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Apr 26, 2017 22:35 |  #16

if you're looking for a travel tripod, why not RRS TVC 24? Folded is about 19-20", which will fit international carry on. It's like the only tripod I've drooled over, it's like smallish like 2 series tripods, but beefy legs like 3 series. Simply incredible tripod.


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Apr 26, 2017 23:45 as a reply to Charlie's post |  #17

I travel with a full-size tripod. been there done that with the little guys. my current tripod is a two series systematic that is rated to 51 lbs and is topped with a markins Q10. with the head removed is 22" and easily fits in my luggage. I can do everything with this tripod but I just am looking for a little more height and most likely a move up to 3-series.

the RRS is comparable to what I have but is much more expensive and shorter.


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Apr 27, 2017 00:04 |  #18

ed rader wrote in post #18339700 (external link)
I travel with a full-size tripod. been there done that with the little guys. my current tripod is a two series systematic that is rated to 51 lbs and is topped with a markins Q10. with the head removed is 22" and easily fits in my luggage. I can do everything with this tripod but I just am looking for a little more height and most likely a move up to 3-series.

the RRS is comparable to what I have but is much more expensive and shorter.

you cant go wrong with the 3 series then, ridiculously stable and a pleasure to work with. I got more annoyed with the size over the weight, but I was using the three legged version, which was so big and clumsy. THe RRS is the only tripod that I'de consider comparable to a 3 series although conservatively rated as a 2 series.

my feisol likes to consider it a 3 series, but the RRS 2 series is substantially thicker, looks like the size of the gitzo 3 series!

I dont recall the prices, but I've seen the TVC24L go for ~750-850

I found the leg diameter for the gitzo: 32.9 mm, 29, 25.3, 21.7

rrs leg diameter: 33mm (1.29") Second Leg: 28.5mm (1.12") Third Leg 24.57mm (.964") Fourth Leg: 20.5mm (.807")

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Apr 27, 2017 01:08 |  #19

if I go to a three series I might get a mountaineer instead of a systematic I know the huge top plate makes the systematic more stable but it also makes it larger and harder to carry, especially on a backpack. but do I really need another tripod? no but I do want one :-P I've seen the feisol they are nice for a budget tripod. do you feel the RRS is superior to gitzo?

TVC24L = $985 from BH


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Apr 27, 2017 02:05 |  #20

ed rader wrote in post #18339753 (external link)
if I go to a three series I might get a mountaineer instead of a systematic I know the huge top plate makes the systematic more stable but it also makes it larger and harder to carry, especially on a backpack. but do I really need another tripod? no but I do want one :-P I've seen the feisol they are nice for a budget tripod. do you feel the RRS is superior to gitzo?

TVC24L = $985 from BH

stability wise, they are similar. Gitzo 3 series is stupid good unless you're shooting high winds, then you need like 5 series or RRS 4 series, which can stabilize a home in a pinch........

Either are a notch above feisol for sure. When it comes to use, the RRS has a better design and more polished. I've been pinched by the gitzo...... rrs has ratchet legs. Another thing is the design philosophy of RRS. they're legs tuck under the plate with an offset design to minimize bulk...... damn genius.

if comparing apples and apples, the tvc series 3 > gitzo series 3. I'de give gitzo series 3 a slight edge over tvc series 2. Both are totally stable. My brother owns the RRS tripod, and he uses a 5D3, 11-24, 24-105, 200 f2, and all were stable on the TVC, but the gitzo was clearly much taller. The spider of the gitzo is massive compared to the tvc24, and can use a full sized ball head like a 55mm ball, where the tvc was designed for something smaller like a ~40mm ball like the q10 or bh40. If you ever plan to do gimbal, the 3 series is minimal for the spider and leveling base which can be updated later. You can gimbal with the tvc 24, but it wont be as cool as you'de need a third party leveling base like the acratech.


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Apr 27, 2017 02:35 as a reply to Charlie's post |  #21

good info man. my style is very mobile. 100-400L II will be my longest lens and I normally shoot it handheld or on monopod. I do use it on tripod occasionally for long exposures or moon but my normal long lens on tripod is 70-300L. I do long exposures and astro so I do need a stable tripod for 14mm-300mm.

hey just picked up the Gitzo GT3542. what sold me is folded length is 21.3" and fully extended w/o column is 52.8". so I get 1.5" more height fully extended with the ability to raise center column and folded length remains the same. and tho i'm moving from series 2 systematic to series 3 mountaineer and losing some capacity I believe this new pod will be more than stable enough for my needs!

maybe when I recover financially a bit i'll get a short column for it.

oh got the gitzo for $850 from israel. BH price is $1000


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Apr 27, 2017 11:23 |  #22

ed rader wrote in post #18339781 (external link)
good info man. my style is very mobile. 100-400L II will be my longest lens and I normally shoot it handheld or on monopod. I do use it on tripod occasionally for long exposures or moon but my normal long lens on tripod is 70-300L. I do long exposures and astro so I do need a stable tripod for 14mm-300mm.

