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GitzoGT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs
 
4.9

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (33)
  • Stable (33)
  • Unfolds quickly (31)
  • Folds away (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (30)
  • Night shots (22)
  • Wildlife (22)
  • Portraits (17)
  • Travel (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

GT3541L the perfect tripod?

I am an advanced amateur photographer and have been procrastinating about buying a new tripod to replace my very old Star D 100. I shoot a lot of Macros, do landscapes and wildlife,...Read complete review

I am an advanced amateur photographer and have been procrastinating about buying a new tripod to replace my very old Star D 100. I shoot a lot of Macros, do landscapes and wildlife, and wanted a lighter stronger tripod that could get low to the ground. My D100 had a geared side column that could be rotated through about 120 degrees, but it was about 2 lbs heavier and not as stable as the Gitzo. I am 5 foot 9 inches and shrinking and to get the Gitzo at perfect eye level without stooping, I have to open the 4th leg about 6 inches. without opening the 4th section I can stoop a bit and still use the tripod.

So what is great:

lightweight, strong, stable, multiple leg angle settings, rapid center column, very quick to use and is reversible. The stowed size is about 3 inches shorter than my D100 and it still opens to a taller height.

Not so great:

Gitzo says you can set up the ground set without tools. This is very true and takes a few minutes at most, but if you have used the 2 new set screws one to lock your ball head and one to lock the top plate to the column, then you must use the supplied Allen wrench to first unlock the ball head so you can remove it and then use the wrench again to unlock the top plate from the column, then you can easily set up the ground set. Not exactly toolless if you are taking advantage of the new locking features. I could also say price, but when you look at the workmanship of this tripod, you know you really are getting your monies worth and that it will last a lifetime.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not great tripod

I lost a tripod foot after a few time using, all feet are very esay loose and come off. Bad design. i will not recomment to my friends.

I lost a tripod foot after a few time using, all feet are very esay loose and come off. Bad design. i will not recomment to my friends.

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5.0

Rock Solid Light Tripod!

By Ken Campbell

from Cape Girardeau, MO

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

    Very well constructed and its a Gitzo!

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    • No

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    5.0

    GREAT TRIPOD

    By LUIS

    from San Antonio

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

    LOVE IT. WISH I WOULD HAVE PURCHASED THIS BEFORE I BOUGHT A LESS ESPENSIVE ONE. HAD A LOT OF PHOTOS FROM BOSQUE THAT WERE NOT IN FOCUS

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    5.0

    Light, strong, stable, versatile, tall

    By Photo teacher

    from Massachusetts

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Tall
    • Unfolds Quickly
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

      This is my third Gitzo tripod. None of them has ever failed me. I have never worried about vibration or any form of weakness. They are tripods I can trust and count on for whatever I mount on them, from a DSLR with a long lens to a 4x5 view camera, to an astronomical telescope. This one matches my older 3-series aluminum for strength, but is far lighter. I'm really looking forward to the next time I have to climb a ladder into a lighting gallery with this over my shoulder.

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      5.0

      Great tripod for wildlife photography

      By Charlie a Raptor Enthusiast

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

        Purchased this tripod for wildlife photography and it was very stable on a recent trip where gusty winds were encountered. It is easy to carry and is much lighter then my previous aluminum tripod.

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        5.0

        Rock Solid

        By RT

        from Davidson, NC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

          Very solid platform and light for it's size. Definitely top of the line, although pricey. Great when coupled with a RRS ballhead. A little big to "carry on" when flying but not impossible.

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          4.0

          Great Tripod

          By Justin B.

          from New York, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Any

            Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

            This tripod is great. It's quite light, but still one of the most stable tripods I've ever owned. Not only is this great as a standard tripod, but I can very quickly get this thing into amazing acrobatic angles allowing me to get my camera literally anywhere! I could say it's a little pricey, but in all honesty… you get what you pay for.

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            5.0

            Great!!!

            By Deniss Sudak

            from Sydney, Australia

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

            Great quality, very simple and solid product. Totally worth the money.

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            5.0

            Excellent stuff

            By Fobbs

            from Germany, Bavaria

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots

              Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

              Using the tripod with panoramic head from Novoflex (Ball head & VR System Pro II) works well. Stability and handling is way better than my old Gitzo Aluminum tripod....you simply have to carry less which matters to since I got nodonkey....

