Excerpt: This may be the last tripod I would ever need to buy. I had thought of buying the Gitzo GT4542LS model but am very glad I bought this model instead. With my Nikon F5 + 200-400mm zoom lens (with a Kirk lens plate attached instead of the Nikon foot), it balances perfectly. It is surprising light for its capability. I am 6'1", and with the legs fully extended, I only need to put on a pair of tennis shoes to align my eyes to the camera's viewfinder.
Pros: Folds Small, Good height, Good Stability, High Quality Built, High Quality Finish, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I was using a Series 3 (Gitzo) tripod with an 800mm lens and the 1Dx which is quite a load, especially in windy conditions. This combo was pushing the limits of my series 3. The Series 5 handles the weigh easily even with a sand bag attached. I see no drawbacks other than the obvious weight and bulk concerns, but no one's going on a long hike with an 800mm, pro body and a tripod anyway.
Excerpt: When planning the purchase of my Sony 500mm f/4 lens, I wanted to be sure it was supported by the best gimbal and tripod available. The Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base was an easy choice and I totally agree with their recommendation to use their gimbal head on a Gitzo Systematic tripod. I chose a Series 5 6X carbon fiber model that is rated to support 88 pounds. It is rock solid. The construction is very beefy yet it weighs only 6 pounds.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Good Stability, Great value, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: Bought this to use with a Nikon 500mm lens. Using the Wimberly 200 head. Impressed with build. Very solid on my trial run. Comforting when using lots of expensive gear. The disadvantage is the bulk and weight, but that pales when to compared to $ plus of gear broken on the ground.
Excerpt: I bought this to use with my 500mm and Gimbal head. It is built like a rock. its really stable, and solid. It is not light weight. it is pricy also but imo, worths every penny, especially if you are using a big lens.
Excerpt: I am using 500mmF4 fixed lense for birds phtography,most my photographic products bought from B& H ,and this tripod I bought few weeks ago,and found extremly versatile.Very safe with wimberly 200 head II,
Excerpt: My primary use is for wildlife with my 400/2.8 lens. Also for general nature and landscape photography. Upon removing the GT5542LS from its box, I was impressed by the design and build quality, and am assured that it will be more than capable of providing a sturdy, rock solid platform for my gear. I like the reference marks on the top section which put the height right where I need it for my 400mm lens and Wimberly gimbal head.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly