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Gitzo GM3550 or GM5540


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akmartinez1 Registered since 12th Jan 2005
Tue 17-Apr-07 07:18 PM

I'm in the process of purchasing a monopod and I've narrowed it down to 2 that I would like but would like some feedback.

I'm interested in both the Gitzo GM3550 and the GM5540. I'm leaning toward the 3550.

The price is lower on B&H, they are both CF6x. The 3550 can extend to about 6'5" and the 5540 only to 5'3". I like the extra height if needed even though I might not. I can just not extend the thinnest section or extend it partway to my needed height.

The part that I'm concerned about is the load. The 5540 can hold 55lbs, but I don't think I'll ever come across a rig where I would need to mount that much weight or mount it on one leg when I have a tripod available.

The 3550 can hold about 40. Looking at the biggest Nikkor at 600mm (which I don't even have) it's only a 10lbs lens, I would only think my D200 full mount without lens could get up to maybe another 10lbs at mose with a flash, mbd200, and maybe an L bracket if I even use a BH on the monopod.

So I don't think I'll need the extra weight capacity.

Should I be prepared for another factor in my descision?

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