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Mar 15, 2011 00:33 |  #1

gitzo GS5121LVL leaveling base does anyone have one of these on there 3 seires tripod. i want to know if a BH-55 will fit on it with out hanging over the sides.

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Mar 15, 2011 05:25 |  #2

Hi Joe,

I have the levelling base I use on my GT3541LS tripod. I am not sure of the size of the BH-55 but I have a markins Q20 on it and it has plenty of space around it. Previously I had a Benro J-3 which has a 3" base diameter and there was still a lot of real estate on the base showing, I doubt if the BH-55 would fill the top plate.

The base is fantastic on the systematic series, gone are the days of fighting with legs and fear of it all tumbling down getting it level.

Hope this is of some help.

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Mar 15, 2011 08:15 |  #3

paulrwselby is it possible you give me a measurement across the top of mounting surface of the leveling base.

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Mar 15, 2011 08:45 as a reply to  @ musso's post |  #4

Joe,

I measured it after I posted and it measures 3.25" diameter and the rubber pad of the base is 3".

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Mar 15, 2011 08:49 |  #5

thank you paul. that is perfect.

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Mar 15, 2011 08:54 as a reply to  @ musso's post |  #6

I am sure you will be very happy with the new base....Enjoy.


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Mar 15, 2011 08:58 |  #7

i have one more question how much does it raise the ball head. i am kinda tall and i need every little bit i can get.




  
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Mar 15, 2011 10:05 as a reply to  @ musso's post |  #8

It is about 1.6" above the normal base that comes with the 3 series, it will be 0.25" less in height if used on the series 5 head as the levelling head has two steps to fit either the 3 or 5 series legs.

What is not obvious and there were no instructions, is the lever on the side is to lock the head in place, it saves finding the strap wrench each time you swap heads.....


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Mar 15, 2011 10:09 |  #9

I was wondering what that lever was for. Nice feature... :)


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Mar 15, 2011 11:12 as a reply to  @ peter_n's post |  #10

yes it is a handy feature. It makes swapping ball heads/ gimbals so much easier.

Apart from the extra weight I can see no downsides.


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