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Gitzo G-065 Monitor Platform

B&H # GIG065 Mfr # G065
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The Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform is a 13" x 15.7" (33 x 40 cm) platform which can be fitted to any Gitzo tripod via a 3/8"-16 thread on the bottom. It safely supports supplementary equipment, such as monitors, mixers, tape recorders and projectors.

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GitzoG065 Monitor Platform
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (26)
  • Solid/sturdy (22)
  • Fits well (19)
  • Improves tripod function (17)
  • Adequate weight capacity (8)

Cons

  • Poor design (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (14)
  • Landscape/scenery (7)
  • Night shots (6)
  • Home (5)
  • Improve viewing angle (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (15), Semi-pro photographer (9), Quality oriented (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (21)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

simple tool, solid investment!

I have recently moved my digital workflow to include tethering a Nikon D700 to a 15" Macbook Pro laptop.
One of the elements in this process is stationing the laptop close to...Read complete review

I have recently moved my digital workflow to include tethering a Nikon D700 to a 15" Macbook Pro laptop.
One of the elements in this process is stationing the laptop close to the camera when on location. Upon researching laptop platforms that connect to tripods, I found this gem. With the Gitzo name behind it I expected nothing less than rock solid and rugged. I was not disappointed. This is a very simple tool but, as I have incorporated it into my tethered shooting on location process, it has been indispensable. It is solid and easy to connect to the tripod. The one thing that I've added that makes this product better is a piece of non-slip drawer liner cut to fit inside the perimeter (this material can be found at most department stores and is quite inexpensive). I attach it to my heavy duty Gitzo tripod and am at ease with my laptop perched on the platform. The GO65 fits perfectly into the front pocket of my rolling camera case. This is a must have for the working pro who tethers on location or in studio. One minor note: when I first received the monitor platform the center threaded mechanism was installed backwards. It took me a minute to figure out that the 'turning knob' should go on 'top' of the platform and rest into the recessed area. I popped the retaining ring off and made the switch.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Mponitor Platform by Gitzo

This product was purchased for shooting tethered on location with a 17" laptop. We only use Gitzo tripods so its a easy fit to a Gitzo (or any tripod) with a locknut...Read complete review

This product was purchased for shooting tethered on location with a 17" laptop. We only use Gitzo tripods so its a easy fit to a Gitzo (or any tripod) with a locknut that is part of the platform.

The down side is the dimensions are not as described by Gitzo or B&H. It is meant to be 15.7" wide but is in fact only 15.5" wide and that is on the outside, not on the inside of the bent lip that runs around the edge of the platform.
This means that your 17" Mac laptop does not quite fit solidly inside the platform lip, which gives it a bit of squirm room, and makes you feel a bit for the security of the laptop.

We inserted a piece of foam under the laptop which gave it a better feel.

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5.0

don't judge a book by his cover

By donnaconien

from Neuville, Qc

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fits Well
  • Solid/Sturdy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits

    Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

    I'm really surprised by the strength and I use it as provided in the instructions included

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great for Tethered Shooting

    By Ken W

    from Montclair, NJ

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fits Well
    • Improves Tripod Function
    • Solid/Sturdy

    Cons

    • No Cushion Padding

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Tethered Shooting
    • Time Lapse

    Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

    Great for tethered shooting inside and outdoors. Couple this with a tripod arm and you'll love the convenience of have your laptop next to your camera when mounted on a tripod.

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    2.0

    Not adequate

    By Cebula

    from Bloomington, IN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

        I should have read all the reviews before I bought this. I'll quote from another review: "The lock ring on the connector does not create a tight enough connection". Precisely. The many five-star reviewers may be using it for its intended purpose as a monitor platform, but I bought it to use it on an adjustable-height tripod as a platform for precisely choosing the height of objects in closeup photography. I need a platform that does not wobble or vibrate. This one is not it. Next step: RMA request. I'll be making my own platform.
        By the way, I have a Gitzo tabletop tripod, a Gitzo rapid column, and a Gitzo Safari ball head, all well designed and very high quality.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Suits my needs - perfectly!

        By RockOfTheMan

        from Boston

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Well
        • Improves Tripod Function
        • Solid/Sturdy

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

            Thanks Gitzo! - The plate attaches flat to the top of my (Gitzo) tripod and is completely rigid (the most important thing). I made my own non-slip surface inset to put over the metal plate which has short turned-up edges on its four sides. If you want to attach the plate to the top of a ball head on the tripod to allow the plate to articulate, it's possible by using a screw adapter and attaching a quick-release plate to the metal plate. It's not as stable if you attach it like this though.

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            4.0

            Works great!

            By Dannomon

            from Santa Cruz

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Solid/Sturdy

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

              The plate uses a standard 3/8" coarse thread. Works fine but the only complaint is the large recessed area for attaching to the tripod quick release plate: it's so big it doesn't make the fullest contact as it could. So you need to really tighten it down.

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              4.0

              Works

              By Gene

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fits Well
              • Improves Tripod Function
              • Solid/Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Video

                Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                Works great, as mentioned in other reviews, it would be better if it had non-slip area instead of current varnish-like coat. I just covered certain area with gaffer and it works fine. Another design suggestion would be to have a slightly more prominent lip or additional accessories to help secure the equipment.

