goodies that enhance the Gitzo line of tripods
you need to do stereo photography then one of the Gitzo twin brackets
might make things easier. Ian Graham (Peabody Museum, Harvard University)
says that stereo photography is essential to record faded designs
on thousand-year old stelae.
accessory that I use almost every season is the Gitzo short column.
It is impossible to lower the tripod if your tripod is stuck with
a long fixed center column. The center columns of Gitzo tripods
can be removed. The normal (long) column can be taken out and be
replaced by a short column, or by no column at all. Then you can
use a simple platform. Actually other tripods, such as Ries, don't
have a center column at all, just a firm, solid, center platform.
you remove the normal (long) center post of a Gitzo tripod and replace
it with a short column or a platform (no olumn protruding at all)
then you can photograph artifacts almost at eye-level (along the
archaeology, since most of the labor is directed towards the surface
of the ground, or below. Thus there are many times it is useful
to photograph things which are at ground level. In this case having
a Gitzo tripod is essential, especially since most normal tripods
does not allow you to lower the angle of view of your tripod at