Qustion on Gitzo three-leg carbon fiber tripod
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EB-1
Registered: Jan 09, 2003
Total Posts: 22527
Country: United States

Yes, but setting up and breaking down 9 joints every time compared to 6 is still 150% as painful.

I only like 4 sections in the little travel tripods where is really matters.

EBH



dcains
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
Total Posts: 7387
Country: United States

True, but the locks on my Gitzo's only take about 1/3 of a turn, so it's not all that painful, and when I'm shooting with a tripod I'm rarely in any hurry.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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Country: United States

wow, we're back to olympic speed tripod setup i see. i do it so slow and easy while studying my subject. thats right, without looking at the tripod. zen like.



peter_n
Registered: Nov 29, 2010
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epphoto wrote: Question for you, Gitzo has lots of tripods do you know of any to spent total of $800.00?? like an older model or something

The older model Gitzo 3531S or 3531LS should cost around $600 used if you are patient. Add the RRS leveling base with the long handle (as per EB-1 above) at $210.



epphoto
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
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peter_n wrote:
epphoto wrote: Question for you, Gitzo has lots of tripods do you know of any to spent total of $800.00?? like an older model or something

The older model Gitzo 3531S or 3531LS should cost around $600 used if you are patient. Add the RRS leveling base with the long handle (as per EB-1 above) at $210.



Nice to know !!
Thanks



epphoto
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
Total Posts: 5146
Country: United States

Just making sure I can remove the center colum on Gitzo GT3531 6X Carbon Fiber
To use a Leveling base
Thanks



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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no you cannot. it is not a systematic tripod.

this one will come with a top plate/stage that will allow you to screw on a head then that plate is removable for the ballhead assy
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/846212-REG/Gitzo_GT3532S_GT3542LS_6x_4_SECTION_SYSTEMATIC.html



epphoto
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
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sjms wrote:
no you cannot. it is not a systematic tripod.

this one will come with a top plate/stage that will allow you to screw on a head then that plate is removable for the ballhead assy
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/846212-REG/Gitzo_GT3532S_GT3542LS_6x_4_SECTION_SYSTEMATIC.html


If you can't remove it, how you can use a leveling base then ?
If you go back to the 1st page it is a member using the same tripod with the base
Now I lost !!



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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again, that particular tripod is not in the "systematic" line so you cannot. the one i have referenced above is. Gitzo started to produce a less featured tripod awhile back to compete with the asian import models as they do not have a system type tripod. so they made these as a monolithic design. simple and less costly. you get what you pay for.

the model you referred to is a GT3531
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569149-REG/Gitzo_GT3531_GT3531_6X_Carbon_Fiber.html

the model i referred to is the GT3532S
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=gitzo+gt3532s&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ta



epphoto
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
Total Posts: 5146
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sjms wrote:
again, that particular tripod is not in the "systematic" line so you cannot. the one i have referenced above is. Gitzo started to produce a less featured tripod awhile back to compete with the asian import models as they do not have a system type tripod. so they made these as a monolithic design. simple and less costly. you get what you pay for.

the model you referred to is a GT3531
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569149-REG/Gitzo_GT3531_GT3531_6X_Carbon_Fiber.html

the model i referred to is the GT3532S
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=gitzo+gt3532s&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ta



You forgetting the leveling base !!
What one i can use ??



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
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on this particular model you can use either:

Gitzo:
which now turns out to be discontinued because of their "new and improved won't accept the RRS system assy"
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569209-REG/Gitzo_GS5121LVL_GS5121LV_Leveling_Base.html

or

RRS:
lighter simpler superior and most importantly available
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-LB&type=4&eq=TA3LB-001&desc=TA-3-LB%3a-Versa-3-LB-with-Platform&key=ait


be aware that gitzo has changed their platform design on their latest series of systematic tripods 2012 so that the RRS leveling platform will no longer be usable on their product. gotta protect the cash flow. so applelike.



epphoto
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
Total Posts: 5146
Country: United States

sjms wrote:
on this particular model you can use either:

