Giotto's Vitruvian tripod, true genius

Giotto’s Vitruvian tripod, true genius

Now, whilst I’ve not tried one of these new Giotto’s Vitruvian tripods, they certainly look quite good – what’s your opinion?

Giottos Tripods on Amazon

Giotto's tripod folded

Giotto's tripod folded

Giotto Vitruvian tripod – PRESS RELEASE

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, the new Giotto’s Vitruvian VGR  tripods are designed to offer photographers not only a truly lightweight and compact tripod, but a fully functioning monopod and ball head too.

The Vitruvian tripods have been designed with “reverse technology” legs so that when collapsed they fold through 180 degrees to “surround” the tripod centre column and head  – folding down into a unit that measures only 40cm long.

There are two VGR models available, both with a maximum operating height of 157cm and a weight capacity of up to 4kg. The VGR9255 is manufactured using aluminium tubing and weighs 1.5kg while the VGR 8255 uses 6 layer carbon tubing and weighs just 1.28kg.

The tripod castings are made from a forged aluminium alloy for strength and the quick action twist leg locks require only 1/8 turn to lock and unlock – making it quick and easy to set the tripod up. VGR tripods are fitted with a compact ball + socket head that offers smooth and precise movement, incorporates independent pan control and has a quick release system.

Giotto's VGR tripod and head

Giotto's VGR tripod and head

You can also unscrew the tripod leg, remove the centre column and head then join them together to produce a full size monopod with a maximum operating height of 162cm. The Vitruvian comes with its very own carry bag and has a 5 year warranty, snazzy huh!

I will try to get hold of a sample and give it a good solid going over…


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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Some Older Comments

  • Ross May 27, 2012 10:42 pm

    I just carried the 8255 for three weeks in England.
    Verdict: I hand two other monopods and three tripods going on eBay as soon as I get home. The 8255 is the nearly-perfect tripod I always wanted and never knew existed.

  • Dave Thomson October 24, 2011 10:33 am, Here's a better link to the Feisol. I bought a CT-3342 when they were first introduced from Taiwan via postal mail to the US and they included a couple of freebies. I've used it now for about four years. I put a Giotto MH1301 ball head on it with Kirk mounting plates. They've been having trouble keeping a US distributor, but the direct service from the factory was perfect.

  • ed gleba October 22, 2011 09:14 am

    adobe cs 5

  • Chrys Tremththanmor August 13, 2010 08:53 pm

    I took one of these with me on a trip through the Northwest Passage on a Russian Icebreaker. I didn't use the monopod function. The tripod actually fit into my photo backpack which was handy when we went ashore on Zodiacs. The tripod was sturdy enough with my lighter lenses even in portrait position (Canon 17-40mm f4L and Tamron Macro 90mm f2.8) and could take a bit heavier lens in a landscape position (Canon 24-105mm f4L). I would never try to put my Canon 100-400mm on it! I was very pleased with the tripod's performance and it will be my tripod of choice whenever I need to take a lighter one on my travels. You can see some of the images for which I used the tripod on my website.

  • Elias Mårtenson April 16, 2010 06:12 pm

    Yes, you can. I have never done it though.

  • fajar April 16, 2010 03:04 pm

    Thats looks pretty solid. What type is yours? Also, can you remove the center column to get a low angle shot?

  • Elias Mårtenson April 16, 2010 02:06 pm

    I have to admit that I'm not a very experienced used of tripods, so I'm not sure a review would be very useful.

    I did take some pictures of the tripod though:

  • fajar April 16, 2010 01:50 pm

    @Elias Martenson:
    Can you post some kind of review for the Sirui? I'm really interested in buying one. The specs looks great but I can't find any review for sirui tripod.

  • Dave Thomson March 31, 2010 04:50 am

    It looks very much like the folding design of the Feisol tripod.

  • Keating Photography March 24, 2010 08:08 am

    It's been a while since I've looked at tripods. This is definitely going on the wish list.

  • Ed O'Keeffe March 12, 2010 07:00 pm

    I was given a 20 minute product demo last Sunday at Focus on Imaging here in the UK and the tripod was extremely impressive. Next time I am doing a big international photo trip I will sure to factor one into my trips budget as it did look very impressive. Similar to the Gitzo but less than a half price and comes with a head, bag, monopod feature etc...

    This tripod seems to do everything my big Manfrotto can do. Strangely there is only a tiny difference in weight between the carbonfibre and the alu version. I know I will be going for the cheaper one. Great tripod and I looking forward to seeing how it performs in the real world!

