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Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)

BH #GIGT3542L • MFR #GT3542L
Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Long)
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 46.3 lb
  • Max Height: 70.1"
  • Min Height: 6.3"
  • Folded Length: 23.2"
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.
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Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L Overview

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

Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L Specs

Load Capacity46.3 lb / 21 kg
Maximum Working Height70.1" / 178.1 cm
Max Height without Center Column59.1" / 150.1 cm
Minimum Working Height6.3" / 16 cm
Closed Length23.2" / 58.9 cm
Head Mount Type3/8"-16 Screw
Weight4.3 lb / 2 kg
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections4
Leg Diameter1.3" / 33 mm
Feet FeaturesRubber, Removable
Center Column
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnNo
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.45 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25 x 4.5 x 4.5"

Gitzo Mountaineer GT3542L Reviews

HD tripod

By Carter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-10

Needing a replacement after backing over my previous gitzo I decided to upgrade, for 1 pound more this is an awesome tripod holds my longest lanes without any problem

Just what you would expect from Gitzo

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-17

Pleased with the solid setup and smooth action.

3 Joints Fail - Leg Sections Come Off

By Rick
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-10-18

The most I've ever paid for a tripod and my worst tripod experience ever. I shoot maybe 8-10 times a year, so my tripod is very lightly used. I bought this in August of 2016 and just about the time it was out of warranty, I was at a shoot setting up the tripod, and one of the leg sections just slid fully out and off the tripod. Soon, a second leg did the exact same thing. Then, one of the rubber grips came off and a third leg part (on the same leg as the first failure) also slid right out of the leg tube. This thing has never been submerged or been in any extreme conditions, so it's just baffling that the build quality is so poor for a $1,100+ piece of gear. I'm super unhappy with this purchase. Photo attached.

Not for professional wildlife photography

By James
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-01-07

Pros- Light weight Cons- Cheap plastic parts inside (easily break), lost all the feet in two months, piece was missing from leg so leg comes off when opening (they say missing pieces are not covered), Both lower grips fell off, Leg cracked, Extender piece is too flimsy not usuably for any large prime lens. Legs no longer lock tight. Ive had this tripod for a year.

Great tripod

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-07-20

Well made, sturdy, nice to work with. The leg lock are quick and solid. I love using this tripod.

Failure of detachable post

By Dean
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-08

Over all a quite good tripod. Some things are not good in my estimation. 1) for this expense, the tripod should have a bubble level 2) for this expense, the tripod should have at least one foam padded leg 3) I have repeatedly had the system that attaches the center post lock up so that I cannot reattach the post, which means that effectively it can only be used as one or the other; with post attached you cannot use the tripod all the way down to ground level or with post detached (so why pay for a post?) For me I must be able to use the tripod flattened to ground level so the extendable post is not usable. Earlier when I had this lock od I sent it to Gitzo for them to fix but now I've had it long enough that they would likely charge me...


By Dario
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-24

Great tripod like usual for Gitzo, unfortunately the Gitzo head are not so great

Poorly designed

By Chris
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2021-05-19

I used two of these in a professional setting. I have to tell people, but they inevitably do it anyway, not to unscrew the legs more than a 1/4 of a turn otherwise the leg will fall off. When the leg falls off you could potentially loose some important plastic pieces. The legs falling off is a common complaint due to the design of the retainers. For this price, it's unacceptable. I have had to train myself to be a Gitzo tripod service technician. As long as you don't loose all the little plastic pieces I can put it back together with some lights and tools, but I am the only one in the office that can do it. Strongly recommend you do not buy this at this price.

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Does the RRS ball head BH-40 fit the Gitzo ...

Does the RRS ball head BH-40 fit the Gitzo GT3542L tripod leg?
Asked by: Pam
Yes RRS ball head BH-40 does fit the Gitzo GT3542L tripod leg.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-02-25


I plan on getting a nikon 600mm f4 & need a tripod that can handle it. This tripod is rated 46.3 lbs payload, more than three times the lense & 800e. The legs are very stable. Is my thinking correct?? Thank you, David Stanfill
Asked by: Anonymous
I have the Nikon 400mm 2.8 and this Gitzo GT3542L Mountaineer can handle it.
Answered by: Dallas H.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Does the Gitzo Center Column Bubble Level GLEVEL1 or GLEVEL2 fit on this tripod, too? I can't find any specific bubble level for series 3.Thank you, Philip
Asked by: Anonymous
No, sorry neither will fit on a 3 series gitzo. If you need a bubble level, I would recommend one that attaches to the hotshoe of your camera.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Why does is this tripod (GT3542L) better priced than other Gitzo's? (At $689 this seems a bargain compared to many similar models that have lower load specs or don't hit the 70 mark. This one seems a fit to me - just want to assure I'm getting Gitzo quality).
Asked by: Christopher
I purchased this model a year ago for my wife. It is definitely top of the line Gitzo quality. Plan to buy another one for her for this Christmas. I have also looked at some of the other models, but can find no differences in quality or features. Just be glad you are getting a good deal from B&H.
Answered by: T Steven B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Trying to compare the Gitzo GT3542L & the GT2543L to some of the CF tripods from Induro. Anybody care to give me your 2 Cents?
Asked by: Lou
When you see them side by side you'll but the Gitzo,I was real close to buying the Induro head though but settled on the Kirk BH-1
Answered by: john b.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Can the center column be inverted for low level shooting?
Asked by: Eric
Answered by: Helen L.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Is this tripod sturdy enough for a Nikon 600/4 VR mounted on a full Wimberley (WH-200)?
Asked by: Anonymous
If you found my name associated with the purchase of this tripod, then the answer is yes. I purchased this with a full Wimberley and have trusted this set up with my Nikon 600/4 VR. I have complete confidence with the strength and ease of use with my big lens mounted on this. I cannot imagine anything better.
Answered by: David A.
Date published: 2019-07-26


What leveling base is recommended for this tripod? I am interested in shooting panoramas with a RRS gimbal head.
Asked by: Anonymous
I purchase this tripod for my Tamron 150-600 mm lens. I do use a Gimbal head and it does work fine. I don't shoot panoramas but seems like a gimbal head could work fine for that application if it has markings on pivot points.
Answered by: Kenneth K.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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