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

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Product Highlights
  • Ideal for Lenses up to 400mm
  • Opened in 15 Seconds
  • Long Section Length
  • Usable Down to 4.2"
  • No Center Column

The Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section X-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 X-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 4.9 lb, this tripod can be extended to 6.6' 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 6.6' (2.0 m)
Minimum Height 4.2" (10.6 cm)
Folded Length 2.4' (72.1 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 Overhead
Weight 4.9 lb (2.2 kg)
Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (X-Long)
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  • 5-Year Limited Warranty on Defects
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    GitzoSeries 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (X-Long)
     
    4.9

    (based on 25 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (19)
    • Unfolds quickly (15)
    • Lightweight (14)
    • Folds away (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (17)
      • Night shots (15)
      • Wildlife (15)
      • Travel (9)
      • Portraits (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4)
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      5.0

      The best!

      By Sean N.

      from Yellowknife, NT

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

      Just wonderful! This tripod is everything I was looking for and so much more. I love the height, it's sturdier than I had thought possible... It just feels really, really good. I know I'll be very happy with this for a long time to come shooting in extreme winter conditions. I've paired it with the Arca-Swiss Z1 head and couldn't be happier.
      If you're on the fence with this, it's worth the money, you won't regret it.

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      5.0

      Gitzo tripod

      By Denis

      from Canada

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

      Very happy with the tripod and B&H, will keep buying from them

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      5.0

      The last tripod I will buy.

      By On th level

      from Houston, Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

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

        I'm 6'5" tall and needed the extra height. This tripod is easily tall enough and is rock solid.
        It's a Gitzo... enough said.

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        4.0

        Just get it!

        By Paul

        from Manchester, NH

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        Pros

        • Ultra Stable

        Cons

        • Wish It Had Spring Loaded

        Best Uses

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

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

        I am one to buy cheep once to try it to see if I like it than spend the big money once so I never have to buy again. This is replacing a used bogen 3021 that I thought would be good enough for as much as I use a tripod. Till I started to "use" the tripod. I found it to be fine if I was doing flash but not much else. I read all the reviews for all types of tripods but most things I read for doing nature kept pointing to the 3 series for it's load capacity & flexibility. I went with the xlong from some photographers stating that they wish they had just a little more leg for those times on the side of a hill. I have had this for 2 weeks now and have used this more in that short time than I used my old tripod in the 2 years I had it. Ultra stable as under most common use the legs are hardly extended but when you need the reach it is easy as a twist, no more slouching. I also really like the safety lock for retaining the plate, saves on making one or purchasing one. My only con and it is small and liveable is I wish it had spring loaded leg locks as I inadvertantly released one of the locks but the legs are so stiff to open that the tripod didn't go anywhere. I just make sure the locks are in place now before I set it down.

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        4.0

        good tripod

        By stfisher

        from houston, tx

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        good, but do not need the feature that makes adding a column easier - wish it did not have that.

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        5.0

        Great Tripod

        By SculptER

        from Martha's Vineyard, MA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • Cumbersome
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

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

        Used with a 50-500mm Sigma/Bigma, Jobu Pro2 Gimbal head and Nikon D800, this tripod is rock solid. Once you have the legs set, it does not move. The leg extension is a snap once you get used to how it operates. It is not an easy adjustment from the snap and slip designs, so give it some time for you to get used to it. Spreading it out is not a one handed job. This is a take your time, set it up, then shoot apparatus. Although it takes a little muscle to open the legs, once set, the stiffness pays off

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        5.0

        Built Like a Tank

        By JFlo

        from Leawood, KS

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • A bit pricey

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Wildlife

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

        I'm an avid amateur photographer shooting mostly landscape and some 'Urban Grunge' stuff. A tripod is an essential part of my work. A great tripod makes it so much easier to move around and get the right shot. This Gitzo tripod is a GREAT tripod. The legs are rock solid and easy to adjust. I love how low this thing can go (no center column). I mated it with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 head for a great combo.

        This isn't the lightest tripod out there. The extra set of legs adds a bit of weight. It is still much lighter than my 15 year old Manfrotto though!

        Two thumbs up for the Gitzo!

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        5.0

        Very solid tripod, despite it's height

        By Rbennett

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife

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

          I should say that I ended up exchanging this tripod for the shorter model (GT3542LS). It was just more height than I needed. I did set it up though to test it out, and I was very impressed by how solid it was extended to almost full height.

          I set my full rig up on it to test it: Wimberely Head, Nikon D3, Nikon f4 600lens, 2x teleconverter, flash bracket, external battery, so there was a lot of weight on top. It was more than sturdy enough even for all of that. I think Gitzo's maximum lens recommendations are a little on the conservative side. A set-up with a 600 lens would be solid.

          One thing to consider (that was also a deal breaker for me) is that it only folds down to 24". That means it will have to fit diagonally in most large suitcases. If you travel a lot, that could be a major space hog in the suitcase.

          Overall, I highly recommend this tripod. Well worth the expense.

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          5.0

          nice !

          By thebarnman smugmug

          from long island

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife

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

            nice and light but real sturdy.. holds my 600f4 with no problem !

