• Daniel Wretham

Gitzo GT3543LS Tripod Review

Updated: Aug 4

Gitzo GT3543LS Tripod review
The Gitzo GT3543LS Systematic series 3 tripod

The Problem With Tripods

The tripod is one of the most important items of kit that the landscape photographer can own, its the very foundations of your pictures and a good picture needs good foundations.

Over the past 13 years I've owned many tripods and they have been a constant source of annoyance as I seemed to go through one in a year or two at the best.

Like many of you I started off with Manfrotto tripods which were mid range and even though I spent good money on them and got carbon fibre versions etc they always seemed to suffer with the catches getting brittle and breaking.

Seascape photography was the main culprit, salt water is the arch enemy of the tripod and no matter how often I cleaned mine they always seemed to fail after a year of hard use.

That was until I bit the bullet and invested in a Gitzo tripod around 7 years ago, Now lets be clear these are seriously expensive tripods and I didn't take the decision lightly to buy one at around £600 seven years ago (Gitzo GT3532LS Series 3 6X Systematic Tripod)

This tripod has been absolutely faultless no matter what I threw at it and hasn't needed anything replacing on it for the whole duration of the time I have owned it.

That alone justified the initial heavy price tag on it, after all I would have gone through at least three Manfrotto's during this time which would have cost over £600 easily.

Couple that with the fact that it was simply SO good and I was a Gitzo customer for life.

So why have I decided to buy another one when in truth my original Gitzo is still functioning just fine, well after 7 years it has a few minor issues with it and I do mean minor and I bought an extra long version with three extensions on the legs so its a bit of a beast to have strapped to the rucksack.

Why I Chose the Gitzo GT3543LS ?

I started looking at the Gitzo range again and the direct replacement for the one I had was the Gitzo GT3543XLS which is a whopping £926 RRP but can be found for around £700 if you searched around, This was the logical choice as it was I already had but I looked at the others just in case.