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| p.1 #10 · Gitzo Traveler Series 1 Experience |
I want to move to a lighter tripod set-up than what I have now (Gitzo 3531) and am looking at the Traveler Series 1. The Gitzo rep is telling me that, for my camera set-up (Nikon D3 or Canon 1DsIII with a 14-24 lens), I need the Traveler Series 2. Since one of the Traveler 1 set-ups is rated for 12 pounds, I'm not understanding this. Any help and observations re: the Traveler 1 series would be appreciatd.
I use a Series 1/RRS BH-25 with my 5D2 and 24-105 and it works great for travel: solid support, feather light and fits in my carry-on with head installed. No problem getting sharp images during exposures of several seconds of waterfalls and rivers. However, my humble experience is you need to stay well below half the weight rating of your tripod and head for smooth operation. Your rig is heavier than mine and I suspect the Gitzo rep isn't merely trying to sell you a more expensive tripod.