Gitzo Traveler Series 1 GT1542T Tripod x Markins Q-Ball Q3 Traveler Ball Head

The Gitzo Traveler Series 1 Tripod (GT1542T) and the Markins Q3T Ball Head 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 with…

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 wasn’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 Gitzo…

This tripod fully collapses to 17″.

The Markins ball head I picked out was designed specifically for the Gitzo Traveler tripod. It can handle loads of over 60 lbs – 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 “Arca-Swiss” 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 the Markins PG-50 plate mounted to the ball head.

Some shots with the Markins LN-20 foot replacement for the 70-200mm lens.

Here is a full shot of the entire combo.

This is how the combo collapses – under 20″ in length and under 4″ 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!

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5 thoughts on “Gitzo Traveler Series 1 GT1542T Tripod x Markins Q-Ball Q3 Traveler Ball Head

  1. Congrats!!! That is a prime traveling setup. I remember when I was looking for a traveling tripod and the guy showed me one of these…it was really light and very sturdy…the guy opened it wide and threw it across the room…I was a bit surprised. The color of the ball head is a nice touch.

    • Yah for the price paid it was no surprise how sturdy and well made these parts are. This tripod and head will probably be in my arsenal for decades to come. It will likely see many camera bodies and lenses down the road…the D800 will only be it’s beginning 🙂

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