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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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Product Description

When Gitzo launched the Mountaineer tripods in 1994, they were the world's first carbon fiber tripods. Since then, they've set the standard for performance and quality. The main feature of this range is the 6X carbon fiber tube, made of a unique structure of 6 crossed layers that maximizes rigidity, vibration absorption, and lightweight performance. 6X tubes have a high density structure made of top quality ultra-thin carbon fibers (7m or 0.007 mm). Built-in Anti Leg Rotation is now a feature of the whole carbon fiber range. Mountaineer tripods have been further improved with features and details that increase performance, versatility, and quality. G-Lock is a leg locking system that increases system rigidity by 20% and allows quicker and stronger leg locking. Gitzo has added a solid machined aluminum upper disc with a new Safe Lock material that cuts vibration, and improves grip between tripod and head. The upper disc is totally new. The 1/4"-3/8" reversible screw has been redesigned for more reliable functionality. All new Mountaineer tripods come with a convenient anti-dust bag for storage and packing. Scaled for professional equipment, medium format and DSLRs with 300 mm lens, and up to 400 mm maximum, this tripod features high load capacity endurance, and outstanding torsional rigidity. Series 3 Carbon 6X tripods are surprisingly lightweight, and offer a good safety margin that makes them popular alternatives to series 2 tripods Replaces:GT3540.

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Product Dimensions 6 x 5 x 22 inches
Item Weight 5.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.6 pounds
ASIN B0019R55XU
Item model number GT3541
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Best Sellers Rank #214 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Tripod Legs
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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Why spend nearly $800 on a tripod?

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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I've gone through a number of tripods from the cheap chinese ones, to the SLIK carbon-fiber to a Manfrotto. As I do a lot of long-exposure photography, I realized that if I want the absolute best image, I need to invest in the absolute best in the market. So Gitzo it was. This was on my "wish list" for a couple of months while I debated on spending $650. One day, I noticed it was on sale of $500. My credit card never stood a chance.
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.
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I want to give this 5 starts as it is a solid light weight tripod, but there have been a few issues over the couple years I've had it. First is that the rubber feet have unscrewed and fallen of by themselves. I highly recommend buying some Loctite and putting it on the threads of the feet. Second, the plastic piece that holds the center column in place fell out and now the column spins so lining up a shot is a pain. There isn't a replacement part that you can buy either so I'm just out of luck there. The third issue I had was that the plastic sleeve in side the leg which stops the leg from coming out of the bottom randomly broke and fell out. And I just realized that Amazon shipped me a GT3531...oops. Fewer leg sections, the more stable it is, right? Ha.
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This tripod is rock solid. I love that you can take out the center column to get flat to the ground - great for macro shots! It also stands at a decent height, so no bending down to look through your eyepiece to compose your landscape photo (a problem I had with a cheaper tripod). There's no wobble since there's absolutely no flex in these legs. Highly recommend it, despite the cost -- it'll save you in the long run by avoiding going through the many cheap tripods first :) I also found that the Hakuba tripod case HAKUBA USA INC PSTC100 Tripod Case fits this tripod with ballhead attached with ease.
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By sbruns on February 13, 2013
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In the way we used to praise a product by referring to it as the Cadillac of its type, we could more accurately refer to products as the Gitzo
In their field. This tripod issue perfectly, although you do pay for the quality.
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