When I was looking to buy a new tripod recently I wanted to get the best I could as it is an extremely important piece of kit for a serious photographer and I didn’t ever want to buy another one.
I had already decided to go for Carbon Fibre as it is so light and strong and having looked at all the main manufacturers products, I was leaning toward Gitzo.
At the time I was very into Macro shooting and expected this to be a big part of my tripod use. This is still the case, so I got that bit right. Reading what I could and looking at the different types available, it was very tempting to go for an offset construction with a support rod coming out horizontally so that I could get to those low down places where interesting Macro subject often seem to live.
As an engineer though, I really didn’t like the off-centre and overhung approach. However much I read about the stability of these models, I felt that they didn’t look or feel “right”.
Looking into the situation, I found that on the normal Gitzo Traveller tripods, the centre rod at the top of the tripod can very easily be removed. It is this rod that prevents the tripod from going flat on the ground when the legs are fully splayed and I figured that with this removed all my low down Macro problems would be solved.
Sure you have the three legs sticking out but as these don’t need to be extended, it really isn’t a problem and I have found it to be a perfect solution.
Not having the rod limit’s the total height that I can go to, but as I am not seven feet tall and I don’t carry a step ladder around with me when out shooting, I really haven’t found this to be a problem. This might not be the solution for everyone but I pass it on as it is one of those rare things in life that I feel I got “dead right”.