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GitzoSeries 3 6X Systematic Carbon Fiber 4-Section Tripod (X-Long)
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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Pros

  • Stable (19)
  • Lightweight (17)
  • Unfolds quickly (15)
  • Folds away (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Night shots (15)
    • Wildlife (15)
    • Travel (9)
    • Sports/action (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (5)
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    5.0

    Fantastic Teepee...I mean tripod

    By Raynor CZerwinski

    from Crested Butte

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This thing is massive, but not too heavy. Great tripod when you might be standing on rocks or logs and need the legs to perch below where you are standing.In case of emergency, bring a big tarp to drape over this tripod and you will have a warm and comfortable shelter that will sleep 2 quite comfortably.

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      5.0

      Great tripod

      By Tony

      from Cary, NC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Needs A Good Case

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

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

      Light weight and sturdy. Easy to open and adjust the legs. Very happy with the tripod. I do wish there was a decent case with a padded shoulder strap available for it.

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      5.0

      Possibly the last tripod I'll ever need

      By Jake

      from Denver, CO

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Solid Versatile Base

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        This tripod is amazingly stable for its height and light weight. Coupled with a BH-55 head, it meets my need for landscape and fine art photography - even here in the Rocky Mountains where the ground is never level. Imagine the luxury of an extra foot (or two) of extension when you really need it. I'm 6' 1" and can stand underneath it without ducking!

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        5.0

        The best!

        By Sean N.

        from Yellowknife, NT

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

        Just wonderful! This tripod is everything I was looking for and so much more. I love the height, it's sturdier than I had thought possible... It just feels really, really good. I know I'll be very happy with this for a long time to come shooting in extreme winter conditions. I've paired it with the Arca-Swiss Z1 head and couldn't be happier.
        If you're on the fence with this, it's worth the money, you won't regret it.

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        5.0

        Gitzo tripod

        By Denis

        from Canada

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

        Very happy with the tripod and B&H, will keep buying from them

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        5.0

        The last tripod I will buy.

        By On th level

        from Houston, Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

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

          I'm 6'5" tall and needed the extra height. This tripod is easily tall enough and is rock solid.
          It's a Gitzo... enough said.

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          4.0

          Just get it!

          By Paul

          from Manchester, NH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Ultra Stable

          Cons

          • Wish It Had Spring Loaded

          Best Uses

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

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

          I am one to buy cheep once to try it to see if I like it than spend the big money once so I never have to buy again. This is replacing a used bogen 3021 that I thought would be good enough for as much as I use a tripod. Till I started to "use" the tripod. I found it to be fine if I was doing flash but not much else. I read all the reviews for all types of tripods but most things I read for doing nature kept pointing to the 3 series for it's load capacity & flexibility. I went with the xlong from some photographers stating that they wish they had just a little more leg for those times on the side of a hill. I have had this for 2 weeks now and have used this more in that short time than I used my old tripod in the 2 years I had it. Ultra stable as under most common use the legs are hardly extended but when you need the reach it is easy as a twist, no more slouching. I also really like the safety lock for retaining the plate, saves on making one or purchasing one. My only con and it is small and liveable is I wish it had spring loaded leg locks as I inadvertantly released one of the locks but the legs are so stiff to open that the tripod didn't go anywhere. I just make sure the locks are in place now before I set it down.

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          4.0

          good tripod

          By stfisher

          from houston, tx

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable

          Cons

          • Bulky

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          good, but do not need the feature that makes adding a column easier - wish it did not have that.

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          5.0

          Great Tripod

          By SculptER

          from Martha's Vineyard, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability

          Cons

          • Cumbersome
          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Night Shots
          • Wildlife

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

          Used with a 50-500mm Sigma/Bigma, Jobu Pro2 Gimbal head and Nikon D800, this tripod is rock solid. Once you have the legs set, it does not move. The leg extension is a snap once you get used to how it operates. It is not an easy adjustment from the snap and slip designs, so give it some time for you to get used to it. Spreading it out is not a one handed job. This is a take your time, set it up, then shoot apparatus. Although it takes a little muscle to open the legs, once set, the stiffness pays off

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          5.0

          Built Like a Tank

          By JFlo

          from Leawood, KS

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

          • A bit pricey

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Wildlife

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

          I'm an avid amateur photographer shooting mostly landscape and some 'Urban Grunge' stuff. A tripod is an essential part of my work. A great tripod makes it so much easier to move around and get the right shot. This Gitzo tripod is a GREAT tripod. The legs are rock solid and easy to adjust. I love how low this thing can go (no center column). I mated it with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 head for a great combo.

