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GitzoGM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg)
 
4.9

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (88)

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    (8)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (87)
  • Compact (83)
  • Lightweight (81)
  • Opens quickly (76)

Cons

  • Price (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (59)
  • Sports/action (57)
  • Wildlife (55)
  • Landscape/scenery (39)
  • Night shots (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (51), Semi-pro photographer (24), Pro photographer (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60)

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5.0

This is the best monopod there is

By Vasha

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

I had this monopod for year, but it was stolen- my job provides me with the step down version but even a strong, capable monopod like that isn't this one. I had to buy again - the six sections extend to six feet but collapse to barely a foot and fit in all kinds of bags. The sections expand to lots of lengths if you are shooting low, up on a knee or standing. The build quality is phenomenal and it holds a 400mm f2.8 with cheerful ease. If there is a better monopod on the market I've not seen it. This is the absolute best, worth every expensive penny.

If there is a con it would probably be that once or twice a year you may pinch the webbing between your thumb and index finger when retracting the Monopod with a heavy lense on it, but it's a rare occasion.

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5.0

Great product

By Lbl

from Ny

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

Easy to open. Light to carry. Bit expensive but the best always is.

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5.0

Great monopod

By Photoboy

from Australia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

I've only had this monopod a short while, but it is performing great so far. It is very sturdy and easy to use.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gitzo Quality

By Prime Lens Rob

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Buyer

Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

It's easy to use and I have no complaints. You get what you pay for. Feels tuff and durable like it could hold a ton. Compact. Step up or shut up.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Leg

By Boston Paul

from Boston, MA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Opens Quickly
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

    Really happy with my decision. They are perfect for my Canon 500mm f4 set up. Went with a head from RRS, but love this leg. It is tiny when completely folded but extremely sturdy when extended.

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    4.0

    A little heavy but worth the effort with the optional feet

    By Ron in Texas

    from Parker, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Takes Longer To Open

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

    This is a solid mono-pod....really solid. We already had the next smaller graphite Gitzo mono pod but it had a bit of wiggle when using our D810 with the 70-200 and the 1.4 tele unit. The 5561T will work with the 200-400 Nikon, although you would not want to go hiking with that rig. Still, it is strong enough for the lens, even though it takes a bit more work than other Gitzo products. The extra work comes from the 5 clutch design as opposed to the typical 3 clutch design. It takes a bit of time to get used to, but the design is still easy to operate given the Gitzo setup where you can losen 3 of them at the same time, it is worth the effort because of ths strength.

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    5.0

    Best in class

    By Corey Solo

    from Broomfield, Colorado

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Opens Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

      Perfect monopod to complement my Nikon 200-400mm f/4 lens. Much lighter than my Manfrotto. I ended up purchasing a Really Right Stuff head. The combined monopod and head easily carry the weight of the camera body and lens. Even with the head installed, the monopod collapses to a manageable size that fits easily alongside the 200-4oomm bag.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic piece of gear!

      By TimV

      from Oceanside, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Opens Quickly
      • Portable
      • Strong Construction
      • Video

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

        This monopod has been great for both photo and video work. Going out into the field, I often have to limit what gear I bring, and this monopod is fantastic at providing stabilization for my should rig, including the counterbalance, monitor, body, lens, external battery, mattebox, and filters! It's small and compact which I love, and even served as a walking stick when I was ill. I have no complaint about it; it's definitely well worth the price, and far better than other products I have used in the past.

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        5.0

        Awesome!

        By HandgunHunter

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Opens Quickly
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

          This is perfect for travel when you need a mono with still or video. It's light and compact enough to put in a daypack and carry all day. I did put a wimberly adapter on top so I could use my QD plates.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Should have bought this first!

