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Gitzo 3541L Series 3 CF Tripod,
This review is from: Gitzo GT3541 Series 3 Carbon 6x 4 Section G-Lock Tripod - Replaces GT3540 - Black (Camera)
I would not recommend this tripod for the nature photographer. For landscapes and portraits it works well. The most annoying feature is the fact that the legs will swing under the center point of the head when no center column is used, making a tangled mess when attempting to set up quickly with a large lens attached. While sturdy, one has to make sure the legs are properly locked or disaster is waiting to happen as the legs will slowly get shorter. Finally the rubber feet have a habit of unscrewing and falling off. Attempts to contact Gitzo have been in vain...no response. For a tripod that costs $800 I would expect more. I have machined an aluminum ring that I have mounted under the head that now prevents the legs from folding under the center point, something Gitzo should have done in the first place. Questioning other nature photographers that own the same tripod, I find they all have the same complaints.
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Initial post: Aug 2, 2011 2:55:18 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 9, 2012 1:57:11 PM PDT
I believe that with *any* tripod, you have to make sure the legs are properly locked, especially if you're using a large lens. This is not a failure of the tripod.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 30, 2012 5:06:50 AM PST
I think you did not understand the comment, Legs cannot be locked to prevent them from swinging under the head. I do not have that problem with other tripods.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2013 7:01:47 AM PDT
Can't you just tighten the friction on the legs to prevent them from flopping around? That's what I do. When I need to set up with my 500 f4 I just set one leg on the ground and swing the tripod out and away and place the other legs in position. Never had a problem doing it that way.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2013 10:47:21 AM PDT
You should have done your research on this item before you bought it. That is stupid on your part.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2013 10:49:53 AM PDT
You are correct Willy. Rufous03 must not have a wrench in his tool box. lol. I do not use a 400mm lens but I set up my GT3541 the same way that you do and have no problems. I do not have the legs real tight but tight enough to not have any problems.
Posted on Jul 10, 2013 10:56:23 AM PDT
Tighten the legs properly as you would on any tripod. This is a no-brainer. Gitzo is making it real easy to tighten their tripod legs and you can tighten or loosen all sections per leg at the same time making set up and break down real easy and fast. As for the rubber feet; there are spike-feet available for this and most Gitzo tripods. I do not have any problem with my rubber feet on this pod or with the spike feet that I use. Individuals looking for a great outdoor tripod for wild life or landscape would find this a great tripod and should not let Rufous03 discourage you from buying this tripod or one of Gitzo's similar tripods.
Posted on Oct 17, 2013 11:00:47 AM PDT
because of Rufous03 comments I will not buy this tripod
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