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GitzoSeries 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long)
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Stable (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Folds away (10)
  • Unfolds quickly (9)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

  • Price (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (18)
  • Night shots (8)
  • Sports/action (7)
  • Wildlife (7)
  • Portraits (6)
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4.0

Rigid and Light

By Nickname

from Seattle

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Rigid

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

I would recommend this tripod for landscapes/cityscapes/portraits. I found it rock solid even for heavy body/lens combinations. Setup is easy. It is light weight for the amount of rigidity it provides which makes carrying it in the field acceptable. Unfolded it reaches eye level for a 5' 11" individual however folded length is about 23 inches which enables you to carry it an a suitcase. It is expensive but this may be the last tripod you'll need.

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5.0

Very high quality, LS is perfect height

By SC Shooter

from Fort Mill, SC

About Me Casual Photographer

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Pros

  • Great Finish
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth Operation

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Video
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

As expected, very high quality. Height is perfect for 5'11" to get viewfinder high enough so I don't have to bend over.

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5.0

Wonderful tripod

By Robert

from El Cerrito, California

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Fits In My Carry-on
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Reasonably Light

Cons

  • Price

Best Uses

    Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

    This is an upgrade from a manfrotto C190 - that was a fine beginner tripod (even a bit better than beginner), but the Gitzo feels so much more solid. I also got the wonderfully designed and small footprint arca-swiss monopod P0 (highly recommended), which pairs very well with the Gitzo. I got the 4 segment per leg version for ease of use when traveling, even though I was told to get the 3 segment. However, even raised fully, the 4 segment tripod is as solid as a rock. It's completely reliable for the landscape photography that I like to do.I compared this tripod with the Induro 313 and 314 - the Induros seemed very solid, but were slightly heavier, and not as sleek as the Gitzo. I also looked at a comparable Oben. Gitzo definitely took the lead. I might have looked at an RRS tripod, but couldn't find a way to bring the price down anywhere near what I ended up paying for the Gitzo. As well, the RRS tripods were backordered.While this is by no means a backpacking tripod, I wanted something that I wouldn't feel to badly about carrying around on day hikes. It's not bad at all for that purpose - and I can either carry it in my hand, or, with an additional carabiner, attach it to the back of my LowePro 450. It's a little too tall and substantial for that backpack, but it will work fine.Maintenance so far is very minimal - just extending the legs fully when I get home from a shoot to wipe them down with windex and a rag. I leave the pod extended for a day or two to dry out fully.I'm also following the recommendation to always extend the fourth segment at least a little bit - to ensure that dirt, grit, etc., doesn't get into the twist locks.By the way, it is a total pleasure to grip all three locks, turn them slightly, extend the legs, and tighten. All of 10 seconds. I really, really like this tripod, and the fact that B&H price-matched, plus the Gitzo rebate, brought the cost down well under $700. Absolutely well worth it. A fantastic tripod that I'm sure I'll use forever. Thanks, B&H!!

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    5.0

    Great Quality

    By R&R Photography

    from Puyallup, WA

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          Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

          Light, sturdy, great finish and quality. Using it with a RRS BH-55. Great combination.

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          5.0

          Terrific tripod

          By elscrappo

          from Washington, DC

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Innovative Features
          • Stable

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

          The GT3542LS is a terrific tripod. It is very stable, it is easy to set up, and the leg locks are fast to use and easy to secure. It is rated to 55 lbs., which is sufficient for nearly all super-telephoto lenses.

          The platform is very stiff, which is needed for maximum stability and especially for shooting big lenses on gimbals. I found that my leveling base introduced vibration into my gimbal and therefore into my camera gear. Now I install my gimbal directly on the GT3542LS and the head is much more rigid with less vibration.

          The platform has a built-in ratchet to tighten it to the tripod, so there are no tools to lose (which apparently was an issue with earlier model 3-series Systematics). Also, once loosened, to remove the platform, you must still push in a button. Hence, Gitzo built in a redundancy system to guarantee that your lens will not pop off when flipping your lens over your shoulder.

          Size-wise, this tripod is longer, thicker, and heavier than my Gitzo Series-1 and 2 travel tripods, but it compresses down to 22" long, which is fairly compact. The weight is comparable with the RRS Series-3 tripods. When the legs are extended, it is too tall for me (I am 5' 10" or 178cm). My guess is that it would be at ideal height for someone 6' or slightly taller. If you are shorter than 6', it can provide reasonably normal height on angled surfaces.

