>I have had a look at the proshop, and on the youtube videos >showing how you rebuild a GT3541 to a "MACICA". > >I wonder why use a gitzo at all? > >The hub is replaced >The feets are replaced >The center column is removed. > >Nothing left of the gitzo - except from three legs? > >So what's the point of buying such an expensive tripod, and >then double the price by rebuilding to something the looks >more like a markins?
We do both, Mountaineers and Systematics. Legs bought as spare parts are not cost-effective for building a MAGICA. The MAGICA components are also sold for those who already have a tripod and want to improve it. Complete MAGICAs are offered in both a Mountaineer and Systematic basis because of height differences. Prices of tripods vary, so Mountaineers based are generally cheaper. The updates on the Systematics make them very top-heavy and pricey. You may want to check the avaialable options here
It does seem like a strange thing to do, but the end result is quite nice. The Markins hub is much narrower than the Gitzo hub, yet very stable. Some people have trouble with the relatively wide mount of a Series 3, and especially a Series 5.
I find it difficult to carry a Series 5 or older Series 4 (same mount) on my shoulder because it is wider than my shoulder!