Leofoto Summit LM-363C Carbon Fiber Tripod

Regular price R 9,999.00
2 in stock

Summit Tripods

Building on the best designs in the tripod industry, Leofoto’s Summit tripods combine precision manufacturing with the very best materials to offer a large systematic style tripod that is a pleasure to use and simple to maintain, while offering a wide range of modular accessories that won’t break the bank.

This tripod is equivalent to a Gitzo GT4533LS.

This tripod can be paired with an LH-55, LH-40 or G4 head.  


  • Material - Carbon Fiber
  • Leg Sections - 3
  • Maximum Height - 135cm
  • Minimum Height - 9.5cm
  • Closed Length - 59.5cm
  • Weight - 1920g
  • Load Capacity - 35kg


  • Summit tripods include a large padded bag, tall enough to fit the tripod and a large head like the LH-55 or G4. The bag also features an interior zippered pocket for tools and other accessories.
  • Free bowl adapter – Summit tripods include a free bowl adapter for leveling bases or video heads. Other manufacturers charge R1000-R2000 for this critical item. (32- and 36- series – 75mm, 40-series – 100mm)
  • 3x Spiked Feet
  • Mulit-Tool
  • Instructions

Series/Sizes - Leofoto’s tripods starting with a ’36’ are equivalent to Gitzo/Sirui 4-series tripods, while a ‘32’ is equivalent to a 3-series and ‘40’ a 5-series. This numbering represents the diameter of the top leg section in mm. Our long term goal is to offer the Summit range in all 3 leg sizes and all section variations, but for a start we thought it better to stick to the 36/4-series range and offer the section variations, so we’re starting with the LM-363C, LM-364C and LM-365C.

Modular Accessories - One of the key attractions of systematic tripods is the removable apex plate, which can be interchanged with a variety of other accessories. Understanding your options is an important part of deciding whether to purchase one of these tripods or whether to opt for a much more affordable Ranger. The Summit LM365C is R9999, whereas the Ranger LS365C is R6299 – nearly 40% less. The only difference between the two is the Apex.

  1. In-Apex Leveling Base Photography | Panorama addicts will know that your panning base needs to be level to achieve a level horizon in the photo. Leveling a tripod’s legs on uneven terrain is a time-consuming pain and a leveling base allows the tripod to be leveled in one quick action. The difference between a standard leveling base and an in-apex version is that this option sits much lower, keeping the tripod’s center of gravity closer to the ground. Panorama shooters should look at the clampless leveling bases with the flat top and mounting screw.
  2. In-Apex Leveling Base Sport Optics and Rifles | When shooting over a long distance, rifles don’t need nearly as much of a motion range as cameras, which allows SOAR users to use a leveling base with a clamp as a pseudo-head. The in-apex leveling bases allow a vertical movement of about 30 degrees up and down, with full 360 degree horizontal rotation. Simply connect your picatinny adapter or universal rifle clamp to the leveling base and you’re ready to head to the range.
  3. Video Heads | all have a 75/100mm ball, which mounts into a corresponding bowl in the apex. All Leofoto 32 and 36 series tripods are compatible with 75mm balls and a 75mm bowl adapter is included with all tripods. All Leofoto 40 series tripods are compatible with 100mm balls and a 100mm bowl adapter is included with the tripod.
  4. Center Column | Summit tripods may not ship with a center column, but if you really want one, it can be added afterwards as a modular extra. Leofoto make both standard and geared columns for the Summit tripods. A standard column is priced at R1749.00 and a geared column at R2 999.00.
Modern Apex Design - Summit series tripods feature an apex machined from aircraft grade aluminium. About 30% of the apex chassis is machined away to save weight, resulting in a hollowed out design that doesn’t compromise on strength or rigidity. Atop the apex you will find a standard UNC 3/8” mounting screw compatible with 99% of tripod heads as well as a big, bright spirit level. The bottom features a hook for attaching weight in windy conditions, but the hook can be removed to reveal another UNC 3/8” mounting hole.

The side of the apex features 3 instruments –
  1. A screw clamp that locks the apex around the baseplate/bowl adapter/center column.
  2. Safety catch with a simple pull-tab to release the baseplate/bowl adapter/center column from the apex.
  3. UNC 3/8” Attachment hole for magic arms and other accessories. It also features an anti-flex pin and guide system that corresponds with Leofoto’s AM-series magic arms to avoid sagging when mounting heavy items like e.g. a Profoto B1.
Premium Joint Assembly - The legs attach via stainless steel hinge shafts and brass bushings to a machined aluminium hinge chassis – premium materials you won’t see on many tripods in the market today.

Premium Japanese Carbon Fiber - Leofoto uses 10x layer cross-weave carbon fiber tubes made by Toray Inc – one of the world’s top carbon fiber manufacturers. This ensures strength and rigidity, while ensuring class-leading weight specifications. The hinges feature self-returning angle-selectors, a small feature that speeds up operation. All Summit tripods offer leg angles of 23, 55 and 85 degrees.

Uncomplicated Joints – All tripod ranges feature fat joints with prominent ribbing to provide great grip and torque for easy loosening and tightening of the joints. One of Leofoto’s proprietary features is a single-piece joint-shim (the shim helps legs to lock together more firmly and prevents the legs from being able to rotate within each other); those who have opened up a twist-joint tripod and seen parts fly will know the frustration of disassembling and reassembling those delicate internal components. All Leofoto tripods feature a one-piece shim, which makes maintenance and cleaning of the joints much easier.

Beveled Aluminium Core Feet – A tripod foot is just a piece of rubber, right? Think again! Most manufacturer’s tripod feet are just a steel spike encased in rubber – this makes it heavy and allows a lot of flex/vibration in the malleable rubber. Leofoto’s engineers have gone to great lengths to make the ultimate tripod foot and the result is an internal aluminium frame that minimizes the amount of flexible rubber in the construction. While this is a tiny detail, it adds to the rigidity of the tripod. All Leofoto ranges’ feet feature a multi-angled bevel, which helps it to grip on uneven terrain. All Leofoto tripods also include a set of spiked feet for shooting on ice or slippery rocks.

All aluminium components are treated with a hard-anodization process for durability against scratches and bumps.

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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.

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