Gitzo GT5531S Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 55 lbs (25kg)

Gitzo GT5531S Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 55 lbs (25kg)

Gitzo GT5531S Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 55 lbs (25kg)

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The Gitzo GT5531S Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs uses advanced "Carbon 6X" carbon fiber material for its leg construction. This improved tubing is stronger, lighter and as resistant as its 12 layer predecessor. Carbon "6X" is manufactured using a complex, 3-D process weaving 6 layers of carbon fiber into smooth, solid constructed tubes.

Featuring just 3 leg sections, the GT5531S is the lightest and the shortest model in its Series 5 range. It is designed as an ultra-sturdy tripod. Its rated load capacity is 55 lbs, and it offers a unique ultra-wide top platform that guarantees an incredibly stable base for any professional high performance equipment. This platform can be removed and replaced with other accessories, making this a fully customizable system.

Note: The recommended Manfrotto MBAG70 will not accommodate tripod leg protectors.

All Systematic tripods are supplied with a flat top plate. The optional support attachments can be fitted by simply unlocking the bolt in the top casting, lifting out the flat plate and fastening in the alternative adapter or column.
Safe Lock Disc
The Safe Lock Disc top plate, composed of a techno-polymer compound, makes it possible to control the locking torque without prematurely stopping camera rotation and ensuring that users' equipment is safely and effectively locked in place.
Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System
The Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) system makes it quick and easy to open and close the tripod. Simply turn all of the locking rings at once and the whole leg can be pulled out in seconds.
G-Lock Design
The G-Lock mechanism has been completely redesigned in order to achieve a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. G-Lock's special design also provides a "gravity lock" effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock.
1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube
Gitzo was able to develop a six-crossed multilayer carbon fiber 30% lighter than the previous 1.5mm generation that features the same exceptional performance of stability and vibration absorption and unbeatable quality.
Performance Design
Performance design allows the legs to be set individually at 24°, 55° and 90° to cover every angle you want to shoot.
Removable Leg Tips
Removable self-locking rubber leg tips are interchangeable with Gitzo universal accessories such as the big foot, long spike, etc.
In the Box
Gitzo GT5531S Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 55 lbs (25kg)
  • GS5320SP Top Flat Plate
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
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    Gitzo GT5531S Specs

    Load Capacity 55 lbs (25kg)
    Maximum Height 52.4" (133cm)
    Maximum Height w/o Column Extended N/A
    Minimum Height 6.3" (16 cm)
    Folded Length 24.8" (63cm)
    Head Attachment Fitting 3/8"
    Weight 5.9 lbs (2.7kg)
    Material 6 layer carbon fiber
    Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
    Leg Lock Type Twist
    Independent Leg Spread Yes
    Spiked/Retractable Feet No (optional)
    Center Brace No
    Center Column
    Center Column Type N/A
    Center Column Sections N/A

    Gitzo GT5531S Reviews

    GT5531S Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 55 lbs (25kg) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid tripod I bought this for use primarily with a gimbal head and Canon 800mm lens. Overall I am very satisfied with it, as due to the carbon fiber legs it is not too heavy but yet it is solid. The G-Lock twist locks on the legs are actually faster and better than I expected, just a 1/2 turn or so is all it takes to loosen or tighten them. The locks don't need to be tightened hard to get them locked enough that the legs don't slip. While I can see room for some small improvements, overall I am quite satisfied with this tripod. Taller people (ones approaching or exceeding 6 feet) might need the taller GT5541LS with 4 leg sections.
    Date published: 2009-07-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bomb First, unless you are using 200-400/400/500/600/800, you may not gain much value using this tripod vs. a 35-- series Gitzo. Gitzo's 3531 & 3541 remain the industry standard as the all-around, daily-use CF tripod, with RRS's new TVC-33 attracting a lot of attention & buyers. For me, the strength-to-girth ratio a VERY small price to pay for the absolute confidence the 5531 invokes. My final path to the 5531S began after: 1. I went from a 200-400 to a 400 2.8, and the 3-lb. weight increase of the faster lens; 2. The RRS TVC-33 didn't accept my Gitzo leveling base. Eventually, you get (sick) tired of trading up, even when you can sell at a good price. I sold a Gitzo 35-- series to acquire the 5531, and I couldn't be happier. It's a much better platform for a large lens, and its still quite portable vs. the 35--. Actually, the 5531 becomes my new standard pod, just not on a ten-mile hike! I used a Gitzo 1325 for years, and really appreciated the minimalist 3-leg ergonomics, plus the quick action & ultimate necessity of a leveling base in the great outdoors. The S means systematic, and the 5531s utilizes the same leveling base as the 3&4 series Gitzos. This means even more if you anticipate using more than one Gitzo systematic tripod, as you can swap accessories - easily & quickly. But, there were many times (curse that wind) a bit more girth & stability - even with short glass - that the 5531 offers would have been appreciated. When you're working relatively close to a vehicle, two extra lbs. of tripod is negligible. I'm 5'-11. The 5531, with the added 1 1/2 of height from the leveling base, makes the 5531 w/DSLR virtually at eye level with legs fully extended - higher yet if you want to use a gimbal head. It's nice to not have to fuss with partial leg extension you get with 4-leg versions to get to full height. If you're 6'+, or you expect to be using these legs for mostly birding, then you'll likely want to look at the 5541 in this class - or a TVC-33. Still, the Gitzo a VERY known quantity, and (I think) it's smart to standardize on one manufacturer here.
    Date published: 2010-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant tripod This might be the best tripod around for those looking for a transportable support that does not compromise at all on stability. I do trek extensively with this tripod and a RRS BH-55 head, and it is for sure a lot heavier than most of the other tripods used in the field, but I just love the level of sharpness I get with my d3x thanks to this beast whatever the conditions. Cheers, Bernard
    Date published: 2009-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely SOLID! I wanted something rock steady. The 5531S delivered! I love the twist lock system. Very easy to adjust. I use this with a Really Right Stuff ballhead (BH-55). They're a perfect combo!
    Date published: 2009-01-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A well designed support system I chose the GT5531s because I was unwilling to compromise on a support system for my long lens and camera. With the legs fully extended and mated to the Induro GHB2 gimbal head, my camera is at eye level, so it sets up quickly and accurately every time. The support is solid, it is easy to set up, and I am able to forget about the camera/lens support and concentrate on my subject when shooting. The twist locks design is easy to use and a real confidence builder. The width of the top platform is impressive and adds to the stability of the system. Good job, Gitzo!
    Date published: 2011-06-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best tripod ever I use this tripod with wimberley gimbal II to support my Canon 600 f4. This tripod is rock solid and worth every penny. I used other tripod but nothing compare to this. It's night and day different.
    Date published: 2010-07-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product ! I use this with my 600mm lens and it works great with the Wimberley gimbal The quick twist lock of the legs makes it easy to extend and adjust on uneven ground The only reason I am giving this 4 starts is because it does not extend high enough for me (I'm 6 2) I find myself crouching a bit when I use
    Date published: 2011-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from QUALITY on Three Legs I use it for Macro, Wildlife, Airshows, and Night photography. I needed something that was light and strong and the GT, IS! Very quick and secure when setting up; I like the leg locking features that ADD more grip when pressure is applied. I can't find anything I don't like about it.
    Date published: 2010-08-24
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