there are kirk ones too
there are kirk ones too
chezburgr i can haz?
hmm the gitzo 0 series are definitely the lightest you can find....however, one thing to note is if you mount heavier lenses on it, (for eg. when i mounted the 70-200), it does wobble abit, ie. not that firm...it still can take the weight, but because the legs are really thin, you lose some stability. But if you dun use heavy setups on tripod(ie. non telephoto), should be fine..
The main difference that you should take note though about 0 series is..
centre column section for 0 series
Centre column for 1 series
For the 1 series and above, you notice that there is that notch(indicated by the arrow) at the centre column, whereas the 0 series does not have. From my experience, due to the absence of that notch for the 0 series, its not as easy to lock the centre column for the 0 series as the centre column will "rotate" a bit when u screw lock it, whereas the 1 series and above doesn't due to that notch(which sits in a slot present in the centre column). Yeah, may or may not be a pain in the ass for you, but i personally found it a bit troublesome to tighten the centre column sometimes, and i believe it affects the stability of the column some what.
but back to the point, 0 series really really light..haha, and when i say wobble, its like when wind blowing hard, or u tap the leg of the tripod a bit.
As for L brackets, it adds to the bulk of your camera, but it helps when u are taking pics in portrait position, and dun need to put the head into the sideways position(into the notch), allowing the head to be more secure.
Last edited by tanjonhan; 9th November 2008 at 04:33 PM.
The weight difference between the 0531 and 1541 is close to 400g! and the price difference also quite a lot.
One thing I not sure is why people buy tripod that can support very heavy weight like 8kg. I was thinking do they really mount something close to that weight on the tripod?
since u said u may use 70-200 with flash on the tripod, then i would advise u not to get the 0541, since its a little small. Will probably do the job just as well, and very easy to carry around, and smaller too, but the max height is lower, legs are thinner, and at 780g, your tripod head will easily be half as heavy as yr tripod..haha, not that its an issue. Well this is what i have to say having used the 0541(0540 actually) before.
*point to note though, i went to see the 0541 recently, i THINK the legs are more stable now compared to my 0540 last time...i THINK.....*
But at the same time, its no use getting a tripod that you will not carry out. so if you prefer the lighter combi, sure man...you will not be disappointed.
You have been well-advised with regard to ballheads. The Markins Q3 is probably the best locally available head to match the 1541T. Gitzo heads are not good for friction control.
Friction heads usually comes in 2 design, the Arca-Swiss design (single knob) or the Kirk design (2 knobs). The Markins follows the Arca-Swiss design and there is one main knob for locking and friction adjustment. This is better than the Kirk design.
TK is a good place to get the tripod and ballhead and plates.
You probably don't need an expensive L-plate as the Q3 is rather solid but you will need a tripod mount for the 70-200.
Last edited by Henessy; 10th November 2008 at 05:02 PM.
some people prefer 3-way pan/tilt heads.
Personally I prefer AS plates (Markins, Wimberley, RRS) as they hold my heavy lenses more securely. My heavier lens managed to dislodge itself from a Manfrotto head/plate during handling.
Just called TK photo, they quoted my $450 for the Markins Q3 and $350 for the gitzo 1780QR ballhead.
I had a manfrotto 3-way pan tilt head, was OK with normal DSLR but when I got the 1Ds, it cannot make it, however hard I try to lock there is always creep. But how did your heavy lens dislodged itself from the head? I assume the plate is properly secured to body?
One shop recommended me the Gitzo 2531LVL + GH2780QR, I have not tried if it can support the 1Ds + lens.
Last edited by twnll; 10th November 2008 at 08:12 PM.
why nobody looking at feisol?~?~
chezburgr i can haz?
RICOH GRD I / II / III / IV / GR / GXR
http://www.gitzo.com/Jahia/site/gitzo/pid/4765?kindOfProductCollectionRequest=productDetail& productCode=GT1530&productDescription=Mountaineer% 206X%20tripod&curBrandId=BGI&market=MKT1&actualPat hCategoryKey=1CAT:AAA1:2CAT:BB59:3CAT:CC49:4CAT464&curMarketId=MARKET:MKT1
The plate is properly secured to the lens but the ballhead QR design is not solid enough. The Manfrotto plate was also too small.
While I consider myself a Gitzo fan, I would not recommend Gitzo heads. I will recommend only heads from the following:
Really Right Stuff, Wimberley, Arca Swiss, Markins and perhaps Kangrinpoche.
Wah, the 1530, 1531, 1540, 1541 are all so similar and close. How to choose?
G-lock is more stable than non-G lock. 3 sections is more stable than 4 sections. 4 sections is more compact than 3 sections. Traveller is even more compact than non-traveller. Series 2 is more stable than Series 1, etc. Carbon Gitzo prices are all about the same, so bigger ones actually give more value. Go down to the shop and play with them.
If you plan to travel with it then a 4 sections or even a traveller would be better. Otherwise a 3 sections would be cheaper and more stable. If you are going to use a car to ferry it mostly, then Series 2 would be more solid.
Actually what I am looking for is the lightest tripod with a decent height for me cos I do not like to extend centre column as it is troublesome and affects the stability of the tripod. For me I think 8kg will be more than enough cos I don't shoot with damn long fast telelens.
So may I know what would you recommend? Thanks
Last edited by Henessy; 11th November 2008 at 11:43 PM.