Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod for Cameras
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- Carbon Fiber construction
- Highly portable support with no compromise
- G-Lock for quick and accurate locking action
- Ground level set for low shooting
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The Gitzo GT1542T tripod combines the compactness and light weight of the Gitzo Traveler System with the stability and size of a regular Mountaineer Series 1 tripod. The carbon fiber construction makes this tripod extremely light, durable and stable. It is dedicated to the high-end user seeking for a highly portable support with no compromise. The Traveler tripod is the most compact professional tripod in the market. It is the right solution for photographers looking for lightweight and compactness in pure state in a professional tripod, when traveling (and flying) is a common practice. In order to achieve this "magic," Gitzo developed a unique patented folding mechanism that gets rid of any space inefficiency in the support system. The head is now accommodated inside the folded tripod legs and this makes it the smallest folded tripod for its open size and number of sections. Matching this compactness with the sturdiness of lightweight carbon fiber and good speed in setup makes the Traveler the ultimate tripod. All Traveler tripods feature the Ground Level Set that allows for low shooting positions and further weight savings. This position is achieved by fixing the head and/or disc (included) directly to the tripod top casting, thus eliminating the center column. The included aluminum upper disc features a Safe Lock, which cuts vibrations and improves the grip between tripod and head. Traveler tripods come with a convenient anti dust bag for storage and packing. The textile anti dust bag is also an answer to environmental protection, aiming to reduce the amount of plastic bags that the world indplastic bags that global industry is introducing into the environment each day. Technical Specifications: rapid center column; Closed Length 16.73 in; Load Capacity 15.43 lbs.; Material carbon fiber 6X; Maximum Height 58.66 in; Maximum Height (with Center Column Down) 45.87 in; Minimum Height 8.66 in; Weight 2.2 lbs.
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I'm 5'11" and with the legs fully extended, the center column all the way up, with a Really Right Stuff BH-40 and a Nikon D600, the viewfinder sits maybe an inch below eye level. As far as I'm concerned, this is as close to perfect as I'm ever going to get from a tiny tripod. Yes, I'd much rather have a tripod that gets to eye level with no center column for the added stability, but that's clearly not going to happen with this class of tripod.
The unit is mostly very stable, but not as stable as the Manfrotto 055 series. My other tripod is a Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 and it's a tank. It's also ridiculously stable. It's also a completely different class of tripod, thus making the comparison a bit ridiculous. I guess what I'm saying is that if you value stability more than portability, shop elsewhere. There is a little bit of wobble if you have the center column up and there's wind, but I've not had any issues with the center column down. This is a little surprising given the 4 section legs and how small the end sections are. I'll chalk it up as a testament to the quality of engineering. Also, my Manfrotto, which I previous thought was very nice, kinds of looks like a toy compared to the tiny Gitzo, which is very clean. Not that the look of a tripod has anything to do with anything, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Finally it's worth noting that this thing is, as advertised, tiny and lightweight. On an interesting note, to fold it down to its smallest size the center column must be fully extended and the legs inverted. I'm yet to get tired carrying it around, and I can easily clip it to my camera bag without worrying about it getting in the way of anything, both of which are issues I frequently have with my big tripod. It very easily fits into carry-on luggage, even my somewhat awkwardly shaped backpack, and it weighs as close to nothing as you're likely to find in a nice tripod.
Buy this tripod if:
- You need a good, stable tripod that collapses very small, but also extends quite a bit.
Do not buy this tripod if:
- You ultimately require more stability and height over portability.
My only complaint, is that unlike my other tripods there is no set screw in the center post plate to which the gimbal is attached. In the field without the set screw, a ball head tends to loosen and rotate on the center post plate, causing stability problems.
I posted this issue and all responses are that this center post mounting plate is not supplied with a set screw.
Inspection of the plate reveals that there is a hole in the plate, but it is unthreaded and does not completely penetrate the mounting plate.
Gitzo.l Here is a suggestion. Put a set screw in camera plate to prevent a ball head from rotating unintentionally.
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