just got an at897 shotgun and am looking at the gitzo boom poles. found a carbon grafite for 375. anyone used these. this has the cable on the outside fitting into the slot at the top.
ktek are out of my price range.
gitzo also has an aluminum one for less, but i hear they will bend more and arent as rigid. is this a big factor?
Hi Jim. I've used (and continue to use) both of these poles in the 12' length. The aluminum pole does have a good bit of flex at full extension, but it works. The carbon one weighs like half as much, so that is a factor as well. If you have the money, I'd go with the carbon fiber pole.
I've also used some of the lower end K-Tek poles, and honestly couldn't wait to get back to my Gitzos. The collar locks are really solid, and the segments don't twist around when loosened.