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Lars Johnsson wrote:
The whole top on the tripod is redesigned and new (it's larger). If top casting is left open by accident there is a second safety button also, so your equipment don't drop down. I have only tried the new in the shop. But I own the GT3541LS and the GT5541LS tripods. The changes are rather big compared to the changes Gitzo did in the upgrades before this one. If I remember right it also have built in spiked feet under the rubber feet. (not really sure I remember right here)
Do you use the OEM top casting on your 3541LS, or did you swap it out for the replacement from Markins? I never use a center column on mine, and am considering just getting the Markins TH-300. I wonder if there would be any performance edge of the 3542LS over the 3541LS with Markins replacement hub. As it stands I rarely move the tripod around with the camera/lens attached, but it would be convenient to do so at times not having to worry about an expensive spill.