Gitzo GT1541T

Gitzo GT1541T uses advanced “Carbon 6X” carbon fiber material for its leg construction and ideal for use with a pro DSLR with a 135mm lens (up to a 200mm maximum), MiniDV camcorders, or spotting scopes. The tripod features Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System, G-Lock Design, Ground-Level Set, 1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube, Performance Design, Hook, Removable Leg Tips and rapid column. The Gitzo GT1541T has maximum height of 55.12 in, maximum height (with cent tre column down) 44.49 in, minimum height 6.89 in, and weighs 2.14 lbs.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

User Opinions

Gitzo GT1541T User Reviews

VERY nice, light and STRONG tripod
“I was a little hesitant about paying this much for a tripod but all I can say is that it is half the weight of most I have lifted yet extends to the same size. It is very compact when closed (about 17″) and weighs (with the Gitzo G1278M head) about 3 pounds, which is great when I travel. Even my wife, who is not into photography equipment much, said that the piece is very attractive and light enough so that she may borrow it once in a while.” – By David
Rating: ★★★★★

Gitzo 1541T Traveller tripod
“Lightweight carbon fiber tripod, folds extremely small. I normally use a bigger stronger carbon fiber Gitzo tripod with an Acratech head for my Nikon D2X. I got the 1541T (with a lightweight Really Right Stuff head) for travelling light with hand luggage only. Certainly, my normal tripod better suits the weight of the Nikon with a decent lens, and the 1541 cannot match its strength and stability.” – By Alisdair Aird
Rating: ★★★★★

“I bought this Gitzo for when I really need to travel light (I own the GT3541XLS as well for when I need a sturdier tripod). I debated the traveller for some time. Was it worth $500 for a second tripod for occasional use? After 6 months of debate I broke down and bought it after forgoing a tripod on a recent weekend trip and feeling totally bummed by less than tack sharp shots. All I can say is WOW! Light but very sturdy.” – By DigitalMan
Rating: ★★★★★

Carry Anywhere Tripod
“I think the camera and lens combination I was using is pushing the limits for stability for this tripod. When I adjusted the view through the camera, locked the head and took my hand off, the end of the lens sagged slightly, even though I used the lens mount. This indicates some flexibility in the tripod. With smaller lens, this was not noticed. Compromises have to be made to have a tripod this small and light and I consider it acceptable as I do not use the long lens all the time. The pictures I took using this tripod were sharp, much better than I could do by hand holding.” – By David G. Wilkins
Rating: ★★★★★

awesome tripod
“I’ve had it for about 6 months or so, taken it to Big Bend and around town. Great tripod, have the Gitzo entry ball head (G1178M) as well. Bought together and got the $100 rebate. Wait for the rebate to come around, I think it does every year. Expensive enough even with the discount. Only reason I give 4 stars. Hiked the south rim trail at big bend carrying this the whole way and no fatigue. I love this and hopefully will have it for years and years. “ – By Christian G. Vanzant
Rating: ★★★★☆

The Best 2 Pound Travel Tripod Ever
“You can find lighter or heavier, bigger and smaller tripods but this is the very best small travel pod ever. At 2 pounds and 16″ folded it is tiny and light but it holds a 70-200 f/2.8 lens easily. It is flawlessly made, rock solid (for a 2 pound pod) and so easy to carry. Mate it with a tiny ball head like a RRS BH-25 and you have a very good, sub 3 pound, 16” folded pod and head. No more excuses to leave the tripod at home when you travel or hike. It is not cheap, but it is the best. Period. “ – By Anthony M. Zipple
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent lightweight tripod
“After much searching, I decided on the Gitzo 1541T with a Markins Q3T ball head and a really Right Stuff L plate. The tripod is very lightweight and compact, and easily fit into my suitcase. I did not take it with me everywhere, but when I did it was easy to carry. I gave it a good workout with long exposures at night and it worked great. Hanging my backback off of the hook at the bottom of the tripod really made it quite stable with my Canon 450D and a 70-300 mm zoom. The construction is excellent. A bit pricey but I figure I will use it for the next 25+ years so worth it in the long run.” – By Stephen B. Goodwin
Rating: ★★★★★

