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Review: Gitzo 1541T Tripod, Markins Q3T Ballhead w/ RRS B2 LR II Clamp

 
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Jan 02, 2011 10:10 |  #1621

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Damn, now I need a ballhead. Any recommend ones besides the one in the OP? Also, for the clamp, I still don't get the purpose of it. is it to put on and take off the camera from the tripod quickly?

Yes that's exactly what it's for. For that to happen you need a plate on the camera and it's the plate that fits into the ballhead clamp. It's very quick and secure.


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Jan 04, 2011 15:44 |  #1622

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Anyone know whether any RRS or Acratech ballheads fit this tripod as well as the Markins Q3t? (flushed out legs)

RRS advertises that its new BH-30 ballhead is a perfect fit for this tripod.


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Jan 04, 2011 15:52 |  #1623

got any review for the RRS BH-30?
im actually looking for a comparison between BH-30 and Q3t.




  
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Jan 04, 2011 16:04 as a reply to  @ tgara's post |  #1624

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OK, it looks like the BH-30 will work but will not flush out. If you look at these pics from the RRS website with the GT1541T and BH-30 (and clamp), the legs appear to be spread... one more than the other 2, but all 3 to some degree...
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Jan 04, 2011 16:14 |  #1625

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This is how it fits up against the latest Markins Q3T and Photo Clam PC-33NS:
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Jan 06, 2011 19:46 |  #1626

Just got my Q3T w/ Screw Release.

Sorry if this has been asked before but what kind of plates are people using with a 5D Mark II? I did not order it without loctite so am I pretty much stuck with the Markins brand camera plate?

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Jan 06, 2011 20:57 |  #1627

xdmg wrote in post #11588434 (external link)
Just got my Q3T w/ Screw Release.

Sorry if this has been asked before but what kind of plates are people using with a 5D Mark II? I did not order it without loctite so am I pretty much stuck with the Markins brand camera plate?

Thanks!

As I understand it, you can get any plates, not just Markins. I recently ordered a RRS L Plate for my 5D II that I plan on using with a Q3T with the new lever clamp. In my situation, I have to "dial-in" the clamp to RRS L Plate, but once I do it should be nice and snug. With the Q3T screw clamp, you can use any camera/lens plates, as it's adjustable by the very nature of the screw clamp itself.


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Jan 06, 2011 21:22 |  #1628

xdmg wrote in post #11588434 (external link)
Just got my Q3T w/ Screw Release. Sorry if this has been asked before but what kind of plates are people using with a 5D Mark II? I did not order it without loctite so am I pretty much stuck with the Markins brand camera plate?

Christopher is correct, you can use just about any brand of camera plate with a screw clamp.

The red Loctite that Markins uses requires heat to shear the Loctite seal. But you can break it and use a different clamp in the future if you wish.


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Jan 06, 2011 21:28 as a reply to  @ peter_n's post |  #1629

Thanks! How does the RSS L-plate quality wise do against the Markins?


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Jan 06, 2011 22:06 |  #1630

No idea. My RRS L-plate came used from eBay, a fraction of the price of the new ones. I like the RRS plates as they're very well made and have an index mark under the center of the lens so you can easily align the plate in the clamp.


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Jan 07, 2011 07:50 |  #1631

xdmg wrote in post #11589023 (external link)
Thanks! How does the RSS L-plate quality wise do against the Markins?

THe L plates from RRS, IMO, pretty much set the standard for plates.

The only thing you should do though, is find a plate brand and stick with it if you ever will use a lever clamp. The lever clamps have to have a finer tolerance on the plate than do the screw clamps. That said, definitely do get a lever clamp.

In both plates and clamps, I think RRS is superior to RRS. You can order the Markins several ways - without a clamp and without loctite, even with a clamp and without loctite.

If you wanted the Markins clamp but would maybe be changing, I'd order it without loctite on the clamp. You can then use blue loctite (doesn't require heat) or even none at all - which is what I did.

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Jan 07, 2011 08:02 |  #1632

The GC1201T is a POS...why couldn't they add like 5mm to the dimensions so you don't have to squeeze like a twit to try and get it in. It wastes time trying to fold the tripod exactly in a certain way so that it becomes possible to fit it in the damn bag

It is completely non functional overpriced POS


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Jan 07, 2011 09:37 |  #1633

smorter wrote in post #11591143 (external link)
The GC1201T is a POS...why couldn't they add like 5mm to the dimensions so you don't have to squeeze like a twit to try and get it in. It wastes time trying to fold the tripod exactly in a certain way so that it becomes possible to fit it in the damn bag

It is completely non functional overpriced POS

I've read that it does fit, while snug, with a ballhead attached in the traveling position? What ballhead do have? I don't have this bag yet, but I was thinking of getting it for my combo with Q3T.


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Jan 07, 2011 09:47 as a reply to  @ smorter's post |  #1634

Amazon must have run out again. My order was placed on 29 December but has not shipped yet. No biggie, I just ordered it on a whim because of the price. I still may end up not using it much, and I have to decide what head to put on it. I have an Acratech GP on my 2531 and I really love it. I bight get the GPs which is a smaller version of the GP. I have no problem using screw clamps - I actually prefer them. I had lever clamps before, and I really don't think the screw clamps pose any disadvantage. Certainly not in time - if I have the time to set up a tripod, a few nanoseconds saved by the clamp are not going to make a difference!


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Jan 07, 2011 10:43 |  #1635

JohnJ80 wrote in post #11591082 (external link)
In both plates and clamps, I think RRS is superior to RRS.

I think Jon meant to say that he thinks RRS is superior to Markins... ;)

I agree that the RRS L-plates are excellent, but IMHO Markins clamps are better that those from RRS. :)


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