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Old 23rd of June 2009 (Tue)   #91
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if you don't have 400/500/600 lens then 3451 is more than enough for you.
Yes, I realize that, I plan to one day get a 70-200 L, so I know when I do that, the GT3541 will hold my gear. And if I ever step up to 400/500/600, I'll be ready too.

Now you have me debating on the Markins and PhotoClam ballheads!

I guess according the the ball and housing diameters, the PC-48NS is comparable to the Markins M20? Its $100 less than the Markins too.

PC-48NS
http://reallybigcameras.com/PhotoClam/PC-48N_NS.htm
Ball Diameter - 48mm/1.89in
Housing Diameter - 58mm/2.28in

M20
http://www.markinsamerica.com/MA5/M20.php?req=nqs
Ball Diameter - 1.89 in (48 mm)
Housing Diameter - 2.28 in (58 mm)

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Old 23rd of June 2009 (Tue)   #93
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yup..48 is the same. However, if you want the base dia of your ballhead to fit perfectly to your 3541LS, get 54NS. Same size.
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Dolica Proline Carbon Fiber Tripod CX620B104 = Cheap ($100) and light, strong as heck.

Cullman Magnesit 35NM Ball Head = Again cheap ($160), Holds 66 pounds, designed and built excellent, very smooth motion even with heavy gear. Big but remarkably light for its size


I'm editing to add additional info.

Maximum load: I don't know. I've had a gripped body/Bigmos on top with no issues. I've also had Stellarvue 20x85mm binoculars on top with no issues, and a gripped body/Sigma 180mm macro/macro rail with no issues. The weakest link would be the tripod, and it'll hold a ton of weight.

Tripod/Ball Head Weight: 5.2 Pounds

Best Suited For: Well heck, I don't know. Holding up camera gear? Seriously, you could easily travel with this. Take the ball head off and stuff it in a bag (soft case was included), throw the tripod in its case, and there you go.

I am going through some financial Crunch but needed a good tripod hope the Dolica model is good for that...will give it a try

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Old 30th of June 2009 (Tue)   #95
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yup..48 is the same. However, if you want the base dia of your ballhead to fit perfectly to your 3541LS, get 54NS. Same size.
So the Photo Clam PC-54NS is $329 vs. the Markins M20-NQS at $359, a $30 difference?
I think I'll go with the Markins M20-NQS and get my RSS clamp and plate.
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Old 1st of July 2009 (Wed)   #96
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Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 and 484RC2

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Old 1st of July 2009 (Wed)   #97
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wow, i had no idea triods were so darn expensive. I have a $50 aluminum gig that i bought from bh. Its very light for travel.

Since i have no idea which models are being referenced throughout this thread can someone recommend a nicer tripod set up that i can also travel and hike with? My budget is $100-300. Btw, I'll be using the mk II and 24-105 lens. Possible a 70-200.

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Old 1st of July 2009 (Wed)   #98
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1. Velbon El Carmagne 640 carbon fiber legs
2. Markins Q3 ballhead with quick release plate
3. The 4-piece legs are light weight (3.2 pounds), has flip lock latches, and collapse to 18 inches. The Q-ball (Emille) is compact and lightweight (0.84 pounds), has a panning base, and claims to support 65 pounds. I’ve only had about 9 pounds loaded on this configuration and it was rock steady. Quick to setup and easy to carry in the accompanying soft case.
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The old Gitzo #210 I had for over 17 years is far too heavy for me, replaced it with a Manfrotto #055CXPRO3 several months ago, I feel much lighter now.



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I am using the Manfrotto #486RC2 ball head, enough to support my equipment including this miniture EOS-1 Ds Mark III, hahaha~~~




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Now that is funny.
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Are you sure that that is within the load rating?

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Anyone know or care to help me find a comparable Feisol tripod to the Gitzo GT3541LS?
I think this one looks to be pretty close to the same features and specs...
Feisol CT3472LV, but at $598 I am only $36 away from the GT3541LS, so why wouldn't I just get the Gitzo?

This Feisol Tournament Class CT-3442 is half the price of the Gitzo, but falls short on some of the specs, like height etc.
I know its hard to beat the Gitzo in every category except price, and I realize you pay for what you get, just having a hard time pulling the trigger when I can get so much more with the money I'll spend on the Gitzo setup vs. another setup.
I'm still sold on the GT3541LS, Markins M20, RSS clamp and L plate, but having a hard time convincing the wife another $1000+ is needed for the tripod setup.

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Anyone know or care to help me find a comparable Feisol tripod to the Gitzo GT3541LS?
I think this one looks to be pretty close to the same features and specs...
Feisol CT3472LV, but at $598 I am only $36 away from the GT3541LS, so why wouldn't I just get the Gitzo?

This Feisol Tournament Class CT-3442 is half the price of the Gitzo, but falls short on some of the specs, like height etc.
I know its hard to beat the Gitzo in every category except price, and I realize you pay for what you get, just having a hard time pulling the trigger when I can get so much more with the money I'll spend on the Gitzo setup vs. another setup.
I'm still sold on the GT3541LS, Markins M20, RSS clamp and L plate, but having a hard time convincing the wife another $1000+ is needed for the tripod setup.
Time to learn how to spend money with your "WIFE" agreement.
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Anyone know or care to help me find a comparable Feisol tripod to the Gitzo GT3541LS?
I think this one looks to be pretty close to the same features and specs...
Feisol CT3472LV, but at $598 I am only $36 away from the GT3541LS, so why wouldn't I just get the Gitzo?

This Feisol Tournament Class CT-3442 is half the price of the Gitzo, but falls short on some of the specs, like height etc.
I know its hard to beat the Gitzo in every category except price, and I realize you pay for what you get, just having a hard time pulling the trigger when I can get so much more with the money I'll spend on the Gitzo setup vs. another setup.
I'm still sold on the GT3541LS, Markins M20, RSS clamp and L plate, but having a hard time convincing the wife another $1000+ is needed for the tripod setup.

If you're sold on the 3541LS, then that's what I'd get. I hate it when I wind up second guessing myself later. I don't know of anyone who has gotten one that wasn't convinced they made the right decision when they got it.

If you have another ballhead, you could use that for a while and see how it works out. But going for it is probably the best route in the long run, IMHO.


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