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Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead

You Pay: $416.99
Product Highlights
  • Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod
  • Maximum Height of 5.41' (1.65 m)
  • Load Capacity of 8.8 lbs (3.99 kg)
  • Includes QR Ballhead
  • Minimum Height of 10.6" (26.92 cm)
  • Weighs Just 2.8 lbs (1.27 kg)
  • Leg + Column Converts to 5.58' Monopod
  • Ballhead Is Arca-Compatible
  • Bubble Levels on Ballhead

Giottos' VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead delivers what every photographer is looking for--a solid professional tripod that folds down to a manageable size. This carbon fiber support will extend to 5.41' (1.65 m), but its minimum working height is less than a foot--10.6" (26.92 cm), and it folds down to 15.6" (39.62 cm) for storage and transport. Although it weighs just 2.8 lbs (1.27 kg), it can support up to 8.8 lbs (3.99 kg). The included quick-release ballhead has bubble levels and is Arca-compatible.

Plus, one leg of the tripod combined with the center column converts to a full-size monopod that extends to 5.58' (1.7 m) and collapses to 28.9" (73.4 cm). The 5 leg sections use a quick twist-lock design, and the tripod accepts optional accessory spiked feet for use on rough terrain.

Standard carbon fiber tripod with an extremely short minimum working height of 10.6"
One leg w/the center column converts to a full-sized monopod
3-position legs w/twist leg locks
Bubble levels on QR ballhead
General
Load Capacity 8.8 lbs (4 kg)
Maximum Height Tripod: 5.4" (1.65 m)
Monopod: 5.58' (1.7 m)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 4.69' (1.43 m)
Minimum Height 10.6" (26.92 cm)
Folded Length Tripod: 15.6" (39.63 cm)
Monopod: 28.9" (73.4 cm)
Weight 2.8 lbs (1.27 kg)
Head
Head Type Arca-compatible QR ballhead
Quick Release Yes
Bubble Level Yes
Legs
Material Carbon fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 5
Leg Lock Type Not specified by manufacturer
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 1
Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead
  • MH5310-655SC Arca Compatible QR Ballhead
  • MH-645 Quick Release Plate for MH-655
  • Adjustment Tools
  • Padded Tripod Bag
  • Limited 12-Year Limited Warranty
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    GiottosVGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (5)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (6)
    • Attaches firmly (5)
    • Large range of motion (5)
    • Strong clamp (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (5)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Travel (5)
      • Home (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Compact and Light Tripod

      By Tommy

      from Rockville, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

        This tripod is really compact and light and can be easily put in the small carry-on luggage or backpack. Thus, it is suitable for the traveling.
        The only thing I am not that satisfied with is that it is a little bit shaky if I use my hand to shake it (I am not sure if this is a good way to test the stability.) But when I mount the camera on, it is good to me. I am picky but I definitely recommend this tripod to the ones who loves traveling and shooting.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Just what I need!

        By Joselito

        from Sydney, Australia

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Compact And Light
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp

        Cons

        • Loose Feet Spikes

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

        I'm currently enrolled in a Photo Imaging course and shooting with a tripod is a must to get constant sharpness when working with native ISO's and capturing images in low lighting conditions. This tripod is so light but very stable and only add very little weight to the already packed camera bag. If I were to suggest an improvement, that would be the screw-on tips/spikes on the legs. It should be designed so they don't come off easily. I almost lost one when it eventually unscrewed off while moving when changing perspectives. Now I check them from time to time and making sure they're tight in place. A little annoying.
        Overall, I am happy with the product and have been endorsing it to others.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It's worth every penny

        By pickels

        from Boston

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

            the only bad thing is that you have to remove the ballhead to put it back in the travel case

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            5.0

            Light and Stable!!!

            By G Gabe

            from San Francisco

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

              Quick easy to set up. Very stable, and very light. Will hold a camera that is over 6lbs. It's a 2 in 1 Tripod/monopod.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Tripod is light and great for traveling!

              By G Gabe

              from San Francisco

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Large Range of Motion

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

                I love this tripod. Sturdy for heavy cameras, small enough for travels. I shoot a 5d markii w/a battery grip so it can be heavy and bulky. But it does its job very well for what i ask for.

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                4.0

                Light and sturdy

                By DJT

                from Montreal, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • No Tilt For Macro

                Best Uses

                • Portability Everything

                Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

                Great quality, light and very sturdy. Use it with a Full frame + 24-70mm F2.8 Sigma (heavy) without any issue. Controls are simple and very smooth. Can flip it up-side-down to reduce overall length when closed. But, one of the legs (monopod one) is a bit harder to close than the others (sounds like air resistance). Conversion to monopod = nice feature for video, but requires the removal of the weight hook (simple). Overall, very happy.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Versatile light carbon tripot!

                By Dan Charp

                from Montreal

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Versatile
                • Very light

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Giottos VGR8255-S2N Carbon Fiber Tripod/Monopod with Arca QR Ballhead:

                  I got this one for 3 weeks now and it's a fantastic light tripod. Can take it anywhere, on my back bag or my bike bag. I use a Canon SLR with a 300 mm lens without any problems. The monopod function is a nice addition too. The head is very smooth and feel solid too. You can spend a lot more money on a carbon tripod, but this is a good investment, because you can bring it with you all the time!

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