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Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs

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Product Highlights
  • Rapid Column
  • Series 2
  • Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg)

The Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod 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.

This tripod incorporates many new ideas in tripod design and offers extreme flexibility. It features individually locking legs that can be fixed at any angle from 0° to 90° and a column that will tilt from the vertical, right over beyond the horizontal and lock solidly at any angle.

The GT2541EX is especially ideal for outdoor macro and nature photography, when used with digital SLRs with 200mm lenses (up to a 300mm maximum), lightweight camcorders, or 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.
Locking Column System
The Explorer is fitted with a column that can tilt from the vertical, beyond the horizontal and lock safely at any angle.
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.
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.
1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube
Gitzo was able to develop a six-crossed multilayer carbon fiber 30 percent lighter than the previous 1.5mm generation that features the same exceptional performance of stability and vibration absorption and unbeatable quality.
Locking Angle System
The explorer incorporates individually locking legs that can be fixed at any angle from 0° to 90°.
Hook
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.
Removable Leg Tips
Removable rubber leg tips are interchangeable with Gitzo universal accessories such as the big foot, long spike, etc.
Rapid Column
Grooved Rapid center column for improved stability.
General
Load Capacity 26.5 lbs (12kg)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible stud)
Maximum Height 64.6" (164cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 53.1" (135 cm)
Minimum Height 1.2" (3cm)
Folded Length 21.3" (54cm)
Weight 4.1 lbs (1.8kg)
Legs
Material 6 layer carbon fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Twist
Independent Leg Spread Yes (any angle from 0 to 90°)
Spiked/Retractable Feet No (optional)
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid (sliding)
Center Column Sections 1
Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs
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    4.7

    (based on 31 reviews)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (25)
    • Stable (22)
    • Unfolds quickly (14)
    • Folds away (12)
    • Easily adjusted (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (18)
      • Travel (15)
      • Wildlife (13)
      • Portraits (11)
      • Home (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (7), Pro photographer (5)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      My first and hopefully last great tripod

      Using only premium Canon L lenses, I never had much use for tripods until I recently dove into long exposure shooting and my [$] Targus just wasn't giving me the support I needed. ...Read complete review

      Using only premium Canon L lenses, I never had much use for tripods until I recently dove into long exposure shooting and my [$] Targus just wasn't giving me the support I needed. So after numerous calls to camera shops and posting after posting on online newsgroups, as well as my own research, I settled on the GT2541EX carbon fiber tripod, as well as the GH2750QR magnesium ballhead. WOW is all I can utter at the moment. When you lock it, it's locked. When you let it go, it remains where you left it. The ballhead alone is 2nd only to sliced bread. All in all, this is one fantastic tripod. I give it 4 stars rather than five for one reason, there is no 4 3/4 star option. I subtract 1/4 star because it took less than a week for one of the screw-in rubber feet to come unscrewed and disappear while on assignment, and though covered by a lifetime warranty, the Gitzo company tells me that they're currently out of stock and that it will be a few weeks. I feel that perhaps the company that makes/sells a [$] tripod and [$] head should keep a few extra parts sitting around, but oh well...I'll wait and still be the owner of a tremendously well made tripod.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Too expensive

      This tripod is very lightweight and appears well made. The legs extend smoothly and lock firmly. The legs can be spread in any angle and the locking mechanism is much better than the simple...Read complete review

      This tripod is very lightweight and appears well made. The legs extend smoothly and lock firmly. The legs can be spread in any angle and the locking mechanism is much better than the simple tabs found on other Gitzo tripods. In fact, this particular clamp-style mechanism was a major factor in my purchase, as I found the sliding tabs (stops) controlling the leg spread on other tripods extremely annoying to operate. (Bogen, for example, has a lot better design of this). According to company literature, this tripod is good for lenses up to 200mm. I found this overly optimistic. During my test (indoors!) I had to use mirror lock-up to get sharp pictures with 200mm lens. This tripod is still useful as a not too heavy travel tripod that can be set up in really awkward places or positions. For close to ground applications, the Gorilla tripod (I own it too) will probably perform equally well for a lot less money. My tripod came without a head and I am using my old Linhoff ball head. When I was checking out the Gitzo heads in a brick-and-mortar store I was not too impressed. The small heads are not good for heavier cameras and lagrer ones negate the low weight factor for travel. I suggest reading other reviews, as the results are decidedly mixed. So, in the end, for a lot of money I have not saved much weight over my older aluminum tripod which this one is replacing.

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      5.0

      Replaces a rock solid old series 3

      By Mark

      from Woodford Co., KY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Portraits
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

        I use this for location work and travel. It provides great support and sets up fast. It's light enough and small enough it never becomes a problem when carried.

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        4.0

        Excellent updated version

        By DD

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Intuitive Design
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoor
          • Studio

          Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

          This Tripod is an excellent all around tripod for a wide range of uses.

          With it's adjustable legs I can't imagine a space you couldn't creat a solid mount for your camera.

          Gitzo quality is amazing, the locking mechanisms for the legs are made from what seems to be a better quality plastic than the G2220 predecessor.

          The only reason I didn't give this tripod a 5 star rating is because I feel the legs could be slightly larger in diameter for added stability.

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          5.0

          What a difference true quality makes!