          The feet are rubber nibs, which can be removed. Under the rubber are spikes. The bag includes snow feet, which look like old-style ski pole baskets, grease, extra locks, and other goodies.

          Under the platform is a hook for hanging gear or weights for extra stability.

          All in all, this is a quality tripod. It has innovative design features. It is rock solid stable with a very rigid platform. It is expensive but worth every penny.

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          5.0

          Just what I hoped for

          By HistoryGuy

          from Great Falls, MT

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          Pros

          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

            I was looking for a more solid tripod that was still relatively light weight and transportable. I think this will fit the bill nicely. It's very stable, well-made, quick to set up and knock down. I look forward to using it for a long time.

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            5.0

            As good as advertised

            By tom

            from texas

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            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

              This is a very sturdy tripod with modest weight. It is tall enough to be at eye level for at 6 feet. It has a convenient midway mark on the top section so if you need it to fit a person a few inches shorter it is easy to match the legs. It is as steady as other reviewers note it to be. I use it for a Nikon 200-400 f4 lens and find that it is very steady though it is still best to use the VR if shutter release is by hand. It seems to be very well made and I expect many years of perfect service.I recommend it as a super tripod.

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              5.0

              Bit the bullet

              By 1st timer!

              from Torrance, CA

              Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

              Finally bit the bullet. Going back and forth between RRS and Girzo. Then I read a couple of threads where these guys did a test comparing the gt3542ls against the rrs. A vibration test and the gitzo was better. So that made me choose the gt3542ls and I have to say I'm totally blown away on the quality and solid performance of this tripod. I did a test myself with my manfrotto 055cxpro and a arca Swiss z1 ball head. 6+ seconds to control vibration after hitting the tripod compared to <2 seconds with the gitzo and the same ballhead. I'm sold !!!! No regrets. I highly recommend this tripod.

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              5.0

              A very good purchase

              By Dubi

              from Israel

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              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                A very good tripod, very solid and strong but very light.

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                • Yes

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                5.0

                The Center Column is NOT the Enemy

                By Suwannee Johnny

                from Gainesville, FL

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Cost

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                  I resisted even considering a Gitzo for many years, figuring they were way overpriced. But I came to realize that my previous 'pods, by Manfrotto and Feisol, simply weren't giving me the stability I needed for consistently sharp photos. It doesn't take much research to reveal that "everybody" knows that center columns are incompatible with sharp pictures. But for the work I do as a nature photographer (primarily in and around water), a center column is key to precise framing, and is necessary for attaching my ultralight rain umbrella (I wish somebody would create and market an off-the-shelf version of that).I needed to see for myself so I did extensive testing with a 500mm lens on two tripods--the Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L (with center column) and the extra long Gitzo Systematic GT3542 XLS (no center column). I photographed a page of text from a magazine at 40 feet, which enabled easy and effective pixel peeping.The difference was stark. The center-column tripod compared poorly, even with the center column collapsed. But I looked at the two pods and wondered if the stability difference had less to do with the presence of a center column on the Mountaineer than on the beefy leg-connecting spider assembly on the 3542 XLS.So I ordered a third Gitzo tripod from B&H (I love B&H's return policy that makes possible this level of careful shopping). And I compared the column-less extra long 3542 XLS against the shorter 3542 LS with an accessory GS 3512S rapid center column. I am VERY pleased with this setup. It is super stable, even with the center column extended, and gives me the extended height and flexibility I need.The downside is the price ($ for the legs) and the weight (pushing 7 lbs with my Arca-Swiss ballhead attached) but I have finally learned that You Get What You Pay For applies to tripods as it does to most other gear purchases. And I still have my superlight Feisol tripod for travel and less-demanding applications.

