My Gitzo Repair Experience (long...)

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Gitzo changed from its original ownership and also the country of manufacture.

My Gitzo Studex tripod (which I bought in the mid-1960s to support medium- and large-format cameras) was made from heavy gauge aluminium and is still functioning perfectly and is still as sturdy as a rock.

It has never needed any maintenance which I could not do for myself.

It's perfect for studio and local use but much too heavy for weight-restricted air-travel.

After Manfrotto acquired the company, manufacturing moved to Italy. I am not certain that it has remained in Italy though — it may have been out-sourced to China?
 
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Gitzo changed from its original ownership and also the country of manufacture.

My Gitzo Studex tripod (which I bought in the mid-1960s to support medium- and large-format cameras) was made from heavy gauge aluminium and is still functioning perfectly and is still as sturdy as a rock.

It has never needed any maintenance which I could not do for myself.

It's perfect for studio and local use but much too heavy for weight-restricted air-travel.

After Manfrotto acquired the company, manufacturing moved to Italy. I am not certain that it has remained in Italy though — it may have been out-sourced to China?
According to Wikipedia, manufacturing moved from France to Italy for Gitzo tripods.

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Glen:
I did mention the move to Italy (in my last paragraph) but I haven't been able to discover if Gitzo tripods are still being manufactured in Italy or are simply marketed from Italy while perhaps being manufactured in Asia?

From your experience, it would appear that Gitzo equipment is not now what it used to be?
 
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Glen:
I did mention the move to Italy (in my last paragraph) but I haven't been able to discover if Gitzo tripods are still being manufactured in Italy or are simply marketed from Italy while perhaps being manufactured in Asia?

From your experience, it would appear that Gitzo equipment is not now what it used to be?
I believe that the tripods are still manufactured in Italy.

My experience with the equipment is very positive...certainly it is quality gear. My experience with the service center has been less than satisfactory.

Glenn
 
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Update:

I just received a shipping notice. I'm now expecting to have my Gitzo tripod on Thursday.

So, they received it on January 3rd and shipped it back on February 3rd. Just last week, they told me that the parts were still in Italy and that it would be at least a month before I would get my tripod...perhaps two months or more.

Now, I'm hoping that the repair work was done properly.

Glenn
 
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Update:

I just received a shipping notice. I'm now expecting to have my Gitzo tripod on Thursday.

So, they received it on January 3rd and shipped it back on February 3rd. Just last week, they told me that the parts were still in Italy and that it would be at least a month before I would get my tripod...perhaps two months or more.

Now, I'm hoping that the repair work was done properly.

Glenn
hopefully, you boldly carved your name on one of the legs to be sure it is actually your tripod :cautious:
 
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hopefully, you boldly carved your name on one of the legs to be sure it is actually your tripod :cautious:
I will recognize it, despite the fact that it doesn't have a serial number on it. :)

For one thing, I had to add one of those protective plates...because people were reporting that the top platform was snapping off and large super-telephoto lenses were crashing to the ground. The plate was a $75 add-on...which surprised me given the cost of the tripod!

Glenn
 
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>>>>people were reporting that the top platform was snapping off and large super-telephoto lenses were crashing to the ground>>>>

Really troubling — especially considering the price of those Gitzo tripods.
 
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