I recently bought a Gitzo monopod, despite the fact that I already had a Manfrotto monopod. I really like the smoothness of the Gitzo, so I'm considering upgrading my Manfrotto 3021BPro to a Gitzo tripod. Currently, my heaviest lens is a 70-200VR, but I'm planning to purchase a 200/2 within the next year.
Would a (used) GT2531 handle these loads? I don't use a tripod often, but would like to be comfortable with my choice when I do use one.
I know very little about the Gitzo line, so I think it best to ask those of you who do know...
Magnification and weight have to be considered. If it were a 70-200mm, a Series 2 would work, at its limit but it would work. The tests I've made with the 200mm f/2 on my Series 2 were not all keepers. Maybe 1/3th
I'd recommend going one level further than you think you need. You stated a series 2 so I'd say get a series 3. . . which is what I own and it is really a pleasure to use without any doubt of what I am doing with my tripod. The Gitzo tripods are really great and perform outstandingly so leave room to grow even if that is not a consideration now.
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I have a series 2 and 3 Gitzo as well as a Nikon 200 f/2 VR II. My Gitzo GT3530LS is far better with the 200. Personally, I would look at the RRS Versa 3 tripod instead of a Gitzo. More expensive but well worth it.
I don't think Gitzo's 200mm recommendation (and my own standard recommendation) for a Series 2 accounts for the 200/2, which is a very niche lens.
And even with a 70-200 I usually gently suggest considering a Series 3 because you can never have too much stability, especially with long lenses. And unlike the 70-200 your prime will always be shot at 200mm.
The extra weight of that lens will add some stress to the system. It's one of the finest Nikkors made. It deserves a Series 3.
The Nikon 200mm f/2 is twice the weight of the 70-200 f/2.8 and a rather awkward beast to hand hold for any length of time. It can be made to balance nicely on the series 3 although you will still get some movement if you don't practise good technique. It's not a lens for a seies 2 Gitzo.
with my limited experience in the field i can tell you, that even slight wing makes a lot of challenges for lenses like 70-200 or 50-500. even if you use weight of bag to support the tripod - it will be also swinged by the wing. Series 2 is just a travel tripod. And Series one is a joke all together. Series 3 is good for macro and your lens. I went with series 5 just becouse i wanted to have that extra cusion support over Series 3 (and Series 4 not was not avalable then). now series 4 is the best tripod out there, unless you really need 300/400 f/2.8 and above.