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Review: Gitzo GT1541 + Markins Q3 + RRS B2 LR II

 
chinoamigo
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Aug 14, 2009 09:38 |  #76

yup it should have come with a stud.. email markins and tell them they didn't send you one, maybe they'll send you one for free...


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Apr 03, 2010 10:12 as a reply to  @ chinoamigo's post |  #77

I've not used the Markins Q3 for several months over winter. Tried using it today and I don't know why I can't lock the ballhead. I can't turn both of the knobs. It's like the knobs are stuck in a permanent position. The ballhead can still move but I can't lock it with the knob. Does anyone have any idea what happened?

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Apr 03, 2010 10:56 |  #78

how do you have the friction lock set?

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Apr 03, 2010 15:36 |  #79

JohnJ80 wrote in post #9925336 (external link)
how do you have the friction lock set?

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I'm sorry how do I set the friction lock?




  
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Apr 03, 2010 17:07 |  #80

phaleesy wrote in post #9926571 (external link)
I'm sorry how do I set the friction lock?

It's the little wheel inset inside the main knob. Use your thumb and back that all the way out. Then try it.

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Apr 03, 2010 18:00 |  #81

JohnJ80 wrote in post #9927017 (external link)
It's the little wheel inset inside the main knob. Use your thumb and back that all the way out. Then try it.

J.

If it's the little dial set in the main knob... that is also stuck in place and can't turn in any direction! I've broken my nails trying to turn the wheel. I've also used coins to try to turn it...

Sorry I'm sounding stupid but techy stuff is not my forte.

Do I need a screw driver or anything. I don't want to cause any damage to the wheels if I overdo it.




  
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Apr 03, 2010 18:31 |  #82

I forget how to fix that, give a call to Markins and they can talk you through it. It's almost certain that that is your problem.

This link may help. Scroll down to Rene's post.

https://photography-on-the.net …p/index.php/t-738557.html
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Apr 04, 2010 13:02 as a reply to  @ JohnJ80's post |  #83

Thanks for the link, JohnJ80.

You were right about the friction wheel. I managed to use the nail file of my Swiss army knife to loosen it tonight and the ballhead could be tightened now.

But the panning knob is still stuck. The whole unit sits tightly on the tripod but it can rotate about very easily. I don't know what to do about this.




  
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Apr 04, 2010 19:59 |  #84

phaleesy wrote in post #9931175 (external link)
Thanks for the link, JohnJ80.

You were right about the friction wheel. I managed to use the nail file of my Swiss army knife to loosen it tonight and the ballhead could be tightened now.

But the panning knob is still stuck. The whole unit sits tightly on the tripod but it can rotate about very easily. I don't know what to do about this.

Stuck open (will essentially spin free) or stuck closed (spins with effort).

The panning control on Markins ball heads is a brake, not a lock. Even when it is cranked down, if you use the lens as a lever, you can turn it against the brake. The difference between that and a lock (other than the obvious) is that with a lock, and if you do the same thing, you can cause the ballhead to unwind from the tripod. Some, like me like this feature; others don't. This feature can set off a "Tastes Great - Less Filling" sort of flame war.

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Jan 04, 2014 00:45 as a reply to  @ chinoamigo's post |  #85

Is this set up ( markins Q3 with RRS Clamp) still the ideal set up for the traveler tripod?
This seems great, put the post is a couple yrs old & wondered if there was a newer, improvement available
Thanks for any feedback
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Thanks for your time
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Jan 08, 2014 16:11 |  #86

Yeah I'm curious too now about a traveler setup, this one looks great. I bought a Gitzo GT3541LS Series 3 Long 6X Carbon Fiber 4-Section Systematic Tripod with G-Lock a few years ago, love how stable they are, but they are not real light and not a great travel set of legs. Was thinking of maybe downsizing somehow...via trade or sell these and buy new. I love this setup that the OP has.




  
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