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    Lightning sale

    Just saw the lightning sale on a Gitzo GT3840C Sercies 3 Basalt Compact Tripod for $378 (Adorama has it for $478). I am actually a little tempted by this as I have been wanting to upgrade my tripod. Any thoughts? Is this a good all-round tripod including for hiking/travel?

    Thanks in advance...Brant

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    It is last year’s model.
    It is heavier than the one that replaced it.
    At 5.22 lbs it might be a little heavier than you want to backpack with.
    Other than that it is a Gitzo, and looks to be a fine tripod.
    I still prefer the Gitzo I have, because of the way the legs can be manipulated at any position. Even at its lighter weight of about 4 pounds I wish for something lighter when hiking.

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    In case any one is interested, these are the spec's B&H shows for the Gitzo GT3840C

    Load Capacity 33.07 lb (15 kg)
    Maximum Height 41.34" (105 cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 32.68" (83 cm)
    Minimum Height 6.69" (17 cm)
    Folded Length 16.54" (42 cm)
    Weight 5.22 lb (2.37 kg)
    Material Basalt fiber
    Leg Stages/Sections 4
    Leg Lock Type G-Lock twist lock
    Independent Leg Spread Three independent positions
    Spiked/Retractable Feet Optional
    Center Brace No
    Center Column Type Rapid
    Center Column Sections 1

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    No experience with it, but I looked at the specs on Amazon, did a double take, checked B&H and they're the same - maximum height w/o center column: 32.68", maximum height w/ center column: 41.34". They should sell it as a bundle with some good knee pads. At 5.22 lbs it's not exactly light, and at less than 3' of usable height, I'm not sure how useful it would be.

    I'd pass...

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    I was editing as Neuro posted that, I had just noticed it is a little short fellow.

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    It's at least the second time that one had been on the lightning deal. I'd still buy mine if you were looking
    Words get in the way of what I meant to say.

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    Thanks John and Rick....Looking at it more, I agree...I'll pass.

    Broke...I'll go back and look at your email....it isn't that I am looking...it is more that a new tripod is on my list, somewhere in the top 5-6. But, I honestly don't use the my current tripod much. I bought a monopod in March and I have yet to mount my camera on it. I use the gorillapod a lot, mostly due to packability.

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