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Oct 12, 2012 07:36 |  #31

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... It has an Arca Swiss Z1 ballhead, which is by far my favorite for smoothness and absolute locking in place with my 5D Mark II and 70-200 L...

It has a Markins Q3T head...quite a bit smaller than the Z1, really nice and sturdy....no slip on veriticals.

These are the two ballheads I use and I have two Q3T heads, one for a short center column and the other for the regular one. The Arca-Swiss Z1 is the best ballhead I've ever used, and I've used quite a few.


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Oct 12, 2012 08:42 |  #32

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I have no doubt thats a good head, but dang that thing just looks like its aching to get dirt in every crevice and nook that it has all over it! Its too bad you didnt check out the Markins heads.

That is one of the nice things about the Acratech heads. They are very easy to clean - you can pretty much access the entire ball. There are really no crevices and nooks available for dirt to hide. On standard ballheads, once dirt gets into the housing, there is no way sort of dis-assembly to get it out. I have two Acratechs that get use a lot on the beach, and I never worry about sand.


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Oct 12, 2012 16:06 |  #33

I'm sold! More than ready for a Gitzo, so I got one!

Just ordered the Systematic 5, GT5532LS, which is on some kind of sale at B&H and Amazon at the moment for $860. (Everywhere else is over $1000).

Also ordered the RRS BH-55 head with lever quick release.
Excited to get pure, unadulterated, rock solid stability!

My Manfrotto listed below in my signature (excellent carbon fiber tripod, but want the massive Gitzo) with a 498RC2 head in mint condition will now go on sale, with two RC2 plates.

Looking forward to my Gitzo/RRS delivery on Tuesday!


Bodies: 1Dx, 5D MkII + MkIII, 7D, 50D, SD780IS, | Stability: Gitzo GT5532LS, RRS BH-55, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and Monopod
Lenses: Canon 16-35mm/f2.8L ll, 24-70 f/2.8L ll, 24-105mm/f4L, 100-400/f4.5-5.6L, 50mm/1.8 II, 100/2.8L II, 85/1.8 USM, MP-E65/2.8 1-5X, 15mm Fishy, 70-200 2.8L II, 40mm Pancake
Lighting: 580EXII, 430EXII, MT-24EX, MR-14EX

  
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Oct 12, 2012 16:10 |  #34

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15114220 (external link)
I'm sold! More than ready for a Gitzo, so I got one!

Just ordered the Systematic 5, GT5532LS, which is on some kind of sale at B&H and Amazon at the moment for $860. (Everywhere else is over $1000).

Also ordered the RRS BH-55 head with lever quick release.
Excited to get pure, unadulterated, rock solid stability!

My Manfrotto listed below in my signature (excellent carbon fiber tripod, but want the massive Gitzo) with a 498RC2 head in mint condition will now go on sale, with two RC2 plates.

Looking forward to my Gitzo/RRS delivery on Tuesday!

Dang! What glass are you using that you wanted the 5 series for? That thing is kinda heavy, especially if youre not using it to hold up a 600L or something!


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Oct 12, 2012 16:18 |  #35

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Dang! What glass are you using that you wanted the 5 series for? That thing is kinda heavy, especially if youre not using it to hold up a 600L or something!

Well... it might be overkill for the majority of my shooting sprees, but I can live with 6.5 lbs. Additionally, I am just changing my job, and will now be flying heavy helicopters in Nigeria. I work six-weeks on, and then six-weeks off. I plan to use some of my off-time before spending time with my family, in Western Africa shooting wildlife and other endeavors. I'll be either buying or renting the heavy iron lenses for those periods.

My philosophy is to buy top gear now, even if not necessarily for use immediately. Prices only go up, and you'll always have it when you need it!
I may still additionally buy a Systematic 3 series at some point if I catch a really good sale or rebate.


Bodies: 1Dx, 5D MkII + MkIII, 7D, 50D, SD780IS, | Stability: Gitzo GT5532LS, RRS BH-55, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and Monopod
Lenses: Canon 16-35mm/f2.8L ll, 24-70 f/2.8L ll, 24-105mm/f4L, 100-400/f4.5-5.6L, 50mm/1.8 II, 100/2.8L II, 85/1.8 USM, MP-E65/2.8 1-5X, 15mm Fishy, 70-200 2.8L II, 40mm Pancake
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Oct 12, 2012 17:33 |  #36

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15114275 (external link)
My philosophy is to buy top gear now, even if not necessarily for use immediately. Prices only go up, and you'll always have it when you need it!
I may still additionally buy a Systematic 3 series at some point if I catch a really good sale or rebate.

Amen to that!


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Oct 12, 2012 18:44 as a reply to  @ Sitting Elf's post |  #37

My philosophy is to buy top gear now, even if not necessarily for use immediately. Prices only go up, and you'll always have it when you need it!
I may still additionally buy a Systematic 3 series at some point if I catch a really good sale or rebate.[/QUOTE]


Wise philosophy! The 5 series is overkill for anything EOS that Canon currently make (my 3 series tripods are fine with a 600 F4 L IS) that tripod will probably support you!
There is no substitute for confidence in your gear and overkill in tripods is a necessity!
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Oct 12, 2012 19:31 |  #38

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15114275 (external link)
Well... it might be overkill for the majority of my shooting sprees, but I can live with 6.5 lbs. Additionally, I am just changing my job, and will now be flying heavy helicopters in Nigeria. I work six-weeks on, and then six-weeks off. I plan to use some of my off-time before spending time with my family, in Western Africa shooting wildlife and other endeavors. I'll be either buying or renting the heavy iron lenses for those periods.

