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Tripod for Hiking/Travelling...5DM3+70​-200 2.8

 
maass
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Apr 28, 2013 02:07 |  #1

Hello Folks,

Greetings :)
This is my first post and I am based out of India.
I recently bought 5DM3 + 24-70 2.8 + 70-200 2.8
I will be travelling to Ladakh in the month of July and i need some advice on getting myself a Tripod.

I have finalized on getting a Gitzo and RRS/Markins ball head :D
I stand at 5'6" and I need some advice on Gitzo series selection that goes with RRS/Markins head.

Please give your suggestions based on your own experience.

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Apr 28, 2013 10:48 |  #2

Gitzo 1542T is an awesome compact tripod. Theres a bunch of topics in this section about this tripod with RRS and Markins heads. Some prefer the older 1541T which is only available used.

Theres a rebate right now on Gitzo products also. You may even be able to find one used...

https://photography-on-the.net …t=1292516&highl​ight=gitzo

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Apr 28, 2013 16:21 |  #3

154xt will be just fine


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Apr 28, 2013 21:21 |  #4

This can't be answered without a budget.




  
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Apr 29, 2013 00:39 |  #5

If you can afford any Gitzo, go RRS.


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Apr 29, 2013 02:56 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #6

Thanks Guys for the suggestions.
I can spend up to 800$ on the Tripod Kit.

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Apr 29, 2013 10:05 |  #7

maass wrote in post #15877991 (external link)
Thanks Guys for the suggestions.
I can spend up to 800$ on the Tripod Kit.

Hari

I'm assuming this includes a tripod head.

The head is just as important as the legs, so you should split it approximately half-half (well, a bit more for the legs, 60:40 ish), which makes it ~$500 for the legs, $300 for the head.
If you're at all open to brands other than Gitzo, I recommend the following to consider (not saying don't get Gitzo, just give you more options).
Legs:
-Feisol
-Benro
-Induro
-RRS (but I think this is out of budget)

All 3 make good travel tripods. Feisol is pricier than the other two, but their travel tripods benefit from machined aluminium parts as opposed to cast metal found on virtually every other brand. Interestingly, only RRS also use machined parts. Machined parts are much tougher than cast parts. I have not tried an Induro tripod before, I have tried lots of Benro tripods. I find Feisol to be slightly better quality than Benro, not just because of the machined parts, but also in terms of operation and "feel". Gitzo legs operate nicer (the parts are more precise and refined), but for the same price, you will be able to get a larger/sturdier set of Feisol/Benro legs than Gitzo.

Heads:
Acratech
Markins
RRS
Arca-Swiss

Acratech and Markins make heads that will allow reverse-folding of the tripod legs on models which have that feature. More specifically, the Acratech GP-s and GP-ss, and the Markins Q3T. RRS heads don't, but in my experience the operation of RRS heads is a bit smoother (comparing approximately equivalent models), and the knobs are nicer to use so its a tradeoff. I have no experience with Arca-Swiss heads, but I know they are top notch in terms of quality.

I've posted this several times already on these forums, but here it is again, a list of what my Feisol 3441T has been through:
Took it to Iceland and used it on sharp volcanic rocks in the rain, it was partially submerged in freezing salt water (unintentionally by a rogue wave as well as intentionally at Jokulsarlon), in sand (which thanks to the wave also got everywhere), under the hot shower back at the hostel with me to wash out the salt and sand.

Took it to Scotland where it was used on wet grass and mud.

Took it to China where it was scraped along granite rocks and used in relatively strong winds hiking around the Yellow Mountains (I was extremely thankful for the light weight there, have you ever walked up and down steep stairs for 6 hours straight with a loaded pack?).

Back here in Hong Kong it has been used on very uneven rocks, and has fallen into a river twice, being completely submerged as well as being bashed against rocks (both my ballhead and the legs bear the scars).

In France it was used in a snowstorm as well as being buried in the stuff.

It has not been babied at all.


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Apr 29, 2013 17:54 |  #8

My hiking/backpacking setup is a Feisol 3441T w/ RAL Anti Rotation Legs + Acratech GP-s - spot on for you budget of $800...

