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Gitzo G226 Reporter Compact Performance Tripods

4.5 star rating
                      4.5 / 5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $390.00

  • Tripod TypeTripod
    Maximum Load13.2 lbs.
    Maximum Height58.3 in.
    Max Height w/o Column47.2 in.
    Minimum Height10.8 in.
    Folded Length19.3 in.
    Leg Sections3
    Weight4.6 lbs.
    Tripod BagWithout Bag
    Product ID21777510

Product Description

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by C Lau a Intermediate from Honolulu, HI

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2000

Strengths:    Great sturdy travellers tripod, small enough to fit in most carry-on bags even when fitted with a small ballhead. Supports a heavy camera with motordrive and normal zooms well. Tall enough for most users, well, for those under 6 feet. Very well-machined and delivers high utility per dollar.

Weaknesses:    Not as light nor portable as its carbon-fibre cousins. The leg-locks do not appeal to everybody. This tripod may not be able to anchor anything larger than an 80-200mm zoom, especially during non-ideal weathers and with the smallest sections extended. It will not go down below knee-level unless used with an optional short column. Extending the tiny telescoping centre-column is not recommended anyway.

Bottom Line:   
Great bang for the buck, especially for those shooters who cannot justify spending US$500+ on a carbon-fibre tripod. Topped with an Arca-Swiss B1 and carried with a good sling, it is a very reliable and handy tripod for general, non-demanding walk-abouts. This setup supports a heavy SLR with motors and a normal zoom very well when used with good tripod techniques. The Gitzo legs open out a little wider than those of the other brands, giving it a more stable geometry in windy situations, though at the expense of its maximum height. With all legs extended except the centre-column, the viewfinder would reach to about my chin, which is not bad for most situations. I prefer to collapse the smallest leg section when I am shooting with an 80-200 (without tripod collar) zoom. Top grade hardware making maintenance and cleaning a snap. The classic twisting leg-locks keep its profile clean and compact for easy packing. The key in using these twisting locks is not to “over-tighten.” Combined with sound techniques, this tripod can support more than it looks.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Similar sized Bogens and Slik legs

Type of photography:   People

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kam Nawus a Professional from New York City, NY

Date Reviewed: February 7, 2000

Strengths:    Light weight, compact, excellent portability.

Weaknesses:    4 leg sections; typical Gitzo lock.

Bottom Line:   
One of the most over-looked product from Gitzo. Just a bit heavier than the popular carbon fiber G1228 at less than half the price. Otherwise, very similar characteristics. Great value!

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   Gitzo G1228; Tiltall; Bogan 055

Type of photography:   Other

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