I use a Gitzo 3541 tripod with a D3X or a D200/grip and up to a 70-200, f2.8 zoom. What would you recommend as to leg covers that will keep all this from digging a groove in my shoulder after an entire day in the field. The Op-Tech covers look pretty good.
Does anybody make a shoulder pad for this purpose? My wife offered to make for me a padded leather shoulder pad that she would sew onto an old sweater.
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#1. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 0Gene Duprey Registered since 08th Feb 2013Wed 08-May-13 02:42 PM
I just bought a set from the Nikonian Store for my Gitzo GT5542LS. They fit very nice, with some trimming of the foam length. Price is fairly low also compared to Gitzo and Leg Wrap items.
#2. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 0nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Wed 08-May-13 03:55 PM
NSN sells a "skirt" that hangs down from the tripod mount. Its mission is to add some padding.
There are two main leg wraps on the market, The Op-tec, which Gene mentioned, and is available with Nikonians brancing in the Proshop, and the LensCoat "Leg Coats".
I have the Nikonians Op-Tec wraps on my Series 4 alloy, and the Leg Coats on my GT3541LS.
For the Series 3 I just wanted to try something different and see how it worked. I was happy with the Nikonians Op-tec wraps.
Both wraps use the same dense foam pipe insulation as core padding. The Op-Tec adds a fabric "sock" for looks and protection, the Lens Coat adds a very thin neoprene shell.
My Leg Coats have not worn well. Their useful life, with regular use, may only be a year or two or three, and they cost about twice as much.
The problem is that the thin neoprene outer shell has a fabric glued to the outside. That fabric is the black or camo design, according to the model you buy. That part should have been taped and sewn at the edges but is not. As a result the fabric quickly frays and then starts peeling back. Still works fine; just has that ragged look .
I have owned the Op-Tec wraps longer, and they are in better shape but I never hiked that tripod as much as the Series 3 so that may or may not be fair.
As far as comfort, since they both have the same inner core they are very, very close. The Leg Coat might have a tiny edge due to the thin outer neoprene wrap.
I had some concerns, with the GT3541LS, that the one size fits all (per Series) design of the Op-Tec wraps might leave some slop on the outer sock because that tripod is the shortest of all Series 3's, at about 21" folded length. I still do not know if my concern there was warranted. I've seen satisfied reports here from those that have wrapped the same short tripod that way. A 3541 is the same length as the 3541LS.
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#3. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 0jacsr Registered since 08th Apr 2006Wed 08-May-13 10:33 PM
For my 3541LS I went to Lowe's and bought pipe insulation, the kind with the rubber outer surface. It is slightly thicker than the standard foam pipe insulation. It works well and inexpensive.
A friend of mine just bought this and used it on his 5541LS. After 3 hours in the field he said it performed great.
#8. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 3nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Thu 09-May-13 10:39 AM
>> A friend of mine just bought this and used it on his 5541LS. After 3 hours in the field he said it performed great.
For clarity, that is the "skirt" I referred to. Thanks for posting the link, Joe!
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#4. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 0
I use the cheap Flashpoint tripod leg covers from Adorama (see http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?kbid=912610&op=itemlist&cat1=Tripods&cat2=Tripod%20%26%20Monopod%20Accessories&cat3=Leg%20Accessories&feature1=Flashpoint). Had to cut the length down to fit, but they do the job. I forget which diameter I got, but they come in 1", 1.25", and 1.5" diameters (I suspect the 1.25" is what I have for the 3541).
#5. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 4Gene Duprey Registered since 08th Feb 2013Thu 09-May-13 12:14 AM
For my Bogen Tripod I bought the pipe insulation from the local hardware shop, and it works just fine. For the 5 Series Gitzo, none of the hardware outlets carried a size large enough and would not order a small amount of the larger size that I needed, so I went with the set offered by the Proshop Nikonian wraps.
#7. "RE: Tripod Leg Covers" | In response to Reply # 0
I just replaced my Nikonians Tripod Leg Wraps with a brand new set. They were 11 years old and the Nikonians logo began to fade a bit.
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