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Old April 28th, 2008, 03:39 PM   #1
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Vinten Vision 3 or Gitzo 1380?

Hi folks,

Just trying to nail this down ASAP.

I want to pair either the Vinten Vision 3 or the Gitzo 1380 with the
new Gitzo GT3531LSV. I understand this new tripod now comes with the required Gitzo G1422 75mm bowl adaptor.

I'm choosing these new legs because I love my old Gitzo (smaller) legs and need something that can take a decent head and pack smaller than traditional tripod legs.

Anyone want to take a shot at this.

Thanks!
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Old May 4th, 2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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bump bump......
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Old May 5th, 2008, 08:50 AM   #3
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Jonathan I have the 1380 and think it is a excellent head. I have been using it for 18 months and it has never failed me.
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Old May 5th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #4
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Thanks for the vote Paul :)

Why did you choose to go with this head?

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Old May 5th, 2008, 03:40 PM   #5
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I went with the vision 3 when i bought my EX1 and I was really surprised with the performance. I feel quite confident with it even in harsh weather. Simple and easy to use, and a good match for the EX1 ;)
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Old May 5th, 2008, 10:56 PM   #6
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Cool Nils.
Did you pick up the Vinten legs as well as the head?
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Old May 5th, 2008, 11:19 PM   #7
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Jonathan,

If you want another option, I can't recommend Miller solo's enough http://www.warehouseexpress.com/prod...px?sku=1011980

It's the perfect match for an EX-1 and can be carried easily.

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Old May 6th, 2008, 12:45 AM   #8
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Hey thanks Dan.

I've been looking at the DS20 and have heard many great things about it.

The new Gitzo 3531 LSV achieves a minimum height of 4.3" compared to the Solo's 14.5" which i really dig. Plus I'm not really into neoprene.

Sure the Solo can reach 10" higher (69.2") but I never really work at that height.

Can anyone who has used the Ds20 head compare it to the Gitzo 1380 head or Vinten Vision 3 Head? This would be most helpful :)
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Old May 6th, 2008, 01:09 AM   #9
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Hi Jonathan...............

Just a word of warning about using Vinten Vision "X" heads with non - Vinten legs.

The entire range of Vinten V "X" heads use a short, stocky head clamp, with a large clamp bowl and three fairly substantial lobes on the handle to boot.

This can (and indeed will) give all sorts of grief with non Vinten legs/ receiver designs, leading to:

- Miniscule, if any, head angle adjustment range.

- Clamp handle thread not engageing/ only partially engageing with head bolt.

- Legs not being able to fully shut due to the leg hinge plates hitting the handle lobes.

I do not have an exhaustive list of the sticks affected, but Manfrotto and Sachtler are way up there.

Don't go for a Vinten with non Vinten sticks till this has been eliminated as a problem - it could be an expensive mistake.


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Old May 6th, 2008, 01:17 AM   #10
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Hi Chris,
I was wondering when you were going to show up and save the day.
Big thanks for your insight here. It's exactly what I was waiting for on the Vinten/ Gitzo combo.

Ok so that narrows it down to the Gitzo 1380 head. Still I wonder about the Miller DS20......

I was told today that the best dealer here in Canada will not take shipment on the new Gitzo 3531LSV Legs or the 1380 head until 3 week of June so it looks like I'll be ringing B&H in the next day or so.

Big thanks to all who have chimed in here.....
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