ed rader wrote in post #18339753
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
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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