My philosophy is to buy top gear now, even if not necessarily for use immediately. Prices only go up, and you'll always have it when you need it!
I may still additionally buy a Systematic 3 series at some point if I catch a really good sale or rebate.

Congrats on the Gitzo, I love mine. I recently shot with a friend which I hardly do these days but he's got the 5 series Gitzo and when I saw it, my eyes were wide open. Wow, they are beefy and they certainly make a statement when providing support.


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Oct 13, 2012 00:44 |  #39

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15114275 (external link)
My philosophy is to buy top gear now, even if not necessarily for use immediately. Prices only go up, and you'll always have it when you need it!

One should definitely buy top gear that is within one's financials means yet also future proof. But there is something such as overkill, but as long as you think it's worth it, then you're good to go. I'm curious as to why you say prices only go up though...???




  
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Oct 13, 2012 02:07 |  #40

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15114220 (external link)
I'm sold! More than ready for a Gitzo, so I got one!

Just ordered the Systematic 5, GT5532LS, which is on some kind of sale at B&H and Amazon at the moment for $860. (Everywhere else is over $1000).

Also ordered the RRS BH-55 head with lever quick release.
Excited to get pure, unadulterated, rock solid stability!

My Manfrotto listed below in my signature (excellent carbon fiber tripod, but want the massive Gitzo) with a 498RC2 head in mint condition will now go on sale, with two RC2 plates.

Looking forward to my Gitzo/RRS delivery on Tuesday!

Congrats. With that combo you could probably put a Volkswagen on top and keep it steady.


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Oct 13, 2012 09:40 |  #41

Yno wrote in post #15112266 (external link)
That is one of the nice things about the Acratech heads. They are very easy to clean - you can pretty much access the entire ball. There are really no crevices and nooks available for dirt to hide. On standard ballheads, once dirt gets into the housing, there is no way sort of dis-assembly to get it out. I have two Acratechs that get use a lot on the beach, and I never worry about sand.

True, if I did a lot of beach photography I'd buy an Acratech just for this reason.

Sitting Elf wrote in post #15114220 (external link)
Just ordered the Systematic 5, GT5532LS, which is on some kind of sale at B&H and Amazon at the moment for $860.

Wow that's a great price for a 5532LS! No stability problems with that beast! Congrats! :)


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Oct 13, 2012 10:00 |  #42

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Wow that's a great price for a 5532LS! No stability problems with that beast! Congrats! :)

I was headed for a Series 3, but when I saw the price of the 5, couldn't resist. Only about $30 more than the current price for the 3.

Now to wait for a similar deal on a 3, or something lighter than the 5 for the times when I won't be near my car, and have to hump.


Bodies: 1Dx, 5D MkII + MkIII, 7D, 50D, SD780IS, | Stability: Gitzo GT5532LS, RRS BH-55, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and Monopod
Lenses: Canon 16-35mm/f2.8L ll, 24-70 f/2.8L ll, 24-105mm/f4L, 100-400/f4.5-5.6L, 50mm/1.8 II, 100/2.8L II, 85/1.8 USM, MP-E65/2.8 1-5X, 15mm Fishy, 70-200 2.8L II, 40mm Pancake
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Oct 13, 2012 13:02 |  #43

Taking it a step further. Just ordered a Wemberley Sidekick and the Wemberley flash attachment to add to my 5532LS. Perfect for my tele's, and shooting my son's little-league soccer team in Germany when I'm there! (Also contemplating potential purchase of Sigma's monster 300-800 5.6)

I also decided to keep my Manfrotto 055CX-Pro3 carbon/mag tripod as my lightweight hikeing version for now. Still will be looking for a more robust "hiking" Gitz or RRS when there's a deal. Going to sell the 498RC2 ballhead I had on the Man though. Replacing with an inexpensive Arco-type ballhead and connect to be able to pop back and forth to my BH-55 on the monster without changing bases.

Will be posting my mint-condition 498RC2 Ballhead and Monopod Quick Release for sale later today or tomorrow. $75.00 + ship incl three RC2 plates. EDIT: NOW POSTED For Sale in the Forum


Bodies: 1Dx, 5D MkII + MkIII, 7D, 50D, SD780IS, | Stability: Gitzo GT5532LS, RRS BH-55, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and Monopod
Lenses: Canon 16-35mm/f2.8L ll, 24-70 f/2.8L ll, 24-105mm/f4L, 100-400/f4.5-5.6L, 50mm/1.8 II, 100/2.8L II, 85/1.8 USM, MP-E65/2.8 1-5X, 15mm Fishy, 70-200 2.8L II, 40mm Pancake
Lighting: 580EXII, 430EXII, MT-24EX, MR-14EX

  
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Oct 13, 2012 13:33 |  #44

Im sure that Manfrotto head will sell quickly at that price too!


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Oct 13, 2012 14:22 |  #45

i lvoe my manfrotto


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