The legs fold up small and the whole setup is very light... I'm 6'3 so the 3441T is the model I chose... Being 5'6 you would probably be better off with the 3441S model. The GP-s ballhead is pretty awesome as well because it doubles as both a Pano head and as a Gimbal head... This thing goes with me everywhere I can take a tripod and has seen a plenty of abuse across many backpacking / hiking trips over the last year and is still chugging along like new...

I would suggest investing in a set of Long Spikes and a Short Center Column so you can get low and stable ;)


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Apr 29, 2013 21:12 |  #9

I trolled around on eBay and missed some good deals on used Gitzo series 3 tripods. If you can wait (I was too impatient) you can get a nice set up.


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Apr 29, 2013 22:45 |  #10

I've been eyeballing the rrs tripods. Have you looked at those?


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May 02, 2013 01:41 |  #11

Sirrith wrote in post #15878756 (external link)
I'm assuming this includes a tripod head.

The head is just as important as the legs, so you should split it approximately half-half (well, a bit more for the legs, 60:40 ish), which makes it ~$500 for the legs, $300 for the head.
If you're at all open to brands other than Gitzo, I recommend the following to consider (not saying don't get Gitzo, just give you more options).
Legs:
-Feisol
-Benro
-Induro
-RRS (but I think this is out of budget)

All 3 make good travel tripods. Feisol is pricier than the other two, but their travel tripods benefit from machined aluminium parts as opposed to cast metal found on virtually every other brand. Interestingly, only RRS also use machined parts. Machined parts are much tougher than cast parts. I have not tried an Induro tripod before, I have tried lots of Benro tripods. I find Feisol to be slightly better quality than Benro, not just because of the machined parts, but also in terms of operation and "feel". Gitzo legs operate nicer (the parts are more precise and refined), but for the same price, you will be able to get a larger/sturdier set of Feisol/Benro legs than Gitzo.

Heads:
Acratech
Markins
RRS
Arca-Swiss

Acratech and Markins make heads that will allow reverse-folding of the tripod legs on models which have that feature. More specifically, the Acratech GP-s and GP-ss, and the Markins Q3T. RRS heads don't, but in my experience the operation of RRS heads is a bit smoother (comparing approximately equivalent models), and the knobs are nicer to use so its a tradeoff. I have no experience with Arca-Swiss heads, but I know they are top notch in terms of quality.

I've posted this several times already on these forums, but here it is again, a list of what my Feisol 3441T has been through:
Took it to Iceland and used it on sharp volcanic rocks in the rain, it was partially submerged in freezing salt water (unintentionally by a rogue wave as well as intentionally at Jokulsarlon), in sand (which thanks to the wave also got everywhere), under the hot shower back at the hostel with me to wash out the salt and sand.

Took it to Scotland where it was used on wet grass and mud.

Took it to China where it was scraped along granite rocks and used in relatively strong winds hiking around the Yellow Mountains (I was extremely thankful for the light weight there, have you ever walked up and down steep stairs for 6 hours straight with a loaded pack?).

Back here in Hong Kong it has been used on very uneven rocks, and has fallen into a river twice, being completely submerged as well as being bashed against rocks (both my ballhead and the legs bear the scars).

In France it was used in a snowstorm as well as being buried in the stuff.

It has not been babied at all.

Thanks Sirrith for detailed description.
I have two questions regarding Quick Release Plates for 5DM3 and RRS BH40 LR and LRII

1) Will the RRS B5D3A plate work for 70-200 2.8 also or do i need to buy RRS L84 plate separately ?
2) Will the bigger clamp on BH40 LRII hit the Gitzo GT1542T/Feisol CT-3441S ?

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May 02, 2013 03:55 |  #12

maass wrote in post #15889311 (external link)
Thanks Sirrith for detailed description.
I have two questions regarding Quick Release Plates for 5DM3 and RRS BH40 LR and LRII

1) Will the RRS B5D3A plate work for 70-200 2.8 also or do i need to buy RRS L84 plate separately ?
2) Will the bigger clamp on BH40 LRII hit the Gitzo GT1542T/Feisol CT-3441S ?

Hari

No problem, Hari.

1) I don't think so, the B5D3A plate is customized for the 5D3 body, which means it has curved flanges as you can see from the pictures on the RRS website. If the 70-200's tripod foot is narrow enough to fit in the area between the flanges, then yes. If not, then you will need a separate plate for it.

2) It should not hit on the 3441S. I don't think it will hit on the Gitzo either, but I am not sure.


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