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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:26 am 
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Hi guys,

Have been looking for a good tripod for some time now, and I have some models that I am considering. I am sure that I want Gitzo to be the brand (a lot of people have recommended this to me) but I am not sure what kind of stuff would be most useful to me. There are quite a lot of tripods and heads to pick from.

To make an informed decision it is also useful to keep in mind the gear that I have now and that I plan to own and use with the tripod:

Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF 17-40/4/ L USM
Canon EF 24-105/4 L IS USM
Canon EF 100/2.8 L IS USM Macro
Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L USM
Canon EF 100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

I am considering a ball head for all of these lenses except the 100-400; I would like to use a swing head for that one. Gitzo has a couple of series, and the higher the number the bigger and sturdier the tripod (if I am not mistaken). I am looking into buying a 6XCarbon Serie 1 or a Basalt Serie 2. The ball head will be a Gitzo, the swing head probable some other brand. I think that if you go for a series 1 or 2, that you need a series 1 or 2 ball head to go along with it.

So my question to you guys: is my reasoning alright? Will a series 1 or 2 be enough for me? Will it be sturdy enough and have enough balance? Or should I spend a whole lot more on a series 3, 4 or 5? Thanks for helping :).

- Mike

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:43 am 
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I can tell you they are very well built and sturdy - the best tripods I've used.

I'd recommend totalling your maximum load and using their site specs to see which would suffice, with a bit of leeway in case you get anything bigger in the future - as this will be a tripod for life!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:20 pm 
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Thanks Gordon! I noticed you used a Series 1 yourself on your bear photography trip in Canada (was it?). Thought you used a 100-400 + 7D as well. How did it feel for you? Was this a steady combo or would you have liked to have used a sturdier Gitzo?

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 7:44 am 
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Because I am very long myself (1,96m) I am leaning towards getting a Gitzo GT3541L (which is higher) and a Gitzo GH3780QR. I think this is wise, because I do want to expand my lenses toward a 500/4 L IS USM in the far future and since this tripod is supposed to last a lifetime I think it is wiser to go for something sturdier.

But can someone tell me what advantages a Markin ball head offers? I have seen that people are quite happy with it, but I can't figure out the advantages when comparing it to say a Gitzo GH3780QR.

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