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Aug 17, 2013 02:31 |  #421

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I may be missing something but I just checked the current prices of the 3 series Gitzo tripods at B&H and they were only a few dollars less than the TVC-34L thought the GT3542XLS does extend all the way up to 6'6" (78") vs. 68.25". The difference is only $50. I guess I don't consider $50 to be a huge premium.

I don't know much about Gitzo tripods so I don't know if the series 3 are the correct models to compare against the TVC-34L or if I should have looked at the series 4 or 5.

We don't have a brick and mortar camera store anywhere near us so I've never seen a Gitzo. I decided on the RRS though online research. I don't think buying a comparable Gitzo would have been a bad decision but I'm quite happy with the RRS setup I'm now using.

$50 isn't a huge premium especially when you're spending that much money on a tripod.




  
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Aug 17, 2013 02:45 as a reply to  @ post 16212741 |  #422

Peter,

Here's the link to the ballhead comparison: http://www.ronmartblog​.com …ternatives-to-rrs-bh.html (external link)




  
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Aug 17, 2013 04:00 |  #423

Do not fear the multi-quote button. :)

The comparison between countries of origin isn't necessarily a debate about quality. It can be ideological, too, for many reasons. But, here, as it relates to customer service, it can very much be a comparison about quality. Though, still, that's not how it was intended. It was meant to highlight an obvious difference that can be significant for any number of reasons.


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Aug 17, 2013 04:07 |  #424

Indecent Exposure wrote in post #16215327 (external link)
Do not fear the multi-quote button. :)

The comparison between countries of origin isn't necessarily a debate about quality. It can be ideological, too, for many reasons. But, here, as it relates to customer service, it can very much be a comparison about quality. Though, still, that's not how it was intended. It was meant to highlight an obvious difference that can be significant for any number of reasons.

I hear you. I have dealt with RRS' customer service representatives before and they're top notch. It can even be argue that it's a huge advantage if you can't handle foreign English accents.




  
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Aug 17, 2013 09:01 |  #425

Thanks for the link to the ball head review.
As to tripod pricing, I think Gitzo used to be about $150-$200 less on average than RRS. When the newest series were introduced at the beginning of 2012, their prices increased within earshot of RRS. At the time, I thought, What Chuzpah! However, when I was able to obtain a new Gitzo at about 35% off, I picked one up. So during sales, Gitzo can still be moderately less expensive.
I was pleasantly surprised at Gitzo's pre-sale customer service. Of course, post-sale service is what makes a company, but I can only hope that perhaps a change in culture is in progress.


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Aug 17, 2013 09:08 |  #426

Bearmann wrote in post #16215663 (external link)
Thanks for the link to the ball head review.
As to tripod pricing, I think Gitzo used to be about $150-$200 less on average than RRS. When the newest series were introduced at the beginning of 2012, their prices increased within earshot of RRS. At the time, I thought, What Chuzpah! However, when I was able to obtain a new Gitzo at about 35% off, I picked one up. So during sales, Gitzo can still be moderately less expensive.
I was pleasantly surprised at Gitzo's pre-sale customer service. Of course, post-sale service is what makes a company, but I can only hope that perhaps a change in culture is in progress.

IMO, if Gitzo's pricing is near RRS level, then it's a no brainer to go with RRS especially for people living in the United States.




  
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Aug 17, 2013 10:50 |  #427

lsquare wrote in post #16215691 (external link)
IMO, if Gitzo's pricing is near RRS level, then it's a no brainer to go with RRS especially for people living in the United States.


yup a no brainer, Like I said I own both and dealing with RRS is a pleasure.


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Aug 20, 2013 21:10 |  #428

Just purchased-

RRS TVC-33 legs
Arca Swiss Z1 head
B2 AS II lever clamp m6 screw
LCF-50 replacement foot
RRS tripod bag
Wimberly sidekick.

Pumped!!


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Aug 20, 2013 21:28 |  #429

Jensgt wrote in post #16226124 (external link)
Just purchased-

RRS TVC-33 legs
Arca Swiss Z1 head
B2 AS II lever clamp m6 screw
LCF-50 replacement foot
RRS tripod bag
Wimberly sidekick.

Pumped!!

WOW! Nice! Hope you enjoy the new setup!




  
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Aug 20, 2013 21:34 |  #430

Jensgt wrote in post #16226124 (external link)
Just purchased-

RRS TVC-33 legs
Arca Swiss Z1 head
B2 AS II lever clamp m6 screw
LCF-50 replacement foot
RRS tripod bag
Wimberly sidekick.

Pumped!!

Your going to love the TVC-33. I take and use mine everywhere and love it. Enjoy!


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Aug 20, 2013 21:50 |  #431

I have been waiting a while to pull the trigger on the setup. It will be worth the wait! Just got a 500 f4 so it was time.


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Aug 20, 2013 23:31 as a reply to  @ Jensgt's post |  #432

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Aug 21, 2013 01:11 |  #433

Jensgt wrote in post #16226124 (external link)
Just purchased-

RRS TVC-33 legs
Arca Swiss Z1 head
B2 AS II lever clamp m6 screw
LCF-50 replacement foot
RRS tripod bag
Wimberly sidekick.

Pumped!!

Nice setup!

Just curious why you opted for the Arca Swiss Z1 head?




  
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Aug 21, 2013 10:17 |  #434

I went back and forth about that for a long time...I even made a thread about it here back in May I think it was. The Arca Swiss is rated for higher weight...when it comes down to it they both can handle anything. I had read a few things where people said their RRS ball did creep a bit and never read that from AS owners. In the end though it came down to the fact that I had a $190 Amazon Credit that I could use towards the Z1. It helped make the decision a lot easier.


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Aug 21, 2013 15:51 as a reply to  @ post 16213956 |  #435

I'd stopped into RRS last winter to drool while in the area. The CS is excellent and the sales person was very thorough in providing info on the tripods that I was interested in. Picked up an L-plate for the 5D-III while in.

Seeing discussion about Gitzo, I've not had issues in getting parts for Gitzo or Bogen/Manfrotto stateside. Misc screws, spike caps, leg parts, hinges for the Bogen... When traveling, Gitzo's distribution makes it a bit easier. I'd called about cross referenced parts from other Gitzo tripods that might fit the G2220, the rep was at a loss and essentially said nothing from any other Gitzo will fit. :rolleyes: That's ok, that will steer me towards a RRS tripod. :)

OTOH, if some part of the RRS breaks while out of the country that will be difficult. Not a deterrent because I'm not abusive with gear, but things happen so one has to deal with it as it comes. Most of my shots are stateside so so long as RRS can be reached, :D
That is what influences my choice for their products.




  
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