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Tripod to use with a Wimberley WH-200?

 
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Dec 17, 2014 21:34 |  #1

Thinking of setting up a tripod with gimbal mount.
According to the Wimberley site, they recommend a tripod without a center column. I am 5' 10" and so far I am only finding heavier built tripods that are 60" (5') tall. Have been looking at Gitzo units. Seems to me as I have never used a gimbal mount that I would want a tripod able to go 6' or so.
What do you use and recommend? Do you prefer a shorter tripod when swinging and tilting a longer lens?
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Dec 18, 2014 08:15 |  #2

The Gitzo 3542XLS (4 leg sections) has a max height of 78.9 inches. They have a couple more heavy duty tripods that go up to 94.5 and 109.1 inches, but they have 5 and 6 leg sections respectively. The RRS TVC-44 has a max height of 75.0 inches and has 4 leg sections.


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Dec 18, 2014 09:23 |  #3

I am 5'9" tall and use the Gitzo 3530LS (58" tall) with my Wimberley. The head adds quite a lot of height so the tripod doesn't need to be very tall for my uses. For level shooting the tripod is not fully extended, normally 52-53" for me.
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Dec 18, 2014 09:40 |  #4

We use a Manfrotto 475B with the WH-200. Even with me at just under 6' tall, with the height of the gimbal mount plus the height of the lens & lens foot, rarely do I need to raise the center column more than a couple of inches. Shake has never been a problem.




  
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Dec 18, 2014 14:03 |  #5

I just replaced my Feisol 3372 with an RRS TV-33. Roughly the exact same specs, but a higher weight rating. It came highly recommended.

I looked at the Gitzos, having had one before, but went RRS because they were lighter and I remember carrying my Gitzo and thinking it was really heavy.

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Dec 19, 2014 09:08 |  #6

I use the GT3542L and I'm 6'0". I leave the smallest section only half extended, as otherwise it would be too tall for me. You can always shorten a tall tripod, and occasionally on uneven ground, you'll want the extra length. You can't lengthen sticks that are too short.


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Dec 20, 2014 10:02 |  #7

I use RRS tripods that are taller than me when fully extended, but don't extend the last section.


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Jan 10, 2015 19:44 |  #8

I have the older Wimberley wh-101 parked on a Manfrotto 055.

works fine. not the lightest or most elegant, but the price differential is invested in other gear.




  
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Jan 13, 2015 11:27 |  #9

Thanks all. Looking hard at a RRS TVC-24L or 34L. Wonderful staff on the phone and sent me a full catalog in just 2 days! Pricey but obvious quality product line. Also considering their pano-gimbal system. Lots of features and options. Liking that I can get leveling heads, various clamping parts and can put together a nice quick change system. Will have to save up longer but think it will be worth it.
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Jan 13, 2015 20:21 |  #10

Yes Gitzo and RRS are the top brands when it comes to tripods. If you live in the US Gitzo customer service is very poor, especially if you need new parts. In Europe their CS is great. I've experienced it myself here and I'd describe it as abysmal. In contrast RRS is the opposite, with a good reputation for responsiveness. That difference is persuasive for quite a few people.


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