          By Robert

          from South Carolina

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight
          • Opens Quickly
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

            This is my 4th monopod and by far, the best I have ever owned. Purchased 3 prior to this, not wanting to spend the money and as with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. Use this with a Really Right Stuff head and this combination is perfect for my big lenses. lightweight and fits easily in a suitcase or backpack.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Monopod

            By Mark

            from Chevy Chase, MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports
              • Travel

              Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

              I bought this because I thought that I could handhold a new 300 f2.3 lens that I bought from B&H to go with my D4. It turns out that I could not hand hold that beast for more than a few minutes. I bought this monopod, and am very impressed with it. I tried using a Gitzo ball head that I had laying around, and found that to be a bit too much trouble for a monopod (as you only need up and down, and the side to side of a typical ball head just does not cut it). I would recommend buying a dedicated head designed for monopods. In any event, this monopod is very well made, and extremely light. It balances well with the D4 and 300 2.8. I like the fact that it is super sturdy and that it collapses to a small size that easily fits on a 22 inch carry on bag. I used this for the last LAX games of the season, and got some great shots. I will also use it for Hockey as soon as the kids start their games this season. In addition to sports, this will come in hand with wildlife. I wish I had when I went to Alaska. It would have been really helpful shooting wales from the deck of a ship.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent compact and light weight

              By OntPhoto

              from Ottawa, Ontario. Canada.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

              I use this monopod in combo with an RRS MH-01 monopod head. The combo is great. The monopod is excellent and was purchased from B&H. When fully retracted, the knobs cover the entire pod so the carbon-fibre cannot be damaged. I take it with me even when bicycling as it fits on a backpack nicely. I now use the monopod and MH-01 to carry a Canon 500 f4 II lens. Works great.

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              5.0

              Solid as a Rock

              By Rick

              from Modesto, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight
              • Opens Quickly
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                Despite the price increase from $ to $ I went ahead with this long planned purchase anticipating a need for a monopod when I acquire a Canon 400mm later this year. The 5561 T is a horse in itself. I have no concerns it will adequately support a Canon long lens. It is light, compact but very sturdy and very well constructed.

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                5.0

                Sturdy and convenient

                By Never the Rock Photography

                from Braselton, GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight
                • Opens Quickly
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                  Nice and light, compact to carry in my equipment bag. Easy to open and close. With the quick release, very easy to take my camera off and on to save time. It is sturdy and lightweight. So far I haven't found anything I don't like about it. Has been great for my landscape shots and real estate photography.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  awsome

                  By Tony

                  from Anaheim California

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Opens Quickly
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                    strong monopod

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                    • No

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Perfect Monopod

                    By Lorac

                    from Roanoke, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Opens Quickly
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                      Liked the looks of this monopod but was afraid it's diameter would be too much for female hands. It's perfect...and I couldn't be more pleased. I love B&H too :-)

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                      5.0

                      Third Leg

                      By Wolfgang

                      from Brooklyn

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Opens Quickly
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                          I use it as additional support when I work with handheld professional camcorders.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          solid monopod

                          By a photo guy

                          from fairfax, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight
                          • Opens Quickly
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                            solid built, smooth operation, not cheap, but I understand good stuff cots money.

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Quality as expected

                            By Lieinbelieve

                            from Los Angeles CA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Lightweight
                            • Opens Quickly
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Twist Leg Locks Are Quick

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                              I'm using this for primarily bird photography, I've coupled it with a head from Really Right Stuff and they work well together. I've had a Gitzo tripod for years and love it so after the initial shock of spending that amount on a tripod or monopod you will never regret it. The thing you need in a item like this is ease of use and durability and Gitzo has both, I have nothing negative to say about it.

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                              4.0

                              Solid Support

                              By Jerry

                              from Libertyville, IL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Opens Quickly
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo GM5561T Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Monopod - Supports 55.1 lbs (25kg):

                                I bought this for an upcoming trip to the Galapagos Islands because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to use a tripod and gimbal head. It is very solid, great workmanship but heavier than I thought. But it will easily double as a walking stick and no doubt will give me the stability I need.

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