Greetings all Nikonians, Last time I posted in this forum, I got some really good advice which inspired me to order a 3541XLS, Q20 among other things. Needless to say, I am very happy with this rock steady companion. In two months I'm leaving for Australia and the 3541XLS is unfortunately neither compact nor light. I will travel with a D300 + 18-200. Markins Q3 would be my choice for ball head.
Since the GT1542T seems (to my eye) a bit thin and unstable, I have to questions.
1. What would the sturdier alternative be (tripod only), if money was no object. 2. What would the second best (cheaper) alternative be.
I have searched around but must confess I am a bit confused.
Mon 13-Aug-12 05:34 AM | edited Mon 13-Aug-12 08:36 PM by jrp
One easy way to further expand the versatility of the tripod you already have is to substitute its hub with a Markins TH-300 That will make it shed some weight and reduce its top diameter while maintaining its sturdiness (plus some more vibration reduction) and able to handle the same load you subject your tripod to handle now.
The other option would be to get a Series 2 tripod. The shortest one folded is the GT2542S at just 21.9 inches (55.6 cm) and weighting 3.7 lb (1.7 Kg) Or the GT2541 at 22.0 in (under 56cm) folded and weighting 3 lb (1.4 Kg) Both can have its hub replaced with a TH-300.
Thank you JRP, Quite unexpected answer- I didn't know about that option. The length will unfortunately still be about 72 cm.
Maybe I'm wrong about the GT1542T.
Could this tripod really give my D300 18-200 and my wife's D90 dito, support worth the Magica price.
I see that Neil gave insight in the matter, se topic #41836... The suggested series 2 traveler, unfortunately has the Gitzo ballhead. A bit expensive to throw that in the bin and replace it with the beloved Markins.
Instead of a thinner tripod (in thickness/leg diameter) I may go for a sturdier one for city travel: a Series 4, the Gitzo Systematic GT4552TS becasue it is the shortest of them all (the serious ones), at 19.1 in / 48.5cm and weighting 4.73 lb / 2.15 Kg Since it has 5 sections legs, I probably can use it without extending the last one I will of course make it a MAGICA-S 4.5 Compact
Gitzo changed the model all of a sudden and those Travellers don't fit the Travellers bags anymore. We recommend a Series 2 Gitzo bag. The 1542T is definitively better than the 1541T, but I would not shoot with all of its leg sections extended.
As for trimming off the center column, we have not had the opportunity to really analyze in detail the possibilities to "fix" it. Sorry. I know we should.
JRP, the Gitzo GK2580TQR series 2 traveler folds to less than 17" (43cm). It comes with a Gitzo head, but it's a trivial matter to put a Markins or RRS head on it.
It's my main tripod for travel. I have a RRS BH40 on it. I only had to get a short stud to attach it and I was set. I've taken this tripod over much of the world since getting it. There are several threads in this forum concerning my quest for a lightweight, compact tripod which can be easily searched out for anyone interested, and it includes photos.
I've used it successfully with no problems for my D700, and now D4, both with a 70-200mm lens, and even with a 1.4x teleconverter with it. With some care, I've gotten satisfactory results in a pinch with my 80-400mm lens, but I do get rejects with that lens on this tripod. When you get to 400mm, even with a remote shutter release, mirror up and good technique, it's not ideal, but it will be okay.
Sat 18-Aug-12 06:12 PM | edited Sat 18-Aug-12 06:15 PM by Bokeh888
>Greetings all Nikonians, >Last time I posted in this forum, I got some really good >advice which inspired me to order a 3541XLS, Q20 among other >things. Needless to say, I am very happy with this rock steady >companion. >In two months I'm leaving for Australia and the 3541XLS is >unfortunately neither compact nor light. I will travel with a >D300 + 18-200. >Markins Q3 would be my choice for ball head. > >Since the GT1542T seems (to my eye) a bit thin and unstable, I >have to questions. > >1. What would the sturdier alternative be (tripod only), if >money was no object. >2. What would the second best (cheaper) alternative be. > >I have searched around but must confess I am a bit confused. > >Best regards >Mathias
I was confronted with exactly the same issue as you. You may want to look at the Really Right Stuff review of the Series One Tripod. After exhaustively researching the field, I choose RRS Series One Tripod. Although expensive, it meets your criteria and has proven to be rock solid and IMO exceptional. Traveling with it is perfect. My suggestion would be to give RRS a call. Also, RRS just came out with their new brochure that is comprehensive and informative. Good luck. All the best.
