I'm considering getting a GT3542XLS. My question is does anyone know if I need the TH-300 base for this tripod? The new systematics look great with the new top plate so not sure that it needs to be replaced.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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#1. "RE: ? Gitzo GT3542XLS and TH-300" | In response to Reply # 0jacsr Registered since 08th Apr 2006Mon 19-Mar-12 12:54 AM
I could see using the TH-300 in place of the NatureScape plate with the added bonus of reducing the bulk of the top plate. However, V2 of the systematic line of tripods have resolved the plate detachment issue that occasionally plagued the current version of the systematic line. Unfortunately, the V2 line of systematic tripods is so new that there is little to no information on how the enhancements and changes will affect the performance of the tripod. I am sure they will be positive, but we just will not know until a large number are placed into service.
IMO I would use the tripod as is for a while. If in the future you feel the TH-300 would add additional stability or vibration reduction then spend the $$$.
#2. "RE: ? Gitzo GT3542XLS and TH-300" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Mon 19-Mar-12 12:08 PM
The TH-300 would also reduce the weight of the tripod. The TH-300 is CNC machined aluminum (verses the Gitzo gravity fed cast design), in that way somewhat more similar to the Feisol and RRS mounts. It also has the upside down conical section design (unique to Markins) that Markins believes adds to stability.
The latest "V2" Gitzo Systematic mounts are much beefier (and more triangular shaped) than the old ones, with commensurately more weight. Presumably the half pound or so of added weight to the latest models is mostly or all in the beefier mount and maybe partly due to the plate locking mechanism.
You don't "need" the TH-300. The value and utility, and the weight reduction, etc., is certainly unknown to me at this time. I am not aware of any actual comparison testing done with the TH-300 and the older mounts, much less the newer mounts. I think this is an interesting issue but will be difficult to try to define.
I think it would be interesting to see a performance test against the new models in particular because Gitzo's approach was to beef up the mount (for whatever reason and they don't discuss the details). Markins has tried to take a "smarter" approach, using that conical section design, with machined aluminum, to presumably.
Whoever is "right" or "righter" I think we can only speculate at this time and I certainly would not speculate on the outcome of such a test. For sure though, I think there would be significant weight reduction with the Markins hub although I am uncertain of the exact amount.
Performance testing is a complex business and I suspect the differences would be subtle and not game changing. However, definitively specifying the weight differences is not rocket science and I hope someone, either Markins, or an owner, takes the time to do that.
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#3. "RE: ? Gitzo GT3542XLS and TH-300" | In response to Reply # 0jgould2 Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007Mon 19-Mar-12 04:02 PM
I have the older 3541XLS model and made a 'keeper plate' for the bottom of the plate similar to the NatureScape plate. I also have the new GT5562 GTS tripod which incorporates an elegant solution to the plate detachment problem. It works just fine and I have no plans to add a 'keeper plate' to this model. In summary I don't think you need the TH-300 base.
I think you are going to love the GT3542XLS.
#4. "RE: ? Gitzo GT3542XLS and TH-300" | In response to Reply # 0StarKeeper Registered since 28th Feb 2012Mon 19-Mar-12 08:34 PM
Although I'm new to Nikonians, I've read hundreds and maybe even thousands of forum entries. So many that I feel that I know some of you. As always your replies are helpful and welcomed. I was really torn between the RRS TVC-24L and the new Gitzo and still not sure which one to get. Anyways thanks for all your input.
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#5. "RE: ? Gitzo GT3542XLS and TH-300" | In response to Reply # 4autoexer Nikonian since 27th Jan 2011Sat 24-Mar-12 12:43 AM
i just got the RRS TVC-24L - love it. The quality is amazing. I like the fact that it extends to 66" will all sections extended, 50" with the top three extened. The cost of the RRS is less now than the Gitzo! Also, all fittings are machined 6061T6 aluminum.
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