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GitzoGT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)
 
4.9

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Compact (6)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Travel (5)
    • Sports/action (3)
    • Wildlife photos (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Quality from top to bottom

    By Ron

    from TX

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lithtweight
    • Quality construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

      Tripod was purchased to support my Nikon D-750. Largest lens being used with the 750 is a Nikon 200-400mm F4, a heavy lens. I'm using a RRS head on the tripod and love this combination and performance. It's short enough to carry on a backpack yet extends to a height sufficient to place my camera at eye height. It's light yet supports nearly three times the weight of my heaviest camera lens combination.

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      4.0

      Strong & steady even w/ supertelephoto

      By Oh Deer

      from Charlottesville, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Steady Under Load

      Cons

      • Leg Adjustment Tabs Break

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

      I have an old model Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens that I use with a 6d body and together with the lens support and ball head, they weigh over 22 lbs. The GT3542L feels rock steady under this load from soccer games to Nature photography sessions. The only downside I've seen is flimsy metal tabs that control the leg angle detents; one of mine cracked and part of it broke off after the second time I used it. It's still useable, but I'm irritated that I spent so much on it, and it wasn't more durable. The legs extend and retract quickly, and more importantly; stay put when locked in place. I love the light weight of this tripod even more because everything else I'm lugging is heavy.

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      5.0

      I finally have my "forever" tripod!

      By Mark

      from NYC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

          I am a professional photographer who uses a tripod for some of my work, but not all or even most of it. As a result, I never invested in a truly great tripod system. I bought a ~$ Manfrotto leg/ballhead kit about eight years ago and it has served me fairly well, even though one of the leg locks broke a couple years ago and had to be fixed. The tripod was short and heavy and the ballhead wasn't anything to write home about. My secondary tripod is a Husky from the 1960s. It's strong and fairly sturdy with a pan/tilt head, but it's quite heavy and bulky. I decided a couple weeks ago that it was time to finally get myself a professional tripod. I was very excited about the Manfrotto 055 in carbon fiber and was particularly interested in the center column that converts into a lateral arm. When the tripod arrived I saw that the construction was not very impressive and there were plastic parts that would certainly break. My rule is, "If it can break, I will break it" so I try to avoid any gear that has a weak link. I returned the 055 in-store at B&H and then went to look at other models in person, figuring it would be a much better way to decide than looking at photos of tripods online. I was very interested in checking out the Gitzo Explorer models with the convertible lateral arm. Within a minute of checking out one of the Explorer models, I didn't like quite a few things about it and decided to look into a more standard tripod with a separate lateral arm. While Manfrotto has served me well over the years, something about their support systems are ever so slightly below true professional grade. I decided I would check into Gitzo's other options, even though nearly all of them were around twice the price of the Manfrotto I had just returned. I do all sorts of different work from portraits to commercial work to video. I work a lot on location and did not want a tripod that was too big to lug around. I wanted something that could work well in-studio but could also be thrown over my back and carried around all day along with my other gear. I decided against the systemic models without the center column because I like being able to raise or lower my camera a few inches with the center column to avoid re-leveling the legs. I know this technically causes a slight decrease in stability, but I have found that as long as you don't extend the column up all the way, the stability is still nearly identical. I was between the 3542 (4-section) and the 3532 (3-section). I extended both to their maximum height to get an idea of their reach as well as their stability. I found the two to be incredibly similar in their stability. The 3542 has a higher maximum height and a shorter overall length when folded. For these reasons I opted for the 4-section over the 3-section.I very much appreciate the ability to ditch the center column if I am packing light and don't need the extra height. Even without the center column, the 4-section is more than tall enough for nearly all of my uses.I have not yet put it through all of the tests, but from using it so far I can say it is the best tripod I have ever used, by far. It feels and looks truly professional and I can't see any bits or pieces that will break on me. I was not initially crazy about Gitzo's twist locks, but I am learning to love them. I like grabbing all three locks at once, twisting them to the left and extended all four sections down in one fell swoop. Much easier than flip locks, and I don't have to worry about them loosening on me over the years like some flip locks do. I paid these legs with the Acratech GP ballhead which is equally great.

