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Any reason to NOT get a Gitzo 1541T?

 
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Jul 03, 2008 01:11 |  #16

Hi,
I am also looking at this tripod. Just out of curiousity, do you have any misgivings about the 52.5 inches for maximum height listed at above site? I'm only 6', and think that I would have a sore back bending over.
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Jul 03, 2008 06:40 as a reply to  @ travelbuds's post |  #17

I do wish it was taller, and stronger, but still weigh the same and fold to the same size. I looked, but never found the perfect, no compromise pod :) Given the 1541t's portability, it's actually quite tall. With the column extended + ball head + camera, it does meet my eye (5'11"). "L" plate helps with vertical shots.

The center column is good for light lenses(haven't tried a windy day). But, I wouldn't use this pod for leaning on all day, such as hours of wildlife, sports.... With the column collapsed, for longer lens stability, the stoop is a bit extreme and would kill by back. For such uses I'd look at the taller pods, that meet my eye without the column extended, and sacrifice the portability.

I made my 1541t even shorter with the ground level center column. It no longer meets my eye with the column extended, but now I can get really low! :)


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Jul 03, 2008 23:33 |  #18

I just got my tripod. This thing is tiny. Its a little bitty thing. Almost looks flimsy like someone said. Geez. Its tiny. I have mixed feelings. I know I will love it for my hikes. I will be going out tomorrow with it so I will get a chance to test it out.


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Jul 04, 2008 05:15 as a reply to  @ 4g63photo's post |  #19

The size just makes the stability more impressive. For something that only weights 2lbs, you'll be very impressed with how well it handles 10lbs of gear. I'm sure the 2 & 3 series are even more solid, but I'm much more likely to pack this on a trip. You'll see. :)


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Jul 04, 2008 06:15 as a reply to  @ JC4's post |  #20

The only reason not to buy the Gitzo is it is $$$$


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Jul 04, 2008 09:44 |  #21

Well I cant wait for them to come back into stock! The 055XPROB kills the back if I have to carry it for any amount of time. Im looking forward to being able to literally take a tripod ANYWHERE I go!


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Jul 04, 2008 17:04 |  #22

Went out this morning to try out the tripod. Great piece of equipment. I cant believe I have never owned a tripod. I didnt care for the ballhead though. Maybe I was expecting more from the ballhead.


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Jul 04, 2008 18:17 |  #23

Which ballhead?


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Jul 04, 2008 18:59 |  #24

I bought Manfrotto 486 because I did not have enough for a Markins/Arca or RRS.


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Jul 04, 2008 20:25 |  #25

4g63photo wrote in post #5850361 (external link)
I bought Manfrotto 486 because I did not have enough for a Markins/Arca or RRS.

Yep...The 486 is an inexpensive no frills ballhead that holds lightweight gear. No question, you will need to upgrade when get a chance. The Gitzo won't be living up to all its potential until you do so. But in the meanwhile, you will come to appreciate a great tripod.

My recommendation for your legs is a Q3 or Q3TR. It will be like night and day difference compared to the 486.


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Jul 05, 2008 00:02 |  #26

I have never used a ballhead like that. What is the big deal about it? I really dont know. Does it hold the gear in place better? When you loosen the knob, does the gear fall side ways like my current ball head? Thanks Jhom.


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Jul 05, 2008 03:24 |  #27

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I have never used a ballhead like that. What is the big deal about it? I really dont know. Does it hold the gear in place better?

Yes.
Also it doesn't move when you tighten it.
(Actually, since the drag control an a Markins is excellent, you don't *have* to tighten it.

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When you loosen the knob, does the gear fall side ways like my current ball head?

No.


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Jul 06, 2008 16:50 |  #28

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Just curious, which ones are the generic RRS plates? Do you mean any RRS plate other than their L plate?

Sorry, meant to day generic Arca plates.. :confused:


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Jul 06, 2008 17:41 |  #29

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #5860518 (external link)
Sorry, meant to day generic Arca plates.. :confused:

Ah! Ok, that makes me feel better. I was thinking I missed something completely on RRS' site. ;)


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Jul 07, 2008 14:24 |  #30

AWESOME! They just came back in stock at B&H with the $40 MIR and the Bogen bag! Ordering now!


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