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    How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    I just received a used Gitzo GT5540LS tripod which didn't come with manuals. I already dropped a mail to Gitzo UK to ask if they have manuals for older models.

    Can anyone tell me how to remove the geared head assembly? It works fine, but I can't find a way to remove it altogether to save on weight. There are plenty of tools and plates with the tripod, but no apparent way to unscrew a bolt to remove the assembly.

    The tripod is so heavy and strong that it feels like overkill even for a Gowlandflex

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    Re: How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    That was quick, received a scanned reference sheet from Gitzo/Manfrotto customer service which answers the question. A retaining bolt on the side of the tripod has to be loosened which allows one to remove the assembly.

    Great customer service!

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    Re: How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    Awesome. So Gitzo are as good as Hasselblad's customer service? Once I emailed 'blad about a 80's SWC I needed a manual for. They sent it within 24 hours.

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    Re: How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    Awesome. So Gitzo are as good as Hasselblad's customer service? Once I emailed 'blad about a 80's SWC I needed a manual for. They sent it within 24 hours.
    In my experience products priced at a premium have better after-sales support, which partly justifies higher prices even if the product itself is only marginally better quality.

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    Re: How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    Very true

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    Re: How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    Or you could have tried something like this:



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    Re: How to remove geared head from Gitzo Systematic?

    Don't think I have the coordination to operate a drill and a hammer at the same time...

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