i just dont know what to say
please take care of the tripod!
and congrats on the buy..
my tripod cost me $15
What are some features of this Tripod? I mean.. why is it so expensive? is it just the good built quality or some high tech features? Like auto balance or something?
Ok the Ballhead is an "Arca-Swiss" which is the company that actually set the standard for all ballheads that we know today, the ballhead has a double pan feature basically only the camera needs to be level to take panoramas the Legs can be totally crooked it won't matter. The Ballhead supports a load up to 60kg. It has a Lever action quick release clamp that's adjustable to any size plate which makes it compatible with any brand, as far as i know no other company has this.
The Gitzo is a systematic that means you can customize it for example you can add a center column, a leveling base, a video base. It comes with build in spike feet and snowshoes, it has special protection against sea water, mud, dust and sand. Its carbon fiber and it supports up to 25kg. other then that it all comes to sturdiness and build quality. It only weighs 1.96kg. If you want a cheap tripod that will be just as strong you end up with a 6kg aluminum tripod. try hauling that + all you other gear with you all day when hiking!
The Really Right Stuff L plate fits my camera's body perfectly and allows me to switch from landscape to Portrait mode with out decentralizing the weight balance. (It won't hang next to your tripod)
Just release the clamp flip your camera on its side and tighten.
You pay for the names of course but those names also guarantee quality products.
I also completely agree that its a lot of money but in my opinion worth every penny!