Gitzo Series 3 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod

Originally published: April 3, 2011

I bought this tripod after discovering that my ultra-light Gitzo Carbon Fiber Traveler tripod couldn’t support support the weight of my Hasselblad behemoth. So I went in search of something better. I have never liked Manfroto tripods, to me the seem to be not the best for a couple of reasons. First I don’t feel that they are that well made. Second the two times I have borrowed them, I had my camera fall out of the quick release clamp. For those who care this was my Nikon F100 and my Nikon D700 both at a beach interestingly. Their quick release system is complicated and anything but quick in my opinion. I’m sure there are others who disagree however, this is my site so I get to say what I want.

Gitzo’s carbon fiber tripods are very well built from the best materials available. The 3 Series easily supports the weight of my Hasselblad as well as my Nikon D3s with all of my lenses. It is superb, couldn’t ask for anything better. Now if you are shooting a camera that doesn’t weigh a lot you might not need to buy something this heavy duty. However it can’t hurt. If you are doing any kind of long exposure photography, especially with a light camera this thing will keep it planted to the ground in any conditions. It is pleasantly light, that said it is fairly heavy, but imagine if it wasn’t made with carbon fiber. All around very good, couldn’t ask for anything better.


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