While Gitzo hasn’t given the Gitzo Légende any exciting extras beyond the invertible or swappable centre column, it’s an extremely well-made, high-quality tripod.
Gitzo recommends that the tripod is limited to use with lenses that have a maximum focal length of around 135mm to 200mm, but the maximum payload is 8Kg. It’s not designed to support long, heavy lenses for wildlife photography, it’s intended for carrying on days out walking and for landscape or macro photography.
At 1.45Kg, the Gitzo Légende is heavier than the carbon fibre Peak Design Travel Tripod (1.27Kg), but it has a maximum height that is 12.6cm taller. It also has a more conventional design, which means its packed-down length and diameter is a bit larger, but it can still fit easily into the average tripod carrier on a backpack, including the Gitzo Légende Backpack, without seeming too cumbersome.
There’s a fabulous feeling of quality about every aspect of the Gitzo Légende Tripod. The three leg locks, for example, have excellent grips and they all fit under your hand so they can be rotated together to extend the tubes. A quarter turn being enough to loosen and tighten them.
Thanks to the large knob for the head lock, that’s also easy to lock tight, while the friction control enables you to set the degree of freedom of movement to suit the camera and lens.
In a nice touch, the screw on the quick release plate has a coin slot, Allen key socket and a flip-out handle, so all preferences are catered for. Its lock is also refreshingly uncomplicated. There’s still a simple safety catch, but the lock is opened and closed by turning a knob, there’s no pulling or flipping of a secondary release.