  • doug493 March 10, 2010 01:25 am

    Amazon UK lists these for 185 pounds, so around $280, but they can only be pre-ordered for a December, 2010 deliver date.

  • jim giner March 9, 2010 08:36 am

    Once again - a too-short piece of equipment. When will manufacturers think about us 6 footers who have to bend over to see thru the viewfinder?

  • Almario March 9, 2010 01:12 am

    Thanks for info. I was looking for a tripod & monopod.

  • Shaun Rotman March 9, 2010 12:49 am

    Bought the Benro C-2691 EX with the exact same specs for $325 US off eBay.

    -Carbon fiber
    -Legs fold over the centre column
    -1 leg twists off into a monopod
    -Came with GREAT carrying bag.
    -Available with either twist or flip locks (I chose flip)

    HIGHLY recommended!

  • Arkady Tan March 8, 2010 11:18 pm

    I'd also just bought a SIRUI Tripod, model N-1205. It's made of carbon tubing, comes with a G-10 ball head, tripod carrying bag and tripod sling. Yes it's made in China but it's value for money. Construction wise it's sturdy and have no obvious flaw except for over-branding (too many SIRUI printed all over the tripod). N series specs are located here:
    The european manufacturers better start reviewing the prices....

  • Stephen March 8, 2010 11:12 pm

    Looks like it could be really good. Reminds me of Benro and their series with the detachable monopod leg. Was there an availability date?

  • Hans Maerker March 8, 2010 10:54 pm

    I use Giottos tripods and Gitzo tripods for quite a while. Haven't used the new 'Vitruvian' version from Giottos yet but the quality of Giottos is exceptional and well suited for Pros. Look at them as a competitor for Gitzo. The idea of Giotto's new Vitruvian tripod is actually not new as Gitzo has it for quite a while already. Yet, apart from the new idea of using the center column with one of the tripod legs as a monopod, I can only confirm that Giottos tripods endure the hard professional use on a regular base.


  • dcclark March 8, 2010 01:32 pm

    @Sime: I know, and I would love to see them differentiated from the reviews in some way.

  • Tony Page March 8, 2010 12:59 pm

    I use a carbon-fibre Gitzo that has the same reverse storage action, they've had this for years, monopod too. Popular with pro travel photographers.


  • Damian March 8, 2010 12:47 pm

    Found on Amazon UK. VGR8255 available 3/16, £290.00. VGR9255 will be £195.00.

  • Elias Martenson March 8, 2010 12:23 pm

    I bought what seems to be exactly this tripod last week. The difference is that the one I have has the name Sirui instead. Other than that it seems to be exactly the same product by looking at the pictures and the specifications.

    I paid around 180 SGD for it (which is around 130 USD). It came with a 7-year warranty. If anyone is interested I'll be happy to post pictures and more information.

  • Cynnes Gwyn March 8, 2010 11:38 am

    Sime: Looking forward to details when you have them. My tripod and head set-up works really well, but is best classed as 'luggable'. This looks really portable if it isn't in Maserati price range.

  • Elias Mårtenson March 8, 2010 10:23 am

    Judging from the pictures and the description this looks exactly like the tripod I bought last week. However, the one I bought is called Sirui. It wasn't very expensive. I paid 180 SGD for it (that's around 120 USD).

    It is very nice. It has a nice smooth feel in all its controls and it's very light as well. I haven't had time to use it much yet though so I can't be sure.

    Oh, and it came with 7 years warranty.

    If anyone wants me to take pictures of it or tell you anything else, just let me know.

  • Sime March 8, 2010 10:03 am

    dcclark - We post press release stuff often, new kit, new cameras... Some people are interested in them.

  • mike March 8, 2010 09:55 am

    For the Imperialists, that's a max height of 51" collapsing down to 16" and weighing in at 3.3 or 2.8lbs.

    Translation: Daddy like.

  • dcclark March 8, 2010 09:47 am

    I agree, it's a bit surprising to find just a press release here. I would love it if these articles had something like "(PR)" in the front, just to help sort them out.

  • Greg Taylor March 8, 2010 09:38 am

    Well if Leonardo inspired it - It has to be worth checking out

  • Sime March 8, 2010 09:14 am

    Tony? This is a press release... I chose to post it?

  • tony March 8, 2010 09:03 am

    Wonder how much Giotto payed for this ad?

  • Sime March 8, 2010 08:11 am

    Hey Mario, I'd suggest *lots* but will let you know when I find out... (Post Camera show in UK)

  • Mario March 8, 2010 07:18 am

    What's gonna be the price tag for it?