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Lightweight tripod with play in 3way head top plate pivot.

Review by knuttyman
This tripod fitted my spec for a 3 way head tripod to take on an economy flight to Canada so weight & length were important. Also it had to be stable & robust enough to support by Canon 50D with 70-200mm stabilised lens plus extender: a substantial weight. At just under 1.7 kg, 50 cm without the head & 57 cm including the head, carbon fibre legs, spirit levels and & a central weighting hook this tripod fitted my needs in all respects. I'm satisfied that the design is robust enough for my not too demanding 'enthusiast' level needs, however there have been some quality issues which is why I've awarded only 3 stars.

The first sample I bought from Wilkinsons had some defective clamping bolts and play in the top plate clamp pivot. This sample was exchanged without question but the play in the top plate pivot is also present in the sample I accepted so it seems to be a 'product characteristic'. A test in the shop before purchase suggested that there may have been movement in an additional plate already fixed to the camera tripod socket so I accepted that sample. It isn't easy for me to get to a Wilkinsons branch but it is my intention to make an opportunity to take the tripod back and complain about the play in the pivot. Hopefully the problem may have been rectified in more recent production.

The design of the 3 way head is very economical in its use of material so achieving light weight & a compact product. This results in the top plate pivot clamp being a bit difficult to fully tighten. The design of this clamp may be a contributory factor in the play in pivot which cannot be removed by tightening the clamp. The quick release plate is rather small but it seems to be up to the job. (Posted on 27/11/2014)

Giottos Silk Road GTYTL8254-5011N Carbon Tripod & 3 Way Head

Meet the Giottos Silk Road GTYTL8254-5011N. A carbon tripod with 3 way head that incorporates a revolutionary 'Y' shaped centre column thats saves 30% space.
Other features include Carbon fibre 4 section legs and a 3 Way Head that supports up to 4kg of equipment.

  • Folded Height - 56.5cm
    Min Height - 48.5cm
    Max Height without centre column - 145cm
    Max Height with centre column - 176.5cm
    Weight - 1.61kg
    Weight Capacity - 4kg
    Leg Sections - 4

Additional Information

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Manufacturer Giottos
Model YTL8254-5011N
MPN GTYTL8254-5011N