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              5.0

              Great Tripod, Light and strong

              By hwangautio

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                The best I have so far

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Sturdy, but light

                By Ed from Tampa Bay

                from Tampa Bay, Fla.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                  What a load reducing tripod! I bought this for use with a MFD system and it is rock solid, yet very light.

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                  5.0

                  Ideal

                  By Juancho

                  from Greensboro, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                  My main reason to purchase this tripod was handle my D4, 70-200mm, external flash, and a hook to hold my camera bag. This Tripod is very stable and held a heavy load.

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                  4.0

                  Really Right Tripod

                  By ThePictureGuy

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • Cumbersome

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots

                  Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                  I love this tripod but does have a few things that don't warrant a 5 star rating. Adjusting the splay of the legs is time consuming and clumsy. Removing the center coloumn is not all that easy or secure.
                  My Giottos tripod came with a fantantic case at almost 40% of the cost of the Gitzo. I get a bag with a cinch. Ouch. For this price. Someone needs to rethink this.
                  I recommend this tripod but is not the perfect tripod.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent base to work on.

                  By jrw

                  from Ontario

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Studio
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                    Make no mistake, this is a very capable support platform for telephoto lenses and everything smaller and lighter.The extra height of this model has already proven itself when taking landscapes from a hillside. This was my prime motivation in selecting this model over the shorter versions. It is not an inexpensive tripod, but every time I use it, it makes me smile.

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                    5.0

                    Great tripod for traveller

                    By Guillen Photo

                    from Plano, Texas

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                      This is the second tripod we buy from Gitzo. As professional photographer specializing in travel photography, we want light, reliabl and small tripods once they are folded to put in a regular luggage. Very easy to set up, very easy to use, simple to fold and the most important thing very reliable whenever we travel. We use the tripod with wide angle like 17-35mm mounted on Nikon Reflex cameras but alos lenses like Nikon 200-400mm used with a winberley head for wildlife photography. The price of the tripod seems maybe expansive but it is worth for all photography situations.

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                      5.0

                      So

                      By EFD121

                      from Eldridge, Ia

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                        I waited a long time to purchase a tripod of this caliber and I absolutely think it was worth the wait. I purchased this with the Markins tripod base so it fold down even smaller and is more stable

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Tripod

                        By Meg Bob

                        from Los Angeles CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Architecture
                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Night Shots
                          • Portraits
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                          So fabulous, light and easy to quickly use. A great buy and B&H has it priced very well.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this again

                          By CDJr

                          from Chicago

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                            Excellent quality. Worth the price.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

                            By SteveK

                            from Newman Lake, Washington

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                              Replaced a big HD aluminum tripod with this one because of long lasting movement after focus, and timed shutter release with a Sigma 800mm telephoto. Problem taken care of. This is a rigid, steadfast well constructed piece of equipment. Youtube has a review where the H is beat out of it with little/no effect to it's integrity. Very pleased with the purchase and not disappointed I paid more for it than my first child's birth.

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                              5.0

                              GT3541L is great for hikes, packing

                              By Flyfishing photographer

                              from Humboldt County Redwoods, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              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 GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                                The GT3541L is my second Gitzo tripod. I had a GT3330SLV, a great tripod, which was lost in a fire. The new tripod is a few inches shorter when folded, easier to pack on hikes for landscape and nature shooting. I took out the center extension as soon as it arrived,simple to do, because I plan to use it for ground level macro shots as well as eye level shots. This tripod is slightly taller at full extension than the GT 3330, an advantage when shooting on slopes and uneven surfaces. The twist locks on the legs make it easy and fast to extend or fold up. Overall a great, stable base for my Nikon D800 and 70-200 mm lens. I learned that the screw on rubber feet can twist loose, so you should check for tightness often when folding or extending the legs of the tripod.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Tripod

                                By PhotoGuy

                                from Darien, CT

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT3541L Series 3 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Long Tripod Legs:

                                  I upgraded to this from the series 1 and the stability is much better, and I love the locking legs.

                                  Easy set up, and even though it is large, I find it to be fine on weight and that is with a Tech Cam mounted to it.

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