Thanks for your thoughts, The Really Right Stuff Series One Tripod looks great. Since I live in Sweden, I think it may be a problem with shipping/customs. Have you seen the new (to me at least) Gitzo GT2542T - also a nice piece. /Mathias
>Thanks for your thoughts, >The Really Right Stuff Series One Tripod looks great. >Since I live in Sweden, I think it may be a problem with >shipping/customs. >Have you seen the new (to me at least) Gitzo GT2542T - also a >nice piece. >/Mathias
No, I have not seen the Gitzo GT2542T. Living in Sweden may be a potential issue with RRS;however, they have international clients in numerous countries.
Still, IMO, I would call RRS just to hear their opinion. They are quite knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. All the best.
Sun 19-Aug-12 12:58 PM | edited Sun 19-Aug-12 01:55 PM by Bokeh888
>>Still, IMO, I would call RRS just to hear their opinion. >They >>are quite knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. > >Edward, >I would be very interested in hearing their opinion.
You know considerably more about tripods and related equipment than I do (by far).
You may want to reach out to RRS just to get their catalog and talk to them as a reference. Their new catalog is far more in-depth than the old one.
Obviously, RRS is not for everyone. Based on my experience, they are top of the line and the center column of the Series One is stable enough a 13 second picture with zero movement (D800E and Nikon 85mm 1.4g with some wind) . They do offer "old fashioned" service and very high quality with more components than I will ever use as a non-professional.
My dilemma was the same as the original poster. For me, RRS worked. Lastly, having a integrated system makes sense from my perspective. The L Plate is worth its weight in gold. All the best. Always appreciate your comments.
Sun 19-Aug-12 08:12 AM | edited Sun 19-Aug-12 08:16 AM by jrp
Mathias, Yes, since you are in Europe you may have access to a Gitzo GT2542T. Looking promising. Not yet available in the USA. No image at Gitzo.com; not yet listed at Gitzo.DE (Germany), not even at Gitzo.FR (France), or Gitzo.IT (Italy) where the factory is at now. So we'll see.
Tue 21-Aug-12 07:29 AM | edited Tue 28-Aug-12 11:39 AM by jrp
We have been asking for this tripod for years! Nice to have the GT2542T without an integrated Gitzo head. HURRAH!
Now the thing is to know when will it be available.
UPDATE: We have received confirmation from Manfrotto Distribution that it will be available by the end of September or mid October. We will make it available for pre-order at the Photo Pro Shop. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
OH NO! They've done it again, and I have to clean my keyboard, I'm drooling over this one!
To the OP: I understand you've written "if money is no object", and I'm perfectly happy to help you spend yours. But for a D300 and 18-200VR, which was my travel combo, I have used and use a GT1540T with a Markins Q3T. Excellent, no problems whatsoever to report...
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Tue 04-Sep-12 10:51 PM | edited Tue 04-Sep-12 10:52 PM by MS Photog
Issue 10 of the new Brittish Nikon magazine "N-Photo" just did a review of light weight travel tripods in the "affordable" range. I know the subject is "money is no object" but practically speaking maybe the review and test in this magazine would help us that can't afford the "money is no object" thinking.
Their conclusion for the best is a 3 lb. Giottos Vitruvian VGRN 8255-5400 which includes a ball head. Amazon price $426. You get a monopod with one of the legs and the center column. Looks pretty good to me.
The specification doesn't mention the tube size of the unit, but it does tell us it's legs are 5 section design. That means that some of those leg sections are going to be very very thin. I would note that the tripod is only about 4'8" (1.4m) high, which is pretty low.
I understand budget considerations, but sometimes it's better to save up one's money and wait to purchase a tripod which will actually do the job, which will not have many image rejects because the tripod didn't hold the camera/lens still. To be blunt, if the tripod doesn't hold the chosen camera/lens steady, just about all the time, so you can reliably count on capturing great images with its use, why buy it.