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Which Gitzo tripod and RRS ballhead

 
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Dec 30, 2008 17:25 |  #16

I went with a Gitzo GT3530 with a Kirk BH-1... I have to say that I completely lucked out, I got them both on e-bay when they had a 35% Live Cashback. I ended up getting almost $350 off of the combo.

I am thrilled with this combo (which is under 7 pounds but for some reason feels so much lighter) and use it with all my equipment including my 500L, I just recently picked up a Side Kick from e-bay as well and can't wait to get out and use it.


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Dec 31, 2008 10:54 |  #17

Dredd123 wrote in post #6962102 (external link)
Thanks again for the help and suggestions. I have decided I will be getting the Gitzo GT 3531 Mountaineer tripod. Just need to decide on the ballhead now although on balance I think I will be going for the RRS - I already have their heavy duty monopod solution and I can use the B2-Pro2 quick release clamp which I already have with the BH-55

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I have RRS clamps on all my Markins ballheads.

on the 3531, the M10 or the BH40 will be a touch too small, IMO. The right ballhead for that set of legs would be either the M20 or the BH55. It seems to be a shame to put a BH55 on those legs for the 1lb difference.

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Dec 31, 2008 17:40 as a reply to  @ JohnJ80's post |  #18

My Gitzo 3351 tripod arrived today and I just wanted to let everyone know it is awesome!!! Incredible build quality and stability - worth every penny.

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Jan 01, 2009 17:15 |  #19

Is that a carbon fiber tripod? I have a 1 series with the B55 head and have never had a problem with any weight camera/lens combination.

Best of luck with it. You're gonna love it.

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Jan 04, 2009 04:29 as a reply to  @ MDJAK's post |  #20

Hi Mark,

Yes, it's CF.

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Jan 14, 2009 18:18 |  #21

Would the Gitzo 2530 and RRS BH-40 be good enough for a MKIII and a 70-200L 2.8? or am I better off with the 3530/BH-55 combo or a mix of both?


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Jan 14, 2009 18:34 |  #22

Iocol wrote in post #7077994 (external link)
Would the Gitzo 2530 and RRS BH-40 be good enough for a MKIII and a 70-200L 2.8? or am I better off with the 3530/BH-55 combo or a mix of both?

Well the question is do you plan on getting in to a larger lens at some point in the future? If you are only looking to use what you have now the 2530 and BH-40 would be fine but if you ever decide to go with a larger lens (other than say the 100-400) you will be pushing the limits of the rig.

Don't get me wrong you won't be getting near the weight limits you would be getting close to the vibration dampening and also some stability.

If there is any chance you are going to get a longer lens then you might want to consider up-sizing both. If it were me I'd probably go with a larger head like the Kirk BH-1 or Markins or RRS Equivalent, they aren't much more money and have a might higher load capacity.

This is where I made many mistakes and ended up selling / upgrading my supports several times over. Now I'm thinking I should have just went with the top of the line Gitzo 5500 series and be done with it :-)


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Jan 14, 2009 19:52 |  #23

funhouse brought up many good points!
I have a 40d and my concern was with the 70-200 f2.8 L, too! And I was given similar advise. I realized that it is unlikely that I will be going to a longer lens (and I rarely use my old 75-300 zoom), so I decided on the 2531 and BH-40 and couldn't be happier. Rock solid and steady...and light and easy to use! My feeling was that the larger tripod and/or head would be unnecessary and that I preferred keeping things as small as I could rather than larger than I felt was necessary.
You can't go wrong with any of the choices! I learned that, too! And, at least from my perspective, once you decide you won't think about it again!


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Jan 15, 2009 13:47 as a reply to  @ sml's post |  #24

thanks for the advice guys,

i guess that's the million dollar question. for the time being, I don't anticipate etting bigger lenses than what I have now, aside from renting a 200 F2 or 300 2.8 here or there to try it out :D but at the same time, it's good to future-proof yourself

my main concern in having a tripod is one that isn't too bulky or heavy so the lighter the better. If I were to stay with the lighter Gitzo but move up to RRS 55, that might be a good compromise.

I'll have to think long and hard about what kind of shooting I foresee down the line.

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Jan 15, 2009 13:58 |  #25

Iocol wrote in post #7083689 (external link)
my main concern in having a tripod is one that isn't too bulky or heavy so the lighter the better. If I were to stay with the lighter Gitzo but move up to RRS 55, that might be a good compromise.

I have a suggestion...call or write to RRS! I was in a similar predicament and they helped me make the right decision. Very patient, helpful, and knowledgable...with lots of experience!

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Jan 15, 2009 15:13 as a reply to  @ sml's post |  #26

good idea! I will give them a call :cool:


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Jan 15, 2009 16:59 |  #27

Having a 1258 (similar to a 2540), I would find that to be sort of top heavy. The BH55 was designed for Series 3 not Series 2 and fits better there.

The extra 1lb that the BH55 has over the other choices (BH40, M10, etc...) is especially gross on the lighter weight Series 2. In other words, the weight of the ballhead approaches that of the legs. IMHO, RRS needs for all sorts of reasons, to put the BH55 on a diet.

If you want an RRS head, there is no reason the Bh40 would not handle - easily - either the 200mm or 300mm lens that you mention.

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Jan 15, 2009 17:19 |  #28

JohnJ80 wrote in post #7084894 (external link)
Having a 1258 (similar to a 2540), I would find that to be sort of top heavy. The BH55 was designed for Series 3 not Series 2 and fits better there.

The extra 1lb that the BH55 has over the other choices (BH40, M10, etc...) is especially gross on the lighter weight Series 2. In other words, the weight of the ballhead approaches that of the legs. IMHO, RRS needs for all sorts of reasons, to put the BH55 on a diet.

If you want an RRS head, there is no reason the Bh40 would not handle - easily - either the 200mm or 300mm lens that you mention.

J.

thanks John - perhaps the BH-40 will suffice for my needs then :)


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Jan 15, 2009 19:22 |  #29

JohnJ80 wrote in post #7084894 (external link)
Having a 1258 (similar to a 2540)
If you want an RRS head, there is no reason the Bh40 would not handle - easily - either the 200mm or 300mm lens that you mention.

I totally agree! Wait until you see what it's like!


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Jan 16, 2009 11:57 |  #30

I have a Gitzo 2531 and BH-40. It's a wonderful combination. My friend has a Markins and it's a bit smoother than my BH-40. Either way, you can't go wrong with a Gitzo and an RRS or Markins ballhead.


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