Gitzo's Systematic tripods are modular, with a flat center disk that can be interchanged for center columns, leveling bases and other components. Because they have leg angle settings but no column as standard, Systematic tripods are all capable of near-groud level shooting. Leg tubes are in 6X carbon fiber with Gitzo's efficient G-locks. In Gitzo's Series 3 - a particularly flexible and adaptable size ideal for use with lenses up to 400mm and under loads of up to 55lbs (25kg) - the GT3542LS is 4-section tripod that reaches eye level when fully open, yet folds to a relatively compact closed size.
Gitzo GT3542LS Features: G-lock: G-Lock is the new Gitzo leg locking system. The locking mechanism has been completely redesigned in order to achieve a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. G-Lock's special design also provides a 'gravity lock' effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock. Hook: This built-in accessory allows you to hang a stabilizing weight (e.g. a full camera bag or a sand/water bag) from the bottom of the tripod centre column. Useful with long/heavy lenses, on uneven ground or in windy conditions. Leg Ends: All tripods and monopods in Series 1 and above are provided with removable rubber feet. This feature allows you to easily change worn out rubber feet or to fit other accessories, such as spiked feet or snow/sand shoes. (4 sections tripods in Series 1 are excluded because the final leg section is too narrow to fit these ends). ALR: Gitzo has introduced a new Anti Leg Rotation system, which means the tripod can be opened in less than 15 seconds. Simply loosen all the twist locks on each leg at the same time, then pull the leg down and tighten the locks individually.
Gitzo GT3542LS Specifications: Level: Eye Series: 3 Center Column: No center column Leg Sections: 4 Maximum Height: 146.5 cm / 57.68 in Minimum Height: 9.4 cm / 3.7 in Closed Length: 57.5 cm / 22.64 in Weight: 1.96 kg / 4.32 lbs