25 Jul In-depth tripod review: Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS)
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The Gitzo GT3543LS at the beach, with the Gitzo GFHG1 Fluid Gimbal Head on top, holding a 500mm lens and full-frame camera. Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS)
Gitzo.com | $1000
Gitzo was founded in France as a tripod and camera company by Arsène Gitzhoven in 1917 and has been producing advanced tripods with interchangeable platforms, columns and leveling devices for more than 40 years. Their naming convention of designating sizes by numbered ‘series,’ and modular platforms as ‘systematic’ tripods, has been around so long that many other manufacturers use these as a reference point when describing their own wares.
Long ago, Gitzo merged with the Italian tripod maker Manfrotto, and both are now a part of the Vitec Imaging Group of companies. Today, the combined Manfrotto/Gitzo factory in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, produces more tripods than almost every other manufacturer in the world, using a combination of automation and streamlined assembly honed over many decades. The sheer scale of output makes their continued quality all the more impressive.
Key specs and what’s included Max. height 146 cm (57.5″), or 148 cm (58.2″) with 50mm ‘big feet’ Minimum height of 9 cm (3.5″) Folds to 55 cm (21.6″) with 14 cm (5.5″) diameter Weighs 1.94 kg (4.27 lbs) with flat platform 25kg (55.1 lbs) load limit Three leg angles (23° / 53° /
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