Gitzo 1325 MKII
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hijazist
Registered: Sep 14, 2012
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If anyone has this tripod or used it before I appreciate any advice on suggested compatible ball heads, weight capacity, convenience for travelling or any other information. I just bought it through B&S for a great price but without a ball head. I have the Manfrotto 496RC ball head and was wondering if it goes well with it. My heaviest setup is Nikon D700 and a Nikon 80-200 2.8D with a Kenko 2x Pro 300.

I mainly do landscape and night photography.

Thanks!



KFG1
Registered: Apr 14, 2006
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I've used the 1325 for several years as my main tripod with a RRS-BH55 ball head and highly recommend the combo. I also do a lot of landscape and night photography, so for such shooting the tripod travels easily in it's bag with a shoulder strap. As for capacity I believe it's about 26 lbs. The largest lens I've used on it was a Canon 300 2.8, I use it regularly with a Canon 70-200 2.8 and a 5DMKlll with no issues at all. Hope that helps



garyroach
Registered: May 24, 2003
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I still use a G1325 tripod. I just never had the need to buy a newer model. I've used both the BH40 and BH55 on it. It will support up to a 300 2.8 IS lens. With a sturdy ballhead, your camera and lens should be more than adequately supported. Enjoy using your G1325.



beauport
Registered: Sep 27, 2004
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I use an Arca Swiss B1 with the G1325 and it has worked well as it is very stable.



EB-1
Registered: Jan 09, 2003
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I'd get a better head somewhere along the line, but the 1325 is fine for your needs. I do far prefer the G locks of the later legsets as they are so much easier to tighten. Though from your sig, it appears you are young and likely have decent hands.

I'm not sure what is meant by MKII - that is like a Canon?

EBH



hijazist
Registered: Sep 14, 2012
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Thanks a lot guys for the support and helpful information. I will look into the ball heads you recommended. EBH, I also don't know what MKII refer to



dgdg
Registered: Jul 20, 2011
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I have 1325 which I bought used here on FM. Told it was version I. I can't recall what the difference is or if there is any plain marking. I use an arca swiss monoball b1, and also the manfrotto geard head (not the huge one). Works well with my 400mm do.
The Manfrotto 496RC should work fine with your 1325 and camera/lens but you'll probably get a higher rated ballhead if you buy a larger telephoto. I think you will enjoy your set up. I like to use the 496RC on my vixen polarie since it is light and easily holds my camera and lens for astro photos.



beauport
Registered: Sep 27, 2004
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Country: United States

Not to highjack the OP's thread, but does anyone know what the difference is between the G1325 and the MK2?
I have the MK2 but have no idea how it differs from the original.



hijazist
Registered: Sep 14, 2012
Total Posts: 2104
Country: United States

How about the Gitzo Magnesium Ballheads? Are they better than the Manfrotto 496-498 series?