Gitzo GT2531 Series 2 6X Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod with G-Lock - Replaces GT2530
|Price:||$499.88 + $12.95 shipping|
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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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|Item Dimensions||27.44 x 4.41 x 4.41 inches|
|Item Weight||3.8 pounds|
|Material Type||carbon fiber|
|Maximum Height||63 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.1 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, its expensive, but I was happy to pay it for just the right tripod.
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.
Having said that, I use this more as a secondary tripod when I am doing multiple cameras. I find that I use my Gitzo Explorer (GT2531EX) far more. The Explorer has a rotatable arm that is handy at times for odd angles, and has lever-action leg-locks that allow the legs to lock to any angle - useful in rough conditions. That does come with a price, and this non-EX version is somewhat more stable and solid and can handle more weight than the Explorer model.
If you are going to use a tripod, use a decent tripod sized to your camera and lens and conditions. This (Series 2) is excellent for most conditions and most lenses including heavier lenses such as the 80-400mm Nikon. It would not be suitable for really big and heavy lenses. This tripod can handle some extra weight either from a hook or a beanbag on the camera to provide better damping.
I've found the versatility of the EX series to be compelling enough that it is usually the tripod that I take with me, but this one is better for basic camera support and stability.
One issue I had may have been related to what I read on the Gitzo web site. I thought there was a level on this tripod, but there isn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Light weight. Quick to set up. Extremely stable. Gitzo quality.Published 22 months ago by Daniel J. Cain
As a pro use this every day and have taken over 1/2 million pictures using it. (no that's not a typo). Use for HDR so has to be stable. Read morePublished on March 12, 2014 by Chris Newman
After a few other less expensive tripods I finally went all in on this Gitzo. My heaviest camera/lens combo is a 70-200 f2.8 with a 1.4X TC on a full frame DSLR. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by CO photographer
I love this tripod. Very well built and light. This tripod will last me for many years. If I had any complaints it might be that it does not lend itself to backpacking very well do... Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by jjustus
This is a quality tripod and I am happy with it. However it's not exactly what I expected. I coughed up a LOT more money for a carbon fiber tripod but it's weight still seems a bit... Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Derek Quessenberry
Just like all the other reviewers have mentioned, it was well worth the price! I recommend it! It is light weight and super sturdy.Published on January 30, 2013 by Tyrone D Pham
I have used many tripods over the years, and gradually the ones I DON'T LIKE END UP FURTHER AND FURTHER BACK IN THE CLOSET. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Bright Day
This is a great Tripod easy to use,light to carry and VERY versatile.The one drawback is the price,but you are only going to buy such a tripod once. Read morePublished on December 25, 2012 by Surselva
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. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Jllbeans