peter_n wrote in post #15979014
The Feisol base and other metal parts are milled from a solid piece of high grade aluminum. The Gitzo base and other metal parts are made of die cast magnesium alloy. Aluminum is heavier than magnesium alloy. Parts made from a casting process have been known to fracture in extreme cold but the occurrence is rare.
Just wondering where did you get the information that the Feisol base uses high grade aluminium? I just want to know for reference purposes.
If you want this to be your most stable tripod then I think it's worth avoiding anything that has a center column.
I don't know if I want this to be my most stable tripod, but I definitely have no intentions of using the centre column.
I'm 5' 8" and my main tripod is a Gitzo 3541LS systematic with a RRS leveling base and an Arca-Swiss Z1 ballhead (the A-S is tall). The max height of this tripod is 146cm (57.5") and the tripod base to the top surface of the clamp jaw is 13cm (5 & 1/8"). With a normal camera for me (Leica M /Sony NEX) on top the viewfinder is exactly at my eye level.
Gitzo have three 2-series systematics, the 2542S and 2532S look too short with max heights of 130 and 136cm respectively. However the 2542LS could be right at a max height of 150cm (59.1"). This tripod has laser markings on the second leg section for quick setup to a height of 135mm. The 2542LS is 60.1cm (23.7") folded.
Weight is also a concern. Will the Gitzo 2542LS fit into a carry-on luggage when folded?