This is very helpful review and thank you. I am just hesitating before purchasing a "Gitzo" tripod and consider this combination. To travel light is important for me, but I will also use it as a main tripod at home. Thus, it should be multi tasking. Reviews in "B&H" recommenss this tripod for all uses. Understood there is a compromise and a "price". I will appreciate more thoughts on that.
What will be your advice comparing this combination to Gitzo GT2541 Mountaineer (with the same ball head).
Hi Ronnie - I just pulled the trigger on the Markins Q3T head to go with the 1541T legs I just purchased at the local store. Like you, travelling light is paramount to me.
Actually being able to handle the Gitzo legs convinced me on the purchase: extremely lightweight, excellent fit and finish, very tight and rigid legs (although I agree that last segment is deceptively narrow) and good design. I do have a second older and much heavier Bogen tripod at home that gets used in the church for weddings and other "nearby" setups.
My goal though was to get something super light for the trail, under 4 lbs in total. That's why I chose the 1541T - nothing at all against the Feissol products as many here love them, enjoy good use with them, and the price is certainly quite attractive. With the Markins head I will be about an ounce or so over three pounds. That will go out on the trail with me for sure . The head should arrive early next week. If the Gitzo was my only tripod, I may have considered a heavier model.