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...
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.
Excerpt: Sometimes it is just that simple: you get what you pay for. At $xxxx, one might think it insane to buy this tripod (add a comparable head, and you are at $xxxx). But then you use it: strong, light, and moving parts that work with the smoothness one expects from high end aircraft parts.
Excerpt: I bought the 5542ls about a week ago to support my nikon d4 with 400 2.8 vr.This is the best tripod I ever bought.It is a piece of art. Rock solid you can see and feel that it's made to perfection. I am very happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend this tripod if you have heavy gear.
Excerpt: For me, this tripod replaces a G3541 and a G1500. It's as steady as the G1500 and only a little heavier than the G3541.
I'm using it with a D800E with lenses up to 300mm 2.8G, where every bit of stability matters.
Excerpt: Being a landscape photographer, I was looking for the sturdiest tripod I could find, but that would also not break my back on long hikes. This tripod is absolutely the best in the market with those specifications in mind.
Excerpt: I take photos of birds and wildlife using Canon Mk iii 5d and both 600mm and 500mm lens with 1.4x extenders .Before the series 5 results were mixed.Now I am getting results that are I had hoped for
The 5 series is great with a gimbal Wimberly head
Excerpt: First off, I also have the GT3541L. The GT3541L definitely has some flex with the legs fully extended. The GT5542 has no flex what so ever fully extended, it's ROCK SOLID! It has a quality feel and exceptional construction that I have come to expect from Gitzo.