Tripod & head arrived today! Man, without even using it I could not be happier! The height & weight seems perfect. With out the 4th leg out it is the same height as the old one. It weights exactly the same as the old one. I actually thought it was lighter at first. Unfortunately & do not have a camera plate to use until Monday. Thanks again everyone for all you help! What a great community I belong to!!
On a side note, I looked everywhere for information on which feet it had as someone stated they thought it might have come with spikes. Nothing I read or looked at stated it did so I purchased a set of the ones from Gitzo. In reading some of the literature that came with the pod it stated it came with some optional snow feet, very cool. In the image it showed it having some spikes with these optional snow feet. I looked everywhere for those spikes, nothing. Then I pulled off the rubber feet that were on the pod. Low & behold there were spikes! Guess I will have some returning to do. Also the series 4 fits very comfortably on my shoulder with the series 3 head. I see no reason at this time to upgrade to the Markins hub unless down the road weight becomes a problem.
I was also very impressed that Gitzo pack a few replacement parts for their G-lock system along with some other goodies.
We may need to sedate you after you actually use it .
The current Manfrotto 190 XPROB specs at 3.97LB verses 5.09 LB for the GT4552LS. Perhaps the current model weighs less than your older 3001? On a quick search, B&H has an old spec page on the 3001BPRO indicating 4.2LBs. You would help with a scientific experiment if you actually weighed both on a reasonably accurate scale and reported the results.
Regardless, the performance per pound difference has to be astronomical . Ah... the magic of Carbon Fiber!
Up until this latest "2" series, spikes were optional. When Jim Gould got his "V2" Series 5 he mentioned that it came with spikes (and I think was surprised since he has an older Gitzo). When I looked at the Gitzo site I saw the legs pictured with spikes and figured they were standard now. Nice move on Gitzo's part. Glad to hear you confirm all that.
>> I was also very impressed that Gitzo pack a few replacement parts for their G-lock system along with some other goodies.
All I got with my GT3541LS was a crummy tube of grease . Do tell us what they put in that bag now!
"We may need to sedate you after you actually use it"
LOL, maybe so!
I actually did weight them both earlier on a digital postal scale. I am weighting them with heads attached. The head on the Manfrotto is a Manfrotto 3030, pan tilt head. Probably good for the almost two extra pounds.
Manfrotto with head weighs 6 pounds 10.8 OZ
Gitzo GT4542LS with Markins Q20 & 10" Gitzo leg wraps weighs 6 pounds 13.2 OZ
2.4 oz is all the difference is. The leg wraps could weigh that.
Let me know if you would like weight with out heads.
The extra contents I received are as follows:
The tube of grease you mentioned
Two torx wrenches although they appear to be the same size.
One alen wrench
One complete set of snow feet, pretty cool actually. Looks like they would work rather well. The are about three inches in diameter.
One complete set of bushings for the G-Lock system.
It won't be necessary to weigh the tripods alone. The 3030 apparently weighs about 2.3 or 2.4 LB and that explains the combined weight. You cut slightly more than a pound with the Q20.
It is interesting that they include the snow feet and a full set of spare bushings. A set of 9 bushings is worth $54 and more importantly you have spares if you lose or crack one while cleaning out the collars.
It's more interesting that I can't find anything on the site product listing mentioning all those goodies.
We may not rub noses with eagles here, but we do have real sand beaches. Those snow feet would be very useful on a beach. Probably snow too, which you likely have lots of at certain times of the year
Dave Summers has a 400/2.8, a Q20 and a Series 5. If you guys ever get together it would be interesting to tap test his lens on both tripods.
I also received a complete set of bushings with my series 5. Have been out of touch since April 5 as I am on the road from CA to FL. Currently in Galveston TX, lots of birds on Galveston Island and Padre Island.
Thanks David. I am so stoked! The last time we talked about this is was about the series 5. I was all set to carry the extra weight of the 5 before I started the research if that is what it took. Having a need for a taller pod is what prompted me to really do my homework. I think the 4 series will be a perfect compromise for my needs. I talked to Gene over the in other thread I started and he said he might head to L&D 14 next weekend for the Pelicans. Have you been there for this yet? Are there any birds there? If so what are your plans next weekend? If you are free and want to go I might make the trip.
Do you shoot at the Hawkeye Wildlife area? I saw reports of Pelican over Coralville Lake. They may be gathering were the Iowa River joins the lake. There should be a lot of migrant birds and ducks at Hawkeye.
I usually shoot over by the Mississippi. If you have any good locations near CR let me know.