Gitzo 1540/2540 height reduction by removing centre pos
I am thinking about buying a Gitzo GT1540 or 2540 tripod to take travelling and hiking but I'm a little worried about fitting it into my carry-on luggage and day pack, given the 54cm/21.3" (GT1540) to 56cm/22.0" (GT2540) folded lengths of these two models.
I believe that with these new models it is possible to remove the centre column and attach the head directly to the top of the tripod. Can anyone tell me how much I will reduce the folded length by if I do this?
Thanks in advance!
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#2. "RE: Gitzo 1540/2540 height reduction by removing centre" | In response to Reply # 1JP_Battersea Registered since 19th Apr 2007Fri 20-Apr-07 05:39 AM
Thanks Neil. I just spoke to a helpful guy at Gitzo and you are absolutely right, there is no saving in the folded length of the 1540 or 2540 by removing the centre post, although obviously there's a minor weight reduction. Shame - I might look at the slightly shorter Feisol 3401n or wait to see what the specifications are of their upcoming (due in about 1 month apparaently) CT-3342 and CT-3442. These will apparently have a higher quality of carbon fibre and milling of the base plate and other metal parts.
#3. "RE: Gitzo 1540/2540 height reduction by removing centre" | In response to Reply # 2nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Fri 20-Apr-07 11:09 AM
You can cut about up to an inch off of a 2530 or 2540 by using the Markins or Kirk replacement flat plate. My G1228 stock center column is 2" from the base. My Markins is 1.2" tall, sitting above that same base. The Kirk base is 1" tall, accordin to their site.
You would need to verify that the current 25x0 ballhead platform is still 2" above the flat le base.
The Feisol is a ood alternative and has a nice systematic type flat base.
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#4. "RE: Gitzo 1540/2540 height reduction by removing centre" | In response to Reply # 0
A few thoughts about traveling with the 1540 or 2540. I own the 1540 (after seriously considering the 2540). It's travels a little smaller and extends a little further than the 2540.
As for carrying it in luggage, I remove the entire center column (with head attached) and pack it next to the legs. Fits fine in my carry on this way.
As for hiking, I put the column back on the legs and attach it to a hydration pack. The pack I use was originally made for skiers (the pack actually can hold a set of skis!)and has since been discontinued, but you can still find it a couple of places (links at the end). I've got it rigged with some Velcro straps so attaching/detaching the tripod quick and hassle free.
Then I carry a Lowepro Orion AW for my camera gear. Alternatively, if I want to travel with just my body and a single lens, I'll use a neoprene wrap for my camera and place that inside the hydration pack. Of course, water and electronics don't mix, so I gamble that the hydration bladder won't leak.
It hasn't yet, and I give it a thorough check prior to filling it before each days hike.
If you're interested, here are a couple of places that still sell the hydration pack I have:
You might find other hydration packs which could do just as well. I found this one when I was still using my old Manfrotto 3021 w/410 head (about 8 lbs!).