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GitzoGM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg)
 
4.9

(based on 50 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (44)
  • Opens quickly (39)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Compact (30)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (33)
  • Wildlife (23)
  • Travel (21)
  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Night shots (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

LOU

THIS REPLACES MY MANFROTTO 681. NO COMPARISON BEYOND THE SIMILAR WEIGHT AND MAX. HEIGHT. CONSIDERED AN ALUMINUM GITZO, AND THE 2541/5561/3551 MODELS - AND THE MONOSTAT - BEFORE LANDING ON THE...Read complete review

THIS REPLACES MY MANFROTTO 681. NO COMPARISON BEYOND THE SIMILAR WEIGHT AND MAX. HEIGHT. CONSIDERED AN ALUMINUM GITZO, AND THE 2541/5561/3551 MODELS - AND THE MONOSTAT - BEFORE LANDING ON THE 5541.

YES, THE TUBES ARE LARGER DIAMETER THAN THE OTHERS, BUT IT WEIGHS VERY LITTLE FOR WHAT IT CAN SUPPORT. NICE MINIMUM HEIGHT ALLOWS ME TO SHOOT ON MY "CAN" IF NEED BE. I COULDN'T DO THIS WITH THE 681.

BY THE TIME YOU STICK 10-14 LBS. OF LENS/BODY ON THE 5541, THE MONOPOD GIRTH JUST MELTS AWAY. THE LARGER DIAMETER TOP SECTION/PADDING DISTRIBUTE THE WEIGHT OF LARGE GLASS VERY WELL ON THE OLD COLLAR BONE, TOO. MY 681 ALWAYS DUG TOO MUCH. I SUSPECT THE SAME ISSUE WITH THE "PETITE" 2541.

WITH THE RRS MH-01 MOUNTED, THIS REPLACES MY FORMER GITZO 1548 TRIPOD AND WIMBERLY HEAD FOR GIMBLE PANNING, ETC. FAR EASIER TO MOVE AND FOLLOW WITH THE MONOPOD SOLUTION. FAR FEWER DOLLARS FOR THE SAME EXQUISITE QUALITY AND ULTIMATE FUNCTION, TOO: LESS THAN $500 VS. ABOUT $1500 FOR THE GIMBLED TRIPOD SCENARIO.

IF YOU HAVE SMALLISH HANDS, THEN LOOK AT A 2541 OR 3551. THE 3551 EXTENDS TOO HIGH FOR MOST PURPOSES, WHICH MEANS YOU HAVE AN EXTRA LEG SECTION THAT NEVER SEES MUCH USE. THE 2541 MORE COMMONLY SELECTED, I'M SURE, BUT IF I END UP WITH A 500/600 ON THE 5541, I KNOW IT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT, OR BE OVERWHELMED.

I'M SURE THE COMPARABLE MONOSTAT A FINE TOOL, BUT THE GITZO GETS SHORTER, AND I KNOW WHAT I'M GETTING WITH GITZO. IN MY OPINION, THEY NOW OFFER DEFINITIVE SUPPORT PRODUCTS.

SUMMARY: IF YOU USE A SUPER ZOOM/TELEPHOTO, AND YOU CAN HANDLE THE ADDED GIRTH, THEN YOU WILL LIKE THIS MONOPOD A LOT.
IT'S A LIFE-TIME INVESTMENT.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Too large of a diameter

I returned the unit, because the diameter of the upper section was too large to be comfortable. I wish the technical data would include the diameter. On the plus side the unit was...Read complete review

I returned the unit, because the diameter of the upper section was too large to be comfortable. I wish the technical data would include the diameter. On the plus side the unit was very well made and if the tube had been smaller I would have kept it.

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5.0

Phenomenal gear.

By Sonoma Shooter

from Sonoma

Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

Sadly I had to return because the build on this sucker was too large for my needs... However, like all Gitzo products I have purchased it is a Titan. Solid construction and utter perfection in its design. If I were a sports photog this would be an indespensible piece of gear.

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5.0

Lightweight, yet feels tough

By Chuck T

from New York, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Opens Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

    Ideal for sports photography and action-packed settings. Extremely easy to use; clamps easy to open / close.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Awsome

    By nickvango

    from Adelaide Australia

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

        Great product. After doing extensive research and reading reviews for monopods, I bit the bullet and purchased this Gitzo. Its expensive, but this will be the last monopod I ever buy( have bought a few over the years). So smooth to operate and very well built. Great product.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber

        By Ralph

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

          Use with a Canon 5D and 400mm lenses and this baby is solid as a rock. The large bore tubes offer great support and stability for larger units and is very comfortable to hold and use, while still being lightweight and compact. Best Monopod I've ever bought

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          • No

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          5.0

          Quick Adjustments

          By Robtography LLC

          from Alameda CA

          Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

          Upgraded to this from a five-year old aluminum Manfrotto monopod. While it is indeed lighter than its prededessor, my favorite thing about it is the tightening knobs in each section. Just a quarter-turn takes you from tight to loose-enough-to-adjust. That's a real plus when you're moving around a lot and shooting at different heights.

