While I haven't had a chance to field test my new Gitzo GT5562GTS tripod, I have done a tap test with my 600 f/4 mounted. The amount of vibration is practically none and settles down immediately. This compares to my 3541XLS which takes about 4 seconds to settle.
Did you tap test each section individually or once fully extended? I am curious to see how it performs with just the top three sections extended matching the 5532LS and if it makes any difference verses extending additional sections.
So far I only tap-tested the tripod at my eye height meaning just the thickest two extendable sections partially extended. I am sure that the higher you go and the smaller the leg extensions you use the less stability but I can't give you all the permutations. Will try some other combinations when I get a chance.
Hi Jim quick question in a series 5 if you add a center column you loose stability its what I heard. If you add a center column to a series 5 loose stability and it will be like a series 3? Or more like a series 2? Thank you and congrats on your GT5562TS
A very good question! I really have no information on that configuration but judging by the incredible stability of the series 5, I doubt it would be as 'unstable' as a series 2 (especially if one were considering being able to move up and down 6" or so).
I have no facts or testing to back up that assertation, nor do I remember reading any center column vs no center column testing. Like you I have always heard that adding a center column reduces stability.
Perhaps a new post in the tripod forum (asking for field testing results) might glean some more information for us.
The amount of vibration is practically none and >settles down immediately. This compares to my 3541XLS which >takes about 4 seconds to settle. >
This is excellent information. Thank you. I'm about to get either GT5542LS or GT5562LTS. I need 6 sections for those rare times i need to air travel. But i do not want to regret my decision after all. Could you do the same tap test but only extend the thinnest legs. It will give an idea if GT5562LTS will perform (significantly) better, than GT35421XLS.
>Hi Vlad. > >With just the bottom legs extended and with a 600 f/4 lens >w/camera the settle time was between 2 and 3 seconds. Just let >me know if I can provide you with any other information. > >JIM
Sincerely thank you. You just (more or less) confirmed what Neil has suspected - that with all legs extended the 6-section Series 5 will perform on par or slightly better than 4-section Series 3 tripod. Though, as per JRP comment above (and assuming there is some analogy in respect to TH-500) Gitzo with Markins hub will perform (slightly) better, so I hope it will give me performance of GT4542LS,While be only 20" folded as GT5562LTS, but I’m not going to take that risk – too much money at stake to get Series 3 performance after investing $1500.
At this point I’ve decided I’ll stick to TH-500 and 4-section Series 5 tripod. This will be portable enough to fit in my 27” luggage for air travel and it should perform well for any lens I might acquire in the following years.
I will start looking for used GT5540LS, GT5541LS. If nothing will be available in a month, by the time I’ll relocate to Florida, I will just get a new GT5542LS.
Any advice / warning on what should I pay attention when buying used GT5540LS or GT5541LS legs.
Jim, thanks for the info. My 600mm is not stable on my Gitzo 1348 MK-II so I'm looking at a beefier tripod. Gitzo or RRS are going to be my next 'best' tripod. Gitzo 354x, 556x, and 554x are in consideration. Gitzo changes their tripods often it is difficult to get a good feel for the current version.
I think a 3 series may be a little underpowered for your 600. I created a spreadsheet comparing a Gitzo 3541LS and a 5542LS using three different lenses with the largest being a 500/4 AF-S. Your 600 would be larger and heavier than the 500 but the tap tests would give you an idea how the tripods handle the larger lens. You can find the spreadsheet in this thread.
Daniel, The 600mm f/4 has been reported as workable on a Series 3 MAGICA. That means a Series 3 Gitzo with enhancements, either a TB-30 plate (If a Mountaineer) or a replacement hub TH-300 (for either Mountaineer or Systematic)
The 600mm would be better off in at least a Series 4.
Yes, it has VR. It seems like VR can handle normal movement but not high frequency vibrations from a tripod system. Using it unlocked and moving slow seems to be stable - well, more stable until I get to try a Gitzo 5 series.
Personally I would get a series 5. I would NOT try to split the difference with a Series 4. Unless you have some compelling weight reason. And if weight or bulk is an issue, consider a Markins TH-500 to help solve that problem .
That is just religious and philosophical. I think that lens needs all the support it can get.
People with 600/4's I have talked to generally have VR or IS (mostly IS because that is what I see around here). In all cases I've asked, they say they could not effectively deal with the lens without VR/IS. They are always using Series 3 because that is when I ask that question .
Interestingly, I have compared a 600/4 to my 500/4 AFS and do not find it particularly more difficult to shoot. But then I don;t consider my lens easy either. I use a Series 3 but should be shooting a Series 5. I'm still studying my options and saving pennies.