Gitzo GT3541 Series 3 Carbon 6x 4 Section G-Lock Tripod - Replaces GT3540 - Black
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- New Anti Leg Rotation system makes set up easier
- G-Lock leg locking system completely redesigned achieve a 20% increase in rigidity
- Ground Level Set allows you to remove the center column to save weight and get the camera closer to the ground
- Built-in accessory hook
- Rapid Shift Center Column
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|Package Height||5.2 x 5.7 x 31.7 inches|
|Shipping Weight||5.6 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
First, there are many good sources of tripod reviews. Thom Hogan has an article on his website about tripods and heads where he argues the case to save money and time by simply doing it "right the first time." There are also some good educational points on tripod selection on the Really Right Stuff web site. Both of these sources argue for buying a good quality set of legs.
The general consensus is simply that if you want the best mass market tripod get a Gitzo. Yes, if you are on a budget you can find less expensive options, but if you read the above two sources and do you own observations of the actual tripods you will soon see the validity of their arguments. Manfrotto seems to be the best of the budget tripods. People generally don't like the Chinese made knock-offs over long periods of time.
Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum
Carbon fiber for anything in the field is better than aluminum. Carbon fiber is much lighter, it doesn't conduct heat and cold as easily as aluminum, and it dampens vibrations faster, and it is very strong for the size of the legs. If you are thinking of aluminum, then stop reading this review and look elsewhere.
Series 2 vs. Series 3
You want to purchase a tripod based on both the weight of your gear and the focal length of your lenses. I have a Nikon D700 with a 24-70 mm lens. I could get by with a Series 2 tripod, but after setting up both a Series 2 and a Series 3 tripod side-by-side I decided to go with the Series 3. The Series 2 has a smaller leg spread and just does not seem nearly as stable especially when there is a big camera sitting on top. Add a little wind and I know I would be holding onto the tripod to calm my nerves. So, Series 3 it is.
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Holding the tripod in your hand, you can immediately see why it commands such a premium. It feels light yet rock-solid. Legs can be quickly adjusted and locked with a simple twist mechanism.
The center column can be removed without the need for any tools for additional stability, or to go very low on the ground.
In their field. This tripod issue perfectly, although you do pay for the quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many people starting out in photography, it's hard to justify spending a great deal of money on a simple three-legged object. Read morePublished on May 2, 2014 by Mike Khashaiar Kojoori
I put off buying a Gitzo for a long time. I tried a Vanguard Alta Pro tripod and ball head but the ball head didn't support a full frame body with a pro lens very well. Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Katherine A. Murtha
I would not recommend this tripod for the nature photographer. For landscapes and portraits it works well. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by rufous03