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12-08-2016, 05:35 PM - 1 Like   #16
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You might think about using 2 tripods. I'd keep your MePhoto because they're pretty darned good for their size...but I'd add something heavier for those times when you want to use bigger lenses and are able to work relatively close to your car. Sometimes, it's all about making the right compromise.
It's a good idea, but I don't have a car, so I really do need a full replacement. :/

On the plus side, I have no interest in any longer or heavier lenses than the D-FA 70-200, so until I break into 4x5 large format film sometime into the far future, something just a little bit sturdier should serve me well.

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hehe - yes - for heavy duty stuff I've got an old gunmetal Gitzo with an Arca Swiss monoball - which I used to use for the pentax 67 - bu t I had to buy a new head for the Manfrotto I use for everyday - the old one couldn't lock out with the K-1 plus 70-200 mounted
I totally agree!

If you are strong enough, and don't haul your gear too far, nothing beats an old steel, heavy-duty Gitzo, without the center column. Throw on those 3 inch spiked feet, and it will hold up in a tornado!
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If you're looking for sturdy, but not ridiculously heavy, I can recommend the RRS TVC-33 Versa. 50 lb. load rating for only ~4 lbs. worth of legs.

Just don't look at the price and you'll be fine...
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If you're looking for sturdy, but not ridiculously heavy, I can recommend the RRS TVC-33 Versa. 50 lb. load rating for only ~4 lbs. worth of legs.

Just don't look at the price and you'll be fine...
Yikes, but it also looks amazingly well made. I'm leaning towards the Gitzo GT2543L. Around the same weight, extends higher, removable centre column, 40 lb. load rating, but $200 cheaper with my student discount.

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^ Sounds like a good deal, lithe, and something that should outlast many camera bodies.
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^ Sounds like a good deal, lithe, and something that should outlast many camera bodies.
Thanks for the vote of confidence. It'll be here Wednesday.
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Happy to help you spend

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OK.
You need to to take Gitzo`s load ratings with a grain of salt:
Gitzo GT2543L Mountaineer Series2
Load Capacity: 39.7 lb
Max Height: 70.5"
I use this:
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long
Load Capacity: 46.3 lb
Max Height: 70.1"
Yup, pretty good for a USD 900+ set of legs... Not in my book.
They are great as far as hiking with a small light camera would go. There is no way I would trust the 46 pound rated Gitzo with DFA150-450+ camera on it unattended for a second.
I had the Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod side by side with the 474B, for portability, USD 900 Gitzo. For a piece of mind, USD 350 manfrotto. My 2 cents worth.
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OK.
You need to to take Gitzo`s load ratings with a grain of salt:
Gitzo GT2543L Mountaineer Series2
Load Capacity: 39.7 lb
Max Height: 70.5"
I use this:
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long
Load Capacity: 46.3 lb
Max Height: 70.1"
Yup, pretty good for a USD 900+ set of legs... Not in my book.
They are great as far as hiking with a small light camera would go. There is no way I would trust the 46 pound rated Gitzo with DFA150-450+ camera on it unattended for a second.
I had the Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod side by side with the 474B, for portability, USD 900 Gitzo. For a piece of mind, USD 350 manfrotto. My 2 cents worth.
Hmm. Well, I'll run it through its paces when it gets here, and take advantage of B&H's excellent return policy if it doesn't live up to the ~$700 price tag. Thanks for the caution.
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Gitzo GT2543L
So you get that for around $700 with the student discount Go for it!
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Hmm. Well, I'll run it through its paces when it gets here, and take advantage of B&H's excellent return policy if it doesn't live up to the ~$700 price tag. Thanks for the caution.
I am not talking down on Gitzo, they are very good. Just maybe not as good as they might be thought to be...
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Hmm. Well, I'll run it through its paces when it gets here,
You will love it when you unwrap it. So freaking light in weight!
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Thanks! I'll keep everyone posted.
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I think you'll like your Gitzo. It's a good investment. I've got one of the old metal legged Gitzos that I bought almost 30 years ago and it's still my main tripod. I use it for still photography as well as video.

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I have the same Vanguard tripod, the Alta Pro 263. I use it with my K3, plus grip and the Sigma 50-500. It does a decent job.
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