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Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)

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Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)

Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release) Folded View Macro Position Pan & Tilt Head

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Product Highlights

  • Supports 9.2 lbs (4.2kg)
  • 3-Section Aluminum
  • 25mm-Max-Diameter Segments
  • Flip Lever Locks

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The Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Tripod is a standard size 3-section aluminum model paired together with a 3-way pan/tilt head.  It is made for use with most consumer SLR camera setups, and shares much of Giottos' feature set that is unique to their MTL class of aluminum models.  With 25/22/19mm segments, the MTL 9251B-5001 is made for use with consumer-class SLR cameras with moderate telephoto lenses, such as a 55-200mm type lens.

There's not too much in the world of tripods that Giottos doesn't think to incorporate into their best models such as this MTL 9251B-5001.  It has foam padded upper segments, a bubble level right at the neck of the unit, flip-lock levers which can be attended to in the field if needed, and an included tool kit which has a special short column attachment that allows an impressive minimum operating height.  The MH 5001 3-way head has distinct locks for each axis of movement, with a 'snap-in' quick release system.

All together, this tripod/head combination weighs ~5 pounds, extends to 68.9", and collapses to 29.6".

Classic aluminum alloy tripod with 25mm maximum leg segments and a 3-way pan/tilt head with quick release
Giottos' trademark "Qel" flip lever locks, which can be disassembled, cleaned, and reassembled in the field if necessary
Foam-padded upper leg segments ease handling in cold and carrying upon shoulder
Circular spirit bubble levels, atop tripod crown and at the base of the quick release adapter, help level both legs and base of camera
Quick release plate features a spring-loaded 1/4"-20 camera screw, as well as an anti-twist video register pin
Individual leg angle locks and detachable center column allow excellent minimum working height
Rounded rubber leg tips
Weight hook at bottom of center column aids stability (must hang you camera bag or other heavy item from it)
General
Load Capacity 9.2 lbs (4.2kg)
Maximum Height 68.9" (175.0cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 57.9" (147.0cm)
Minimum Height 14.2" (36.0cm)
Folded Length 29.6" (75.0cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Weight 5.04 lbs (2.290kg)
Head
Head Type 3-Way pan & tilt with quick release
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Aluminum alloy
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Flip levers
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)
  • Quick Release Plate
  • Tool Kit
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    GiottosMTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release)
     
    4.6

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (7)
    • Attaches firmly (4)
    • Large range of motion (4)
    • Strong clamp (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Night shots (5)
      • Landscape/scenery (3)
      • Portraits (3)
      • Video (3)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Satisfied customer

      By Briana

      from San Francisco

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots

        Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

        This is my first tripod. I did a little research and compared similar tripods before getting this one. I took it out to do some nighttime photography and am really happy with it so far! The biggest catch is that I haven't been able to loosen the large screw in the head enough to use the quick release mount for the camera, but I think I should be able to fix this.
        I like the bubble leveling, it's easy to adjust, and I didn't notice its weight carrying it around while I was walking for a couple hours. It was easy to get familiarized with. I like the pan and tilt head and big variation in heights. I think it will be a good investment for a long while. I'm really looking forward to using it a lot more!

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        5.0

        Great tripod for the price

        By Boll Weevil

        from Broken Arrow , OK

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots

          Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

          Not that heavy, holds camera with long lens without wiggle

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Tripod for the money

          By Cwallflower

          from leominster, ma

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

              [...] The tripod is very sturdy, very easy to adjust and great quality for the money.

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              4.0

              One GREAT buy..............

              By Tommy Keel

              from Union, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                After viewing other brands of Tripods and having questions as to what was the best for me I requested feedback from B&H photo as to what they thought would be the best Tripod for me. Well, I am so glad that I did. It is one "Heck of a Tripod" Quality is a good word here with ease of use. Thank You B&H again for your advice....Buy one you will not be disappointed.

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                5.0

                I would buy this product again & again

                By disabledveterangoarmy

                from Frisco City, Alabama

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Reversable center tube
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                This tripod with 3 way head is truly a professional tripod. I am surprised the price was so low. I am even considering buying an extra one to keep in my car..... Now for the up side on this little GEM, the 3 way head is Super Great, The center Tube is Reversable meaning you can flip the center Tube over and mount your camera Upside down... I would have expected to pay more for this super quality made tripod and features. ... I love the tripod myself. Bottom Line "Buy It Now"

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                5.0

                Great Value

                By Blind Bunny

                from Albuquerque New Mexico

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                  For the money you can not go wrong. Well built and sturdy construction.

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                  4.0

                  Very good quality for the price

                  By Renee

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Long Exposures
                    • Photography
                    • Stabilization

                    Comments about Giottos MTL 9251B-5001 Aluminum Tripod w/ 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head (Quick Release):

                    I'm a photography student and our instructor ordered a few for the class. My old tripod was very unstable and I became frustrated so I borrowed a class tripod and really liked it.

                    The tripod is a little heavier than my other tripod, but still manageable. It has three level bubbles on the tripod to make sure that your tripod is as level as possible for the camera, which I find to be very helpful! The head also stays in place much better too so that once the tripod is adjusted, the head stays solid. The tripod also comes with a small tool for adjustments which I haven't used yet, but I'm sure will come in handy. It does tend to wander a little bit for vertical shots (but I haven't tried to adjust it yet). Compared to my other tripod for the price however, I have been much happier with it.

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