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          5.0

          Gotta have it

          By Doug

          from Albany ny

          Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

          Awesome! You need this tripod. Lightweight and sturdy

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          5.0

          Get what you pay for sometimes

          By Tom

          from Williamsburg, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

            Rock solid tripod, light weight, made very well. Expensive but you get what you pay for sometimes.

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            5.0

            Very light but really strong

            By v1kt0r

            from anahein ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

              I was afraid to buy this tripod but after take of the package this amazing by all the ways strong, looks cool very easy to use

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              5.0

              Perfect for my needs

              By FL Digital

              from San Francisco

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Superb Build Quality
              • Versatile
              • Versital

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                This Gitzo is perfect for my needs. I was looking for a lightweight four section tripod that packs down relatively small for travel. It also had to be secure enough to support a pro-level DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 lens. I have owned many tripods over the years but nothing compares to the quality of craftsmanship and intelligence of design as this Gitzo carbon fiber.

                The only other option I would've considered would be a Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripod, but they are perpetually backordered, and a bit more expensive than the Gitzo, and in my opinion there's very little difference in the build quality between the two.

                The feature set that pushed me towards this particular model, is the ground level set central column. I sometimes need the extra height that the central column allows, without having to sacrifice on the compact size of the tripod. To Gitzo solution works extremely well, and is rocksolid when locked in place. I'm using it with the Acratech GV2 ball head and an RSS quick release clamp.

                My previous Gitzo work flawlessly for 12 years and I am only replacing it because this model gives a little bit stronger support for heavier lenses.

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                5.0

                Fantastic! Wish I'd bought one sooner!

                By 3D Scanner

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                  I use the Gitzo 3542L with a FARO X330 3D scanner. The tripod works GREAT. It's smaller, lighter, and more adjustable than a surveying tripod, but just as secure. The price is commensurate with the quality, and after a long hot August day of walking miles with the scanner and the tripod, the light weight of the carbon fiber construction is more than worth the cost.

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                  5.0

                  "A WISH THAT CAME THROUGH..."

                  By Tito the Architect

                  from Makati City, Metro Manila PHILIPPINES

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                    I found the need to get this specific tripod after purchasing a RRS BH-55 full-sized ballhead that did not actually match my existing Gitzo GT1541T tripod as the base of the latter was smaller than the base of the ballhead. I also decided to purchase a more sturdy tripod for my needs. At first I was a bit hesitant due to my apprehensions on the weight difference between my existing Gitzo and this new one. However, upon receiving the Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod, everything changed...I was so please and realized that I made the right choice...

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                    5.0

                    Great tripod

                    By Pat

                    from Brazil

                    Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                    Rugged, lightweight and versatile.
                    Great choice for those looking for a tripod of good quality and durability.
                    I'm happy with the purchase.

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                    5.0

                    My search is over.

                    By bfalcon1

                    from Atlanta, GA.

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Portraits
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Stillsvideo
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                      Beautiful sticks. After searching months for the right tripod for me the Gitzo 3542L is my keeper. The perfect balance of weight and durability. Paired with a RRS BH-55 these things are substantial but still surprisingly light. Quick release legs are smooth and the new ground level set works perfectly and is so quick to remove the center post. The spring lock leg levers are a joy to use. I also was looking at the 2 series but in the end these just felt right and are future proof.

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                      5.0

                      Rock solid Tripod

                      By Joe

                      from Colorado

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Stability
                      • Well built quality

                      Cons

                      • Weight

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long):

                      Really impressed with this tripod. Used it for the first time this week in the Colorado mountains. Very, very solid even in the windy conditions in the mountains. I also have a Gitzo 1540 that I use when I hike but while the 3542L is heavier the stability is noticably greater.

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