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Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Tripod Series 2 Carbon 4 Sections (Black)
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- Reversible column
- Built in hook
- Constructed from Carbon exact
- G-Lock Ultra leg logs
- Supports up to 39lbs
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|Package Height||3.8 x 4.8 x 25.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||4.6 pounds|
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Mountaineer is our 'all-purpose' carbon tripod family, both extremely rigid and light in weight. Understandably, Mountaineers are the most popular tripods in the Gitzo range. Now stiffer and stronger than ever, with newly developed Carbon exact tubes and a refined top spider design, they are also faster and easier to use, thanks to the redesigned G-lock system, Ground Level Set mechanism, and leg angle selectors.GT2542 is a sturdy, perfectly balanced, standard-height 4-section Series 2 tripod, recommended for DSLRs with 200mm lenses (up to a maximum of 300mm). Features Carbon exact tubes and larger tube diameters for significant improvements in stiffness. Top leg section diameter: 29.0mm Specs Attaches by. 1/4" and 3/8" screw Leg angles 23 Degree. 55 Degree. 83 Degree Level standard Series 2 Material Carbon Exact Rapid center column 4 leg sections Maximum height 65.75 in Maximum height (with center column down) 54.72 in Minimum height 5.91 in Closed length 22.05 in Weight 1.68 Safety payload 39.68 Reversible column Hook Removable feet Carbon exact G-lock ultra Ground level set (with unlocking ring) Leg angle selector with spring
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I am discounting 1 star because the "ground level" lock became stuck without the top part of the central column when I was removing a ball head. Took me a while to reassemble the tripod and the bolt used to lock the upper plate ended scratching the aluminium. Nothing that will affect functionality, but I was expecting more form a product with this price tag.
What I like, and why I didn't return it: When matched with a proper ball head, the tripod will weight 2.1 Kg, which is extremely light for a tripod that can hold up to 18Kg. The tripod feels sturdy, much more solid than an entry level aluminum tripod, and you can easily "feel" the reason why you are paying that much on a tripod.
Oddly enough it is not recommended to use the tripod on environments under -30º C (-22 F), which is not a common use case, but since I was planning to use this in Alaska during the winter, that presents an additional issue.
My last complain, this is an expensive tripod, but it doesn't come with spikes (-1 star), just rubber foot, so if your planning to use it outdoors, you will need to buy your own spikes. That is about an extra $40 for Gitzo branded spikes.
i have tested it with Canon 5DsR+ Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and this tripod handled them like nothing. also used it with the New Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and felt confident about this tripod will handle those big monster Body + L Lenses.
This is not an inexpensive tripod but this is tripod that you will actually use and take with you on your trips due to it's low weight. I have read stories of individuals who keep buying tripods because the tripod that was purchased was too heavy, not robust, etc. I previously had one of those tripods many years ago and it ended up in the trash bin. I do recommend this high quality tripod but paired with an appropriate head of similar quality like the Acratech ballhead.