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| p.1 #1 · Gitzo 2012 systematic tripods vs pre 2012 systematic tripods? |
I was hoping to solicit some advice. I am looking to add a 5XXX series systematic tripod to my gear and wondered if the improvements brought forth in the 20012 update (safety catch on the plate, new plate shape, integrated feet) were worthwhile upgrades over the pre 2012 line? More importantly, Gitzo upgraded the weight limits of the systematics with the 2012 revision - the 5XX2 series is now rated for 80-ish lbs up from 50-ish. Have there been meaningful changes to the design to increase the load capacity or is this marketing? Specifically, I'm looking at the 553X or 554X (X = 1 or 2) as an additional support for an 800mm lens. FYI, I currently have a 3341XLS and a 1541T - my spouse wants to use the 3341 with her shorter FL teles.