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                4.0

                Good product

                By TTGator

                from Greensboro, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Tripod Function
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                Got this on the recommendation of several people, include Scott Kelby, to use for shooting tethered. It's very solid, looks professional, easy to install, and pretty heavy. Like others have said, it could use some non-slip something included, but there is someone no one else mentioned that bothers me a little. In the center is the piece that you turn to screw the platform onto whatever you are mounting it to. But on mine, this piece is raised higher than the rest of the platform, so my laptop rests on it and is slightly wobbly all around everything else. Not sure if I got a slightly oddly built one or if they are all like that, but I'd think someone would have mentioned it by now. I guess I'll have to call someone at Gitzo and ask about it.

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                5.0

                Amazing!!!!

                By leonardodalephotography.com

                from Miami Beach

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fits Well
                • Solid/Sturdy

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                    Great tool

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                    5.0

                    Bought One Again

                    By Park

                    from Austin TX

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fits Well
                    • Solid/Sturdy

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                        Had one for five years and worked with it for tethered location work until my assistant managed to leave it at a shoot. Researched everything out there and it is still the best answer for secure laptop placement on location. The only thing I could suggest is for them to add a non-slip surface as I have to cut mine own.

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                        5.0

                        Essential Tool On Set

                        By Boris Chang

                        from Raleigh, NC

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fits Well
                        • Improves Tripod Function
                        • Solid/Sturdy

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Tracking Shots

                          Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                          On set we use two of these and two spare tripods for a "poor-man's" dolly. We lay a length of 2x10 across them, level it, and roll a skateboard on it with the camera on it.

                          When not on set, I use this in my audio post studio for a monitor stand.

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                          5.0

                          Exactly what I need.

                          By bomac

                          from Moscow, Russia

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Tripod Function
                          • Solid/Sturdy

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Studio
                            • Tethering

                            Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                            Indispensable thing for studio works or/and tethering. Solid and easy.

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                            5.0

                            Sturdy

                            By PJM

                            from Philadelphia, PA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fits Well
                            • Improves Tripod Function
                            • Solid/Sturdy

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                Works well for supporting a 17" LCD monitor (or larger). Needed to buy a small adapter for it to work with our Manfrotto tripod.

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                                4.0

                                Big & Nice

                                By Malsam

                                from Singapore

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Big enough
                                • Reasonably heavy

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Outdoor

                                Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                I've always wanted to get this for my photographic use and previously I'm using the manfrotto projector platform. The gitzo one is bigger and lighter, even though I hate the grey color, nevertheless its better design than other competitors.

                                Take note I'm comparing this model to other equivalent ones release during the same time. I understand there are now a lot more models that can take a notebook computer. This model is meant more for projector use during film era. Go get the new ones if you intend to put a notebook. This product is more for projector use.

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                                5.0

                                Important on location

                                By MIBOtt

                                from T&T in the Caribbean

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fits Well
                                • Improves Tripod Function
                                • Solid/Sturdy

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                  I use with 131DDB Tripod Accessory Arm for Four Heads (Black) by Manfrotto

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                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  2.0

                                  It works, almost

                                  By Rusty

                                  from Dallas Fort Worth TX

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor Design

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                      The lock ring on the connector does not create a tight enough connection to give me any confidence that the laptop will not tip off the stand. I pulled it off, and reversed it as others have stated. If you have a 1/4" stud on your tripod, order the accessory noted to convert.

                                      When you do flip the connector over, it will stick up above the platform tray surface. My lapop battery puts the laptop on a slant and this was not a problem. But if your laptop has a flat bottom you may have to grind some of the top off.
                                      There is not room for a mouse.

                                      The only good thing I can say it that is was less expensive than going into the machine shop and making the proper tray.

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                                      5.0

                                      Just what I needed

                                      By jtdavies

                                      from Pittsburgh, PA USA

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fits Well
                                      • Improves Tripod Function
                                      • Solid/Sturdy

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                          I needed something to hold an LCD projector at various heights for a project I'm working on. I thought that my tripod would be great for this, if I just had a platform to put on top. Then I found the Gitzo platform.

                                          It's very strong and very steady. Just perfect to hold the projector. I added a few webbing straps to hold the projector in place.

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                                          5.0

                                          A steady platform

                                          By David E

                                          from Torrance, CA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                          • Price

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Studio

                                          Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                          I saw some reviews of other platforms that were big and warped. So I decided to spend the extra money on the G-065. Was not disappointed, it is solid and well built. Only drawback is it's price, but worth it.

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                                          4.0

                                          Solid monitor platform but pricey

                                          By Ogopogo

                                          from Kelowna, BC

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                          • Pricey

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Architecture
                                          • Home
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                          Works ok but a little overpriced.
                                          Use velcro tape to secure laptop.
                                          Easy for some company to make a half-priced knock-off that is just as good.

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                                          5.0

                                          Very Sturdy

                                          By AJ Photography

                                          from Frederick, MD

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fits Well
                                          • Improves Tripod Function
                                          • Solid/Sturdy

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                            I think you could almost do a handstand on the platform. It's very sturdy and good to go with the two head mount.

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                                            4.0

                                            Strong and simple

                                            By imaj photography

                                            from Dublin, Ireland

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Solid/Sturdy

                                            Cons

                                            • Loose Clamp
                                            • Not secure

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Night Shots
                                            • Portraits
                                            • Sports/Action

                                            Comments about Gitzo G065 Monitor Platform:

                                            This is a simple, strong and easy to use attachment.
                                            It does not rotate, if you try, it can become loose.
                                            It would be better if you could attach the laptop to it, it is bit nerve wrecking at times.

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