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            5.0

            Set for life

            By gfras11

            from vancouver, BC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Wildlife

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

              being 6'3" i was thinking the X-long tripod would be my best bet and it is! i only extend 2/3 sections to have my camera at eye level. its quick and easy to open up and collapse. i only need one hand and a half a turn to lock it in place. now i have the advantage for eg. at a surf comp with the tripod fully extended i could stand on a rock and get a better perspective with nothing obstructing. i can barely touch the top of the tripod when its all fully extended.
              the only issue i am having is the pan lock on my manfrotto photo/video head is unable to spin around and hits the tripod plate. iv found a tension where i only need a half turn to tighten the pan lock, but slight annoyance.

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              5.0

              Awesome tripod

              By WildWill

              from San Luis Obispo, CA

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              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Wildlife

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

                Great tripod I bought for bird photography. It is very stable with long lenses. It's pretty light to carry around over the shoulder and can extend very high when need be.

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                5.0

                Primvs Inter Pares

                By nozes2

                from Bamberg, Germany

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife

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

                The Porsche between the tripods, simplicity and excellence

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                5.0

                Rock Solid!

                By Jarred Stanley

                from Boston MA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

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

                  I shoot primarily Architectural with occasional studio work and Gitzo is perfect for both. Very light weight and strong. Shooting exposures less than 1/60 require a very stable tripod, head and column if you want the sharpest possible shot. This has by far exceeded my expectations. I also love the height this particular tripod can go. I'll need a stepladder if I ever want to shoot that high.

                  Very pleased!

                  Jarred Stanley

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                  5.0

                  versatile

                  By Joey

                  from NY, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Height
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sturdy
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Cold Limitations
                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

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

                  combines the lightweight of the carbon and the versatility of the systematic line of gitzos. I like the height since it is the extra long. No need for the old gitzo hex wrench, it has a built in mechanism to easily switch out the plate for a center column. I use a rapid center column with this tripod. No gripes except for the price, although they have warnings not to use it in excessively cold weather.

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                  5.0

                  Solid Platform worth the money

                  By Aussie Dave

                  from Sydney Australia

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots

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

                    Before buying I spent quite some time reviewing the other reviews of Gitzo 3542XLS tripod which proved to be a very accurate guide as to features of this tripod. I am 6 foot 5 and this provides a very solid platform at just the right height for my acratech ballhead and is surprisingly light for its size. The quality and workmanship are evident in the components and operation of the tripod and I plan to give the tripod a real workout in Australia this summer.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent

                    By Ed

                    from Seattle

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        It works and I do not have to think about it.

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                        5.0

                        Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic 4 Section

                        By SNelson

                        from East PA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Super Options
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                        • A Bit Large When Folded

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Super Solid, engineered to the every need a photographer would think of. I live this tripod. It is a bit large when folded and it is a bit heavy. But overall it is the best tripod I have had my hands on!!

                        Includes snow feet, spikes and rubber feet!!

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                        5.0

                        Perfect heavy-duty tripod

                        By Too many tripods

                        from New York

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots

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

                          I had the 3 section version and there were too many times on uneven ground where I needed more reach. This tripod's legs go much longer without it weighing much more. The spike feet with rubber covers are also a big improvement over the old feet.

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                          5.0

                          Much better than previous generation

                          By Gene

                          from MD

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Included accessories
                          • Light for its size
                          • Quick To Operate
                          • Stable
                          • Tall

                          Cons

                          • Large When Folded
                          • Wide Platform

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          This is an outstanding tripod. I've handled the previous generation legs (the 3541L), and this one is much, much sturdier. The leg locks especially impressed me - they are much larger and beefier than the old version, and have arches on the sides so that they are easier to pull out when wearing gloves.

                          The legs themselves are also thicker, and in general, the whole tripod seems better built. I'm a huge fan of the new center platform lock screw, which has a spring-loaded ratcheting lever on it. No more tools to tighten down the platform! There's also the new platform safety catch, which keeps the platform in place until you release it by pressing a button underneath. Loose platforms were a common complaint with Gitzo tripods, so it's good to see that they've been listening and done something about it.

                          Also, you should know - this thing is HUGE. When fully extended, it goes over my head, and I'm 6'4". Great if you want versatility and the ability to shoot on uneven terrain. Not so great if you want to pack it into a carry-on. This tripod will definitely need to go into your checked luggage. With a decent ballhead mounted, the tripod will be about 30" long when folded, and about 5" wide.

                          Overall, I love this thing. It's rock-solid, and lets me shoot at any angle or height from overhead to down at ground level. Completely worth the money.

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                          5.0

                          Everything I had read...

                          By NNR

                          from Portland, OR

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            My first tripod was the type we all buy. A couple of hundred bucks with a ball head and off we go. Come to find out it is not as sturdy as we hoped. I had been looking to upgrade to a carbon tripod with no center post for a while. The purchase of a large Canon lens pushed me over the edge for the immediate need. I chose the Gitzo due to their reputation and good online reviews. I went with this particular unit for the height. I am 6'-3" and the standard size was just not big enough on flat ground, I was pretty sure it wouldn't meet the needs in the field for any uneven surface. Now I have the stability I need with all the flexibility for in the field placement. Very happy with this purchase.

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