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Ballhead diameter & Gitzo column plate confusion.

alishakarchi

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alishakarchi Registered since 21st Jun 2009
Thu 25-Jun-09 12:42 PM | edited Thu 25-Jun-09 12:59 PM by alishakarchi

Hi

I'm looking at getting a a ball head (such as Arca-Swiss Z1DP, RSS, Markins) and a Gitzo Mountaineer GT2541 or possibly GT3541 tripod. My normal kit comprises a D300 + 70-200 f2.8, 24-70 f2.8, so not so hugely heavy, although I also have a Mamiya 645AFD kit. I hike mountains a lot and shoot landscapes in all conditions, this will be my first decent tripod setup, so I want to get it right. Obviously, I want it to be light, but don't want want to regret stability issues after buying it.

Anyway, I'm a little confused about fitting a non-Gitzo head to the Gitzo tripod column plate (Power Disc). It seems that most 3rd party ballhead base diameters' are wider than the Gitzo column plate to the tripods, which I believe is only 60mm.

So my question is, does that mean that the ball head is not going to work on these Gitzo's, or is it ok for ballhead base to 'overhang' the column plate disc? (base diameters areZ1/69mm, M20/68mm, BH-55 73mm). Will the effect stability?

Should I only be considering a Gitzo Systematic range like the GT3541LS, which as the whole tripod base to accommodate the Z1?

Finally, I've seen several posts on column vs no column tripods, and I see attraction to the GT3541LS. I'm only 5,10" so worry it could be too high for me when the head is fitted? Does anyone have this pod that could comment - wondered how hight it is with just three legs extended? Its full hight is 146cm and with 10cm for the head, I fear I would be on my tiptoes to see out of the viewfinder!

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Ali

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