          This isn't the lightest tripod out there. The extra set of legs adds a bit of weight. It is still much lighter than my 15 year old Manfrotto though!

          Two thumbs up for the Gitzo!

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          5.0

          Very solid tripod, despite it's height

          By Rbennett

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I should say that I ended up exchanging this tripod for the shorter model (GT3542LS). It was just more height than I needed. I did set it up though to test it out, and I was very impressed by how solid it was extended to almost full height.

            I set my full rig up on it to test it: Wimberely Head, Nikon D3, Nikon f4 600lens, 2x teleconverter, flash bracket, external battery, so there was a lot of weight on top. It was more than sturdy enough even for all of that. I think Gitzo's maximum lens recommendations are a little on the conservative side. A set-up with a 600 lens would be solid.

            One thing to consider (that was also a deal breaker for me) is that it only folds down to 24". That means it will have to fit diagonally in most large suitcases. If you travel a lot, that could be a major space hog in the suitcase.

            Overall, I highly recommend this tripod. Well worth the expense.

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            5.0

            nice !

            By thebarnman smugmug

            from long island

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife

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

              nice and light but real sturdy.. holds my 600f4 with no problem !

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              5.0

              Set for life

              By gfras11

              from vancouver, BC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Portraits
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife

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

                being 6'3" i was thinking the X-long tripod would be my best bet and it is! i only extend 2/3 sections to have my camera at eye level. its quick and easy to open up and collapse. i only need one hand and a half a turn to lock it in place. now i have the advantage for eg. at a surf comp with the tripod fully extended i could stand on a rock and get a better perspective with nothing obstructing. i can barely touch the top of the tripod when its all fully extended.
                the only issue i am having is the pan lock on my manfrotto photo/video head is unable to spin around and hits the tripod plate. iv found a tension where i only need a half turn to tighten the pan lock, but slight annoyance.

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                5.0

                Awesome tripod

                By WildWill

                from San Luis Obispo, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

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

                  Great tripod I bought for bird photography. It is very stable with long lenses. It's pretty light to carry around over the shoulder and can extend very high when need be.

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                  5.0

                  Primvs Inter Pares

                  By nozes2

                  from Bamberg, Germany

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

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

                  The Porsche between the tripods, simplicity and excellence

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                  5.0

                  Rock Solid!

                  By Jarred Stanley

                  from Boston MA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel

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

                    I shoot primarily Architectural with occasional studio work and Gitzo is perfect for both. Very light weight and strong. Shooting exposures less than 1/60 require a very stable tripod, head and column if you want the sharpest possible shot. This has by far exceeded my expectations. I also love the height this particular tripod can go. I'll need a stepladder if I ever want to shoot that high.

                    Very pleased!

                    Jarred Stanley

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                    5.0

                    versatile

                    By Joey

                    from NY, NY

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Height
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sturdy
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Cold Limitations
                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Video

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

                    combines the lightweight of the carbon and the versatility of the systematic line of gitzos. I like the height since it is the extra long. No need for the old gitzo hex wrench, it has a built in mechanism to easily switch out the plate for a center column. I use a rapid center column with this tripod. No gripes except for the price, although they have warnings not to use it in excessively cold weather.

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                    5.0

                    Solid Platform worth the money

                    By Aussie Dave

                    from Sydney Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

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

                      Before buying I spent quite some time reviewing the other reviews of Gitzo 3542XLS tripod which proved to be a very accurate guide as to features of this tripod. I am 6 foot 5 and this provides a very solid platform at just the right height for my acratech ballhead and is surprisingly light for its size. The quality and workmanship are evident in the components and operation of the tripod and I plan to give the tripod a real workout in Australia this summer.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Ed

                      from Seattle

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          It works and I do not have to think about it.

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                          5.0

                          Gitzo Series 3 6X Systematic 4 Section

                          By SNelson

                          from East PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Super Options
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                          • A Bit Large When Folded

                          Best Uses

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

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

                          Super Solid, engineered to the every need a photographer would think of. I live this tripod. It is a bit large when folded and it is a bit heavy. But overall it is the best tripod I have had my hands on!!

                          Includes snow feet, spikes and rubber feet!!

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