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Tripod Review Gitzo GT3530LS

01st August 2014
Gitzo GT3530LS

This is probably the last tripod I will ever buy - my only wish is that instead of buying 2 or 3 cheaper ones first I had found this tripod. Tripods give us a way to make the camera platform as steady as possible and as a result the early tripods were no more than a solid surface with legs.

For landscape photography or even portrait photography in the studio, the flexibly offered by flexible or hiking tripods sacrifice a lot of stability. Having a flexible center column has a tremendous impact on stability and the small plates which some tripods have at the top also causes stability problems. When using very long exposures even the slightest movement can ruin the sharpness of the image, however with the GT3530LS you are buying the ultimate solution in maximum stability. The GT3530LS can support 39.6lbs (18kg) of equipment and easily holds my Canon 500mm lens, extender and Canon 1D MKIV camera . A bonus here is that due to the carbon fibre design it only weighs 4 lbs (1.840kg)!

The GT3530LS features three position angle locks for the legs that have the benefit of becoming more stable under load.

As there is no centre column the GT3530LS can get down to a minimum height of 4.3” (11cm) and you can then very quickly raise it back up to its maximum height of 58.3”(148cm) - this is just under 6 feet tall! When I first fully extended it I was amazed by its height and it is perfect for my eye level.

It is rock solid and I use it with the lens and camera as mentioned above but with a Jobu Black Widow gimbal head. It is also used for my macro work and if I do a long exposure. As it is so light it is easy to carry either by hand or in my camera bag and I have walked for miles with it and it has never been a problem.

Wonderful - it is now not in production anymore but if you can find a used one buy it - you will never regret it!

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