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Mar 31, 2011 21:01 |  #1

does anyone here have a 5 series tripod? could you tell me which one you have and how sturdy it is. i have a 3531s and it is a little short. i like it and it is sturdy i need one a little taller. i don't like the way the leveling base sits in the 3 series I'm weird like that.

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Apr 01, 2011 00:29 |  #2

I have the 5541LS and it's a beast! Unless I'm driving I dread to lug it around.


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Apr 01, 2011 10:03 |  #3

Apart from the 5-series having a larger diameter, aren't the 3 and 5-series Gitzo spiders the same? So the leveling base will surely sit in the 5-series the same way it sits in the 3-series? What don't you like about the way it's seated?


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Apr 01, 2011 15:24 |  #4

unless I'm am mistaken the 3 series are smaller diameter i have not used a 5 series so I'm not 100% sure. my biggest thing in the hight. i also have been looking at the RRS tvc-33.




  
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Apr 01, 2011 18:42 |  #5

If height is your concern you will need to look for a model with the L or XL suffix after the model number.


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Apr 01, 2011 18:45 |  #6

i looked at the 5541LS but how sturdy is it with 4 sections.




  
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Apr 01, 2011 19:50 |  #7

musso wrote in post #12140816 (external link)
i looked at the 5541LS but how sturdy is it with 4 sections.

Very. There's a bloke called Neil over on Nikonians that does a fair amount of tripod testing. A recent test involved a Gitzo 3541LS, an earlier version in 3-section, and the RRS TVC-33 Versa which is also a 3-section. He found very small differences in rigidity/stability with a slight edge going to the 4-section 3541LS. To quote him: "I think this pair of images (and this was consistent among all the tests I did of these two configurations) indicates that there is very little penalty for going with 4 sections and maybe none at all if you shoot the legs intelligently. It made me happy to go with the 4 section because a shorter folded length was important to me for this tripod."

This is not the 5-series he tested but the 3-series, however the 5-series is the 3-series writ large and it's not unreasonable to think that the 5-series 4-section legs would perform similarly.


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Apr 02, 2011 08:59 as a reply to  @ peter_n's post |  #8

Measure your eye-height first, then measure and deduct the height of the viewfinder of your camera + the height of the head you wanna use..then you know what height you are looking for ;)

As far as the 5541ls goes, it's a very sturdy tripod..but it's not something you wanna carry around with you everywhere.
I have a 3541ls and a 5541ls, the 3541 goes everywhere, including travel. The 5541 is used when I know I'll need the extra sturdyness and when I know I don't have to walk several kilometers.


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Apr 03, 2011 01:45 |  #9

i have done that i need a tripod 58" to 60" tall to make it right for me i was just wondering about the 5 series tripods and how sturdy they are. and also the 4 section tripod.




  
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Apr 03, 2011 07:35 |  #10

I have a GT3541LS with spikes and it's amazingly stable with quite heavy loads. I can use a 400mm f5.6 on a 5DII in medium winds and get sharp images using long exposures. In high winds, it's good practise to get the tripod as low as possible to minimise surface area to the elements and I've shot 30 second exposures in very stong "in your face" head winds with sharp results. Where the 5 and 3 series seperate is with really heavy glass like 500mm f4 IS L and 400mm f2.8 IS L lenses. Although the 3 series is fine and able, the 5 do offer a bit more stability with the big guns.


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Apr 03, 2011 08:42 |  #11

musso wrote in post #12147412 (external link)
i have done that i need a tripod 58" to 60" tall to make it right for me i was just wondering about the 5 series tripods and how sturdy they are. and also the 4 section tripod.

Comparing my 3541ls to my 5541ls, the 2 top leg segments of the 5541 are bigger than the 3541ls's top segment. The top segment of the 3541ls has the same diameter as the 3d leg segment of the 5541ls. Also the spider of the 5541ls is bigger.

Will it be more sturdy than you 3531 ? Sure, but it's also more bulky and heavier..that's the price you pay


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Apr 03, 2011 09:33 |  #12

weight is not a big deal for me. i do landscapes and architecture & cityscape photography. with that being said i don't mind lugging a bigger heaver tripod around as long as it is sturdy. i have an assistant ( my daughter) to carry the tripod for me. and again i am weird about the leveling base fitment.

i guess i am just trying to figure out which tripod is going to be the best gitzo 5541ls or the RRS tvc-33. the gitzo has 4 sections and RRS has 3 sections so this is my delima




  
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Apr 10, 2011 02:00 |  #13

I got the both gizto gt5561sgt (tripod) & gizto gm5541 (monopod) and both of them are monster 6x carbon, the great thing about these monster combo is that I could easy attach the monopod directly underneath the tripod, making it easy to carrry around.


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Apr 13, 2011 22:53 |  #14

i went ahead a ordered the GT5541LS it will be here tomorrow cant wait.

thank you everyone for your input. i think i made a good decision bast on what you all said.

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Apr 14, 2011 05:49 |  #15

Good choice, it's a beast! Very sturdy.


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