I decided I would get a nice Gitzo in the beginning and wouldn't have to keep replacing a lower quality tripod. In the end you will have to replace a cheaper tripod, and it will eventually add up to that really nice tripod you have always wanted. Why not save the time and hassle. Just my opinion.

I also can say this since it was a B-Day present and I didn't pay with my wallet :D


When I mean cheaper tripod I am not saying manfrotto, vanguard, slik, giottos, etc.

FYI: Almost positive that Manfrotto owns the rights to Gitzo. The Manfrotto carbon fiber tripods use the Gitzo's old carbon fiber. The Manfrotto tripod is a great alternative to a Gitzo. Just what your willing to pay.

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THANKS! As of right now i have a cheap one and being that I am a college student I will just stick to the one I have now. However, I am thinking maybe when i graduate and start my life up a little more then I will choose something like this!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:59 pm 
The Manfrotto 055XPROB is a very popular tripod. I messed with it in the store and I can say that it is a very nice tripod. A more reasonable price too :lol:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5 ... lack_.html


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Cool! Thanks for the link! And 180 is a much easier price to swallow Haha!!!

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