So the Dolica tripod has been ordered. And Im excited to see what its like once it arrives. But I have continued my search for reviews on this bit of gear and came across this short review/article over at Ken Rockwell’s site.
And this is what he has to say…
I just got an amazing Dolica ZX600B300 carbon-fibre do-everything tripod that’s on sale for just $124.95 with free shipping. It’s got a nice ball head, pads on the legs, a great case included, legs that easily lock at a few angles, non-rotating legs and more, and it’s super light and super solid.
As I explained at Don’t Buy Anything You See Advertised, Dolica puts our money into making better tripods, not on buying advertising space in magazines or paying famous-name photographers to pimp tripods for them.
Personally I usually prefer to carry my flyweight $30 Dolica AX620B100, whose price has dropped from $35 to $30, including a really nice case! I rarely use tripods, so Icarry as little as possible and prefer to throw this one in my trunk.
My Dolica ZX600B300 carbon-fibre has more features and advanced design than my other two real Gitzo tripods. (Gitzo of France no longer exists, even though the name survives for marketing; they got bought out by tripod conglomerate Vinten and now are merely just another Vinten brand made in some other factory.)
I bought my original Gitzo 1228 carbon-fibre in 1995 and a smaller metal G106 Gitzo in 1997 for travel, both of which have legs that rotate making them harder to lock. My new Dolica ZX600B300 has legs that do not rotate.
My Dolica ZX600B300 has a spring-loaded center-column hook that retracts automatically (my $500 Gitzo carbon-fibre hook doesn’t retract, and is broken anyway), and the Dolica is extremely solid, much more steady than my smaller metal Gitzo G106 that weighs more!
Not a bargain, but I use my existing Novoflex Mini Magic Ball I used to use on my Gitzo G106 on my Dolica ZX600B300. Quick releases are a pain; I prefer the instant access and simplicity of my MagicBall. I use it for travel, and I use a huge Bogen Manfrotto 3275 410 Geared Head on my big Gitzo 1228 in the studio sometimes.
Also the $400 Slik DST-33 big video tripod is on sale for $199.95.
All in all, my now $30 Dolica AX620B100 is all I carry with me if at all, and I use it with its included head. Done. For you guys who want a nicer tripod if you actually use tripods, the $124.95-on-sale Dolica ZX600B300 is the new standard.