Excerpt: I spent a year - yup, one year - wrestling the tripod purchase decision. I'd already picked up a highly one that I thought would do the job but, alas, the workmanship didn't see it through two years.
Pros: Compact, Durable, Easy to Use, Light, Lightweight, Multifunctional, Sturdy
Excerpt: I would recommend this tripod for landscapes/cityscapes/portraits. I found it rock solid even for heavy body/lens combinations. Setup is easy. It is light weight for the amount of rigidity it provides which makes carrying it in the field acceptable.
Excerpt: This is an upgrade from a manfrotto C190 - that was a fine beginner tripod (even a bit better than beginner), but the Gitzo feels so much more solid. I also got the wonderfully designed and small footprint arca-swiss monopod P0 (highly recommended), which pairs very well with the Gitzo.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Fits In My Carry-on, Great Picture Quality, Reasonably Light
Excerpt: The GT3542LS is a terrific tripod. It is very stable, it is easy to set up, and the leg locks are fast to use and easy to secure. It is rated to 55 lbs., which is sufficient for nearly all super-telephoto lenses.
Excerpt: I was looking for a more solid tripod that was still relatively light weight and transportable. I think this will fit the bill nicely. It's very stable, well-made, quick to set up and knock down. I look forward to using it for a long time.
Excerpt: This is a very sturdy tripod with modest weight. It is tall enough to be at eye level for at 6 feet. It has a convenient midway mark on the top section so if you need it to fit a person a few inches shorter it is easy to match the legs. It is as steady as other reviewers note it to be.
Excerpt: Finally bit the bullet. Going back and forth between RRS and Girzo. Then I read a couple of threads where these guys did a test comparing the gt3542ls against the rrs. A vibration test and the gitzo was better.