Â TheÂ Gitzo Traveler Series 1 TripodÂ (GT1542T) and theÂ Markins Q3T Ball HeadÂ are a match made in heaven! My goal was to find a light and compact combo that can handle heavy equipment. This was the best I could come up withâ€¦
The Gitzo tripod is made of carbon fiber and can handle loads of up to 17 lbs. I was hesitant to buy this at first because I wasnâ€™t too fond of twist-locks. I was led to believe that twist-locks take longer to expand than flip-locks, but after trying out both systems at a few local shops I found out that you can unlock all three twist-locks at the same time with one twist. It turns out that twist-locks work out much better for me! So that opened the door to many brands I had been avoiding for years: Gitzo, Feisol, Induro, Benro, etc. I decided to go with Gitzoâ€¦
This tripod fully collapses to 17â€³.
The Markins ball head I picked out was designed specifically for the Gitzo Traveler tripod. It can handle loads of over 60 lbs â€“ way more than I will ever need and way more than the tripod could ever handle. I purchased a plate for the D800 grip and a foot replacement for my 70-200mm lens.
The head and plates are â€œArca-Swissâ€ compatible so I am able to use parts and plates from Arca-Swiss, Acratech, RRS, Markins, Wimberly, Kirk, and many other vendors.
Here is my gripped D800 with theÂ Markins PG-50Â plate mounted to the ball head.
Some shots with theÂ Markins LN-20Â foot replacement for the 70-200mm lens.
Here is a full shot of the entire combo.
This is how the combo collapses â€“ under 20â€³ in length and under 4â€³ in girth!
A close up of how the combo collapses.
This pairing was the lightest combo that could support a pro camera carrying a 200mm lens. The entire combo weighs in at 3 lbs! (The tripod is 2.2 lbs while the ball head comes in at .8 lbs!) Hopefully this combo will allow me to carry a tripod to more venues more often!
This setup was sourced from itcrashed.wordpress.com