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Gitzo 1548 vs 1325 tripods

aisnikkor

Highland, US
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aisnikkor Registered since 20th Dec 2003
Sat 14-Feb-04 01:43 AM

I am in the process of upgrading my old manfrotto 3021 legs to go with upcoming D2H and telephoto lens purchases.

My question relates to all alround use of the 1548 tripod. If I am unconcerned about weight (and price), are there any disadvantages to using the 1548 as my one and only tripod? I have a few questions in mind:

1. Is the bulk (diameter) of the 1548 prohibitive in terms of carrying/packing it? I realize that it is heavier, but shorter when collapsed, than the 1325.

2. Is the 1548 outright overkill for smaller setups (D2H, 105 micro as an example)? In other words, is the 1325 more than enough for this type of setup in any conditions?

3. Is the 1548 overkill for a D2H + 300/2.8AFSII + TC-20EII? Same question as above - is the 1325 more than enough for the 300 + 2X TC, or would it be marginal in some conditions?

4. Is the 1325 useable without reservation for something along the lines of the 500/4AFSII or 200-400 VR lenses? (I know from info I have been able to find that this is where the 1548 starts to shine.)

I will be using either a Kirk BH-1 or a Markins M-20, and possibly a Wimberly Sidekick for whichever tripod I get.

AiSNikkor
Tom
Highland, CA

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