Gitzo GT2531 uses advanced “Carbon 6X” carbon fiber material for its leg construction and ideal for use with DSLRs with 200mm lenses (up to a 300mm maximum), lightweight camcorders, and spotting scopes. The tripod offers an excellent load capacity rating of 26.4 lbs (12kg) and features Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System, G-Lock Design, Power Disc, Redesigned Upper Discs & Bolts, Ground-Level Set, 1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube, Removable Leg Tips and rapid column. The Gitzo GT2531 has maximum height (with centre column down): 54.33 in, minimum height: 6.69 in, and it weighs 3.02 lbs/ 1.37 kg.
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Gitzo GT2531 User Reviews
Excellent Quality and Stability
“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.” – By Scott O
“My interest is in landscape photography, and I mainly shoot with a Canon 5D body and 17-40, 24-105, or 70-200 lenses. More often than not, it is the ultrawide angle that is mounted. So I was looking for a tripod to support a moderate weight load, and to be able to stabilize up to a 200 mm lens.. In this type of photography, a tripod is non-negotiable. The Gitzo 2531 is plenty stable for long exposures even with the 200mm lens.” – By Jon Booker
“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.” – By neihtn
One of the best medium sized tripods out there
“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.” – By Jonathan Ee
Expensive, Not Chinese, Possibly the Best in its Weight Class
“If you want a tripod that can hold 26 lbs(or more), then the Gitzo GT2531 is worth considering. It’s simply designed, rock solid, well engineered, and easy to use. I don’t say this often, but it’s a thing of beauty.” – By jake-a-zon
Gitzo Carbon Legs + Arca Swiss Ball = Sharpest Images Ever
“I finally decided to pony up the cash I had been laying out for years on better Lenses, Wow did I wait way too long, this Gitzo is Awesome! Now the P-0 Arca-Swiss ballhead makes it that much simpler to lock my camera down Super-Quick & Super-Firm, and it stays there with Zero drifting at all! (Nikon D700 & 70-200mm 2.8 These GT2531 legs open and close with no effort and No worry.” – By B. Mason
Finally, the right tripod
“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.” – By J. Woidat
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Gitzo GT2531 User Manual
Gitzo GT2531 Features & Specifications
The Gitzo GT2531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs uses advanced “Carbon 6X” carbon fiber material for its leg construction. This improved tubing is stronger, lighter 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 GT2531 is ideal for use with DSLRs with 200mm lenses (up to a 300mm maximum), lightweight camcorders, and spotting scopes. It offers an excellent load capacity rating of 26.4 lbs (12kg), and good torsional rigidity.
Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System
The Anti-Rotation Leg (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.
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.
The Power Disc features two locking screws, one directly for the column and one for the head. This assures a rock solid connection of the whole system. This machined aluminum disc also includes the Safe Lock material, which cuts down on vibrations.
Redesigned Upper Discs & Bolts
This tripod features completely redesigned upper discs and bolts. The discs, which are composed of aluminum, feature a safe lock material that reduces vibrations and improves head locking. The improved high-grade stainless steel bolt design prevents it from dropping inside the column when adjusted, and makes controlling the tread length stress-free. The redesigned bolts are also corrosion and oxidation resistant.
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. In addition, this tripod has a redesigned magnesium upper casting for a further weight reduction, and a third ultra low leg spread to take full advantage of the Ground Level Set.
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 allows the legs to be set individually at 24°, 55° and 90° to cover every angle you want to shoot.
Redesigned built-in, self-locking, 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.
Removable Leg Tips
Removable self-locking rubber leg tips are interchangeable with Gitzo universal accessories such as the big foot, long spike, etc.
Grooved Rapid center column, with locking collar, for improved stability.
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