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

B&H # GIVGR8255S2N MFR # VGR8255-S2N
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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
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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
     
    4.6

    (based on 9 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 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)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Strong clamp (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Travel (6)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Sports/action (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

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      4.0

      A VERY CLEVER DESIGN

      By POPEYES

      from FLORIDA

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        IT'S COMPACT AND VERY VERSATILE. I'LL BE TESTING IT OUT ON MY NEXT EXCURSION. IT SHOULD BE A VERY STABLE PLATTFORM FOR MY DX750 NIKON.

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        4.0

        Good Support w/ Ball Head

        By hollowTree

        from Chicago Area

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I've been hauling this tripod around with me to photograph landscape and wildlife for about a year. I really like it. Sturdy support. The ball head has been solid. Rain, snow, cold weather have been no problem. Not too heavy to strap on my backpack for a day of hiking.

          You do need to take care not to tighten the locks on the leg extensions too hard or they become difficult to loosen again.

          I recommend this product for a hobbyist like myself.

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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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            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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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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                  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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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