More money to throw at your Gitzo
Now we have new test results on the GT55xx & TH-500 hub (Super Gitzo), who is willing, able or eager to spend another $300/£250 (ex P&P, VAT, Customs) on a new Markins hub for their already expsensive tripod?
Ignoring cost, three advantages spring to mind.
1. Reduced total weight.
2. More compact when closed up for travel & storage.
3. The clincher for many - no more safety plate to secure camera/lens combo UNLESS the 3/8" hub bolt shears or the hub disintegrates!
One can now carry their gear on their shoulder with impunity.
I, having already modified my Gitzo's will wait awhile unless I win the lottery.
Natural Green as a colour seems odd?
#1. "RE: More money to throw at your Gitzo" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Mon 25-Jun-12 08:16 PM
I think that owners of 5 series tripods are a minority so the TH-500 will sell much less than the smaller models that are more than $100 less expensive.
The 2 & 3 series will are likely to benefit more (stability wise) from this modification, especially the Mountaineer tripods, than the already extremely stable 5 series like I tested.
I think selling the new hub as part of the MAGICA kits will really help sales.
I am not sure why they chose Naturel Green (it is very dark/deep almost black) but I think I like it. The hub gives the tripod a much cleaner more refined look.
#2. "RE: More money to throw at your Gitzo" | In response to Reply # 0billg71 Nikonian since 14th Aug 2006Fri 13-Jul-12 08:47 PM
I don't have a 500-series Gitzo and personally could care less about arbitrary test results but was ready, willing and able to spend another $200 on the TH300 for my "already expensive" 3541XLS.
Saved some weight, reduced the bulk, made it easier to carry and, as far as I can tell from shooting at 300-1000mm, didn't lose anything in IQ and maybe gained a bit(non-scientific, strictly opinionated conclusion).
Never bought a NSN plate, never had the problem it addresses although I did make a routine tightness check a habit. I also don't have a Wimberley or a 400 or 600 lens so maybe that figures into the equation...
All in all, I'm quite pleased with the TH-300 for the price, no complaints at all. If I had a 600/4 on a Wimberly sitting on a 5-series I'd jump at the chance to spend $300 on the TH-500. But that's just MHO....
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