Gitzo GT3542XLS Se­ries 3 6X Sys­tem­atic + GH3780QD ball head

If it’s stur­di­ness you want, this topqual­ity Gitzo is by far the best op­tion

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For the ul­ti­mate in high-grade buildqual­ity and rock-solid stur­di­ness, the Gitzo is an out­right win­ner. It’s a joy to }use and, de­spite lack­ing a cen­tre col­umn, achieves a spec­tac­u­lar max­i­mum op­er­at­ing height. The only real prob­lem is that its ask­ing price of £1115/$1530 is far more than most of us would be pre­pared to pay for a tri­pod, no mat­ter how sturdy it is.

Tak­ing pur­chase price into con­sid­er­a­tion, our rec­om­men­da­tion for ‘best buy’ in the group is the Man­frotto MT055CXPRO3 car­bon fi­bre tri­pod and 498RC2 ball head. It’s nearly as rigid as the Gitzo, less than half the cost, and fea­tures a neat 90-de­gree piv­ot­ing cen­tre col­umn. The Sirui N-3204X car­bon fi­bre tri­pod and K-30X ball head is another par­tic­u­larly en­tic­ing propo­si­tion, com­plete with a de­tach­able leg for use as a mono­pod. If you’re on a tight bud­get, the Benro A2970F alu­minium tri­pod and BH2-M ball head are un­beat­able value, and the Benro C2970F is also great value for a car­bon fi­bre tri­pod.

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