Excerpt: This tripod replaced my previous Gitzo GT3541LS, even though this one is a little heavier, it is really compact and easy to travel with, I can even fit it in my carry-on camera bag without any issues.
I also own the GT1541T which is extremely portable, but it not as stable as the GT4552TS.
Excerpt: Using it for Nikon D800 w/ a 300mm 2.8 lens, and carrying it in a backpack. It is relatively light, very comfortable to fold and unfold, folds to a minimal length, and above all - very sturdy and stable.
Excerpt: While this tripod may not be perfect for everyone it is for me. This tripod is lightweight, compact, sturdy and quick and easy to setup and tear down; everything I want in a tripod. This is a travel tripod and many would think it only good for hikers and travelers needing small, portable support.
Excerpt: I use this tripod with a Wimberley gimbal mount (version 2) for my 300-800mm Sigma telephoto lens with Nikon D series cameras. It is superbly solid in its support. I had bee using another carbon fiber tripod that supports 40 pounds but the difference is incredible.
Excerpt: I use this with a Wimberly WH-200 for my Sigma 300-800mm and either a Nikon D3 or D800 and it is a superb support. It is the sturdiest tripod I have ever used and I highly recommend this tripod.
Excerpt: I live in the black hills and I hike and travel often. As a longtime amateur I eventually accepted just how important the tripod was in the making of more successful photographs consistently – as important than even the camera and lens.