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Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long)

You Pay: $799.90
Product Highlights
  • Ideal for Lenses up to 400mm
  • Opened in 15 Seconds
  • Long Section Length
  • Usable Down to 3.7"
  • No Center Column

The Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Long Tripod from Gitzo is a great choice for those looking for a tripod that features rigid support, yet adaptable and flexible configurations. The Series 3 Long tripods are ideal for supporting larger video or DSLR cameras, and lenses.

The Series 3 tripod has a unique modular system that can be quickly transformed into different configurations, in as little as 15 seconds, and the same tripod can support both photographic and video equipment. Despite a negligible weight of only 4.3 lb, this tripod can be extended to 4.8' high and handle a DSLR with up to a 400mm lens, or a medium-sized spotting scope for bird-watching--up to a 55 lb load capacity.

Series 3 tripods have an Anti Leg Rotation system (ALR), G-Lock, and brushed matte black finish for improved locking performance and minimized reflectivity. A wide selection of accessories allows you to keep growing your system according to your future needs, whether they are still life, macro, outdoor, sport or wildlife applications.

Anti Leg Rotation
This tripod can be opened in less than 15 seconds. Simply loosen all the twist locks on each leg at the same time, then pull the leg down and tighten the locks individually.
G-Lock
For a strong, fast, and safer locking mechanism, G-Lock's special design provides a 'gravity lock' effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock becomes.
Leg Ends
With removable rubber feet, the Series 3 allows you to easily change worn out rubber feet or to fit other accessories, such as spiked feet.
Hook
A built-in hook allows you to hang a stabilizing weight, like a full camera bag or a sand bag, from the bottom of the tripod head plate. This is helpful when using long, heavy lenses, on uneven ground or in windy conditions.
Material Carbon fiber
Maximum Height 4.8' (1.5 m)
Minimum Height 3.7" (9.4 cm)
Folded Length 1.9' (57.5 cm)
Load Capacity 55 lb (25 kg)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Twist, Gravity Lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes, with leg angle settings
Center Column Sections None
Head Type Safe-Lock polymer disc with locking screw
Head Mount Thread Size 3/8" - 16
Operating Level Eye level
Weight 4.3 lb (2.0 kg)
Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long)
  • 90-Day Limited Warranty on Parts
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty on Defects
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    GitzoSeries 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long)
     
    4.6

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (12)
    • Folds away (10)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Unfolds quickly (9)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Night shots (8)
      • Wildlife (7)
      • Portraits (6)
      • Sports/action (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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      4.0

      Best tripod for the given max weight

      By Sunny

      from Chandler, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Built In Wrench
      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Removable Top Plate

      Cons

      • Cast Top Chassis

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Shots
      • Portraits

      Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

      After doing lot of research I narrowed down to RRS TVC-33 or Gitzo GT3542LS. I am 5.8' so was kind of in between for TVC-33 or TVC-33S. Both of them were 3 section, so I thought 4 section as in Gitzo might be better idea, which gives more flexibility if I prefer not to open up one of the section.
      This tripod feels amazing. I hope this is the last tripod I would ever buy. Redesigned top plate looks and works great, and a perfect fit for my RRS BH55 ball head. Leg foot with built in spikes might come in handy. In my controlled tests this tripod performed better anything else that I have used before.
      Its been less than a month, I need to see how long the product lasts. But from looks it seems very sturdy and might last a life time.
      My only gripe is the packaging was not that great. Nothing wrong with B&H, it it just that original packing of the tripod itself had a hole on it and default bag also was torn a bit. I think this was probably from the ball head mount rubbing the bag and the box from inside. I didn't notice anything abnormal on the tripod itself so did not contact B&H. But I think Gitzo should improve their packaging. Hence 4 stars.

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      5.0

      solid, as always from Gitzo

      By john z

      from Innsbruck, Austria

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small

      Cons

      • Price

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

      Its just reliable. I love the stability and the ease of use on location.

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      4.0

      Exactly what I expected

      By Cave Creeker

      from Cave Creek, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

        Used with Nikkor AFS 200-400mm f/4 VR with 4th Generation Mongoose M3.6. More stable than my Manfrotto 055XPROB and damps out vibration very well - at a lighter weight. I actually like the leg position locking mechanism (at the head) better on the Manfrotto - it provided more secure settings with more versatility. Leg section twist-locks do lock securely and provide a lower profile when packing than do the Manfrotto lever locks.

        The tripod height is perfect (I am 6'1") with either the gimbal or ball head.

