I've been looking to purchase a Gitzo tripod for quite a long time now and when I finally sat down to see what I should get, I soon got stuck in a confusing mess
Anyway, I'm quite tall at 6'2 so I need something in my eye level. I have the three kings and often shoot landscape, interior etc with the 14-24 or more fast moving things like my daughter with the 70-200. I dont have any plans to aquire longer faster glass but I have friends with 200-400 and 300/2.8 for me to borrow so a sturdy enough for that would be great.
Today I have a GM2541 as well as a not yet used GH2781TQR ballhead. I looked at the GT2542L for it's eye level but then read that center columns are not the way to go for stability.
So I'm now down to the GT2542LS or the new 3542LS. The discontinued GT3541LS have also catched my intrest in case I could get it cheaper but I've read about the top plates problems some have had.
The 2542LS is a few cm taller, 200 g less weight and little cheaper (less expensive) compared to the 3542LS.
Will the 2542 really give me anything the sturdier 3542 dont or is the 3542LS the way to go?
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I'm no expert, but I am 5'10" and use the 3541LS, which is perfect for me. Fully extended with a Markins Q20 and a Wimberley Sidekick, my camera is at eye level, or maybe a fraction of an inch too high, but ideal for shooting birds in flight. You are 4" taller than me, and my first thought was that maybe you should take look at the 3542XLS, for it's extra height. Hopefully someone with more knowledge of the 3542XLS will offer better advice.
Although you could mount the larger lenses you mention on a series 2, I don't think it's advisable, and I would go for a series 3.
BTW, I have never had a problem with the top plate, but I do check everything is tight before each day out
The 3542LS is probably the answer. It is sturdy enough for your 200-400 and similar gear. The 2 series is just not enough and a center column only makes things worse. I like the 3 series legs and chose the 4 section model so I could pack it in a checked bag.
Over the past few years Gitzo has provided a rebate program and manufacturers have had sales in December and January. You might find a lightly used 3540LS or 3541LS. You could also consider a RRS tripod given the price of the Gitzo models.
To mud some waters here. For a new (version 2) GT2542LS load capacity has been increased from 26lb to 55lb. So new series 2 tripod has same capacity as last year's Series 3 tripods... decisions, decisions, decidions....
>To mud some waters here. For a new (version 2) GT2542LS load >capacity has been increased from 26lb to 55lb. So new series 2 > tripod has same capacity as last year's Series 3 tripods... >decisions, decisions, decidions....
I'm going to suggest that that is likely a mis-print. The new Series 3 V2 systematics also are stated as having a 55 LB payload and that does not make sense. I think their web designer did some copy/paste and forgot to edit the number.
Just a hunch. I would confirm that with Gitzo before assuming it is correct.
For a 200-400 I would certainly go with a Series 3 over a Series 2, owning both. Although my Series 2 G-1228 is much older, pre G-Lock.
At this time B&H has the 3542LS for $50 less than the 2542LS.
That in itself would move me to the 3 series, however, when considering that you have access to larger lenses the 3 series makes the most sense without giving up much weight or bulk to the 2 series. The 3 series is a much better compromise between, weight, portability and sturdiness than the 2 series.
I use the 3541LS and it is my all around tripod. I added a NatureScapes plate which eliminates the top plate safety issue.