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

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  • Load Capacity: 55.1 lb
  • Max Height: 78.9"
  • Min Height: 4.2"
  • Folded Length: 28.4"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.9 lb
  • 6x Carbon Fiber
  • Spiked Feet and Snow Shoe Feet Included
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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 78.9" 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.
Feet
Removable rubber feet, spiked feet, and snow shoe feet are included for stability on a variety of surfaces.
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 78.9" (2.0 m)
Minimum Height 4.2" (10.6 cm)
Folded Length 28.4" (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 Tripod (X-Long)
  • 3 x Spike Feet
  • 3 x Snow Shoe Feet
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 7 Years with Registration
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    GitzoSeries 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber Tripod (X-Long)
     
    4.9

    (based on 30 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (19)
    • Stable (19)
    • Unfolds quickly (15)
    • Folds away (5)
    • Durable (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (22)
      • Night shots (15)
      • Wildlife (15)
      • Travel (10)
      • Sports/action (9)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5)
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Huge tripod, no center column!

      By Tom

      from Charlotte, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Looks like it will fit the bill nicely. Just need to get a head for it now.

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        5.0

        Best tripod ever

        By VideoMama

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I use this tripod for both photography and videography, primarily in the outdoors. Having the extra long legs is great when you are in uneven terrain. When it's flat, I don't extend it the full length.

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          5.0

          Fantastic Teepee...I mean tripod

          By Raynor CZerwinski

          from Crested Butte

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            This thing is massive, but not too heavy. Great tripod when you might be standing on rocks or logs and need the legs to perch below where you are standing.In case of emergency, bring a big tarp to drape over this tripod and you will have a warm and comfortable shelter that will sleep 2 quite comfortably.

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            5.0

            Great tripod

            By Tony

            from Cary, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Needs A Good Case

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            Light weight and sturdy. Easy to open and adjust the legs. Very happy with the tripod. I do wish there was a decent case with a padded shoulder strap available for it.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Possibly the last tripod I'll ever need

            By Jake

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Solid Versatile Base

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              This tripod is amazingly stable for its height and light weight. Coupled with a BH-55 head, it meets my need for landscape and fine art photography - even here in the Rocky Mountains where the ground is never level. Imagine the luxury of an extra foot (or two) of extension when you really need it. I'm 6' 1" and can stand underneath it without ducking!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The best!

              By Sean N.

              from Yellowknife, NT

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

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

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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 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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Just get it!

                By Paul

                from Manchester, NH

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                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 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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                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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 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 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

                Verified Buyer

                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 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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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very solid tripod, despite it's height

                By Rbennett

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 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 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

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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 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

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 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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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Primvs Inter Pares

                        By nozes2

                        from Bamberg, Germany

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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 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 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 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

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                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots

                            Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 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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