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

 
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Nov 17, 2011 00:55 |  #2056

Hi Ben_R, First of all, thank you very much indeed for your excellent review of Gitzo Tripod & Markins head - the quick release clamp is the part I got slightly stuck on. I have Pentax but will be getting Nikon camera soon and I am trying to decide how to solve the plate & clamp issues. Does the Markins ballhead come with plates and are some of them quick release ones as well but somehow not adequate or precise enough for the job hence you replaced them with RRS clamp? I understand you buy the plate separately? You have Cannon so this clamp is right for you but it will be a different one for me? and then the matching plates for each camera I suppose? I realize I stumbled upon Cannon forum but since you have such incredible advice, maybe you have some tips for me as well :) I am new to this plate & clamp setup idea, so far I have gone with "what was there" - the easy options, but want to improve my setup... I plan to do a lot of panoramic shots as well and I am guessing I will need a panoramic clamp for that - that's another question as well. Best, Maya




  
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Nov 17, 2011 11:54 |  #2057

Majak wrote in post #13411706 (external link)
Hi Ben_R, First of all, thank you very much indeed for your excellent review of Gitzo Tripod & Markins head - the quick release clamp is the part I got slightly stuck on. I have Pentax but will be getting Nikon camera soon and I am trying to decide how to solve the plate & clamp issues. Does the Markins ballhead come with plates and are some of them quick release ones as well but somehow not adequate or precise enough for the job hence you replaced them with RRS clamp? I understand you buy the plate separately? You have Cannon so this clamp is right for you but it will be a different one for me? and then the matching plates for each camera I suppose? I realize I stumbled upon Cannon forum but since you have such incredible advice, maybe you have some tips for me as well :) I am new to this plate & clamp setup idea, so far I have gone with "what was there" - the easy options, but want to improve my setup... I plan to do a lot of panoramic shots as well and I am guessing I will need a panoramic clamp for that - that's another question as well. Best, Maya

You will have to buy a specific plate for every camera. The stability and solidness of an Arca-Swiss style quick release system comes from in part the perfect fit of custom designed plate for each camera body and lenses if you have them with tripod mount rings.

Try watching this video as it might clear it all up a bit: LINK (external link)


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Dec 25, 2011 11:55 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #2058

I am just about to order this setup, GT1542T tripod, Q3T ball head, RRS B2 AS II clamp. I think it will be a nice upgrade from what I have now. The one I have now is heavier, shorter, the legs slip if I don't seriously crank down on the wing-nut type screws and the final straw was the ball head was releasing itself the other night and my camera was trying to flop over.

The 70-200 is my biggest lens with a possible 2X in the future but that would be it and not too often at that.




  
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Dec 25, 2011 16:33 |  #2059

david lacey wrote in post #13597177 (external link)
I am just about to order this setup, GT1542T tripod, Q3T ball head, RRS B2 AS II clamp. I think it will be a nice upgrade from what I have now. The one I have now is heavier, shorter, the legs slip if I don't seriously crank down on the wing-nut type screws and the final straw was the ball head was releasing itself the other night and my camera was trying to flop over.

The 70-200 is my biggest lens with a possible 2X in the future but that would be it and not too often at that.

Oh yea, what you're about to order won't have any of the problems you listed that your current setup has. You'll see, once you get all the parts and have it all together, you'll wonder how you ever used anything less. Gitzo/Markins/RRS is a winning combo!


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Dec 25, 2011 21:29 |  #2060

ben_r_ wrote in post #13597881 (external link)
Oh yea, what you're about to order won't have any of the problems you listed that your current setup has. You'll see, once you get all the parts and have it all together, you'll wonder how you ever used anything less. Gitzo/Markins/RRS is a winning combo!

I am looking forward to it although I might have to wait to add the RSS, we'll see funds are tight.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 03:04 as a reply to  @ david lacey's post |  #2061

I stripped my 1541T and I can't remember where this part goes:

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And the Gitzo Instructions:
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Can anyone help us out?



  
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Jan 26, 2012 03:32 as a reply to  @ sc0rp's post |  #2062

I assume it goes there -->


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Jan 26, 2012 04:24 |  #2063

Petersman wrote in post #13770713 (external link)
I assume it goes there -->

Yeah, that's what I thought.

But it like doesn't slide all the way down the middle shaft, so when I try and put the screw knob on it doesn't fit.




  
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Jan 26, 2012 08:06 |  #2064

sc0rp wrote in post #13770807 (external link)
Yeah, that's what I thought.

But it like doesn't slide all the way down the middle shaft, so when I try and put the screw knob on it doesn't fit.

There should be a notch (term?) inside the shaft, the insert needs to be aligned with that ( the long gap in the insert ) .




  
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Jan 26, 2012 09:14 |  #2065

Hmmm, can't say I've ever even seen that piece before. When I get home later today I'll take mine apart and have a look. If I can figure it out I'll post a pic or two.


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Jan 26, 2012 10:01 |  #2066

It's been a while since I took mine apart, but it does go in the spot where Pertersman marked.
When you tighten up the collar to lock the shaft in place, it pushes down on the sleeve and squeezes
the top part that has the extra slots in it, against the shaft to hold it in place.

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Jan 26, 2012 10:25 |  #2067

I'm going to sell my gitzo. It's super light and compact, but I got rid of my motorcycle (so I don't need something as light and compact) and want to free up some funds to fund another lens.


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Jan 26, 2012 11:48 |  #2068

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='[Hyuni];13771956']I'​m going to sell my gitzo. It's super light and compact, but I got rid of my motorcycle (so I don't need something as light and compact) and want to free up some funds to fund another lens.

Oh man, thatll go fast believe me! Link to this review when you post it, itll help!


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Jan 26, 2012 12:42 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #2069

sc0rp wrote in post #13770669 (external link)
I stripped my 1541T and I can't remember where this part goes:
2560
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TOO LARGE!
EMBED PREVENTED, IMAGE TOO LARGE:
http://img443.imagesha​ck.us …99/img201201261​63249l.jpg
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Here's all the center column peices:
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TOO LARGE!
EMBED PREVENTED, IMAGE TOO LARGE:
http://img43.imageshac​k.us …417/img20120126​163232.jpg
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And the Gitzo Instructions:
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Can anyone help us out?

Gitzo 1541T Exploded Parts Diagram (external link). Looks like D106.19


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Jan 26, 2012 12:47 |  #2070

Jon wrote in post #13772691 (external link)
Gitzo 1541T Exploded Parts Diagram (external link). Looks like D106.19

Just updated my non-working link to this document in my first post. Thanks Jon.


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