Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod

Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod

Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod

B&H # GIYTL8254 MFR # YTL 8254
Discontinued

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
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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 three position leg spreading feature, you're able to shoot as low as 6.7" from the ground. The four leg sections offer a padded first section, quick lever locks, and an option to install spiked feet. The lowest leg has eight 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
  • In the Box
    Giottos Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod
  • 3 x Allen Key
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty, Extendable to 12 Year with Product Registration
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    Giottos YTL 8254 specs

    General
    Load Capacity 11 lb / 5 kg
    Maximum Working Height 65.4" / 166.1 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 52.8" / 134.1 cm
    Minimum Working Height 6.7" / 17.0 cm
    Folded Length 19.3" / 49 cm
    Head Mount Type 1/4"-20 Screw, 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Bubble Level Yes
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Flip Lock
    Leg Positions 3 Positions
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Diameter 1" / 25.4 mm
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Reversible
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.3 x 5.6 x 5.5"

    Giottos YTL 8254 reviews

    Classic Series 8254 Carbon Fiber YTL Silk Road Tripod is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for travel 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Bang for the Buck 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Falls over easily 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.
    Date published: 2014-05-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very light but quiet usable I bought this beause I wanted an extremely light weight tripod with suficient height for my 6'2 that I could replace a monopod with. The 8254 has met my expectations. I am using it with a DSLR and a 50-500mm zoom on a gimble. I find it as portable as my monopod setup. Do not expect this tripod to be super stable but for my use it gets the job done.
    Date published: 2015-11-09
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