The Gitzo Tripod
By Adrian Zupp
Today we look at the piece of equipment Peter has had longer than any other: his Gitzo tripod.
Friends may come and go, but a good tripod will never let you down.
Over the past couple of years, lots of things have changed in Peter’s equipment bag. But his Gitzo tripod has been a constant companion: from Hawaii to Alaska, from the Grand Canyon to Puerto Rico.
For the kind of photographic work Peter does he needs something light, compact and durable. His Gitzo carbon fiber tripod fits the bill and takes the knocks. He’s used it in deserts, snow, mud, on baked lava and even on quicksand.
It collapses down but doesn’t weigh you down when you’re in the tight spaces of a slot canyon, or have the sun beating down on you in the Mojave Desert.
“It’s true,” said Peter. “I’ve had that tripod for about two years now. I’ve got a bunch of others, of course, but that’s the one I favor. And I don’t see the point in changing when you have something that does the job and you’re happy with it.”
Make no mistake: Peter works his gear hard. His Gitzo has had plenty of bangs and scrapes and even the odd repair. The moral to the story? Don’t rush out and buy the latest or the fanciest equipment; do your homework and buy what works — and what works for you and your type of photography.
This is where the Gitzo website is pretty cool. On one page they have the Gitzo Tripod Configurator. Using the configurator, you can put in the specs of your equipment as well as your tripod needs (weight, height, leg sections and angles, materials, other features, etc.). Then a product list will come up with tripods that fit your requirements. Definitely a big help in the decision-making process.
So there you have it, the tripod used by the world’s leading landscape photographer. He won’t leave home without it!