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Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

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Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

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  • Load Capacity: 88.2 lb
  • Max Height: 5.0'
  • Min Height: 3.9"
  • Folded Length: 2.0'
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 6.17 lb
  • Modular Tripod, No Center Column
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The Series 5 6X Systematic 4-Section Long Tripod from Gitzo is a great choice for those looking for a tripod that features professional support, yet adaptable and flexible configurations. The Series 5 Long tripods are ideal for supporting larger video or DSLR cameras, and lenses.

The Series 5 tripod has a unique modular system that can be quickly transformed into different configurations the same tripod to support both photographic and video equipment. This tripod can be extended to 5.0' high and handle a DSLR with up to an 800mm lens.

Series 5 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.
Load Capacity 88 lb (40 kg)
Maximum Height 5.0' (1.54 m)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
Minimum Height 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Folded Length 2.0' (61.0 cm)
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Twist, Gravity Lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Center Column None
Head Mount Safe-Lock Polymer Disc with Locking Screw
Level Single Bubble Level
Weight 6.17 lb (2.8 kg)
Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)
  • Limited 90-Day Warranty on Parts
  • Limited 5-Year Warranty on Defects
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    GitzoSeries 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)
     
    5.0

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (11)
    • Unfolds quickly (10)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Folds away (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Wildlife (11)
      • Night shots (5)
      • Travel (4)
      • Sports/action (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (6)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      outstanding tripod

      By silvergiraffe

      from morris plains nj

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

        use it for my canon 600mm is 2 on a wimberly gimbal, this tripod does waiver when swinging this big lense around. don't forget you must have a good support system under a very expensive lense, don't settle for anything less

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        5.0

        great stability

        By amiel

        from rancho cucamonga

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

          for landscape , wildlife photography, steady, stable, great support for full frame dslr, awesome to use and the best so far...

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          5.0

          Perfect for my camera and 600 mm lens

          By lisey

          from Chelsea, Quebec

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

            Purchased this tripod to support my Canon 7D and 600 mm lens. Very pleased as it is sturdy and yet compact enough to put in my suitcase.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great tripod

            By The Wizard

            from Tofino, BC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

              I was using a Series 3 (Gitzo) tripod with an 800mm lens and the 1Dx which is quite a load, especially in windy conditions. This combo was pushing the limits of my series 3. The Series 5 handles the weigh easily even with a sand bag attached. I see no drawbacks other than the obvious weight and bulk concerns, but no one's going on a long hike with an 800mm, pro body and a tripod anyway.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Rock Solid Support

              By Denny

              from Ottawa, Ohio

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent build quality
              • Good Stability
              • Great value
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Supports Heavy Lenses
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                When planning the purchase of my Sony 500mm f/4 lens, I wanted to be sure it was supported by the best gimbal and tripod available. The Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base was an easy choice and I totally agree with their recommendation to use their gimbal head on a Gitzo Systematic tripod.

                I chose a Series 5 6X carbon fiber model that is rated to support 88 pounds. It is rock solid. The construction is very beefy yet it weighs only 6 pounds. This tripod does not have a center column. The gimbal attaches directly to the top of the tripod on a removable plate that locks firmly into place. The locking rings on the legs are easy to turn and lock securely with only a quarter turn. The legs do not rotate even if all the locking collars are loosened at the same time. The second leg section is marked so you can easily set the height at eye level. There is a bubble level on the top for level adjustments on uneven terrain. Included with the tripod were two optional sets of feet. One is a unique set of feet to be used in the snow. When folding the tripod, because there is no center column to stop the legs, they can pivot past center. This can be a little awkward but it is a minor issue that I've learned to work around. Otherwise, I could not be more pleased with this tripod.

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                5.0

                Solid as a rock.

                By Jerry

                from Sarasota, FL.

                Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                Bought this to use with a Nikon 500mm lens. Using the Wimberly 200 head. Impressed with build. Very solid on my trial run. Comforting when using lots of expensive gear. The disadvantage is the bulk and weight, but that pales when to compared to $ plus of gear broken on the ground.

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                5.0

                Its really great

                By amir

                from Bellevue, WA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                  I bought this to use with my 500mm and Gimbal head. It is built like a rock. its really stable, and solid. It is not light weight.
                  it is pricy also but imo, worths every penny, especially if you are using a big lens.

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                  5.0

                  An excellant product

                  By Wasantha Disanayake

                  from Srilanka/ kandy

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                    I am using 500mmF4 fixed lense for birds phtography,most my photographic products bought from B& H ,and this tripod I bought few weeks ago,and found extremly versatile.Very safe with wimberly 200 head II,

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                    5.0

                    Very well made & Exceptional value

                    By Gene

                    from Cedar Rapids, IA.

