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My Tripod (Giottos YTL-8354)

There are times when long shutter speeds are required to successfully shoot a subject. Hence a tripod or similar support is required. Having done a fair bit of research into the various options available, I eventually settled on the Giottos Silk Road YTL-8354 3D column carbon fibre tripod for £209.

Specifications:

Weight: 1380g

Height 17 to 171cm

Closed length 54cm

Max. load 5000g

My tripod setup:

Giottos YTL-8354 Tripod with Velbon V4 Boom Arm and Sirui G10 ballhead
Giottos YTL-8354 Tripod with Velbon V4 Boom Arm and Sirui G10 ballhead

What I like about it:

1) It is very sturdy and light weight

2) Uses lever locks on the legs to adjust length, which I find easier to use than twist lock legs.

3) Very compact when folded in

4) Has hook at bottom of center column to hang weights/bag on to improve stability

What can be improved?

1) The 3D column while useful, is not as versatile as the Velbon V-4 boom arm (to me anyway)

Giottos YTL-8354 using 3D column
Giottos YTL-8354 using 3D column
Velbon V4 Boom Arm
Velbon V4 Boom Arm (weight 572g)
Sirui G10 ballhead
Sirui G10 ballhead (weight 300g)

This setup is great for home use when shooting flowers in the garden where weight is not an issue; I would leave the Velbon V4 boom arm at home and use the 3D column if travelling about.

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