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Gandolfi tripod revamped

I bought this Gandolfi tripod of Feepay as I’d sold my last vintage wooden tripod and regretted it. This one is much more sturdy and looks like it will hold my larger cameras easily.

This was covered in the standard awful black paint of the time.


After several hours with various brands of paintstripper I was getting nowhere fast.
The electric sander proved more than adequate……

A few coats of beeswax and a quick scrub with wire wool and its back together. I’m not one for making my kit look new, if you replace one screw with a shiny brass one you may as well go the whole hog and make everything shiny. I prefer the lived in look.





Now have to finish the wooden suitcase darkroom ready for the Manchester Histories Festival event on the 3rd.



  1. Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM | #

    Right know i know who outbid me :) congratulations

  2. Posted February 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM | #


  3. Posted February 24, 2012 at 6:06 AM | #

    Uau, that’s an effort, that I would not have, but still I agree it looks much much better! Well done!

  4. Posted October 5, 2012 at 9:45 AM | #

    Pity you removed the ebonising! Arthur Gandolfi always reckoned that the black ebonised finish was more difficult to produce than the standard polish, and it always cost more on cameras – though I think that with the tripods they standardised on black, probably because photographers demanded it, to avoid reflections of the tripod in some setups.

  5. Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM | #

    The ebony didnt match the mahogany of my cameras so it had to go, it was a little battered and scruffy anyways. So I dont really see it as a pity.

    Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:58 AM | #

    I have one of these tripods (Black) – is it worth any money?

    Many thanks for any advice, please – – – and thanks for your time.

    Best Regards – Ken

  7. Posted May 20, 2013 at 10:43 AM | #

    Hi Ken,

    This tripod used to be black but I stripped it down.

    They currently sell for £100+ on Ebay etc depending on condition and if the seller is willing to post it. The tripod I have is the more common one, there is also a larger version that has a hand crank for raising the central column, these are more expensive.


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