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Gitzo G1548GT Mk2 Carbon Fiber

G1548GT_1_
Review Date: Jan 24, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: for it size it seems very light, and sturdy. only 4 legs sections so it must be a MkI version and not the MkII. I am extremely happy with these legs and hope I one day can mount my own 600mm on it
Cons:
I can't get to grips with the tighting or loosen the legs, especially when I am in a hurry - solution to this is shoot more and be on time :-)...it is a bit expensive - especially when bought in Australia

I had been longing for a lighter tripod and had been reading up on Luminous-landscape about MR's 13xx legs with all his bells and wissles. I was drooling till I ran into this shop in Perth, which just happen to have a pair of Gitzo Carbon legs, namely the 1548 (probably MkI, it doesn't say! but it certainly doesn't six legs sections, thank god for that!:-) )

I originally used it with a GRAF Studioball, which weigh 1.7kg which of course is very stable but you are completely out of breath when you reach the hill top. So, I finally got a Arca B1 and the carbon has finally come into its own right. I feel a lot younger running around with these legs and I have since also added the leveling base to it, though again more weight, but this not as bad as the Graf.

My biggest lens is currently the Canon EF 300 f/2.8L IS sometimes used with converters, and as you would expect it is rock solid, legs are a complete overkill for this lens. However, my dreams may one day take me to the 600mm f/4LIS and then I think I got the legs to match.

I think the build quality is great, bar the tighten/loosen rings which seems hard to control, at least for me, but I understand that the newer versions have an improved system. I would very much recommend these great looking legs. Yes, it is an overkill for what I got, but so is everything else I got :-)


 
Canon EOS 1Ds

21Ds
Review Date: May 27, 2003 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I just love this camera, it is amazing. Details, color is great, less saturated then my ol' D60 but I really like this 1Ds
Cons:
It could have been faster to transfer when shooting, but I don't really think it is much slower then my old D60...so, no I can't really say much bad about it :-) Ok, there is noise in the higher ISO

Not being a Pro, this could be a bit of an overkill, but it sure has added to the fun of making images.

Most of Pro guys have already added the tech details so I will spare you for repeating them.

Could I afford it, I would buy it again!

I am actually playing with the D60 again as I have the camera for service at Canon Australia (WA) and boy do I miss my 1Ds what a difference there is. The 1Ds is just lightning fast, the AF is amazing, the color is soo much better (shooting RAW) and yes, get CaptureOne if you are getting this baby (should have been bundled).

It is a little intimidating to walk around with, especially with the
70-200f/2.8mm L IS, most other dads quickly hides their P&S's cameras but I just love this beast and take it with me all over the place.

Now, all I need now is just to learn to take photos :-) but, it is the best tool to learn with.

Happy shooting and enjoy

Henrik