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GitzoGM5541 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55 lbs (25kg)
 
4.8

(based on 45 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Strong construction (42)
  • Opens quickly (37)
  • Lightweight (32)
  • Compact (29)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (31)
    • Wildlife (22)
    • Travel (20)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Night shots (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (17), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (28)

    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.

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    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

    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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        5.0

        Lightweight, compact, and useful

        By Suresh Basavaraju

        from Bangalore, India

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        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

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          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

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            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

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                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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                5.0

                Great Monopod

                By forestlight

                from georgia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                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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                  5.0

                  Great Product

                  By mdirvin

                  from Tennessee

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                  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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                    5.0

                    Very sturdy monopod

                    By John urphotos

                    from Little Neck NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    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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                      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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                        5.0

                        The Mother of all Monopods.

                        By Niken

                        from Seneca,SC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        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

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                          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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                            5.0

                            Heavy Duty Monopod

                            By Bill

                            from Blythewood, SC

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            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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                              5.0

                              Almost as Good as a Tripod.

                              By wtchy

                              from Ohio

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Night Shots
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

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

                                Have found it is heavy enough for taking pictures with motion. Seems to do as well as using a Tripod! Planning on a trip to Africa and I am
                                sure it will be just the thing to use from the vehicle and on the ground.

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                                5.0

                                An Outstanding Monopod

                                By Andy in the Jungle

                                from Indonesia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Opens Quickly
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Wildlife

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

                                  This monopod is proving to be fantastic. I've just returned from a couple of weeks walking in the jungle, in search of various creatures to photo and this monopod proved to be ideal. Strong enough to handle my supertelephoto lenses, giving me confidence to wander about with the gear over my shoulder (coupled with a quality monopod head), and light enough to be no hassle with luggage. The twist-type leg mechanisms work well and a fast to use and provided no slip use, even when I'm partially resting my weight on the monopod for various shots.

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                                  5.0

                                  Holy monopod!

                                  By Vladimir Naumoff

                                  from Mont Tremblant, Quebec

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Opens Quickly
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Wildlife

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

                                    Fantastic product, love it! I use it with my 300mm f2.8 and with 500mm f4. It is better in my opinion than RRS. Great durable performer, I recommend to get a good head for it like RRS or Gitzo.

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                                    5.0

                                    HEAVY DUTY

                                    By PETE

                                    from LAKELAND,FL

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Opens Quickly
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        If you own a 500 and up this is your stick. Plus if you are attacked on the trail it makes for a quick ugly stick.

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                                        5.0

                                        Quality product

                                        By JayTee

                                        from Ontario, Canada

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Opens Quickly
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Wildlife

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

                                          I use this with my 600 f/4 and it's well suited for the big lens. The diameter is a bit bigger than I expected but the weight is very reasonable for such a sturdy monopod. The large diameter top section actually makes it very easy to hold on to with the weight of the large lens. I'm very happy with the quality and would buy it again, although I'm sure this one will last me a lifetime.

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