Gitzo GT3543XLS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod  - Landscapegear

Gitzo GT3543XLS Systematic Series 3 Carbon Fiber Tripod

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The X in the name stands for 'EXTRA long systematic' and that is this variant’s only significant difference from the popular GT3543LS. When fully extended it stands at an impressive 202cm, which has some unique benefits. This model weighs 2220g and the closed length is 72,1cm, which just fits into a large suitcase if the head is removed. The practical use of this tripod is not for super-tall people, but when shooting in uneven terrain. If you need to set up on a slope, cliff edge or amongst rocks it very often helps to have that extra length. 

New and Improved in the 2017 4th Generation Systematics

This is one of the new models released at the end of 2016 and can be identified as such by the number three at the end of the model name. The previous generation all ended with a number two. This new range does not offer major improvement in specifications, but anyone who had a 3rd gen model will appreciate the changes that they've made to these new models. 

Carbon Exact Tubes

The first and most crucial change is Gitzo's new carbon fiber technology called Carbon Exact, first introduced in the Mountaineer and then the Traveler ranges. Carbon Exact tubes are stronger, stiffer and better at absorbing vibration, despite being slightly thinner. The result is thicker lower legs and that makes a crucial difference to how solid the tripod is. In the previous model, the tube diameters were 20, 24, 28 and 32mm, in the new version they are 22, 25, 29 and 33mm. 

G-Lock Ultra Joints

These new joints are fatter, which means they're easier to grip and twist. They feature an o-ring to keep out dirt and dust, require less maintenance and most importantly, they lock the legs together more firmly than the older joints. Another feature that goes a long way to make the final product as solid as possible.

Self-Returning Leg Angle Locks

This simple, but nifty feature has finally been added to Gitzo tripods. Browse to the 1-minute mark in the video below to see it in action. 

New Feet

The new systematics feature ball-and-cup style rubber feet, which provide better traction on certain surfaces. One of the great features of this is that when you set the tripod up flat on the ground, it can rest on those feet instead of the joints all lying on the dirt. Browse to 1:10 in the video below to see this feature in action. 

The downside of this is that the tripods no longer come with hidden spiked feet for use on ice and will have to be purchased additionally.

Easylink Attachment

Easylink is an accessory attachment system from Manfrotto (Gitzo and Manfrotto are both owned by the same company, Vitec) that allows one to attach a vast array of accessories to your tripod via customisable joint arms. This is a fantastic feature that allows you to attach anything from a small scrim to shade your lens or screen to speedlights, a BTS camera, umbrella to shoot in the rain etc. The options are truly limitless. 

Specification Changes

If you compare the specs of the older models with the new ones, you'll see that the new models are a touch heavier and also longer when folded up. This difference is mostly to blame on the new feet, which can be removed in seconds.

 

Specifications

  • Series - 3
  • Material - Carbon Fibre
  • Leg Sections - 4
  • Maximum Height - 202cm
  • Minimum Height - 10cm
  • Closed Length - 71cm
  • Weight - 2.29kg
  • Load Capacity - 25kg
  • Leg Diameters - 21.7, 25.3, 29.0, 32.9 mm

Included in the box

  • Large polyester dust bag for tripod
  • Small polyester dust bag for neat storage of all accessories
  • User Manual
  • Torx screws and allen keys for all tension adjustments 
  • Set of alternative rubber feet

Do you have the item in stock? 

Products are either in stock, out of stock (sold out) or special order. 

  • In stock: We have stock at our local warehouse. You can see how many we have in stock, add these products to your cart and check out. 
  • Sold out: We usually carry stock of this item but it has sold out. Please get in touch to get an ETA and reserve and incoming product. Or use the "Email me when available" button to get an email when new stock arrives. 
  • Special order: We don't carry local stock of this item. Get in touch to confirm stock availability and ETA to place an order. 

Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

You can shop NiSi Filters at the following retailers. 

Orms Bellville
Victorian Towers, 2 Palm St, Bellville, Cape Town

Fritz, 021 910 1380

Kameraz
Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Martin Wright, 011 880 2885

Photoquip
28 Pearce St, Berea, East London

Damien, 083 574 9134

Katz
66 17th Ave, Broadwood, Port Elizabeth
Lascel, 041 367 4401

Lime Photo
Kloof, Durban
Emil, 084 484 9959

Photo Freedom
Ballito, Durban
Graham, 032 586 1212

DPC
Pretoria
Danie, 072 608 3345

We have a no-nonsense approach. If a product breaks due to a manufacturer defect, we will replace it without asking any questions. If we have any reason to believe that the product was put through unreasonably heavy usage, we will have to follow the manufacturer's standard warranty procedure. 

Find more info on proper care and use for each brand below. 

NiSi Care & Use

F-stop Care & Use

Leofoto

The manufacturer offers a 10-year limited warranty on all products and we extend that warranty to our customers. Please read the below very carefully, so you understand your position when something breaks or doesn’t work ideally anymore.

It is critical to understand that this warranty only applies to factory faults and not to standard wear and tear. Tripods are subject to a lot of gray areas in this regard as tripods used outdoors, particularly in sand and sea water, are subjected to extreme wear and tear. We will e.g. replace the affected part of your tripod if a carbon tube snaps or cracks without much pressure applied to it or if the apex breaks. We will not replace your tripod or the affected part if e.g. a joint locks up due to sand or salt build up or if a hinge becomes corroded or stiff/floppy and unserviceable due to corrosion or salt build up. 

In sum, if we see that you took good care of your tripod and something went wrong, we will go out of our way to fix or replace it for you. If we see that you dragged it through the mud (literally or metaphorically), then we are unlikely to fix/replace it for you. How you handle your tripod and take care of it, is all the difference between 3- or 20 years of service. 

The best of tripods will not last longer than 2/3 years if used regularly in the sea, INCORRECTLY, and never serviced. Always make sure to extend the lowest leg section first, so you keep the joints out of the water/sand. Always rinse with freshwater after use in the sea, wipe down with a wet cloth, leave extended to dry and ENSURE YOU KEEP THE HEAD AND APEX DRY. If your tripod’s joints start feeling sandy/gritty, open them up, give them a proper clean and lubrication and fine-tune the tension on the joints.

If travelling on dirt roads, ensure that your tripod is in its carry-bag when not in use.

Your tripod will not take care of itself – it is up to you to do so. All our tripods ship with an info-sheet on taking care of your tripod. We also offer a full tripod disassembly and service for R1000, including shipping both ways.