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                  4.0

                  Best tripod for the given max weight

                  By Sunny

                  from Chandler, AZ

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Built In Wrench
                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Removable Top Plate

                  Cons

                  • Cast Top Chassis

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                  After doing lot of research I narrowed down to RRS TVC-33 or Gitzo GT3542LS. I am 5.8' so was kind of in between for TVC-33 or TVC-33S. Both of them were 3 section, so I thought 4 section as in Gitzo might be better idea, which gives more flexibility if I prefer not to open up one of the section.
                  This tripod feels amazing. I hope this is the last tripod I would ever buy. Redesigned top plate looks and works great, and a perfect fit for my RRS BH55 ball head. Leg foot with built in spikes might come in handy. In my controlled tests this tripod performed better anything else that I have used before.
                  Its been less than a month, I need to see how long the product lasts. But from looks it seems very sturdy and might last a life time.
                  My only gripe is the packaging was not that great. Nothing wrong with B&H, it it just that original packing of the tripod itself had a hole on it and default bag also was torn a bit. I think this was probably from the ball head mount rubbing the bag and the box from inside. I didn't notice anything abnormal on the tripod itself so did not contact B&H. But I think Gitzo should improve their packaging. Hence 4 stars.

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                  5.0

                  solid, as always from Gitzo

                  By john z

                  from Innsbruck, Austria

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Folds Small

                  Cons

                  • Price

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video

                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                  Its just reliable. I love the stability and the ease of use on location.

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                  4.0

                  Exactly what I expected

                  By Cave Creeker

                  from Cave Creek, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                    Used with Nikkor AFS 200-400mm f/4 VR with 4th Generation Mongoose M3.6. More stable than my Manfrotto 055XPROB and damps out vibration very well - at a lighter weight. I actually like the leg position locking mechanism (at the head) better on the Manfrotto - it provided more secure settings with more versatility. Leg section twist-locks do lock securely and provide a lower profile when packing than do the Manfrotto lever locks.

                    The tripod height is perfect (I am 6'1") with either the gimbal or ball head.

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                    5.0

                    Top Notch

                    By Roy

                    from Portland, Oregon

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                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                      I decided on the 3542ls because I wanted a tripod that would put my camera at eye level, be able to shoot nearly flat on the ground and be able to hold enough weight so I don't have to worry about it when I rent the big heavy telephoto lenses. Getting the camera to eye level without a center column was a big point for me. I'm right at 6ft. and these legs set the eye level perfect.
                      There's not much else I feel I need to say about this tripod. I figure if your looking at it your like me and most likely did several months of research before buying. Only thing I would add I didn't see in the other reviews or the description is the legs come with gitzo snow/sand shoes in a cool little drawstring bag. Nice little bonus.
                      Bottom line is you get what you pay for, and the attention to detail and high level of craftsmanship in Gitzo products made this an easy choice.

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                      5.0

                      smooth

                      By DG

                      from Topeka,Kansas

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                            Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                            The legs move up and down with ease, the height is awesome. A big step up from my last tripod

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                            5.0

                            Great tripod

                            By JeffO

                            from Hermosa Beach, CA

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                              Gitzo makes great tripods and this one is no exception. I also own the XLS tripod when I need extra height. Very happy with Gitzo tripods.

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                              5.0

                              Strong Stable tripod

                              By haoke

                              from Toronto ON

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                I used this tripod for my landscape photography. It is easy to set up, strong, stable on the site. The weight was not that bad.

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                                5.0

                                Super good quality

                                By Yang

                                from Los Angeles, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                  I am 5'10". The tripod is slightly taller than me. I like 4 sections becasue the folded lengh is smaller than the 3 sections.I use BH-55 ballhead. It is a very stable setup.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great lightweight multi purpose tripod!

                                  By Dantonb14

                                  from Santa Monica CA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                    This a really nice still tripod for sure. However, I do a lot of cinematography as well and sometimes like to do video on my dslr while traveling. This tripod is,perfect for that. You can quickly pop off the top plate and add a75mm bowl head video head. Lightweight and can still carry on plane. Perfect for travel.

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                                    4.0

                                    Fantastic tripod

                                    By Nature Girl

                                    from Albuquerque, NM

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long):

                                        Rock solid, quick and smooth setup, and feels lighter than the stated weight. The price is hard to swallow, but I can see the quality in the construction and the performance. More than adequate for a 500 f4 series lens with Wimberley head. The new features, safety lock disk and built in spike feet are definite improvements over earlier models. If only the matching accessories came out at the same time, e.g., additional center plates. Great tripod, but is the price really justified?

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