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Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod

B&H # GIYTL8254 MFR # YTL 8254
Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod

Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod Calibrated Bottom Leg 8 Layers Of Carbon Y Shaped Column Center Column Comparison Center Column Comparison Illustration Lever Lock Detail

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Product Highlights

  • Maximum Height: 65.4"
  • Minimum Height: 6.7"
  • 8 Layer Carbon Fiber Construction
  • 3 Position Leg Spreading
  • Classic Lift Y-Shaped Center Column
  • Center Column Ballast Hook
  • Quick Lever Leg Locks
  • 12-Year Warranty
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The Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod rises to a maximum height of 65.4" and weighs in at only 2.6 lb while supporting up to 11 lb. Eight layer carbon fiber construction maximizes its strength-to weight ratio. But that's just the basics. It has a center column with a unique triple- beveled, Y-shape that not only defeats torsion but allows the legs to fold down 30% closer to the column for a more compact form factor. It has a ballast hook at the bottom to add stabilizing weights and thanks to the combination of the column and the 8254's 3 position leg spreading feature, you're able to shoot as low as 6.7" from the ground. The 4 leg sections offer a padded first section, quick lever locks, and an option to install spiked feet. The lowest leg has 8 calibration marks at 2.0" intervals to make precise leveling easy.

Note: This listing is for tripod legs only. Your choice of tripod head is available for separate purchase.

Features for Pro Series YTL Tripods
  • Y shaped center column makes 30% more compact
  • 8 Crossed layers for maximum strength
  • 4 Leg sections with 8 graduated calibrations, 2.0" apart on each lowest leg section
  • 3 Position adjustable leg angles for shooting low to the ground
  • Quick Lever Leg Locks (QEL System) for easy operation, even with gloves!
  • Removable rubber feet to accept optional rubber foot/metal spike (FP1021)
  • Reversible 3/8"-16 and 1/4"-20 camera screw locks in place with hex key
  • Removable retractable hook on the bottom of the center column
  • Includes Allen keys for adjustments and a 12-Year Warranty
  • Classic Lift Center Column
  • Bubble level on top plate of center column
  • Material Carbon Fiber
    Maximum Height 65.4" (166.1 cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 52.8" (134.1 cm)
    Minimum Height 6.7" (17 cm)
    Folded Length 19.3" (49 cm)
    Leg Tube Diameters Top leg: 25 mm
    Load Capacity 11 lb (5.0 kg)
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Lock Type Flip lock
    Independent Leg Spread 3 Position
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Type Classic Lift, rapid type, reversible
    Center Brace No
    Spiked Feet Available as option
    Bubble Level Yes
    Head Type No head - available as option
    Head Mount Thread Size 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Reversible
    Weight 2.6 lb (1.17 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.3 x 5.6 x 5.5"
    Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod
  • 3 x Allen Keys
  • Limited 12-Year Warranty

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    GiottosClassic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod

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    • Lightweight (3)


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    Best Uses

    • Travel (3)
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    Falls over easily

    By Matt

    from Limerick, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer


    • Lightweight


    • Unstable
    • Weak Construction

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod:

    I bought this because i have been a lifetime Giottos user. I noticed that the normal leg spread was half of what my alumnium Giottos was, and when i put my 5D MKiii + 24-70mm lens on top, it literally fell right over. So i sent this back for another manufacturer. It seems like Giottos has changed their tripod's base for the Y-shaped column, and while it does make it smaller for travel, it doesn't work well for what it's meant for - stability.

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    good for travel

    By ankyloman

    from Belchertown. MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer


    • Folds Small
    • Lightweight


    • Unstable

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod:

    This tripod is lightweight, compact, and with lever locks, which I much prefer, very quick to set up and take down. The "Y" shaped center column allows a much smaller yoke and much more compact form when collapsed for travel. When unpacked, about half the lever locks were too loose and had to be tightened, but were then OK. The max height, center column down, is excellent. BUT, it is achieved by having a very small leg spread. This causes annoying instability. If set up with the column even slightly off of perfectly vertical the camera/lens can get far enough away from the center of gravity to cause the entire rig to tip over. I caught it doing this two or three times when setting up on uneven ground. To its credit, there is a bubble level on the yoke that I should have used every time the pod was set on irregular ground. The extension marks on the smallest leg are somewhat useful, but the pod would be significantly improved if similar marks were placed an the largest extensions because the most convenient way to lower the rig is to partially collapse via the top lock lever, rather than picking up the entire unit, collapsing all the bottom extensions, then resetting on the ground to see if the height is correct.

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    The best Bang for the Buck

    By Joe C

    from Roseville, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly


    • None

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Shots
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod:

    On a recent shoot, one of our group broke the leg off his tripod and had to shoot handheld for the rest of the trip. I shoot 95+% of my photos from a tripod. What I realized is that a spare tripod would be a wise investment as it is not uncommon to invest $1500 - $2000 on a workshop.

    In my opinion Giottos quality sets the bar for the competition.

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