Gitzo GT5563GS Systematic Series 5 Carbon Fiber Tripod (Giant) review

The Gitzo GT5563GS is a tripod designed for professionals with extreme demands for both quality and height

The Gitzo GT5563GS review
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Digital Camera World Verdict

The Gitzo GT5563GS is an expensive tripod and probably isn't for most photographers. The build quality is exceptional and the 40KG weight capacity of offers a great deal of flexibility. The biggest advantage of this tripod is the extreme height it can reach of 278cm even without center columns. This could be beneficial for architectural photographers that require better control over perspective, or any kind photography where height and viewpoint are essential to the composition.


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    Exceptional build quality

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    unrivaled control over height

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    Modular design


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    Very expensive

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    Flex in the legs when fully extended

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The Gitzo GT5563GS is a pretty unique tripod because of what it offers. This tripod is described as 'Giant' because of the extreme heights it can reach. With a maximum height when of 278cm, the Gitzo GT5563GS is literally taller than the tallest person in the world. 

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!