Gitzo GM3551 is a 5-section monopod that uses advanced “Carbon 6X” carbon fiber material for its leg construction and ideal support cameras up to 39.6 lb (18 kg). The tripod features 1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube, Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System with Wrist Strap with Belt Clip and Removable Leg Tip. The Gitzo GM3551 has maximum height of 75.6″ (192cm), Folded Length 21.3″ (54cm), Load Capacity 39.6 lb (18kg), and weighs 1.4 lbs (620g).
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Gitzo GM3551 User Reviews
Gitzo does it again
“I just picked up a Nikon 80-400mm VR lens but found that it was just a bit too heavy to hand hold for all shots so I picked up this Gitzo monopod for a bit more support. It is very lightweight, makes carrying this lens with a D300 body a joy, allowing for some great shots that I might have missed without the extra support. I have yet to give it an all day trial, but knowing how much I like my Gitzo 6X tripod, I am sure it will function flawlessly.” – By Joe the Photo Enthusiast
This is the one for my 400MM Lens
“I recently purchased the Canon 400mm Lens and found out real quick that I needed a much better monopod than I had to handle my 12 lb lens and the 7D body for my sports shots. Even though other monopods specs showed that the could hold that kind of weight, you REALLY need to double your specs for proper stabilization. When I shoot action I need to plant my monopod quickly with no “wobble”. The GITZO GM3551 handles this job flawlessly. It’s true what they say, “You get what you pay for” And with this GITZO product it is the best quality and workmanship I’ve seen. Worth the money. Get off the fence, get it.” – By RStoler
Terrific & Taller
“Bought a Gitzo 2541 and it was terrific and a bit lighter and smaller, but I am 6’3″ and even with a monopod ballhead, when shooting a Nikon D90 with Kirk L bracket vertical orientation, I was stooping. So, another $50 brings me the 3551. It is fabulously longer and of course, Cadillac build and rock solid.” – By Foothills Larry
High Quality Piece of Equipment
“I use this for shooting sports, and just like the Gitzo tripod this is a great piece of equipment. It’s easy to use, stable and adds little weight to the lens/camera that I’m carrying around. (Most of the time it’s a Nikon AF-S 300mm 2.8). I use this with the RRS Monopod Head which works very well. Definitely recommend this monopod.” – By Russ
Gitzo quality and functionality
“Lightweight combined with great compactness make for an excellent anytime, anywhere accessory. I shot at dusk off a moving boat and had some really nice shots. I don’t own any lenses larger than 135mm but would feel very comfortable with a 300-400mm lens. G-Locks let you open in seconds and combined with a Gitzo big foot offer a very stable platform.” – By mosipd
“I use this monopod with my Nikon D300s and 500mm VR lens. It’s rock solid and I have no concerns about it collapsing on me. I was a bit concerned about being able to deploy it quickly, but with the G-lock legs, you can unscrew 3 sections at once, extend, then tighten. It’s just the right height that I don’t need the last section to extend at all. In order to get some more flexibility, I added a Manfrotto pivoting monopod head and an Arca-Swiss compatible clamp.” – By DvD5
“I got this monopod after reading great reviews on a photography forum I frequent. It is a great product and the build quality is superb. It is pricey but you normally get what you pay for. I topped it off with a Really Right Stuff monopod head. Wow, what a combination! Highly recommend this monopod if you are looking for quality.” – By Alvin
“I have owned a ridiculous number of monopods and was never satisfied: 1) Bogen/Manfrotto aluminum one (too heavy and long when closed up); 2) Gitzo 2540 (not enough load rating); 3) Gitzo 5540 (overkill); 4) Induro CF model (forget the number – did not like the column locks); 5) the Gitzo 3551. I love everything about this monopod: the weight (1.4 pounds), the maximum height (nearly 76 inches); the minimum height (just 21.3 inches); the Gitzo G-lock column locking system; and the superb Gitzo construction. I coupled this with the newer Really Right Stuff monopod head, and it is a superb combination. No more monopod trials for me!!! “ – By R. Lanthier
Gitzo GM3551 Expert Reviews
Gitzo GM3551 User Manual
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Gitzo GM3551 Features & Specifications
The Gitzo GM3551 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod is a Series 3, 5-section monopod that weighs less than 1.5 lbs, but can still support cameras up to 39.6 lb (18 kg). This monopod also incorporates Gitzo’s revolutionary 6X technology tube, which reduces the overall monopod’s weight up to 25% without sacrificing strength or stability.
The G-Lock mechanism has been completely redesigned in order to achieve a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. G-Lock’s special design also provides a “gravity lock” effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock.
1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube
Gitzo was able to develop a six-crossed multilayer carbon fiber 30% lighter than the previous 1.5mm generation that features the same exceptional performance of stability and vibration absorption and unbeatable quality.
Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System
The Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) system makes it quick and easy to open and close the monopod. Simply turn all of the locking rings at once and the whole leg can be pulled out in seconds.
Wrist Strap with Belt Clip
Connected to the top plate is a wrist strap, with a handy wide belt clip incorporated. This makes it possible to hang the monopod directly from a belt, strap, or pocket.
Removable Leg Tip
The self-locking removable rubber leg tip is interchangeable with Gitzo universal accessories such as the big foot, long spike, etc.
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