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          5.0

          Great Monopod

          By Ellieweasel

          from Tennessee

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

              This monopod is very lightweight, easy to set up, and is rock solid. No need for a separate head, but a quick release base plate would be helpful for some applications. Very good purchase.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Lightweight, compact, and useful

              By Suresh Basavaraju

              from Bangalore, India

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

              I used to use a Manfrotto 682B Pro monopod which was aluminium and weighted half a pound more than the Gitzo and being 3 section, the manfrotto was about 6 inches more in folded height. Moreover it was a self standing monopod and the legs would rattle folded in when moving around.

              My primary use of the monopod is for places where it is not practical to use a tripod. Having used a Gitzo 1548 CF (old version) for over 10 years, I decided to go with 5541 to handle big lenses.

              I was considering the 5561T for the shorter closed length but was not sure of the stability with 6 sections.So went with the 5541.

              It is lighter, handles well with a 500mm and a D4, folded height of about 21 inches makes it easy to pack and It feels solid with the 4 sections.

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              5.0

              great

              By Arizona

              from Arizona

              Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

              Awesome mono pod! Holds my 600 f4 aND 1DX no problem!

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              5.0

              Good product

              By Bird man

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                Lived up to expectations. Collapses easily to fit in carry-on luggage with head attached. Great substitute when a tripod is impractical.

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                5.0

                Worth The Money

                By Dave Donovan Photography

                from San Francisco, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                  I started with an Oben carbon monopod because I thought I would save money. Although the Oben is a good monopod, it required two wrist turns when adjusting the length. The Gitzo is very quick and easy with only one wrist turn to adjust the length. Why does this matter? When I'm shooting sports or weddings, easy of use and quickness matter. I couldn't be happier with my upgrade. I also like that it is much thicker than the Oben, but that is personal preference.

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                  5.0

                  Buy Hakuba PSTC 100 Tripod Case

                  By Jim, Internet Shopper

                  from Saint Paul, MN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight
                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                      The GM5541 is outstanding and I am not going to add to the other superlative reviews. However, you are going to require a case for it and your RRS MH-01 monopod head. I also added the 3" large foot, which is also recommended here. But, ... what to use as a case.

                      Buy the Hakuba PSTC 100 tripod case which can handily fit all three items and store extra parts as well.

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                      5.0

                      Worth every penny!

                      By Sports guy

                      from the south!

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

                      Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                      I understand it is expensive but I can honestly say it is worth every penny. Very sturdy with a D700 and a 400mm lens...zero shake! Sorry I waited so long to make the purchase.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Monopod

                      By forestlight

                      from georgia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                        Good in crowds where A tripod would be awkward. Very stable and durable.

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Product

                        By mdirvin

                        from Tennessee

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight
                        • Opens Quickly
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                          I use this while hiking around in the woods w/ either a Nikon 400 f2.8, or 300 f2.8. I have tried using a tripod, but it just wasn't practical. Following black bears w/ cubs, bucks, or doe's w/ their fawns in tow. Constantly having to change shooting heights, & trying to shoot around objects. Climbing over down trees etc... I has proven to be rock solid, easy & quick to adjust. When moving distances or crossing streams, I put the lens in a pack and use the Gitzo for a walking stick. This has improved my ability to obtain quality images tremendously.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Very sturdy monopod

                          By John urphotos

                          from Little Neck NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                            Quite expensive for a monopod but well worth the money, I love it!! Very thick and sturdy, holds up my nikon D4 with my 200-400 VR with no problem. Very thick so I guess you can use it for a walking stick or a baseball bat if need be,, just kidding.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Product. Would Highly suggest

                            By none

                            from Baltimore, Maryland

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                              I use this product with my Nikon D 700 and Nikon 70 - 200 mm f2.8 lens. Lightweight , Sturdy and supior quality. Makes shooting pictures for a long duaration of time much more enjoyable!

                              Will continue to use, especially when I purchase my Nikon 400 mm F2.8 lens.

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                              3.0

                              Too large of a diameter

                              By Enthusiast

                              from Sacramento, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Tube Diameter

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                              I returned the unit, because the diameter of the upper section was too large to be comfortable. I wish the technical data would include the diameter. On the plus side the unit was very well made and if the tube had been smaller I would have kept it.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              The Mother of all Monopods.

                              By Niken

                              from Seneca,SC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                                Does the job of supporting large lens.I am use the RRS head.Big fan of Gitzo,replacing older models which are still holding there own after 15+ years.

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                                5.0

                                Worth every penny!

                                By AKR

                                from Hillsborough, NJ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Opens Quickly
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                                  I shoot sports. I purchased this monopod to use with my Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII. A great pair! The monopod feels solid and no flex.

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                                  • No

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                                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Heavy Duty Monopod

                                  By Bill

                                  from Blythewood, SC

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Opens Quickly
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Gitzo GM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg):

                                    I had an older monopod by a different manufacturer. I was not comfortable using my new canon 600mm lens on the older monopod. I have had other Gitzo equipment for many years and been very pleased with it all. The GM5541 is rated for 55 lbs, which gives me a good comfort level when I put a $13,000.00 lens on it. It is very beefy and the leg locks are very secure and easy to use.

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