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Which Gitzo tripod for tall person?

 
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Oct 17, 2011 22:57 |  #1

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Oct 17, 2011 22:58 |  #2

gt3541XLS;)




  
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Oct 17, 2011 23:04 |  #3

jnd wrote in post #13265014 (external link)
Wow, that's a fast reply!

Already thought about the 3541XLS, but 27.56 in closed length is not what i'd like to carry around.

well i have the GT3541LS with a markins q20 I'm 5'11 and it feels just about perfect. also fold somewhat small for how tall it goes also very light;)




  
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Oct 17, 2011 23:09 |  #4

jnd wrote in post #13265045 (external link)
That's a nice setup but for me it would be kinda overkill, don't you think?

what lens do you have?




  
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Oct 17, 2011 23:13 |  #5

A lot of tall people seem happy with the Feisol 3441T. It's not a Gitzo, though.


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Oct 17, 2011 23:14 |  #6

jnd wrote in post #13265069 (external link)
Please see the first post. ;)

wow read right over that:oops: sorry


yeah it would but your not going to find many tall tripods that rant heavy duty...




  
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Oct 17, 2011 23:15 |  #7

klr.b wrote in post #13265090 (external link)
A lot of tall people seem happy with the Feisol 3441T. It's not a Gitzo, though.

ya i was just going to suggest this to:cool:




  
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Oct 18, 2011 16:29 |  #8

If height is a real issue and you want the most stable, get that 3541. Its the tallest and most stable. Just weighs a bit more. I love mine!


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Oct 18, 2011 17:04 |  #9

This is where the tilt screen would come in handy. Shoot in live view. No need to have camera at eye level.




  
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Oct 18, 2011 17:28 |  #10

jnd wrote in post #13269756 (external link)
Are you talking about 3541 or 3541XLS?

I was referring to the 3541 as that seemed to be the most fitting from the options listed in the OP and since the OP stated the closed length of the 3541XLS was too long.


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Oct 18, 2011 17:57 |  #11

jnd wrote in post #13265132 (external link)
Thanks, but i prefer Gitzo. Just thinking about which one to buy.

Why so stuck on a label? Feisol make tripods that are eminently suitable for your height and you should at least take a look. I have three Gitzos and they are good tripods but I also use a Benro that is very good too. Some of the tripods from places like China are excellent and stand up well against the more established brands.


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Oct 18, 2011 19:27 |  #12

Read this review. I found the solution was Feisol rather than Gitzo.


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Oct 19, 2011 09:14 |  #13

jnd wrote in post #13270058 (external link)
I already own a Feisol tripod and i'm not very satisfied with it. Too much reasons to list here. Also see https://photography-on-the.net …p?p=11171175&po​stcount=23. I prefer Gitzo and don't mind paying the extra bucks for it. If anyone can suggest other Gitzo models please do so.

Yes I'm very familiar with that post and it gives me concern too, especially since Feisol don't seem to have modified the design. But a very large sample of users are happy and Feisols are bought in bulk by large organizations so I don't think it's unreasonable to recommend the brand for tall people.

Gitzo cut corners too of course. One of my Gitzos is a 3541LS and it has a dodgy base plate locking system, and last week I found out that the sockets that take the rubber feet/spikes in the bottom leg section are made of plastic. Then sometimes Gitzos just break...

Having said all that, Gitzo don't make too much for tall people it's really unfortunate. The 3541XLS is perfect for you but understandably you don't like the folded length. The 3541LS with optional center column is second. The only other one I can think of is the 2540FL, have you looked at that one? It has a center column and max height is 70 inches and it's 24 inches folded. With a ballhead on top and a camera on top of that it might get up to your eye level fully extended. It has the Ocean Traveler leg locks so it's safe for field and stream. If you want to convert it to a systematic type with no center column you can install a Markins tripod hub TH-200 (external link) on it.


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Oct 19, 2011 09:33 |  #14

peter_n wrote in post #13273134 (external link)
Yes I'm very familiar with that post and it gives me concern too, especially since Feisol don't seem to have modified the design. But a very large sample of users are happy and Feisols are bought in bulk by large organizations so I don't think it's unreasonable to recommend the brand for tall people.

Gitzo cut corners too of course.

Nothing is perfect. I saw a thread a while back about cracking in the internal plastic collets that surround each leg lock on a Gitzo tripod. I've removed and cleaned the same parts on the Feisol, and there was no issue such as that.

In my recollection, the leg loosening has been addressed, and I've noticed no loosening of the top bolt on each leg after two years of use.

We're talking mainly about height here anyway, and Gitzo just doesn't make a tall travel tripod.


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Oct 19, 2011 10:28 |  #15

I'm a couple of inches shorter than you, I used the Gitzo 5561. It worked well. Only negative comment I have about it was the weight, I think it weighed in very close to 8 lbs.




  
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