Tripod: Capacity vs. Stability Question

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NotASpeckOfCereal Senior Member • Posts: 1,118
Tripod: Capacity vs. Stability Question

Hey all,

I'm going on a long road trip and play on doing a lot of astrophotography. I already own both tripods I'm asking about here, so this isn't a purchase question. Here they are:

  1. Manfrotto 055CSPro4, Capacity: 17.6lb, Weight: 3.75lb
  2. Gitzo GIGT1545T, Capacity: 22lb, Weight: 2.34lb

Both are carbon fiber, 4-section, center-post.

I just got #2 this summer because it's shorter and a lot lighter than #1. I like it a lot and have used it for backpacking or walking any distance with my gear

But #1 is bigger and seems beefier, thicker legs, etc. For some reason, I still grab that when it comes to in-city, car-trip tripod work, thinking it's going to be a sturdier platform. However, the capacity spec is lower than #2.

Question: if you could take only one and were more interested in stability than anything else, which one would you take?

The highest load on the tripod for this trip (body, 14-24mm lens, and tracker) is about 9lb.

Is the Gitzo really a more stable platform, based on its capacity spec, even though it's lighter weight and thinner legs?

Chris

PS: I realize that the heads make a difference as well.

 NotASpeckOfCereal's gear list:NotASpeckOfCereal's gear list
Nikon D3 Nikon D850 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR Nikon AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED +5 more
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