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12-10-2016, 02:28 PM   #31
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Hmm. There's also this Gitzo: $100 less, another cut to height and weight load, an increase in weight, but the centre column looks amazing for macro work.

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Hmm

Ha, I think you're learning why most of us accumulate tripods the way we do camera bags...
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Ha, I think you're learning why most of us accumulate tripods the way we do camera bags...
Oh no, someone help me.
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Oh no, someone help me.
Definitely a wrong place to look for help! We love to help you spend your money...
BTW. Those Gitzo load ratings are with the legs retracted... IIRC.


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Ha, I think you're learning why most of us accumulate tripods the way we do camera bags...
Yeah...even though my Gitzo is my "go to" tripod, I also have a smaller Manfrotto that gets a lot of use, an off-brand carbon fiber that gets used when weight is a problem, and a Gitzo 0-series for when I want to go really small.
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BTW. Those Gitzo load ratings are with the legs retracted
So OK to go with and use if your vertically challenged...
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Yeah...even though my Gitzo is my "go to" tripod, I also have a smaller Manfrotto that gets a lot of use, an off-brand carbon fiber that gets used when weight is a problem, and a Gitzo 0-series for when I want to go really small.

I'm following TaoMaas' "horses for courses" philosophy as well--my remuda currently consists of 1.) a Uni-loc 1700 for day hikes, especially during wildflower season; and 2.) a CF Induro CX-214 for longer jaunts up the hill. Still pending approval from the domestic unit are 3.) a travel tripod for international trips; and 4.) a "big hammer," (Gitzo 3-series equivalent) for classic landscape scenarios, especially with Medium Format kit. I could even find a use for this 'un:
Really Right Stuff TVC-32G Versa Series 3 TVC-32G WITH PLATFORM=
if only to pair with my Manfrotto 410 in case I needed to Mjolnir a bear. And you say you have a problem...


BTW, I suspect your K-1/70-200 combination would make that Explorer squeal--a great tripod for other applications, though.

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So OK to go with and use if your vertically challenged...
That statement resembles me!
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Those Gitzo load ratings are with the legs retracted
That is interesting! I wonder how many other brands have similiar load ratings?
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That statement resembles me!
I must admit Carol you weren't my first thought, I was more thinking like the guys that hang with Snow White.
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At only 5'1", I could fit in with those guys!
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That is interesting! I wonder how many other brands have similiar load ratings?
Not sure. I will say the MeFoto holds up to its weight limit, except for the centre column, which almost holds the rated 17.6lbs fully extended.

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At only 5'1", I could fit in with those guys!
Aye, your certainly not the tallest kid in the park...
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I was standing at the back of the line, when they handed out height.
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BTW. Those Gitzo load ratings are with the legs retracted... IIRC.
I had the IIRC caveat there. I must retract that statement! The Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod will hold my 165 pound weight fine on a carpeted floor. Even with the column extended.
My previous experience was on a slick concrete where the legs slid and spread.

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