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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


Sorry for another post on ballhead, monopod and Chubby Fatboy

I planned to use GM5541 with D800 & 200/2. Is Q10 sufficient? Is its 100lbs load an legitimate claim? How much better is the Q20, which load is only 10lbs better? Or there is other difference in spec between the that matter,meg ball size etc?



Feb 25, 2013 at 04:11 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


A Q10 is rather small for a 5 series tripod.
I'd use a BH-55 or similar large head for normal loads, but you will want a gimbal head or at least a sidekick for a heavy lens.

EBH



Feb 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


You can't trust any of the weight claims because there's no standardized way to measure it. What are they measuring? How are they measuring it?

The ball size is often a more important aspect. If you're putting it on a 5 series anyway, I'd pick up the Q20. It's not like you're trying to save weight.



Feb 25, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


I assume the OP will also be a using a larger lens, since one doesn't need a 5 series for 200mm.

EBH



Feb 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


EB-1 wrote:
I assume the OP will also be a using a larger lens, since one doesn't need a 5 series for 200mm.

EBH


No immediate plan to acquire another lens other than 200/2, which is not a light one in any sense. It's 3kg, same weight as 300/2.8 and and isnit much lighter than a 500/4. Is GM5541 an overkill or GM3551 could do the job! Reason to choose the 5 because it is one section less.



Feb 25, 2013 at 01:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


its not that the GM3551 could. it will with some overhead too.

Edited on Feb 25, 2013 at 06:28 PM · View previous versions



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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


Get the 5541, overkill is good with tripods! You never know what you may get in the future and with a 5-series it won't matter; you're covered. If you're going with Markins get the Q20, not the Q10. The ball diameter on the Q20 is 48mm but on the Q10 it's 44mm. A bigger ball will invariably give you smoother operation and be more stable.

Since you like the Markins take a good look at the Arca-Swiss Z1, its ball diameter is 54mm. The Markins heads are copies of the Arca-Swiss designs, they're good copies but IMO not up to the original. If you like the Z1 get the one with the round base and buy a Kirk or RRS clamp for it.




Feb 25, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


So I am confused. Are we talking about the GM5541, which is a monopod rated at 50 pounds load, or are we talking about a 5 series tripod? There is no current Gitzo tripod with "5541" as the numerical part of the model number, and your post mentions monopod in the text, so my guess is you are talking monopod.

Assuming we are talking about a monopod, I would suggest you forget about using a ball head of any kind, and just get a monopod head like one of the versions of the Really Right Stuff MH-01 tilting monopod heads. On a monopod, ball heads are more difficult to use that a monopod tilt head, plus they cost more for a similar load rating.

I am very happy with my Gitzo GM3551 monopod combined with the RRS MH-01 tilt monopod head. The lens I use the most on that monopod setup is the Canon 300mm f2.8 L IS, which is almost the same weight as the 200mm lens you mention. Also note that with the GM3551 monopod, you do not need to extend the smallest section at all on level ground unless you are well over 6 feet tall, so you get the performance of a 4 section monopod except for the occasional times when you need more length.



Feb 25, 2013 at 03:51 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


^ Oops my bad, late getting up & not enough coffee. I just completely incorrectly assumed it was a tripod. I'll leave my post though so that members will know that everything I say should be taken with a grain of salt!




Feb 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


you are right. in that case none of the above.


Feb 25, 2013 at 06:34 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


Geez, I overlooked the monopod statement as well. I blame EB-1 for leading me down the path

I think the only reason to use a ball head with a monopod is if you already have a ball head and don't want to buy another type. Otherwise, follow Roland's advice.



Feb 25, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Markins Q10 or Q20 to match Gitzo GM5541 for Nikon 200/2VRII?


binary visions wrote:
I blame EB-1 for leading me down the path


Good one!




Feb 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM





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