Hiking/travel tripod: Sirui ET1204 or T-1205X; or Gitzo GT1542T, GT1544T, or GK1580TQ4?

Started May 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
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mjh04
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Re: Hiking/travel tripod: Sirui ET1204 or T-1205X; or Gitzo GT1542T, GT1544T, or GK1580TQ4?

I have been reading and studying the responses on this thread over the past week. After doing some research I am leaning toward the Gitzo GT1542T and am now looking at ballheads to go with it. I think I like the Really Right Stuff BH-30 LR which has the quick release lever looks like a good match, but am not 100% sure on this. I definitely want an Arca compatible setup. There may be other small ball heads for me to still research, but my question is regarding the plates. RRS seems to not have an X-T1 plate in stock and the Fuji base plates seem to be backordered or in short supply everywhere. I also read about RRS B2-40 LR quick release plate not being compatible with a number of Markins, AcraTech, Arca-Swiss, and some Kirk plates.  Anyone have experience with using some of the generic Arca compatible plates that can recommend a specific generic plate to use with my X-T1 and X-E2 to use with the RRS quick release plate?  Or should I go a different route for a compact ball head and plates?  Thanks.

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