Gitzo:
which now turns out to be discontinued because of their "new and improved won't accept the RRS system assy"
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569209-REG/Gitzo_GS5121LVL_GS5121LV_Leveling_Base.html

or

RRS:
lighter simpler superior
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-LB&type=4&eq=TA3LB-001&desc=TA-3-LB%3a-Versa-3-LB-with-Platform&key=ait



I know i cant use the RRS because i sent them an email and they told me i cannot use it



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
Total Posts: 18844
Country: United States

epphoto wrote:
sjms wrote:
on this particular model you can use either:

Gitzo:
which now turns out to be discontinued because of their "new and improved won't accept the RRS system assy"
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/569209-REG/Gitzo_GS5121LVL_GS5121LV_Leveling_Base.html

or

RRS:
lighter simpler superior
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-LB&type=4&eq=TA3LB-001&desc=TA-3-LB%3a-Versa-3-LB-with-Platform&key=ait


i can only read what it says. call and speak to them
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-LB&type=4&eq=TA3LB-001&desc=TA-3-LB%3a-Versa-3-LB-with-Platform&key=ait


I know i cant use the RRS because i sent them an email and they told me i cannot use it



http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-LB&type=4&eq=TA3LB-001&desc=TA-3-LB%3a-Versa-3-LB-with-Platform&key=ait

i can only read what they say.

and if not you are pretty much out of luck at this point. i'm waiting to hear back from them on this subject.



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
Total Posts: 18844
Country: United States

spoke to brady at RRS and they say on the 2011 (older not 2012 newer) and earlier it pretty much works and has a 30 day return if it doesn't. they sell gitzo too.



epphoto
Registered: Apr 24, 2005
Total Posts: 5146
Country: United States

sjms wrote:
spoke to brady at RRS and they say on the 2011 (older not 2012 newer) and earlier it pretty much works and has a 30 day return if it doesn't. they sell gitzo too.


OK then this Tripod
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=gitzo+gt3532s&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ta


With this leveling base
http://reallyrightstuff.com/ProductDesc.aspx?code=TA-3-LB&type=0

They work fine ? just getting little confused here
Thanks for all your help !!



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
Total Posts: 18844
Country: United States

my advise is to call B&H and ask them to be sure that this is the older 2011 tripod. this will insure that it will fit. the 2012 version will not fit. i'mm working off of little pictures just be sure to be sure.



Glenn NK
Registered: Oct 03, 2010
Total Posts: 487
Country: Canada

dcains wrote:
True, but the locks on my Gitzo's only take about 1/3 of a turn, so it's not all that painful, and when I'm shooting with a tripod I'm rarely in any hurry.


A little off topic, but I recently discovered (perhaps it's in the manual I didn't read ), that the Gitzo G-lock only requires a twist using the tips of my thumb and index finger to lock. I was using my index finger and thumb wrapped around the lock to "crank" the G-lock tight, which when unlocking became a bit sticky. It doesn't seem to require much torque to lock them, and will likely result in a longer life of the locks.

Incidentally (??), I prefer the four leg version because I can pack it safely in my suitcase - it doesn't really take a lot of volume if you pack your shorts and socks between the legs.

Glenn



dcains
Registered: Oct 09, 2005
Total Posts: 7387
Country: United States

Yes, and this is one of those little details those shouting their Benro/Induro/Sirui/other knock-off brand is "as good as a Gitzo" fail to make note of. If you actually take apart and compare the leg locks in detail, it's obvious to see the differences in thread pitch, precision of the machined parts, and quality of the compression fitting parts used.



wilt
Registered: Sep 06, 2005
Total Posts: 1041
Country: United States

GT2540EX and GT2531LVL decoded...

Gitzo, Tripod, 2500 series, 4 leg sections, submodel 0 (older), Explorer configuration
Gitzo, Tripod, 2500 series, 3 leg sections, submodel 1 (current), Leveler configuration



sjms
Registered: Mar 21, 2003
Total Posts: 18844
Country: United States

the codex for gitzo products:
http://reallyrightstuff.com/Items.aspx?code=TripodsGitzo&key=cat



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