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The Hakuba HG-6230C is a 3 section designed with outdoor use in mind. It is able to support most SLRs and medium format cameras, so is designed with more professional users in mind. This tripod is quite similar in its stability and Build quality to the Gitzo G1227, which of course is a real pro as Gitzo, as you know are one of the best in the business!
Looking at the collar and center column of the Hakuba HG-6230C you can see the tripod represents excellent quality at a good price. The collar and column are made of aluminum. The centre column is lockable via a screw and a secondary tension control that helps prevent movement ad slippage. The tripod is presented with a 1/4 and 3/8 inch screw.
You will notice more weight benefits with the Hakuba HG-6230C when using a suitable ball head. Using a light one such as the Velbon PH-263QL will further reduce the tripods overall weight.
The Hakuba HG-6230C is the same basic tripod as the Velbon Carmagne 630 with the exception of any metal parts such as the column. These are magnesium on the Velbon and aluminum on the Hakuba but this is represented in the difference in price.