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GitzoSeries 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (Long)
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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Pros

  • Stable (12)
  • Folds away (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Unfolds quickly (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Night shots (8)
    • Wildlife (7)
    • Portraits (6)
    • Sports/action (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    5.0

    As good as advertised

    By tom

    from texas

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    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

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

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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

          Verified Buyer

          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

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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                Cons

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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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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

                      Verified Buyer

                      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

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                                4.0

                                awesome tripod

                                By Rez

                                from Australia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Night Shots

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

                                  takes a while to unfold.

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                                  5.0

                                  I love it!

                                  By Bill

                                  from Albuquerque, NM

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Comes to eye level
                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Gets low to ground
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • No center column
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro and close-up
                                    • Night Shots
                                    • Wildlife

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

                                    I upgraded from a G1340 to the GT3542LS and I could not be happier with my new tripod. I love the lighter weight. The GT3542LS with my Kirk BH-1 ballhead weighs a bit less than the G1340 legs alone do. I like that it is more compact too, (since it is a 4-section model vs the 3-sections for the G1340). The GT3542LS rides very comfortably strapped to the side of my F-stop Loka backpack. As much as I like the lighter weight I also like the anti-rotation leg locks just as well. They make the GT3542LS much quicker to set up. Finally Gitzo seems to have eliminated my biggest complaint with their older tripods. The leg locks no longer swell and lock up so tight you can't undo them when they get wet. I've used the GT3542LS in a pond without doing anything special to it afterwards and have experienced no lock-ups.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great tripod

                                    By Someone who takes pictures

                                    from Somewhere, Out There

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                    • Heavy

                                    Best Uses

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

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

                                    Solid as a rock. A little heavier than the 2-series, and a little more bulky, but wow is it solid. The twist-lock leg sections are so much better than lever-locks. One twist of a quarter-turn and you can extend all sections at once. Build quality is outstanding. Highly recommended.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great tripod

                                    By He who runs and snaps photos

                                    from Southeastern PA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                                      I have only just received this tripod a few days ago, but I can already tell this is going to be a lifetime purchase. Incredibly solid. Everything about it just oozes quality. I had purchased a GT2541 and only had it for about 2 weeks before I realized these new '12 Systematics were available - I did a return with B&H, which was super easy, and I am amazed at how much more solid this is vs. the 2541. I am a semi-pro photog, doing weddings, portraits, etc, but I'm most excited about using this for my personal projects. Macro, outdoor/wildlife, etc. The length is great - will fit into a carry-on, although may need to be sort of diagonal in your bag. It's got quite a bit more girth to it vs. the 2541. The head-section is probably 1.5x as wide as that one. But it's just so incredibly solid. Now my ball-head is the weak link, so I have to plan for an upgrade there, and maybe someday to a Wimberly head for wildlife. I highly recommend this tripod.

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