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Gitzo GT2531 Series 2 6X Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with G-Lock - Replaces GT2530

by Gitzo
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • G-Lock system for quick and secure set up.
  • 6X carbon fiber increases rigidity and vibration absorbtion.
  • Ultra light.
  • New design stops legs from rotating.
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Product Description

When Gitzo launched the Mountaineer tripods in 1994, they were the World first carbon fiber tripods. Ever since then they’ve set the standard for performance and quality. The main feature of the range is the new 6X carbon fiber tube, made of a unique structure of 6 crossed layers that maximizes rigidity, vibration absorption and lightweight performance. 6X tube has a high density structure made of top quality ultra-thin carbon fibers (7?m or 0.007 mm). Built-in Anti Leg Rotation is now a feature of the whole carbon fiber range. Mountaineer tripods have been further improved with features and details that increase performance, versatility and quality. Attachment: 1/4-Inch and 3/8-Inch screws; rapid center column; closed length: 25.59 in.; leg angles: 24°. 60°; 3 leg sections; load capacity: 26.46 lbs.; material: carbon fiber 6X; maximum height: 63.39 in.; maximum height (with center column down): 54.33 in.; minimum height: 12.99 in.; series: 2; weight: 3.15 lbs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 4.4 x 27.4 inches ; 3.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B001F0RNZ4
  • Item model number: GT2531
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Customer Reviews

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I have been photography for years and this is my second carbon fiber tripod. The first was a manfrotto carbon one. It had locking clamps instead of the Gitzo twist locks and was a four section instead of a three. No that I have changed to the 3 section and twist locks it is hard to go back.

Three section tripods are definitely more stable than four sections. You can set up in less time and there are less parts for dirt and sand to get into. The twist locks makes the legs more "smooth" than if it had the locking clamps. I do find that set up time is longer with the twist locks, but the tripod is much sleeker and travels better without the clamps.

As expected this baby is super light and built like a tank. Nothing but great things to say about the quality of it. I use a Really Right Stuff BH-40 ball head with it and its an amazing set up. I use medium format and even large panoramic film cameras on this setup and no problems at all. Great for landscape and travel photography.
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I've been looking for a light, strong tripod to take out on hikes for nature photography. I had an older Gitzo that was the next level up (3-series?), but at nearly 5 pounds it was just too heavy. The 2531 is a light but feels very solid. I think the 3 leg section tripod is definitely the way to go for the 25XX series, as 4 sections I'm sure would not feel as stable. I used it with a 5DII and 300 2.8 lens this morning, and while stretching the specified limit on this model, it performed fine. The leg locks are much easier to use than my older model. Be careful with the tripod feet, as I lost a couple on my first outing as they are known to get loose easily. I think a accidentally loosened them while thinking I was working a leg lock, but Gitzo customer service sent replacment feet no questions asked.

Yes, its expensive, but I was happy to pay it for just the right tripod.
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I have used this tripod for a couple of years and find it to be excellent. Wife uses it now, although I borrow it for situations which require less weight. I won't echo the earlier posts, but I do agree with them. The only flaw is the feet...they are amazingly easy to lose until you discover they need to be secured with Lock Tite. I currently use a Really Right Stuff tripod, and find it very slightly superior, but it is a larger and heavier model. Note to those in the market for a new tripod: Take out a loan or do whatever it takes to buy the best. Most people keep upgrading and upgrading, spending much more over time than they would if they just bit the bullet and bought a top of the line model to start with.
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By neihtn on December 24, 2010
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I have used this tripod for the past six months, taking it to the Grand Canyon and other parks in the West, as well as to other places on the Mid-Atlantic coast. It has performed flawlessly in every situation. I was worried about its size and weight, especially when compared to a traveler version. However, I have walked miles, carrying it down and up many places, and have never found it to be an impediment in any way.
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The Gitzo GT2531 tripod is superbly built and rock-solid with a high-quality look to it. My criticisms are that the legs are quite stiff to move (perhaps a necessity to achieve stability) and the documentation that comes with the tripod is very poor. It's nothing more than a large sheet of paper with drawings that attempt to show how to operate the tripod. Thus far, when I remove the center column, I've not been able to achieve the same stability with my Really Right Stuff ballhead and I suspect I'm doing something wrong but the directions don't make it easy to figure out what that is. In addition, I've already lost one of the rubber feet from the tripod. They easily unscrew in the same direction as the locks that control leg extension and so it is very easy to inadvertently loosen the feet while turning the locks. That taught me to ensure that the feet are screwed on tightly before each use. Calling Gitzo for replacement feet also revealed that the company has a long way to go in learning marketing. There are no part numbers included with the documentation, their web site is primitive, they don't have an 800 number and one must telephone the parts department to place an order. It's not possible to order using the web. On the other hand, Gitzo did respond to my e-mail fairly promptly with the necessary part numbers and instructions on calling the parts department. I haven't received the replacement foot yet (I ordered a 3-pack, figuring it's likely that I'll lose another eventually) but I'm not anticipating any problems. Considering that the tripod is very expensive (around $600), it does seem that the company could do better. But, having said all that, I'll refer back to my opening sentence and reiterate that the "tripod is superbly built and rock-solid with a high-quality look to it". I have no regrets buying it, I would do so again and expect it to serve me well for a lifetime.
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I purchased my Gitzo 2531 last fall (2011). I had read about losing screw-in rubber feet in various Gitzo customer reviews but never thought it would be a problem. I had torqued each foot. Half way through my first photo club field trip this spring, I realized not only was a rubber foot missing but so was the entire foot assembly of that leg. The bottom of the carbon fiber tube was empty. The missing parts could not be located.
I don't recall how I came across Manfrotto Distribution, which is my point in writing, but after a couple of false starts with incorrect parts, I sent the tripod for repair. It took roughly a week. The staff was responsive. There was no charge. FYI: Manfrotto Distribution, 565 E. Crescent Ave., Ramsey, NJ 07446, (201)818-9500 > Service.
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