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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2013, 03:12:20 PM »
Well, received my new tripod a short while ago. It is a thing of beauty, I'll definitely offer that. I think I may have...miscalculated...the height though.  This thing is WAAAY TALL.

Don't say you weren't warned...   :P

For that reason, I'd consider the 3542XLS instead of the 3452LS (although that's really a tall set of legs!).  XLS too tall, LS too short, TVC-34L would be just right.    ;)

Hah, true...I was warned. Although you also said the LS would be too short!  :P Actually, I think it will be just perfect for the bird photography. On top of eye height, you still have to lean into the camera a bit, which shaves off about another inch. I've measured it several times now, and the height I need when I am fully forward, looking into the viewfinder, with the lens pointed down towards the relatively near ground, is about 63" (when pointed at the sky, it is about 60"). The other Gizo pods are 58" high, and the Jobu adds another 68", which puts it about 5" higher than I need in the worst-case scenario. I think even a 68" high tripod would be too much, as with the Jobu attached, I'm back to 78" high, or 15" too tall!

Well, live and learn, I guess.
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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #30 on: February 09, 2013, 03:12:20 PM »

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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2013, 10:12:17 PM »
Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.
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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #32 on: February 10, 2013, 02:46:06 AM »
I will say this...the design of the GT3542XLS is wonderful. I have not had the pleasure of trying out the RRS tripod in person, so it may be a bit above this tripod. But...WOW. This thing is ROCK-SOLID. I locked down the Jobu, started recording video, then stomped around on my deck (which is getting a little rickety). The camera hardly registered any vibration at all, where as my old tripod usually registered a ton.

I can't imagine needing extra height with my Jobu attached to this thing, and the Jobu is very similar in design and dimensions to the Wymberly and Mongoose. I'd suspect you would have around 68" of total height, and around a 65" eye height with a camera attached to any one of those tripods, which is just about perfect for a 6' person. I figure I'll need some additional height for landscape photography, especially if I need to drop a leg down a slope or something for better leveling. Given the stability of the GT3542XLS at full extension, I am not worried about using a center pole base to give me the extra height I need. With the wide angle lenses I use for landscapes, the tiny amount of vibration that might actually reach the camera shouldn't be an issue (especially with a camera with a less-dense sensor than the 7D.)

So, for those of you who are wondering about what tripod to get next, and are interested in Gitzo Systematic...I'd say only consider the XLS if you are nearly 7' tall!!! I can't imagine any other reason someone would buy this thing for general purpose use. If you really need the "overhead" capability, then it will serve that need superbly well. The base was about a foot over my head when fully extended, and with the Jobu attached, the camera was nearly 2 feet over my head. For all other circumstances, the GT3532LS or GT3542LS will probably serve you well. I had a little bit of a hard time with the four leg sections on the XLS, and not just because the legs were so long. I've ordered the GT3532LS as the replacement instead, as I think the fewer leg sections will be easier to work with.

Well, hope that information helps other prospective buyers out. If you are a giant, get the XLS. If not, get one of the other Systematics. If you got the cash, the RRS sounds pretty awesome, but I would have to actually test one out side-by-side with my Gitzo to really feel out any real-world differences. I wouldn't be hanging from the tripod myself, either...and I suspect the differences are minor.
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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #33 on: February 10, 2013, 04:34:55 PM »
Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.

I had a Bogen/Manfrotto that shattered on me at 20F - and dropped my Hasselblad 203FE with 110/2 on the ground when I was shooting. Yeah, that was the last of my touching anything Manfotto branded.

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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »
Not to say Manfrotto does not have it's uses but it isn't to be used with gear exceeding $4,000.

You are courting trouble if you do.

Went cheap with the Manfrotto and really regretted buying it. I ended up buying a Gitzo that I am superbly happy with.

Three years ago I bought a GT3541LS and it's extraordinarily stable compared to any Manfrotto I've tried. But it's achillies heel is sand and sea water. In fact it's so bad in coastal conditions that they are appalling. I recently did a trip on the Lincolnshire coast shooting grey seals and the tripod needs so many replacement parts in only 9 hours of shooting. It needs three lower tubes and all the locking joints need replacing.
In my opinion, these tripods are useless in extream sea salt and sandy conditions. They literally seize up or fall apart.

I had a Bogen/Manfrotto that shattered on me at 20F - and dropped my Hasselblad 203FE with 110/2 on the ground when I was shooting. Yeah, that was the last of my touching anything Manfotto branded.
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Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2013, 04:06:12 AM »