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Review: Gitzo 1541T Tripod, Markins Q3T Ballhead w/ RRS B2 LR II Clamp

 
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Mar 21, 2011 14:55 |  #1861

Oh yeah, I forgot to add I picked up the Gitzo 1541T at the amazing Amazon sale and managed to get the $80.00 rebate from Gitzo. I just ordered the Markins Q3T and will be hitting up RRS next for the QR lever clamp :)

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Mar 21, 2011 15:34 |  #1862

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Hi, just wanted to stop by and say thanks to Ben for posting his review and to everybody who made a contribution on this thread. I`ve learned way to much to not stop in and give you guys credit for an amazing read.

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Oh yeah, I forgot to add I picked up the Gitzo 1541T at the amazing Amazon sale and managed to get the $80.00 rebate from Gitzo. I just ordered the Markins Q3T and will be hitting up RRS next for the QR lever clamp :)

Cheers

Thank you! Awesome! And Enjoy :D


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Mar 21, 2011 16:15 as a reply to  @ ben_r_'s post |  #1863

Yeah, you hit it out of the ballpark with this thread, Ben. Thanks again for the meticulous attention to detail and for the great images of demonstration. bw!


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Mar 28, 2011 23:13 |  #1864
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A few days ago I pulled the trigger on a Feisol CT-3441T. However I could not pay for my order due to Paypal not accepting my creditcard.

All hope was lost! But then I found this excellent review, and now I've orderd the 1541T.

Just one question. Can someone please recommend me a good shoulder strap? I never had one of those before, and I dont wanna carry this little tripod in a bag.


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Mar 28, 2011 23:17 as a reply to  @ b.d.bop's post |  #1865
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By the way, it really does seem like the 1541T has been discontinued for real. I couldn't find it anywhere, except on Ebay.

Apparently it has been replaced by the new GT1542T (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Series_1_Travel​er_6x.html (external link)).

Carries less and weighs more. :shock: Whats up with that?


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Mar 28, 2011 23:23 as a reply to  @ Ricku's post |  #1866

You can still find the GT1541T at some vendors.


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Mar 29, 2011 01:46 |  #1867

Ricku wrote in post #12113720 (external link)
By the way, it really does seem like the 1541T has been discontinued for real. I couldn't find it anywhere, except on Ebay.

Apparently it has been replaced by the new GT1542T (http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …Series_1_Travel​er_6x.html (external link)).

Amazon still has the GT1541T (external link) in stock...

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Carries less and weighs more. :shock: Whats up with that?

It's like someone at Gitzo has lost their mind. Hopefully it's just a case of temporary insanity.


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Mar 29, 2011 07:42 |  #1868

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Carries less and weighs more. :shock: Whats up with that?

I think a lot of people are asking that. On the plus side the 1542T is a bit taller.


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Mar 29, 2011 18:38 |  #1869

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I think a lot of people are asking that. On the plus side the 1542T is a bit taller.

The new 1542T's center column is longer, so when you fold the legs up, it won't encompass whatever ballhead you have mounted. Seems to defeat the purpose.

Here is a site (in Japanese) that shows it folded up : http://store.shopping.​yahoo.co.jp …online/80242215​81416.html (external link)


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Mar 29, 2011 18:42 |  #1870

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The new 1542T's center column is longer, so when you fold the legs up, it won't encompass whatever ballhead you have mounted. Seems to defeat the purpose.

http://forums.dpreview​.com …rum=1021&messag​e=37945457 (external link)

They probably did that so you can fold up the legs with a ballhead with a wider base. So if you have an RRS ballhead, you give a little length to gain better folding of the legs.

In fact, I think it would have a thinner profile no matter what ballhead you're using. But not as short.


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Mar 29, 2011 18:44 |  #1871

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They probably did that so you can fold up the legs with a ballhead with a wider base. So if you have an RRS ballhead, you give a little length to gain better folding of the legs.

Okay, but why? If you fold the legs and the ballhead sticks all the way out (mounting plate is above the legs when folded) then how is that shorter than just leaving it "unfolded"?

Edit: I looked at the photos posted at the B and H site, which are new. I see now you do save a little bit of length by folding it up even with the ballhead sticking out above the folded legs. But not as much as the orginal 1541T.


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Mar 29, 2011 18:52 |  #1872

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Okay, but why? If you fold the legs and the ballhead sticks all the way out (mounting plate is above the legs when folded) then how is that shorter than just leaving it "unfolded"?

It looks like it will be slightly shorter because the part the ballhead sits on is hidden away.

I don't like it, but I'm guessing this is what they were going for. I prefer the 1541T.


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Mar 29, 2011 18:52 |  #1873

thenextguy wrote in post #12119960 (external link)
It looks like it will be slightly shorter because the part the ballhead sits on is hidden away.

I don't like it, but I'm guessing this is what they were going for. I prefer the 1541T.

I agree.


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Mar 29, 2011 19:55 |  #1874

MGW172 wrote in post #12119887 (external link)
The new 1542T's center column is longer, so when you fold the legs up, it won't encompass whatever ballhead you have mounted. Seems to defeat the purpose.

Here is a site (in Japanese) that shows it folded up : http://store.shopping.​yahoo.co.jp …online/80242215​81416.html (external link)

Wow, that is really silly. So the added height of this newer version is really only due to a longer center column? Man did they mess up. Wonder why?!


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Mar 29, 2011 22:06 |  #1875

ben_r_ wrote in post #12120362 (external link)
Wow, that is really silly. So the added height of this newer version is really only due to a longer center column? Man did they mess up. Wonder why?!

I voted for "temporary insanity". LOL!

It wouldn't be the first time a company completely overlooked a product's strengths in a redesign effort. All to be able to market the replacement as "new and improved". You'd think a company like Gitzo would know better, but apparently not.

That said, I am ***so*** freakin' glad I stumbled on this thread and got my GT1541T before they discontinued it. :cool:

Thanks again, Ben!


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