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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:23 pm 
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I'm back, and I've held LOTS of Gitzo products. Wow, this store had well over 20 tripods! And a good bunch of heads as well. The off center ball heads seem great for shooting, might just get one sometime!
However, there weren't too many monopods, and I couldn't find the GM3551. And I must say I was a little surpised by the quality of the G-lock system, and not in a good way. Perhaps it's because all products were demo-products, but the G-locks often got stuck and once fully extended, collapsing the leg wasn't as easy as I hoped.

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Gotta love the Velbon twist lock system 8)

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I had a quick go at the Velbon too. Felt cheaper (it is...), but certainly comfortable in practise!

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I've never used a gitzo pod, but I certainly don't think the velbon pro series feel cheap. Maybe I because I can't compare it with something ;)

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Cheaper, not cheap. It still felt good, Gitzo felt even better.

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Now you got me curious

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I played with the traveler series and a few of the monopods and i loved the g lock system. the monopod i was trying felt really smooth and was quick and easy to open/close. it will take a little practice to get used to but i saw one guy open up a tripod and he did it extremely fast. i'm very excited to get one!


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Good to hear you liked 'em Tomis!

Here's a video you might be interested to see:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oo9w3fIh4GA

Watch the factory worker at about 1:00 close the monopods, he's quick too!

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As far as I can tell the worker closes the monopod without unlocking them first, si I assume they were already unlocked ;)

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I think so too, but it still looks cool. And it's nice to see how the Gitzo products are manufactured!

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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
...it's nice to see how the Gitzo products are manufactured!

Thanks for that, Bjorn. I'm even more pleased I bought into Gitzo now, though I'd not willingly part with my Arca-Swiss head. 8)

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You're welcome Bob! :)

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Any recommendations for a monopod for about £40 max (no head)??


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Multiply that by five or so and we'll be able to help you in this thread. After all, Gitzo is what's on topic here, not a $40,- brand... :)

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Bjorn van Sinttruije wrote:
Multiply that by five or so and we'll be able to help you in this thread. After all, Gitzo is what's on topic here, not a $40,- brand... :)

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We're talking pound here Bjorn, not dollars ;)
If you could stretch it a bit I'd recommend the Velbon Pro Pod 7, if you want I could do a review in a few days :)

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