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Gitzo 3530LSV vs 3540LS

1984Landcruiser

Atlanta, US
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1984Landcruiser Registered since 20th Nov 2004
Wed 17-Oct-07 12:34 AM

Ok, it is tripod time for me. Time to upgrade from my trusty Manfrotto 3021BPRO. I've decided on the Markins M20L for my head.

So here is my question. I'm debating between the 3530LSV (3 leg sections, 58" tall, 26" folded) vs the 3540LS (4 leg sections, 57" tall, 22" folded). I am 6'3" in height so I don't want to go with anything shorter than this, and I don't really think I need the jumbo sized 3540XLS (78" tall).

Question - for those of you who own the 3540 - is the 4 leg section model as sturdy as a 3 leg model? Am I making a bad decision in going with the 4 section leg over the assumed better stability of the 3 leg model?

I want to make an informed decision and buy a good quality tripod that will last. I currently shoot a D70, D1X, and D2H with my longest/heaviest lenses being the 80-200 f.2 (tripod collar version) and 300 f4 AFS with TC.

Thanks for any assistance you can provide

David - An Atlanta Nikonian

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