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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Gitzo GT4542LS? Anyone have one?


Considering a purchase of yet a third tripod. Looking to get a systematic so that I no longer need to use a center column with my big glass ( 500mm and 800mm ). The center column as many know adds a point of weakness to the support system and adds vibration. I will use a full Wimberly gimbal head with it.

Might decide to sell my 3 series Gitzo GT3830 or keep it to use with my RRS BH-55.

Any thoughts on the Gitzo GT4542LS ( 4 series )? I've not found much review out there or any ratings on the normal sites: BH or Adorama.

Any benefit over getting a 3 series systematic: GT3542LS? They are rated to both hold 55lbs. The 4542LS is about 3.5 inches taller.

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Nov 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
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You might also look at the similar-spec'd RRS TVC-34L. It's a little bit taller, a bit lighter, and about the same cost and load capacity. Can't speak from first-hand experience, though, as I don't have any glass heavy enough to require that class or tripod.


Nov 15, 2012 at 05:05 PM
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Iv'e had previous versions of the Gitzo heavy duty tripods and they're really good. I now have a couple of the RRS TVC-34L. If I were re-buying it would still be a RRS tripod.


Nov 16, 2012 at 01:42 AM
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jasonsim wrote:
Any thoughts on the Gitzo GT4542LS ( 4 series )? I've not found much review out there or any ratings on the normal sites: BH or Adorama.

Any benefit over getting a 3 series systematic: GT3542LS? They are rated to both hold 55lbs. The 4542LS is about 3.5 inches taller.



You might want to consider a 5 series like the 5532LS instead of the 4542LS, especially if you're using 800mm lenses. The 5532LS is close to the same weight, height, and price as the 4542LS but noticeably more stable.




Nov 16, 2012 at 05:29 AM
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Strobo wrote:
You might want to consider a 5 series like the 5532LS instead of the 4542LS, especially if you're using 800mm lenses. The 5532LS is close to the same weight, height, and price as the 4542LS but noticeably more stable.



Thanks for the advice and suggestion.

That is a pretty good price, but it's only a 3 section which is longer closed, shorter max height and weighs 1.5 lbs more than the GT4542LS. Not sure that I need an 88lbs load capacity. I would think that 55lbs capacity is sufficient. Especially when my 3 series is able to hold the weight of the 800mm no problem...just the vibration of the center column is a problem.


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Nov 16, 2012 at 05:55 AM
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I have the 800L lens. And I also have both Gitzo 5 series and 3 series Systematic tripods. The 5 series is a lot more stable than the other. Forget about the load capacity. It's also a lot more stable when you have 10lbs weight on it.


Nov 16, 2012 at 06:03 AM
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Thanks for the input Lars. How many sections is your 5 Series and is there a big difference between 3 and 4 sections? I imagine the 3 section would be slightly more stable. When do you use the 3 series over the 5? I ask because I am also trying to decide on whether to keep my 3 series. I have a 2 series that I use for travel and for lighter loads.


Nov 16, 2012 at 06:15 AM
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I have 4 section tripods both for the series 5 and series 3. I think the difference in stability between 3 and 4 section Gitzo systematic tripods are very very small today. I use my 3 series tripod for shorter tele lenses in the 200-400 range. Or when I need a very stable setup for normal lenses. I also have many series 1 & 2 tripods


Nov 16, 2012 at 06:55 AM
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Strobo wrote:
You might want to consider a 5 series like the 5532LS instead of the 4542LS, especially if you're using 800mm lenses.


Good advice. Gitzo are admittedly conservative, but the only tripods their 2012 catalog recommends for 800mm lenses are the 5-series. The 4-series ends at 600mm.

I would also take a serious look at the RRS TVC-34L.




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Lars Johnsson wrote:
I have the 800L lens. And I also have both Gitzo 5 series and 3 series Systematic tripods. The 5 series is a lot more stable than the other. Forget about the load capacity. It's also a lot more stable when you have 10lbs weight on it.


+1

I use a 5541LS with my 600/4 and it is absolutely rock solid. A friend has a 3541 and I just don't feel the same stability.



Nov 16, 2012 at 04:45 PM
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Thanks folks. Makes me wonder, if the new 4 series is good middle ground. Seems that the 5 series is best suited for the heaviest of lenses: the Canon 600mm f/4L IS and 400mm f/2.8L IS ( ~12 lbs each ). The 800mm is ~10 lbs. But I do understand, it's more than just weight capacity. Vibration attenuation and stability are other factors that come in to play. I think we can all agree that the 5 series will be best in this category. I think a 3 section 5 series would be even more so than a 4 section. But there is give and take and perhaps a 4 series 4 section can do the job brilliantly at a savings of 1lb and 3 inches when closed.

Coming from a 3 series and using it exclusively with a raised center column -- getting either systematic V2 tripod should show a considerable difference.

Don't know much about the TVC-33 or TVC-34L. I'm sure they are great, but still 3 series tripods. They are also a little pricier than their Gitzo brethren.



Nov 16, 2012 at 04:55 PM
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Focal length is more important than the small difference in weight. The 800 needs a more stable tripod than the 400-600 lenses even if the weight is a little bit less. And if you use a TC it will be even more important


Nov 16, 2012 at 07:09 PM
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mitesh wrote:
+1

I use a 5541LS with my 600/4 and it is absolutely rock solid. A friend has a 3541 and I just don't feel the same stability.


I own both those tripods. And I agree. The Systematic 5541LS tripod is incredible rock solid



Nov 16, 2012 at 07:12 PM
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Hi folks. Well I decided to be daring and try the new Series 4 systematic. Received it a few days ago and can say that it is sold as a rock! Combined with a Wimberley WH-200, my big lenses will shine. Much sturdier than my 3 series legs. The move from basalt fiber to carbon alone makes a difference in vibration. Moving from using a center column to none is another huge difference. The Series 4 legs are considerably thicker than the 3 series. I can only imagine the size of the 5 series legs.


Nov 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM
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Glad you're happy with it. As you and I have discussed I think it's a little short for my needs. Given the fact that I don't see an 800 in my future I think I'm looking at the RRS 34L.


Nov 20, 2012 at 04:30 AM
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jasonsim wrote:
Thanks folks. Makes me wonder, if the new 4 series is good middle ground. Seems that the 5 series is best suited for the heaviest of lenses: the Canon 600mm f/4L IS and 400mm f/2.8L IS ( ~12 lbs each ). The 800mm is ~10 lbs. But I do understand, it's more than just weight capacity. Vibration attenuation and stability are other factors that come in to play. I think we can all agree that the 5 series will be best in this category. I think a 3 section 5 series would be even more so than a 4 section.
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actually no they are not "series 3 tripods" they are a different caliber of product using better design, materials and technique in manufacturing. well above the 3 and closer to a 5. you should have looked into them before your assumptions dismissed them. oh well.



Nov 20, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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I'm sure the RRS tripods are great. I've got many RRS products. But also have plenty Gitzo and Kirk support products too. I am not brand loyal and like getting bang for my buck. It came down to some neat features on these new Gitzo's and the rebate and discounts going around now on them.


Nov 20, 2012 at 01:49 PM
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I don't do brand loyalty. they either perform or outperform (fortunately for RRS they do so they get the loins share of my money and they service me professionally) or they don't stay. this is not a toy but a tool. it about ROI. I have a gitzo too (and 1 previous), (1) GT2540ex for more specialized use. that gets used well too.

and there is a reason why they are discounting, and its only been in the past few years, its market erosion (there are those who will work with lowered expectations). you did get one of the best overall.



Nov 20, 2012 at 01:59 PM





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