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I have a tripod that is probably at least 30 years old and I would like to know the brand at least. It has a logo on it I have not been able to find nor interpret. Does it say GON? GOON? GOND? Something else entirely? Below is a picture of the tripod and the logo on the dial thingy. It has no other markings I can find. It belonged to my Dad.

Thanks for any help you can give.

Edit to add: probably doesn't help, but it was either purchased in NZ post 1975 ish or the UK (England/Wales) prior to that.

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Logo on the dial thingy

leg of tripod

tripod top disassembled

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    I have no idea, but it's also very possible the logo is just a G with a weird stylized person holding a camera inside and not meant to represent letter forms. But then again, sure could be letters too! – mattdm Jun 14 '18 at 1:42
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    Are you able to remove the pan/tilt head from the top of the central column of the tripod? there may be a clue or more information on the fitting plate at the top of that column. I was wondering Gitzo but I've had a google for old Gitzo models and they show the full word 'gitzo' as the logo, eg in the 5th image on here: ebay.co.uk/itm/Tripode-GITZO-FRANCE-GILUX-REPORTER-RN-2-Tripod/… – laurencemadill Jun 14 '18 at 11:05
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    Ok, it does come apart, but more importantly it is able to be put back together again, phew. No hidden symbols. You could hide a secret message in the hollow centre tube, but no one did. – standgale Jun 14 '18 at 22:50
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    I reached out to Gitzo's Contact Us, asking if the logo may have been a super early version for Gitzo, and they responded: "Good Afternoon Hueco, Thank you for reaching out to us regarding our Gitzo product. The attached item is not a Gitzo product. Additionally, we are unfamiliar with the logo so I am not sure who it may be. I am sorry I could not be more helpful. If you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please reach back out to us. Thank you Help Desk " – Hueco Dec 20 '18 at 22:18
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    added two more photos, not sure if they're useful ones. – standgale Dec 21 '18 at 1:07
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This is purely speculation, but perhaps the brand is "GOIN", Goin, or the like? Searching for "goin tripod uk", I came across several out-of-date Amazon.co.uk and eBay product links (unfortunately, without product images, hoping to find brand logos):

Other advertised brands for "Q-666C Tripod" are Afaith, Zomei, Supon, QZSD (Quingzhangshedai), and others.

Based on the fairly recent existence of branded tripods being sold on Amazon.co.uk, I'm going to assume that Goin/GOIN was a photography accessories brand in the UK, that like many brands, was acquired at some point by a Chinese company in the last 20 years.

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    Best lead anyone has — although I kind of wonder if this is actually just other random people trying to interpret that weird logo. – mattdm Sep 24 at 21:50
  • @mattdm No other random people than me. =) I just thought perhaps "Goin" was maybe the brand, and searched for "Goin tripod", and tried to follow what I could. I wasn't able to find any other images of the logo anywhere else. The products in the links (hmm, outdated/defunct now) didn't have the logo in OQ. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ =) – scottbb Sep 24 at 22:41
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Is it not a very old Velbon? The leg sections and the clamps are reminiscent of early velbon tripods, and they were sold under various names and logos over the years. I have to admit that a search of older velbon tripod images did not however throw any light on the issue.

  • That'll be Velbon, not Velbron... not sure that's the right answer, but my first tripod was a Velbon Victory 450. – Jim MacKenzie Jul 21 '18 at 2:29
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Could it be a Gitzo tripod after all? I know that user laurencemadill already looked into that option, but the logo you posted in the question looks like a (creative) rendition of the logo of Arséne Gitzhoven (the founder of Gitzo), which is a G with an A in it (can't include the photo due to copyright).

You could even interpret that the logo actually spells out Gitzo as follows:

  • The G is obvious
  • The I is the white rectangle
  • The T is rotated CCW by 90o. It is a combination of the white rectangle and the smaller black rectangle to the right of the white rectangle.
  • The Z is rotated CCW by 90o and looks like an N in your photo
  • The O is the black dot in the upper left inside the G.

Another thing that might point in that direction is the handle of the tripod-head arm. This seems to be a shutter release and looks similar to older Gitzo's shutter releases.
Then again, I'm not an expert so perhaps all older shutter releases looked like that.

Source: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Gitzo

  • Additional source: camera-wiki.org/wiki/Gitzo_tripods - Which model for the win, I'll give you a upvote for now. Thanks. This was a burning question until it was forgotten. – Rob Dec 19 '18 at 17:18
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    All the Gitzo tripods I could find have round legs. The legs cross-section and lock mechanism looks more like the on found in Heiwa tripods. But I agree that the built-in release hints at Gitzo. Tripod and head could be from separate manufacturers. – xenoid Dec 19 '18 at 19:04
  • @xenoid, yes that's the issue I'm running into as well. All the Gitzo tripods seem to have some markings on the tripod, this one doesn't. So the separate head/tripod theory is likely. Unfortunately there are no more photos of the tripod or head, so unless the question asker returns, this is probably a dead end. – Saaru Lindestøkke Dec 19 '18 at 20:12
  • Gitzo is a stretch because too many letters need to be read sideways. – xiota Dec 19 '18 at 22:24
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    @Rob I reached out to Gitzo's Contact Us, asking if the logo may have been a super early version for Gitzo, and they responded: "Good Afternoon Hueco, Thank you for reaching out to us regarding our Gitzo product. The attached item is not a Gitzo product. Additionally, we are unfamiliar with the logo so I am not sure who it may be. I am sorry I could not be more helpful. If you have any questions or require any additional assistance, please reach back out to us. Thank you Help Desk " – Hueco Dec 20 '18 at 22:16

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