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September 3, 2013

Latest Updates of Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod

As I keep receiving e-mails from readers who are confused with the different Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod versions available in the market, I thought it would be convenient to write a small article with the most recent Triopo tripod updates.

Starting about six months ago all Triopo GT series tripods have been upgraded at two points.

First a rubber ring around the neck of the removable (monopod) leg in order to give a better grip when screwing/unscrewing the leg.

And second, the pull-push leg-angle locks have been replaced with spring-loaded automatic leg-angle locks.

This is actually the most important upgrade, because as I had mentioned in the Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Review the leg-angle locks were somehow week and needed enhancement.

With the new reinforced leg-angle locks, you don't have to pull out the locking mechanism in order to release the leg as in the original version, but push the edge of the button-like mechanism downwards.

When unfolding the legs for tripod setup, the mechanism automatically clicks to the next stop until you reach the desired angle/position.

Other than the above, you may encounter some color differences in the center column rubber rings that were mentioned in the previous Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Update article but these are rather cosmetic than functional updates.


Reminder

All recent production Triopo GT and GX series models should be equipped with retractable steel spikes on their rubber feet.
All other versions available are old stock.



Note!
Another important fact is that Triopo has changed the GT series code numbers probably in order to anticipate for the confusion caused by the various versions of tripods under the same model label.
Therefore the new upgraded/updated GT-3228X8C is marketed under the GT-2804X8C model name.
Some samples I have encountered differ by red colored leg-angle locks and a red ring around the center column twist-lock.

As there are variations of the height and versions offered by different suppliers, I should once again point out that caution should be taken before ordering. I suggest that you communicate with the supplier first.

I hope you found the information useful, thank you for viewing.
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Price & Availability:
Latest GT-3228X8C or GT-2804X8C CF Tripod prices vary per country between EUR 175-195. There are also versions combined with the Triopo B-2 ball head at very attractive prices.
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Relevant Articles:
Triopo GT-3228X8C Carbon Fiber Traveler Tripod Review

9 comments :

  1. 2804X8C-GT and GT-3229X8C are the same thing or are they two different models?

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  2. As I mention in the Note above GT-2804X8C is the latest GT-3228X8C equivalent with 4 leg sections. The GT-2805X8C is the equivalent of GT-3229X8C with an extra thinner leg section, total 5, thus taller.

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  3. Thank you for the good information

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  4. Can you tell me if the Triopo MT-3228X8C is basically the same as the GT-3228X8C? They seem to be exactly the same, with the difference that the GT is made out of carbon fibre and the MT magnesium alloy...?
    Cheers

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    1. Exactly. All MT-nnnnnn and GT-nnnnnn equivalent models share the same structure but the legs are made of different material. So you should expect to find also the same updates and improvements.
      Regards

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  5. Hi,
    Thanks for the good information because of this I went for a more expensive store and ordered a updated model with the spikes.

    I went for what they market as the GT-3232X8, do you happen to know the new model name for that one?

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    1. Hi Linus,
      You're welcome.
      As far as I know models GT-3230X8 and GT-3232X8 were taller variations of the GT-3229X8 (5 section equivalent of the GT-3228X8) marketed only in Europe by Foto-tip in Poland.
      Unfortunately, I cannot verify if these models are also updated with all the enhancements described in the post above. So I would suggest that you check with your supplier before buying.

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