Gitzo GT3533LS Test Results

The GT3533LS is from Gitzo’s large systematic line of tripods.  The previous tripods that I have tested performed brilliantly, and this 3 series one is not exception.    The stiffness and damping performance is excellent and the size and weight are on the low end for this style tripod.  Gitzo makes so many variants of the systematic tripods though, that this tripod isn’t that different in terms of weight than the thicker-legged GT4533LS.

Table Here

NameGitzo GT3533LS Sytematic
ClassSystematic
Yaw Stiffness1399 +/- 4 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.406 +/- 0.04 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness4612 +/- 28 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.821 +/- 0.082 Js/rad
Retail Price$860
Weight4.59 lbs (2.08 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating55 lbs
Maximum Height59.7 in (151.6 cm)
Minimum Height3.9 in (9.9 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter2.8 in (7.1 cm)
Folded Length26.5 in (67.3 cm)
Folded Circumference15.3 in (38.9 cm)
Folded Volume494.0 cu. in. (8.1 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections3
Primary Leg Angle23 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter32.9 mm
Second Tube Diameter29.0 mm
Third Tube Diameter25.4 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber Platform
Bottom HookYes

The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement.  The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data. I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data.  All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating. The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column down.

 

Example data for oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

Data all looks good.  Excellent stiffness, good damping.

 

Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:

Definitely hitting the right resonance, but the damping is so high that the oscillation doesn’t look so clean.