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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


Since I've started shooting digital medium format, I've been noticing several deficiencies in working with my Gitzo series 2 traveler, and have begun the process of evaluating the various Gitzo Systematic style tripods (i.e., carbon legs, no center column) on the market in the search for greater stability. I've been drawn to the PMG 34 series (the TR344L in particular) due to the metal twist locks (the rubber locks on my Gitzo tripods have a tendency to ride up off the lock), 1/4-20 accessory ports, availability of a 75mm bowl (for use with a leveling base and/or fluid head), integrated spikes on the feet, nearly 6'/1.83m height before adding a head. But there isn't much about them posted on the net, they seem to be relatively unknown and are unproven. Anyone here own, use, or have a chance to handle one? Thoughts?


Sep 29, 2017 at 12:14 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


Is that a whole lot cheaper than a TVC-34?

EBH



Sep 29, 2017 at 12:17 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


EB-1 wrote:
Is that a whole lot cheaper than a TVC-34?

EBH


I believe the TR344L is more comparable to the TVC-24L, they are closer in weight (3.7lbs for the TVC-24L vs 4lbs for the TR344L, compared to 4.7lbs for the TVC-34L, although the TR344L is taller than either). Pricing is relatively close, $985 for the TVC-24L compared to $945 for the TR344L. I'm mostly interested in the promediagear tripod for the features and specs, less sensitive on price.



Sep 29, 2017 at 12:26 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


They are definitely an option just a tad heavy and bulkier
Having all metal lock rings really isn't a distinct advantage I've had my tvc-33 for quite a long time now it's one of the original batch still ain't coming apart at all I stick with the synthetic for much better grip

Both manufacturers concentrated on different details



Sep 29, 2017 at 12:31 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


sjms wrote:
Heavy though.


I'm planning to hang on to my Gitzo tripods for that reason, I have a series 1 mountaineer that comes with me while backpacking (usually used with an APS-C mirrorless setup), and the series 2 traveler strikes a very nice balance of stability and compactness. But the mountaineer isn't stable enough for medium format under all conditions, and the traveler isn't very flexible - using the traveler at ground level requires removing the center column, and it lacks an in-between height setting, it's either the standard leg angle for maximum height or flat for ground level.



Sep 29, 2017 at 12:40 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


you defined the reasons I went with the RRS line. now Promediagear products are well made but tend to be large and bulky too. its a choice. i will say from a construction and materials point of view they put the Gitzo product to shame. Gitzo is stuck with an idea that is no longer with the time we are living in. their love affair with Mg alloy (finally getting away from it with their newer ball heads) that requires a paint job to protect is classic.
with RRS they try to reduce the overall volume and create a ridged structure at reduced weight. and they do.



Sep 29, 2017 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


RRS is good for people of certain short/tall height or 4-legged types.
I'm still trying to figure out how best to extend the 3-legged 2-series tripod a modest amount without adding a center column or a heavy piece.

EBH



Sep 29, 2017 at 04:13 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


We commercial photographers have been using center columns for decades with no ill effects whatsoever. As long as you're using it moderately, a center column is not an issue and it's a major time saver. Actually I can't imagine a tripod without one. Even though I've got several great tripods, I broke down and bought a new Gitzo 5562 - you know - the giant one you can walk under if needed and it's beyond great, even with that center column. Heavy. Yes. But at least I don't have to make excuses for it.


Sep 29, 2017 at 05:50 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


The main ill effect I've suffered from center columns is seriously smashed fingers.

EBH



Sep 30, 2017 at 02:19 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


I think you need to work on that then.


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


Perhaps if I had a TR344L I surely would not need a center column.

EBH



Sep 30, 2017 at 04:04 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


Read/examined the site, darn nice. My choice: TR343L 59" inch 3-Section.
Would like some that own to speak up and give us the low down on ProMediaGear.



Sep 30, 2017 at 12:23 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


EB-1 wrote:
Perhaps if I had a TR344L I surely would not need a center column.

EBH


yet another product to be purchased. i'm actually surprised you didn't have already. are you sure you don't and just forgot about it?



Sep 30, 2017 at 02:59 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


I may just stop by their offices myself when I'm in Chicago in a few weeks.


Sep 30, 2017 at 03:26 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


good option. its about a 40min drive from downtown SW

Edited on Sep 30, 2017 at 09:07 PM · View previous versions



Sep 30, 2017 at 03:34 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


JLRII wrote:
I may just stop by their offices myself when I'm in Chicago in a few weeks.


Let us know how you feel about the metal grip on the leg locks.

EBH



Sep 30, 2017 at 08:40 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


I'd like to know how you feel about the metal grip on the leg locks as well. I can't find a video where I can see someone twist and pull the legs out.

I am about to pull the trigger on the TR344L or the TVC-24L and any insight would be appreciated.

For my ballhead I am about 95% on the Acratech GP



Oct 19, 2017 at 11:14 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


i'll be seeing them next friday in NYC


Oct 19, 2017 at 11:28 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


That's awesome, sjms. Thank you so much, sir. May the force be with you

It's a good problem to have when you have to choose between these two and I am willing to take my rrs fanboy hat off and give the boys from chitown a chance if there is value.

Oh, the part about where you push the leg locks out from the back of the leg. I'd be interested in your feelings about usability there as well... compared to the spring loaded locks on rrs.



Oct 20, 2017 at 12:09 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · ProMediaGear Tripods - worthy alternative to RRS/Gitzo?


ghosthouse wrote:
Oh, the part about where you push the leg locks out from the back of the leg. I'd be interested in your feelings about usability there as well... compared to the spring loaded locks on rrs.


You can push the ratcheting angle stops out from the back on a RRS tripod too. The spring comes into play when you swing the leg into a horizontal position then move the leg to the angle you want - the angle lock ratchets automatically.



Oct 20, 2017 at 01:12 PM
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