Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2015/10/27

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Subject: [Leica] Light tripods and electronic first curtain
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:34:44 -0400

G-1157    Mountaineer Sport 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs (Rapid Column)
Gitzo   Got  4/16/2007 in a close out
120    Sport Aluminum    Gitzo   3.5lbs      Got 1989
224    Reporter Performance    Gitzo     4.5 lbs      Got 1979
320    Studex Performance     Gitzo      8 lbs       Got 1989

On 10/27/15 2:05 PM, "Gene Duprey" <geneduprey2015 at> wrote:

> I use the Gitzo Systematic Series 5 GT5542LS tripod when shooting birds and
> wildlife with my Nikon D4 and 400/2.8.  I use both Ball and Gimbal heads.
> Kind of overkill for a Leica M though.  But with the Nikon setup it really
> makes a difference.
> Gene
> On Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 3:04 PM, John McMaster <john at> wrote:
>> Oh well, I have never been a fan of Manfrotto. I have fixed the fibre 
>> rings
>> in many Gitzos, used geared columns etc. I have a steel and a carbon fibre
>> Gitzo, my 'best' tripod is the big Zone VI wooden tripod. With a Wimberley
>> head and big lenses it runs rings around my carbon fibre Gitzo with an 
>> Arca
>> Cube head...
>> John - in France
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:  Mark Rabiner
>> The Gitzo's made in France though the choice among discerning photogs over
>> the decades has some glaring design flaws. Muddy water would cripple the
>> legs which required an engineering degree to fix.. Raise the post even a
>> little and the camera would flop around like Harold Lloyd on a clock. We'd
>> replace the posts with short posts or non posts.
>> When they were bought out by their Italian   competition, Manfrotto 
>> (Bogen)
>> Manfrotto re designed everything making everything MUCH better. They are
>> far
>> better tripods now. Much better made. All kinds of different design
>> systems.
>> Amazing. I still have my old ones though.
>> On 10/25/15 4:22 AM, "John McMaster" <john at> wrote:
>>> AFAIK every Gitzo has come with a plate that does that, just undo the
>>> collar and lift out the centre column and fit it.
>>> john
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Mark Rabiner
>>> But there is a Gitzo version now for very heavy use in which there is
>>> no post and the camera rests on the top plate where the legs meet. A
>>> very serious commitment to stability. I'd buy an 8x10 just to use one.
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Mark William Rabiner

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