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Mark Mayer
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...thinking about the Leica GST101..

Allen Precision's blurb an these includes "A cost-effective alternative for TPS instruments with angular measurement accuracy above 5" .  In other words, less stable than their other models. But, being Leica, they aren't going to be junk. At least if they don't work out you won't be out much. 

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lukenz
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@mark-mayer

Leica's own testing in their whitepaper would beg to differ that they are less stable than the GST20/120's.  Sag/torsional rigidity were practically the same and the GST101's actually didn't drift as much over the 3 hour test.  They don't have the self locking pockets and are shorter (166cm max height vs 184cm on the GST20/120's) so bit less functionality but not going to compromise the results.

Leica just have to try find some reason to justify the 3x price difference.

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Eric Kara
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I'll add a recommendation. For the price it's to beat a NEDO tripod.  They are wood tripods that are plastic coated. They last way longer than ones what are just painted or fiberglass.  They are also much less than a GST120-9.The tripod i recommend would be a Ref.-No. 200 534-185 It's a dual clamp and is built for robotic total station. They cost rought $280.00 

http://www.nedo.com/index.pl?Lang=US&Page=products/stative/ueber_stative.html

200534 185 big

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That is one heavy tripod, and the only round head tripod I have used. One needs to be mindful when setting up a round head if they are using a Leica measure up tape as the top plate can block the tape if the tribrach is centered. 

The Leica legs are worth the price difference, in my opinion.

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Shelby H. Griggs PLS
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@firestix I wouldn't skip on a quality tripod, the best gun in the world is useless on a junk tripod. I am a Leica shop and since the 80's actually when I worked other places, I have felt the Leica GST-20 is the best wood tripod if not the best tripod for the money you can buy. Easy 20 yer life if you take care of them, not a bad investment for what they cost new. One of the 1st purchases in 1995 was three brand new GST-20 tripods for I think about $1200, they have all been replaced now with new ones, but they lasted about 20 years, some of the parts for the older ones became unobtainium so I replaced. I would venture to say during a career, you would only need a couple sets of these legs.

SHG

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