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PaulTopol
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Jan 16, 2012 04:56 |  #1

I am looking to buy a GOOD lightweight tripod to hold my 1d(maybe)x, 100-400 lens...maybe at some stage a bit bigger.

I tending towards a Gitzo carbon so I can easily travel with it.
I am only 5ft7 tall (short?) so over 6ft would be a waste?

Not sure on the head, plate, ball etc.

Hopefully somebody will be kind enough to help me spend my money...besides my wife.

Paul


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Jan 16, 2012 07:18 |  #2

take a look at Gitzo 3541.
It's a very fine legs.
Having RRS tripod would be a dream for me though. :)
I also remember that there is a chart that shows how each tripod model stand with the person beside him. I couldn't remember where I found it.

As for ballhead, Arca Swiss, RRS is great.


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Jan 16, 2012 07:37 as a reply to  @ Azzure_7's post |  #3

the chart is on the rrs page




  
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Jan 16, 2012 08:09 as a reply to  @ jdfinch's post |  #4

I am 5'8" and the Gitzo 3531S is a perfect height for me. My wife is a little shorter and has the same setup. On top of the Gitzo we have RRS BH55 with a level type quick release clamp. We put RRS L plates on the bodies and long plates on the feet of the footed lenses such as 100-400. We were out shooting yesterday. It was one of those days when we greatly appreciated having high quality equipment as we mucked about in the Georgia mountains. I am sure the RRS tripods are equally good units. You can get tripod-ballhead packages from RRS and save a little.




  
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Jan 16, 2012 09:39 |  #5

I like my RRS 34L, it replaced a heavy Gitzo, which replaced a Manfrotto. I like RRS for the ease of being able to ring them up easily, obviously for you that wouldn't work. Given your location, I'd go with Gitzo - they're very good for the money. My only complaint about mine was the weight.




  
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Jan 16, 2012 09:44 |  #6

Thanks for the QUICK replies. Isn't this forum amazing?
I'll let you know what I get.
So difficult to wade through all the data.


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Jan 16, 2012 09:47 |  #7

Rick,
Thanks for the suggestion. Weight is important to me. That's why I am heading for Carbon. Right direction?


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Jan 16, 2012 10:07 |  #8

PaulTopol wrote in post #13712849 (external link)
Rick,
Thanks for the suggestion. Weight is important to me. That's why I am heading for Carbon. Right direction?

Carbon dampens vibrations MUCH faster than aluminum, and getting rid of vibration/movment is the primary reason we have tripods in the first place.

But yes - it generally weighs less than the same tripod would in aluminum. It's just that weight isn't the only thing that makes carbon a superior material for a tripod.




  
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Jan 16, 2012 10:13 |  #9

Thanks Randy,
Looks like I am going in the right direction. I've got a great Manfrotto setup BUT it stays home because it's too heavy and big.


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Jan 16, 2012 12:16 |  #10

Here's my two cents on the matter.
Travel tripod means to me with your assumptions:
Weight needs to be on the lighter side and travel means it needs to fold up as small as possible.

I recently purchase a tripod with most of your assumptions. I don't need to rock a 100-400 but I think the Canon version is similar in weight to the 70-200 F2.8 IS. With that said...

The two Gitzos I considered were. I would have considered the RRS version but the new travel tripod is not available to the public yet.

GT2541 and GT1542

I ultimately went with the GT1542 with the weight and folded size combo. the GT1542 goes down to 16.73" (42.5 cm) and weighs only 2.2 lb (1 kg). This tripod should support my 70-200 F2.8 IS lens.

Have fun shopping.

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Jan 16, 2012 12:29 |  #11

Last tripod ever. I am about your height and I love what I picked with that very same goal in mind. I have a Really Right Stuff TVC23 + BH55 and the appropriate RRS plates for my lenses and bodies.

I have a L plate for my 5D as that's my main landscape camera and a flat plate for my 50D because I don't mount it directly to the tripod that often. When I do it is often attached to my 70-200 which is attached to the tripod. The biggest lens I anticipate having is a 300 f2.8 and I think this tripod/head will hold it easily.

This setup travels easily, is light, strong and very, very well made.


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Jan 16, 2012 14:25 |  #12

PaulTopol wrote in post #13712849 (external link)
Rick,
Thanks for the suggestion. Weight is important to me. That's why I am heading for Carbon. Right direction?

Yes, I didn't find much weight difference in carbon v metal, but the damping is much better.




  
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Jan 18, 2012 13:53 |  #13

Thanks the 3 Rs, Rice, Rob and Rick.

With your help I am sure I will make the right decision. Looking at the 2541 with markins Ballhead. The people I am dealing with don't have RRS.
I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks a ton.
paul


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Jan 18, 2012 16:09 |  #14

Gitzo 1531 or 1541 is VERY light if you travel a lot. If you travel mostly by car I think 3541 might be good choice since it's much more solid. Personally I like 3 section legs since they quicker and seems to be little more stable. I am thinking about upgrading to 3541LS from 1531 to support my next dream lens 300mm f/2.8 IS :-P


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Jan 18, 2012 16:12 |  #15

1st how old are you? If you're like 75+ I'll send you to the big box store in your neighborhood. If you're 20 I'll put more effort into this as the tripod will need to hold up for the next 60 years.




  
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