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        5.0

        Top Notch

        By Roy

        from Portland, Oregon

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

          I decided on the 3542ls because I wanted a tripod that would put my camera at eye level, be able to shoot nearly flat on the ground and be able to hold enough weight so I don't have to worry about it when I rent the big heavy telephoto lenses. Getting the camera to eye level without a center column was a big point for me. I'm right at 6ft. and these legs set the eye level perfect.
          There's not much else I feel I need to say about this tripod. I figure if your looking at it your like me and most likely did several months of research before buying. Only thing I would add I didn't see in the other reviews or the description is the legs come with gitzo snow/sand shoes in a cool little drawstring bag. Nice little bonus.
          Bottom line is you get what you pay for, and the attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship in Gitzo products made this an easy choice.

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          5.0

          smooth

          By DG

          from Topeka,Kansas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                The legs move up and down with ease, the height is awesome. A big step up from my last tripod

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                5.0

                Great tripod

                By JeffO

                from Hermosa Beach, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                  Gitzo makes great tripods and this one is no exception. I also own the XLS tripod when I need extra height. Very happy with Gitzo tripods.

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                  5.0

                  Strong Stable tripod

                  By haoke

                  from Toronto ON

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                    I used this tripod for my landscape photography. It is easy to set up, strong, stable on the site. The weight was not that bad.

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                    5.0

                    Super good quality

                    By Yang

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                      I am 5'10". The tripod is slightly taller than me. I like 4 sections becasue the folded lengh is smaller than the 3 sections.I use BH-55 ballhead. It is a very stable setup.

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                      4.0

                      Great lightweight multi purpose tripod!

                      By Dantonb14

                      from Santa Monica CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                        This a really nice still tripod for sure. However, I do a lot of cinematography as well and sometimes like to do video on my dslr while traveling. This tripod is,perfect for that. You can quickly pop off the top plate and add a75mm bowl head video head. Lightweight and can still carry on plane. Perfect for travel.

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                        4.0

                        Fantastic tripod

                        By Nature Girl

                        from Albuquerque, NM

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                            Rock solid, quick and smooth setup, and feels lighter than the stated weight. The price is hard to swallow, but I can see the quality in the construction and the performance. More than adequate for a 500 f4 series lens with Wimberley head. The new features, safety lock disk and built in spike feet are definite improvements over earlier models. If only the matching accessories came out at the same time, e.g., additional center plates. Great tripod, but is the price really justified?

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                            4.0

                            awesome tripod

                            By Rez

                            from Australia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Night Shots

                              Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                              takes a while to unfold.

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                              5.0

                              I love it!

                              By Bill

                              from Albuquerque, NM

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comes to eye level
                              • Folds Small
                              • Gets low to ground
                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • No center column
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro and close-up
                                • Night Shots
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                I upgraded from a G1340 to the GT3542LS and I could not be happier with my new tripod. I love the lighter weight. The GT3542LS with my Kirk BH-1 ballhead weighs a bit less than the G1340 legs alone do. I like that it is more compact too, (since it is a 4-section model vs the 3-sections for the G1340). The GT3542LS rides very comfortably strapped to the side of my F-stop Loka backpack. As much as I like the lighter weight I also like the anti-rotation leg locks just as well. They make the GT3542LS much quicker to set up. Finally Gitzo seems to have eliminated my biggest complaint with their older tripods. The leg locks no longer swell and lock up so tight you can't undo them when they get wet. I've used the GT3542LS in a pond without doing anything special to it afterwards and have experienced no lock-ups.

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                                5.0

                                Great tripod

                                By Someone who takes pictures

                                from Somewhere, Out There

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                Solid as a rock. A little heavier than the 2-series, and a little more bulky, but wow is it solid. The twist-lock leg sections are so much better than lever-locks. One twist of a quarter-turn and you can extend all sections at once. Build quality is outstanding. Highly recommended.

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                                5.0

                                Great tripod

                                By He who runs and snaps photos

                                from Southeastern PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                  I have only just received this tripod a few days ago, but I can already tell this is going to be a lifetime purchase. Incredibly solid. Everything about it just oozes quality. I had purchased a GT2541 and only had it for about 2 weeks before I realized these new '12 Systematics were available - I did a return with B&H, which was super easy, and I am amazed at how much more solid this is vs. the 2541. I am a semi-pro photog, doing weddings, portraits, etc, but I'm most excited about using this for my personal projects. Macro, outdoor/wildlife, etc. The length is great - will fit into a carry-on, although may need to be sort of diagonal in your bag. It's got quite a bit more girth to it vs. the 2541. The head-section is probably 1.5x as wide as that one. But it's just so incredibly solid. Now my ball-head is the weak link, so I have to plan for an upgrade there, and maybe someday to a Wimberly head for wildlife. I highly recommend this tripod.

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