hey just picked up the Gitzo GT3542. what sold me is folded length is 21.3" and fully extended w/o column is 52.8". so I get 1.5" more height fully extended with the ability to raise center column and folded length remains the same. and tho i'm moving from series 2 systematic to series 3 mountaineer and losing some capacity I believe this new pod will be more than stable enough for my needs!

maybe when I recover financially a bit i'll get a short column for it.

oh got the gitzo for $850 from israel. BH price is $1000

congrats on the purchase, those are surprisingly good stats. My buddy had an older mountaineer, and I remember it heavy as heck, but I looked up your model and it's impressive, not as heavy?

the G-Lock ultra sounds interesting, maybe sand prevention? that's been my number 1 pet peeve with all tripods, sand just messes them up badly.


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Apr 27, 2017 14:49 as a reply to Charlie's post |  #23

thanks man. I shoot in the surf and sand is a real problem for me. i don't think this one will be going into the ocean. seriously considering getting a Sirui waterproof pod for that. a couple of my buddies use them and swear by them.

the tripod i bought is the compact version of the one i originally asked about. funny thing is the long version is at least $100 cheaper from BH. with this tripod i know at full extension height will be "perfect" for level ground shooting.


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Apr 27, 2017 18:56 |  #24

Happy new tripod!

The Gitzo 3 series tripods will handle anything you want to throw at them. Up until about 3 months ago I used the Gitzo 3530LS and found it fully adequate for my 800 F5.6 L IS or (previous) 600 F4 L IS. True this is a Systematic, but I also had a Gitzo G1329 Mk2 Mountaineer that was very nearly as good with these lenses and just as good if I didn't raise the center column.

Before anybody says that the G1329 Mk2 Mountaineer doesn't exist, I was using G1329 legs with a G1327 Spider. These are the old non ALR legs - still excellent by any standards!

Glad to hear that your new toy wasn't too expensive ED. In some ways it is good to live on this side of the pond - my most recent (and possibly last) Gitzo purchase was a Gitzo GT4542LS, £375 ($483) direct from Gitzo. Some things are cheaper over here! Unfortunately much as I like RRS but they are just silly money here!


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Apr 28, 2017 01:06 as a reply to johnf3f's post |  #25

Thanks John. the numbers were just right on this tripod and i'm really looking forward to it. I live about 3 hours away from RRS and have given them plenty of money over the years. I do prefer markins ballheads and kirk L brackets tho. this will be my fourth Gitzo and I guess I am a fan of their tripods too.

this tripod is coming from Israel. Australia also has good prices on gitzo. thanks for your help. i'm really glad I started this thread!


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Apr 28, 2017 16:27 |  #26

check out the features of the Gitzo Mountaineers in this 2-minute video. no need for a short column anymore

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May 06, 2017 12:20 |  #27

ed rader wrote in post #18339781 (external link)
good info man. my style is very mobile. 100-400L II will be my longest lens and I normally shoot it handheld or on monopod. I do use it on tripod occasionally for long exposures or moon but my normal long lens on tripod is 70-300L. I do long exposures and astro so I do need a stable tripod for 14mm-300mm.

hey just picked up the Gitzo GT3542. what sold me is folded length is 21.3" and fully extended w/o column is 52.8". so I get 1.5" more height fully extended with the ability to raise center column and folded length remains the same. and tho i'm moving from series 2 systematic to series 3 mountaineer and losing some capacity I believe this new pod will be more than stable enough for my needs!

maybe when I recover financially a bit i'll get a short column for it.

oh got the gitzo for $850 from israel. BH price is $1000

That's a great choice, Ed! I also picked up the Gitzo 3382 ball head to pair with it. I'm very satisfied and I'm sure you will be as well.

ed rader wrote in post #18341246 (external link)
check out the features of the Gitzo Mountaineers in this 2-minute video. no need for a short column anymore

https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=aXKYGMOuFSM (external link)

I was going to tell you that, so I'm glad I finished reading the thread:lol:


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May 06, 2017 17:56 as a reply to ed rader's post |  #28

You are welcome.

Again happy new tripod - I am sure you will be pleased!


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May 07, 2017 01:21 |  #29

again thanks everyone! I thought I would post a quick comparison of the two tripods.the mountaineer has replaced the systematic. 3-series mountaineer (GT3542) vs 2-series systematic (GT2542s). both "short".

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the systematic weighs 3.7lbs and the mountaineer 4.1. folded the systematic is 21.9" and the mountaineer is .6' shorter. height of the systematic is 51.2" which on level ground is comfortable for me. the mountaineer is a bit higher w/o column at 52.8" which is better and then I still have the center column, which is the main reason I upgraded. Also the mountaineer is more comfortable over the shoulder, which is another big consideration for me. the systematic is rated at 51.2 lbs of load while the mountaineer is 46.3" but the mountaineer is stiffer laterally. both tripods are plenty sturdy for my needs.

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May 07, 2017 18:16 |  #30

Two VERY nice tripods. Happy you!


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