Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

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Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

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  • Load Capacity: 46.3 lb
  • Max Height: 70.1"
  • Min Height: 6.3"
  • Folded Length: 23.2"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 4.3 lb
  • Carbon eXact Tubing
  • G-Lock Ultra Twist Locks
  • Redesigned Top Spider
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The GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Gitzo features Carbon eXact tubing, which includes High Modulus carbon fiber in the lower leg sections, adding to their diameters and making the tripod more rigid and stronger than its predecessor. The GT3542L has a load capacity of 46.3 lb, extends to a maximum height of 70.1", and folds down to 23.2" for transport.

The center column on the tripod can be removed for Ground Level Set, which enables the tripod to reach its lowest height of 6.3". Its four-section legs are secured with twist locks that incorporate G-lock Ultra, which has an internal O-ring to prevent dust and particles from entering the leg system. The top spider has been redesigned to add rigidity, and large leg angle selectors give you more area to grip when readjusting leg angles. A ballast hook on the center column allows you to add weight to increase the tripod's stability.

UPC: 719821362104
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Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)
  • Limited 6-Month Warranty, Extendable to 7 Years with Online Product Registration
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    Gitzo GT3542L specs

    General
    Load Capacity 46.3 lb / 21 kg
    Maximum Working Height 70.1" / 178.1 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 59.1" / 150.1 cm
    Minimum Working Height 6.3" / 16 cm
    Folded Length 23.2" / 58.9 cm
    Head Mount Type 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 4.3 lb / 2 kg
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Legs
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Leg Sections 4
    Leg Diameter 1.3" / 33 mm
    Tripod Feet Features Rubber, Removable
    Center Column
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column No
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 25.0 x 4.5 x 4.5"

    Gitzo GT3542L reviews

    GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 31.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Tripod I was upgrading from an older, aluminum, series 2 Reporter by Gitzo. I needed something taller and more stable. I bought this one and I also temporarily bought a series 4 systematic to compare it to. I returned the series 4 systematic because it was simply too large for me to travel with. This mountaineer is the latest and largest available from Gitzo in this series, and it is an amazing set of legs! The engineering is excellent. It is large enough to use with the center column all the way down in most cases, and even large enough to only open the leg sections with about 80% extension for each section, thus improving stability.
    Date published: 2015-05-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong & steady even w/ supertelephoto I have an old model Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens that I use with a 6d body and together with the lens support and ball head, they weigh over 22 lbs. The GT3542L feels rock steady under this load from soccer games to Nature photography sessions. The only downside I've seen is flimsy metal tabs that control the leg angle detents; one of mine cracked and part of it broke off after the second time I used it. It's still useable, but I'm irritated that I spent so much on it, and it wasn't more durable. The legs extend and retract quickly, and more importantly; stay put when locked in place. I love the light weight of this tripod even more because everything else I'm lugging is heavy.
    Date published: 2015-01-01
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK for lighter lenses - load capacity grossly overstated I bought the Gitzo 3542L tripod for use with my 500mm and 600mm lenses. It was OK with the 500mm but there was too much twisting and flexing with the16 lb. load with the 600mm f/4 lens (lens, gimbal, camera). With a larger lens the tripod head has to support not only the weight pressing directly down on the legs but also the twisting motion with a long lens which is leveraged against the head and where the legs are attached. As others have mentioned the tripod arrive with parts broken off and considering Gitzo's terrible reputation for warranty service I would have returned the tripod for this reason alone. But the real problem was excessive leg flexing with the 600mm lens mounted.
    Date published: 2016-06-28
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor designed center column. The bottom of thie center column has a o-ring that that prevents the cener column from rubbing and marring the three legs. The problem is, the o-ring keeps falling off, this happened twice in one day and once on another. Once outside, it took me an 1/2 hour to find the o-ring!!! I viewed comments on another major online seller, and saw comments from another person complining of the same exact problem. I was proactive and reach out to Gitzo customer service via emails, on two different days; they never responded! As such, I returned the tripod to B&H, however this had a negative effect on myreturn rate.
    Date published: 2016-11-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A WISH THAT CAME THROUGH... I found the need to get this specific tripod after purchasing a RRS BH-55 full-sized ballhead that did not actually match my existing Gitzo GT1541T tripod as the base of the latter was smaller than the base of the ballhead. I also decided to purchase a more sturdy tripod for my needs. At first I was a bit hesitant due to my apprehensions on the weight difference between my existing Gitzo and this new one. However, upon receiving the Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod, everything changed...I was so please and realized that I made the right choice...
    Date published: 2014-07-06
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nice tripod, poor quality, worse service My GT3542L was two months old when the center column failed. The previous one I ordered from B&H also failed, but B&H nicely replaced it. The Manfrotto/Gitzo service facility in AZ (CRIS) has had my tripod for 3 weeks. They never acknowledged receipt, gave me a time frame, or communicated with me in any way. I've called them multiple times, and they referred my to Manfrotto in NJ. A ship from Italy (I kid you not), is arriving in one week with the part for my tripod. I think. They couldn't tell me for sure except that a center column for a tripod model # same as mine was arriving in a week. So if that is even FOR my tripod, the CRIS facility will have had my unit for well over a month. Stay away. I am looking into RRS or FLM, and trying to find out now about their service. Nice functionality, horrible quality and terrible customer service.
    Date published: 2016-06-17
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Arrived with part broken off The legs are OK but the head design is poor and the piece that is used to adjust the leg angle on the tripod had one already broken when I unpacked the tripod. It was a piece of cast metal which was a terrible choice for this part. Even $200 tripods have machined parts that are strong and will not break.
    Date published: 2016-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs This Gitzo is perfect for my needs. I was looking for a lightweight four section tripod that packs down relatively small for travel. It also had to be secure enough to support a pro-level DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 lens. I have owned many tripods over the years but nothing compares to the quality of craftsmanship and intelligence of design as this Gitzo carbon fiber. The only other option I would've considered would be a Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripod, but they are perpetually backordered, and a bit more expensive than the Gitzo, and in my opinion there's very little difference in the build quality between the two. The feature set that pushed me towards this particular model, is the ground level set central column. I sometimes need the extra height that the central column allows, without having to sacrifice on the compact size of the tripod. To Gitzo solution works extremely well, and is rocksolid when locked in place. I'm using it with the Acratech GV2 ball head and an RSS quick release clamp. My previous Gitzo work flawlessly for 12 years and I am only replacing it because this model gives a little bit stronger support for heavier lenses.
    Date published: 2014-10-06
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