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

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 Information

Product Dimensions 4.4 x 4.4 x 27.4 inches
Item Weight 3.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B001F0RNZ4
Item model number GT2531
Customer Reviews
4.8 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #999 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Tripods & Monopods > Complete Tripods
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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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 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 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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This is the medium-weight all-purpose tripod that would be suitable for most any SLR with normal to moderate telephoto lenses. It's solid, stable and you won't go wrong using this tripod for most purposes. It's light and compact. It's light enough to pack and carry anywhere. I prefer the 3-section legs for stability, and don't find that the small amount of extra length is a problem.

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.
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By Kid Doc on September 15, 2013
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Carbon fiber tripods are becoming a necessity to allow for stability of DSLR cameras and especially with long lenses- and to allow portability. This tripod was recommended on many blogs I look at and I think for good reason. It is very sturdy, is very light, has a weight hook.
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.
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This tripod is worth every penny. The build quality is what you'd expect for a tripod of this caliber. If it ever breaks I would be surprised. It's just a shame I had to buy the spikes as an option, seeing this IS the Mountaineer model after all. What else can I say? This is one of the most highly recommended and used tripods by photo bugs. Save your pennies and get a Gitzo.
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