Excerpt: This tripod is perfect for shooting laydowns on location or in a studio. The height is beyond fantastic. It is easy to open, super light weight which is amazing when you are traveling and need the height. I would recommend to anyone and would buy it again.
Excerpt: I am a full-time architectural photographer, and this is simply the best tripod I have ever used. I originally purchased this unit as a specialty item, in order to capture slightly elevated views of residential properties. I also own a telescopic mast, which is great for reaching heights of 10ft - 60ft, but at the expense of time and fatigue from the considerable set up.
Excerpt: I wanted a tripod sturdy enough to handle my telephotos up to 600mm +/- teleconverters. This tripod is a very nice addition to the 3-series Systematic I already own and use regularly. I don't think I'll need another tripod the rest of my life!
Excerpt: This is one tripod that will last a lifetime.A Very nice design and well built.I use it for birds Photography and i am very happy with it, we spend money on expensive lenses its nuts not to bay a good tripod. This is a Great tripod.
Excerpt: I am using this tripod to lift my camera and my Faro scanner up high, where I can get the vantage point I'm looking for. This thing is rock solid and the legs extend very quickly. Great tripod.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: Love this tripod. Had the original mountaineer, it was too light. Love the G-locks, it makes adjusting heights easy. This is one tripod that will last a lifetime. My only complain is for the price I wish it came with a bag.
Summary: There is nothing quite like the Gitzo Series 5 Giant out there in the tripod world and what a amazing bit of kit it is. There is no getting around the weight, even with all that carbon fibre trekking up mountains is off the cards unless you take a mule. However, when you consider the height this thing goes too it soon becomes obvious why and it's actually is very good all things considered.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Height, Locks In Tight