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Gitzo GT3530LS equivalent

ra124

Chennai, IN
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ra124 Registered since 05th Aug 2011
Sat 20-Aug-11 09:57 AM

I am new to this forum and this is my first posting. Let me first thank all the members who have posted their comments. It has helped me to a certain extent but I thought I will ask for some more input.

I purchased a month ago a D7000 and have been using 18-200mm lens the most. I am planning to procure a 105mm Micro lens to take pictures of bugs and flowers and also a 300+mm lens to take pictures of birds. 1 am 5ft8" tall.

Using the configurator on Gitzo's site, I narrowed my choice to GT3530LS. My only issue is that Gitzo's distributor in India is charging around US$1380. The price does not include the head cost. My only other option is to wait till I visit US which I have not planned for at least this year.

So went to the camera store where I had bought my camera and the sales person there asked me to look at a Manfrotto 055XPROB or a Benro C2680TB1. Surprisingly the prices of both these models are almost the same as what has been quoted on Amazon or B&H.

I found both the above models to be okay as far as the height factor is concerned. Only doubt that I have is on the stability.

My question to this forum is how good an option would it be if I were to marry a 055XPROB with a head say the M20.

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