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Gitzo GT0531 Series 0 6X Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with G-Lock - Replaces GT0530

4.5 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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  • G-Lock system for quick and secure set up.
  • 6X carbon fiber increases rigidity and vibration absorption.
  • 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: 20.87 in.; leg angles: 24°. 60°; 3 leg sections; load capacity: 11.02 lbs.; material: carbon fiber 6X; maximum height: 51.57 in.; maximum height (with center column down): 42.13 in.; minimum height: 10.63 in.; series: 0; weight: 1.59 lbs.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.4 x 4.4 x 25.2 inches
Item Weight 2.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001C9IV5Y
Item model number GT0531
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4.5 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,698 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com June 17, 2003

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By O. Peng on June 8, 2009
It's a bit pricey but hard to beat it in stability to weight ratio. I think it's overkill if you have a camera that's less than 2 pounds, but if you need an ultralight, stable tripod and have a camera/lens combo more than 2 pounds this tripod is fantastic!

I had a Velbon Maxi 343E tripod before that's about the same weight, is taller (4 sections vs the 3 on the Gitzo), but also more wobbly. That tripod worked fine when I had a lighter camera/lens combo (Canon Rebel XT & 17-55mm - 2.5 lb) but with heavier camera (Canon 5D MkII & 24-70mm - 4 lb), I needed something more stable. The Gitzo is quite solid in comparison and the construction feels great in your hands. I also have a Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber, which is made of the same material, but larger and weighs more than twice as much. It works great at home or a studio, but I made the mistake of lugging that tripod on an overnight backpacking trip. I won't be making that mistake again, now that I have this tripod!

Opening it is a snap. First pull the legs apart. Then for each leg, put your hand over the two twisting mechanisms and give it a slight turn to loosen both at the same time (the rubber grips on them help). Then extend the legs all the way, and tighten each section individually. Repeat the process for the other 2 legs. It only takes about a quarter turn to loosen or tighten the sections so the entire process is fairly fast. It's a bit difficult to describe the procedure in words but rest assured it's quite simple. I timed myself how long it took me to set it up (WITHOUT rushing) and it came out to 17 seconds. The legs telescope in and out smoothly; I've never felt any snagging that you get on cheap plastic tripods when trying to extend/contract them.
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These tripod legs are so lightweight, they go everywhere with my camera and me. Paired with a small ballhead (I use Gitzo G1077M Magnesium 0 Series Ball Head Gitzo G1077M Magnesium 0 Series Ball Head) I can barely notice their weight in the tripod pocket of my camera backpack. My only concern is that the screw-style leg locks are not appropriate for working in sand, but I'm willing to live with that in order to gain the flexibility to walk and hike miles with these tripod legs. (For beach shots, I'm generally driving anyway, so I just use my dependable Slik Able 300DX tripod.)
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This is an excellent choice if you need a travel tripod. It's compact and well designed. The only problem you will have is it being top-heavy with a professional head and any serious DSLR mounted on it. Then the weight at the top is likely to send your precious camera and lens hurtling to the pavement.
Fortunately you can affix a ballast to the bottom of the center column. I use a sand bag from Steve Kaeser with a couple of full water bottles in it (clever, eh?). That way you don't have to lug around and full sand bag and you also have water to drink.

This is very well made - if expensive tripod.
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It's a nice tripod & really light weight, but there are a few issues I have with it. I have a Manfrotto with the locking flip levers on it's legs, to adjust up and down, this tripod has the screw type, what they call section reducers. I live around water & sand and use my Manfrotto in it all the time, with 0 problems, but wanted something lighter for travel & hiking and bought this Gitzo for it. Took it to Maui and it did terrible in sand. I would hose it off every night to get the salt water & sand off it and I would end up having to take it apart to clean the sand out of the threads. With all this cleaning, I lost one of the plastic pieces, they fall right off when you take the legs apart, there are two per section reducer, it keeps the leg from completely falling out of the section reducers, when the leg is loosened for height adjustment. I consider this a huge design flaw, but found that a little plastic twist tie works, pulled through the holes & cut to size, to keep the leg from falling out of the section reducer, when the leg is loosened. I now keep a stiff bristled toothbrush in my pack, to brush out any dirt/grit that might get captured in the threads of this tripod. If I could marry the Manfrotto locking flip levers with this tripod, it would be perfect.

Update: They have replaced the plastic seduction reducers from two piece clamp to a one piece clamp, it doesn't fall off now. Part number for lower section clamp is D002.12 and for the upper part of the leg, it's D002.16. If you decide to order them, they might take months to get. In my case, it took about 3 to 4 months to get them and I ordered directly from Manfrotto, but you can order them through B&H photo too.
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OK, how many times have you thought before a family trip - should I take the tripod? It is so big and awkward. Well, with the Gitzo you don't have to think long because it will be with you for when you need it. I cannot believe how light it is yet it is also strong. I have a larger tripod as well - also carbon - but I found myself leaving it behind. This Gitzo GT0531 is perfect for attaching to your camera bag/back pack and then as the light is fading, taking that 1/2 second exposure that is still razor sharp. If I was to only buy one tripod, it might be this one because I would have it with me.

Just a caveat, everyone shoots differently. I am shooting a Canon 5D III and rarely use a lens longer than 70-200mm. So, if you are using longer telephotos or have a bigger heavier camera, you might want a bigger tripod. However, I am of the school that "who cares if you own it if it is not with you when you need it" school of thought so I would rather have something that I would have with me.
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