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                    My primary use is for wildlife with my 400/2.8 lens. Also for general nature and landscape photography.
                    Upon removing the GT5542LS from its box, I was impressed by the design and build quality, and am assured that it will be more than capable of providing a sturdy, rock solid platform for my gear. I like the reference marks on the top section which put the height right where I need it for my 400mm lens and Wimberly gimbal head. However i would prefer having them on the bottom section of the legs, so the thinnest legs would be extended less. I guess a permanent marker would make this work for me.

                    Least liked feature is the price, but that said it is an exceptional value and worth every penny.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    You Get what You Pay For

                    By DPAli

                    from Sarasota, Fl

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                      Sometimes it is just that simple: you get what you pay for. At $xxxx, one might think it insane to buy this tripod (add a comparable head, and you are at $xxxx). But then you use it: strong, light, and moving parts that work with the smoothness one expects from high end aircraft parts. i have bought and used excellent $xxx tripods for my regular lens. no complaints about those and i continue to use them. i bought this tripod to use with a Canon 600mm f/4, a nine pound lens, to photograph birds. Solid footing is an understatement, yet it is so light that you can pick up camera, lens, tripod/head and easily walk to a new location and replant/balance it in seconds (i'm average build/strength for a 5'11" guy). it is truly difficult to find something to not like about this tripod but if pressed me, i'd say it would be nice to have scale/ruler on the legs so you could quickly make them the same intermediate lengths (easily solved with a marker if need be). If you are serious enough to buy a pro lens in the 5+lbs category, then this is the tripod that will do your lens justice. You can certainly buy cheaper tripods to use, but compared to what a pro lens like the Canon 600mm or comparable costs, is this really that much? You won't be disappointed. You get what you pay for.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      rock solid

                      By pieria

                      from oceanside ny

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                        I bought the 5542ls about a week ago to support my nikon d4 with 400 2.8 vr.This is the best tripod I ever bought.It is a piece of art. Rock solid you can see and feel that it's made to perfection. I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend this tripod if you have heavy gear.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Rock Solid and Not Too Heavy

                        By Pat F

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                          For me, this tripod replaces a G3541 and a G1500. It's as steady as the G1500 and only a little heavier than the G3541.

                          I'm using it with a D800E with lenses up to 300mm 2.8G, where every bit of stability matters.

                          It's perfect!

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Best on the Market

                          By Michael Strickland Photography

                          from Lawrence, KS

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • Heavy
                          • Large

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                          Being a landscape photographer, I was looking for the sturdiest tripod I could find, but that would also not break my back on long hikes. This tripod is absolutely the best in the market with those specifications in mind.

                          With the capacity this tripod can hold, I will absolutely never have to upgrade when using supertelephoto lenses and when using short lenses, I can know the tripod will hold its ground. Add a little weight on its hook, and BAM! it's rock solid. You can almost kick it and it won't move.

                          Extending the legs are super easy and super fast, but one of my only concerns are the locking positions of the legs. To me, they seem to lock in a few odd positions, but it's something that is easy to work around.

                          Mind you, this is not a tripod you want to take on a ridiculously long hike if you don't want to carry a lot of extra weight. It is not heavy when comparing it to other models having the same weight capacity, but you will definitely be able to feel it after a few hours.

                          Definitely has my recommendation!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Series 5 6X Systematic 4-Section Tripod

                          By Steve

                          from Castaic, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                            Fantastic tripod - very strong and light weight.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great tripod

                            By Jay

                            from North Georgia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                              I take photos of birds and wildlife using Canon Mk iii 5d and both 600mm and 500mm lens with 1.4x extenders .Before the series 5 results were mixed.Now I am getting results that are I had hoped for
                              The 5 series is great with a gimbal Wimberly head

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                              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Gitzo GT5542 upgrade!

                              By BigFish007

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Excellent Stability
                              • Unfolds Quickly
                              • Well built quality

                              Cons

                              • Slightly heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                              First off, I also have the GT3541L. The GT3541L definitely has some flex with the legs fully extended. The GT5542 has no flex what so ever fully extended, it's ROCK SOLID! It has a quality feel and exceptional construction that I have come to expect from Gitzo. The rubber feet on the GT5542 are larger and also are removable to expose spiked feet under them. I can see me buying some back up rubber feet replacements down the road. The tripod head mounting plate is redesigned and has a safety mechanism so it really can't fall out like the GT5541 plate could. The mounting plate also has an opening for a strap to hook to, which helps on the upper end. I wish the hook under the mounting plate was a closed loop so you could hook a carabineer to it. It's about two pounds heavier than the series 3 but seams easier to carry with a strap for short hikes. Opening, closing, and adjusting the leg angle are very smooth and easy. I considered the RRS 34 but read reviews that said it did have some flex but not as much as the Gitzo series 3. As long as I don't have a long hike I prefer the GT5542 over the GT3541L. I use it with a RRS BH55 head mostly. Wimberley WH-200 II head for anything 400mm f2.8 longer and heavier. GT5542 is much more stable with the 400mm f2.8 than the GT3541L. For anything 300mm and under the GT3541L is absolutely stable. I couldn't be happier with the GT5542.

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