Sirrith wrote in post #15978485
They're CF, not aluminium. The parts that are aluminium on the Feisol are the same parts that are aluminium on the Gitzo, except the Feisol parts are better quality because they're CNC machined instead of being cast.
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.
lsquare wrote in post #15978715
If that's the case, then won't the 2542L be too long for me and that I should go for something at about 140cm fully extended with centre column down?
I really wonder if anyone at around my height who have experience with the Gitzo GT2541 can tell me if that will be a better tripod for me then?
If you want this to be your most stable tripod then I think it's worth avoiding anything that has a center 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.