It’s all true
“All the good things you may have read about this tripod are true. Extremely light, extremely compact, extremely rigid, well engineered and well fabricated is how I would describe it. It probably won’t replace the big heavy tripod you use while snapping photos of grizzlies while enduring gale force winds in rough terrain in Alaska, but if you’re shooting a barn in the morning mist off a road in Virginia it’s perfect. I got the Markin head to go with it and, unlike my big muscullar Manfrotto (now relagated to the studio,) I take it everywhere.” – By JackRack
Rating: ★★★★☆

Sweet Traveling Tripod
“Well, with excellent implementation of more advanced tech, like carbon fiber. The primary rig I use on the tripod is the Xsi, with Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens [much bigger and heavier than the kit lens], an RRS B85 flash bracket, Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash; essentially the rig you can see here: […]. A Rock of Gibraltar in a hurricane? Maybe not, but steady under most circumstances. Extremely light for its size, and very easy to use.This is a great “if you can only buy one Gitzo, and you travel with it” tripod…” – By Colonel Panic
Rating: ★★★★★

Decent travel tripod
“Stability-wise, it is pretty decent, given the small size and light weight. You can hang the camera bag on the center column hook (which is a nice feature of this tripod), and try not to extend the center column to increase stability. However, I do feel that it is still slightly shaky when four sections are fully extended, especially at the lower mode , but I think that’s the price to pay for a travel size tripod. I read some reviews which are concerned about the durability of the rubbery feet (where it touches the floor), but I haven’t used it long enough to comment on this…” – By Z. Ouyang
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Features & Specifications

Gitzo GT1541T Features & Specifications

The Gitzo GT1541T Traveler 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs uses a unique patented 180° folding mechanism that accommodates a head inside the folded tripod legs, which makes this the smallest folded tripod for its open size and number of sections. In addition, this tripod uses advanced “Carbon 6X” carbon fiber material for its leg construction. This improved tubing is stronger, lighter than and as resistant as its 12 layer predecessor. Carbon “6X” is manufactured using a complex, 3-D process weaving 6 layers of carbon fiber into smooth, solid constructed tubes.

The GT1541T is ideal for use with a pro DSLR with a 135mm lens (up to a 200mm maximum), MiniDV camcorders, or spotting scopes. This Series 1 model is the ideal solution for photographers on the move or when space and weight are key factors.

Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) System
The Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) system makes it quick and easy to open and close the tripod. Simply turn all of the locking rings at once and the whole leg can be pulled out in seconds.

G-Lock Design
The G-Lock mechanism has been completely redesigned in order to achieve a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. G-Lock’s special design also provides a “gravity lock” effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock.

Ground-Level Set
This feature allows you to remove the center column to save weight and get the camera closer to the ground. The upper disk is removed from the center column and inserted directly into the upper casting using the column hook. No tools required.

1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube
Gitzo was able to develop a six-crossed multilayer carbon fiber 30% lighter than the previous 1.5mm generation that features the same exceptional performance of stability and vibration absorption and unbeatable quality.

Performance Design
Performance design allows the legs to be set individually at 24°, 55° and 90° to cover every angle you want to shoot.

Redesigned built-in, spring-loaded retractable hook on the bottom of the center column provides a place to hang a stabilizing counterweight such as camera, sand or water bags. It has also been improved with a self locking system that avoids accidental loss.

Removable Leg Tips
Removable rubber leg tips are interchangeable with Gitzo universal accessories such as the big foot, long spike, etc. They have also been improved with a self locking system that avoids accidental loss.

Rapid Column
Grooved Rapid center column, with locking collar, for improved stability.

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