Gitzo GT0531 Series 0 6X Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with G-Lock - Replaces GT0530
|Price:||$469.88 + $10.40 shipping|
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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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|Item Dimensions||25.16 x 4.41 x 4.41 inches|
|Material Type||carbon fiber|
|Shipping Weight||2.4 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little tripod for backpacking. A little expensive, but the stability at this weight is what you are paying for. I own a couple Gitzo's and I'm a big fan.Published on August 15, 2014 by Jojo
The best tripod is the one you take with you. This tripod is the smallest, lightest tripod that you could buy that could firmly hold all buy your longest lenses. Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by Donald Scarinci
I was amazed at how sturdy the tripod is even though it is so lightweight. It is also very striking in appearance because of the carbon fiber construction. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Amazon Customer