View Full Version : Gitzo for 4x5 field
08-29-2008, 07:13 PM
I'm looking for a light weight set of legs for my 4x5 field kit. I want a legset that weighs less than about 3 pounds with a folded length around 20 inches or less. I don't need or really want a long center column but, would love to have a self leveling head (like the Berlebach semi-ball head thingy on their 8043).
Which Gitzo do you suggest?
08-29-2008, 07:16 PM
I will second the question, but if I may, ask about any brand of tripod that would meet those criteria.
I have the Berlebach with the leveling head that you mention and love it. However after a recent trip lugging it around, I wonder about a lighter alternative for hiking.
08-30-2008, 04:24 AM
A couple of points from having done a similar look myself:
<20" knocks out a *lot* of tripods and often leaves the very lightweight which may not be stable enough for a 4x5 kit
<20" often implies a lot of leg sections or a pretty short overall height. If you go to 22" you will have more choice.
I tried to maximise over weight <1.5 kg (about 3lb), height without column of >115cm and folded length <55cm (~22"); I did not have the $$ for gitzo carbon fibres so looked at both feisol (the CT=2442) and benro (the c-228 a little taller than 20" folded). I bought the benro off ebay from a seller called shamino123 and have been very happy with it. A friend has the benro c028 (2.4lb, 18" folded) which he uses for a light weight hiking gig: it has no problem holding a 10lb monorail but its *very* top heavy. (IIRC the old rule of thumb was weight of tripod+head ~ weight of camera)
Looking at this again I might buy the feisol as i like the flat platform: I really have never used the column.
08-30-2008, 10:18 AM
Yeah, I see what you mean about the folded length requirement. Maybe, I should just back off and ask what is a sensible Gitzo CF tripod for extended overnight backpacking with a light weight 4x5....
I'd really like to use a very low profile head...maybe a self leveling head with a very simple pan head?
08-30-2008, 11:56 AM
You may wish to consider a Feisol tripod. My company Really Big Cameras is an authorized Feisol dealer and an APUG sponsor.
You can see specs and prices on all Feisol tripod models here (http://reallybigcameras.com/Feisol/Tripods). It sounds like the CT-3442 would meet your requirements for lightweight and compact.
It also supports the optional LB-7567 leveling base. You can read more about how the leveling base works in this thread (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum280/51688-some-tech-questions.html).
Feisol also offers a very affordable panning base (PB-70) that could be mounted on top of the LB-7567 leveling base.
If you have any questions about the Feisol tripods or accessories, I'd be happy to answer them here, or through PM or email.
Really Big Cameras
08-31-2008, 03:23 AM
Just a warning about Gitzo, the back up service is terrible. I've been waiting for nearly three months for some simple spares ordered through their agent over here.
09-02-2008, 12:29 PM
I currently use a Gitzo 2530 with my 4x5 field camera and it seems just right in terms of stability. It folds down to 25" or so. Previously I used a Gitzo 1540 which would fold down to 21" and could fit in a wheelie. Although I never had problems with camera movement using it, I usually hung my backpack from the column as a precaution. It is very light but at the very limit of what you could get away with, IMO.