This new carbon tripod is slimmer than most, but is it up to the job? Find out in our Giottos Silk Road YTL8384 tripod review
Tripods and round tubing go hand in hand, right? Well not so for Giottos. In the quest to make its latest tripods as compact as possible, the YTL series features a Y-shaped central column cross section.
This enables the tripod legs to nestle into each recess of the centre column for a 30% slimmer folded profile. It’s a subtle change but makes a big difference when stashing the tripod in a tight spot or carrying it.
And on the YTL8384 this isn’t the only trick the central column can pull. A hinged mounting point enables it to be pivoted and rotated through 180 degrees, making it easier to shoot from the angle you want. Minimum and maximum heights of 18cm and 182cm respectively add even more versatility.
Build and material quality are top notch thanks to rigid eight-layer carbon fibre legs rated to support a hefty 8kg. Reassuringly precise leg angle adjusters and quick-release extension clamps add to the substantial feel.
Another nice touch is that it has rubberised leg grips for some extra cold weather comfort, as well as some printed height markings on each leg to help set everything up level.
Although this tripod’s 58cm folded length and 1.66kg weight can’t match the outright portability of some carbon rivals, this is still no heavyweight and that slimline centre column really aids compactness.
You will need to factor in the cost of a tripod head, but usefully the top mounting plate can accept 3/8” or 1/4” designs.
Buy it: www.giottos-tripods.co.uk