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Sep 07, 2010 16:45 |  #1

I own a Manfrotto 190CXPRO4, which I mainly wanted for its size and weight. I owned a Markins Q3 with the older style thumb releases. I've just sold this as I really wanted to get a quick release style lever top plate.

My dilema is. Should I stick with the Q3 or upgrade to the Q10? My lenses are all pretty small with the largest being the Canon 200mm F2.8. Although I would like to get a 100-400 at some point.


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Sep 07, 2010 17:09 |  #2

If you are intending on using 400mm, the Markins M20 would be the recommended size, but you should get a larger tripod commensurate with the lens, too. For your current tripod, the M10 is a reasonable match but is not well matched to the stability of a 400mm lens.


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Sep 07, 2010 19:26 |  #3

I think the M10 would be fine for the 100-400. I think Wilt may be referring to the 400mm prime which is 14" long and weighs 12 lbs.


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Sep 07, 2010 19:49 |  #4

Going by the fact that Gitzo recommends the 3500 series tripods for >300mm (without stipulation of fixed FL vs. zoom) and that goes with the M20 best.


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Sep 07, 2010 20:51 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #5

I use the Markins M-10 on my Gitzo 2-series (GT2540 Mountaineer). I also use the 100-400L, with a 1.4 extender on occasion, with this rig and haven't had any stability problems. Personally, I think Gitzo is a little on the conservative side with their focal length recommendations since I haven't experienced any issues. The M-10 will handle the 100-400L with ease, but I can't vouch for the Manfrotto legset.


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Sep 08, 2010 06:56 |  #6

Decided to go with the Q10.

It's probably a little overkill for my legs but I can always upgrade these at a later date.

With the lack of use it will get (need it from time to time) I can't see me wanting to change this for the best part of 10 years!!


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