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Oct 02, 2011 23:38 |  #406

I posted somewhere back in this thread of my Gitzo 1541T fully extended holding my gear, I recently acquired a monopod to complement it so here's the set (collapsed cause I was feeling lazy.)

Gitzo 1541T tripod with Markins Q3T head and Gitzo GM2561T monopod with the Joby Ballhead X for QR and tilt functions. The Joby ballhead is a screw clamp that is fully Arca Swiss compatible, weighs about 9 oz, and it works very nicely with my Kirk plates. The monopod/ballhead combo is just over 1lb, which makes it nice and light for carrying around, and in my initial testing it holds up well even under my 60D with 100-400mm lens attached. Note that I don't have to extend the bottom leg section much or at all because I'm not very tall, and that really helps with the stability. :)

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Oct 03, 2011 12:17 |  #407

^^ Very cool! Congrats on the newest addition!


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Oct 04, 2011 11:55 as a reply to  @ meglet's post |  #408

I haven't upgraded the ball head yet. Will be going with a Markins M20 when I do, but so far this 488RC2 has held everything I have used with it w/o any drooping or creeping problems.

The legs I replaced were 190PROXB legs, but I got tired of stooping to look through the viewfinder. I wanted something with more height. I remember at the time I bought them thinking that paying that much for tripod legs was crazy.

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Basically putting together a Magica 3.4 Tripod - piece by piece.

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Oct 04, 2011 12:11 |  #409

cmchavis wrote in post #13203950 (external link)
I haven't upgraded the ball head yet. Will be going with a Markins M20 when I do, but so far this 488RC2 has held everything I have used with it w/o any drooping or creeping problems.

The legs I replaced were 190PROXB legs, but I got tired of stooping to look through the viewfinder. I wanted something with more height. I remember at the time I bought them thinking that paying that much for tripod legs was crazy.

Gitzo GT3541L
Markins TB-30
Manfrotto 488RC2 head

Basically putting together a Magica 3.4 Tripod - piece by piece.

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OH! That hurts to see! Get that Q20!!!!


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Oct 04, 2011 13:22 |  #410

ben_r_ wrote in post #13204012 (external link)
OH! That hurts to see! Get that Q20!!!!

Hehe! :) As soon as the wallet recovers from the legs purchase.




  
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Oct 18, 2011 02:31 |  #411

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Gitzo GT5561SGT series 5 carbon tripod with Novoflex CB5-Q ClassicBall 5.
Waiting on my Novoflex QPL VERTIKAL L-shaped plate.

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I use almost the same configuration, however the rubber knob on my CB-5 is one of the things I dislike. I see you have a different (panning) knob; did you buy the CB-5 with the metal knob or did you replace it?

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Oct 18, 2011 08:54 as a reply to  @ meglet's post |  #412

Gitzo 5561t monopod with RRS head and lever release. The top plate was swapped with that from a 2 series, as the original was enormous. I've been carrying it in the Maxpedition Universal sheath on my Lowepro Utility belt. The third photo shows the original large plate.

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Oct 20, 2011 04:31 |  #413

Why the need of a top plate? I removed the plate and mount the ballhead direct on the monopod.




  
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Oct 20, 2011 15:45 |  #414

In almost all the shots I've ever taken with my tripod and head, I've never had an issue with droop -- until last week. Temperatures were below freezing, and with either of my lenses, I could not keep the head from drooping in certain angles. Anyone with a more robust head able to comment on low-temperature work and whether the head keeps a position?


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Oct 20, 2011 15:53 |  #415

Perhaps it was condensation, or your hands were just too cold to tighten it enough. I doubt it was caused by the cold making the ball contract so much that it couldn't be gripped.


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Oct 20, 2011 23:35 |  #416

It could have been condensation (hadn't thought of that), but I don't have a ballhead with a tightening lever: it's a pistol-grip style head. I never really checked the ball at all. I was hiking for four hours with the head in my backpack, so I'm not sure if that would have been sufficient time for the condensation to, well, evaporate.

The weird thing is that I've shot with it in the winter, when it was snowing, with no issues. I'm not sure what about this specific trip that made it happen.


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Oct 21, 2011 02:09 |  #417

Hmm, being a pistol grip head certainly changes things. Did you try turning the adjustment wheel? Without that they simply go to a preset "squeeze" so any contraction of the ball will indeed make it looser.


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Oct 24, 2011 00:48 |  #418

This thread needed a bump.

My current setup: RRS BH-55 with LR clamp mounted on an RRS TVC-33 tripod. Best support I've ever owned.


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Oct 24, 2011 03:51 |  #419

Indecent Exposure wrote in post #13296301 (external link)
This thread needed a bump.

My current setup: RRS BH-55 with LR clamp mounted on an RRS TVC-33 tripod. Best support I've ever owned.

I cannot agree more, you have a very sturdy and outbalanced combination; IMO the people at RRS do an outstanding job. Most of my stuff is from RRS (L-brackets, plates, clamps, etc) except the ballhead and the tripod. I live in Europe and two years ago it was not easy to buy the RRS stuff locally; so my tripod and ballhead are respectively from Gitzo and Novoflex, a very stable combo! Good luck with your RRS combo!
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