          By Jenci

          from South Orange, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adjustable angle center
          • Folds Fairly Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro
            • Night Shots
            • Portraits
            • Product Shots
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

            Holds my D700 with 70-200 and teleconverter with no problems. Rock Solid. Makes me feels like I'm a better photographer because of the confindence this tripod gives me. Note: I don't extend the center column much so that makes it much more stable, but that being said I really like the off center center column that has an adjustable angle to give me some additional flexiblity when photographing products or macro. You must use some counter weight like a camera bag hooked to the bottom of the center column to prevent tip over but like I said the flexibilty is great

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            5.0

            Easily worth the price

            By Kenneth

            from Columbus, OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Flexible
            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly
            • Well built quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

              This is the most flexible, yet sturdy, tripod that I've found. I shoot images down near water level in the large rocks along the coast (away from the beaches). Due to the flexibility of this tripod, I am able to adjust the legs in a way that locks the tripod in place in the rocks. Even large waves that crash through the rocks are unable to shake the camera on this thing. My previous traditional tripods couldn't do that, at least not as consistently and easily.
              The construction is excellent. The weight is light and the tripod collapses down small enough to fit in my checked luggage for flights. I would buy these legs again in a second.
              Due to the complaints about the off-center Gitzo ballheads, I decided to pair this up with an Acratech GP-s ballhead. The pair does an excellent job of holding my kit securely and steadily in all scenarios tested.

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              5.0

              quality to boast about

              By camera crazy

              from Adelaide Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Pricey but worth it

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

              robust construction, ease of use, speedy set up and compact when not required..would recommend to all photographers in any field.

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              5.0

              Best Macro/Bad Terrain Tripod

              By Pictureted

              from Redwood City, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Awkward Positions
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro
                • Wildlife

                Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                If you need to get your camera into awkward positions or in difficult situations, this is your tripod. It doesn't set up as quickly as other Gitzo's I've used, but that's because it's a bit more flexible. It's also just a bit heavier because of the assembly at the top (that provides some of that flexibility).

                If you primarily shoot on level surfaces and don't need to get into odd positions, get the simpler models (GT2541/2531) that are less expensive and probably better suited for you.

                Construction quality is, of course, superb.

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                4.0

                I had thought they were too expensive...

                By NoelB

                from Melbourne, Australia

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Smooth Operation
                • Unfolds Quickly
                • Well engineered

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                  I had thought a carbon fiber tripod would be too expensive, not good value for money. Time will tell if my Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod is good value, but I think it will be.

                  A colleague bought a Gitzo and I was very impressed by the build quality, its compactness and its weight. I have previously owned two tripods of another well known brand and they have served me well for over twenty years. However, I am now well into my fifties and wanted something that was lighter and more compact but sturdy at the same time. Previously I was only taking my tripod on a job if it was definitely going to be needed. My new Gitzo at about half the weight of the old is nowhere near as much a burden to carry.

                  My hands are a bit arthritic and so gripping knurled knobs and the like can be a problem but I have found no difficultites using even the smallest of the knobs at the base of the legs as they undo and tighten with ease. A feature I particularly like is the ability to fold the tripod with its off-centre head fitted so that the head doesn't add to the overall length of the tripod when transporting it. In practice, it works well. I took it on a job the day I obtained it, used it without a problem even though the operation was quite different to my previous tripods.
                  I believe that this tripod will prove to be a good investment, not an expense.

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                  5.0

                  Gitzo quality speaks for itself

                  By Prosail

                  from Southern California

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                    A well designed high quality tripod, very versatile, and a joy to use, fast set up and wrap. Expensive ? Yes, but I have learnt the hard way that you get what you pay for, there are many cheaper tripods out there, but this Gitzo is worth every $. Highly recomended

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                    4.0

                    Exactly like you would expect

                    By Mark101

                    from Knoxville, TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                      This tripod does exactly what you would expect. Just what you need for low to the ground shots or macro. Of course it is not as stable with the collum out to the side, but it is OK. Gitzo is expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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                      5.0

                      Better than the original

                      By Inner Vision Images

                      from Sacramento, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                        Many years ago I did a lot of research and checked out a bunch of tripods before settling on the original Gitzo explorer. It was the only tripod I found that allowed the legs to lock independantly at any angle. Now that my business has grown, it was only natural to once again select a Gitzo explorer. This time I went for the Carbon Fiber version. This doesn't replace the original, it augments it. The original is still going strong after 5 years of heavy use.

                        All I can say is that this is everything the original was and even more.

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                        4.0

                        Versatile tripod

                        By bjdavey

                        from New York

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Unfolds Quickly
                        • Versatile Positioning

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro

                          Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                          This is an outstanding tripod for getting stability in awkward positions, including close to the ground. The three legs open to any angle, and can be locked independently in different positions. The off center camera mount can also be swiveled and tilted in any direction. It's a little heavier than I would have liked, but is still a good compromise between weight and stability. I'm using it with a Manfrotto 324RC2 Joystick head, which further adds to quick and easy locking in any position. Highly recommended.

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                          5.0

                          Nice tripod

                          By Bren

                          from Australia

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Macro
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                            I love the versatility of this pod. Quick to set up and it really does go into any position. It is a tad heavy and bulky for travel, but that's not really whhat it's designed for. Well worth the money because it will last a lifetime. If your thinking macro. Definitely go for this one! I wasn't sure but after getting it I'm glad I didn't get the mountineer. If your traveling a lot Mountaineer would be a better choice.
                            I'll keep the manfrotto for travel but it just isn't aswell built as the Gitzo.

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                            5.0

                            A great tripod

                            By Toby

                            from Toronto, Canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                              I am an amateur photographer. I've never used a tripod before and only recently (two years ago) upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II. I joined a camera club to upgrade my skills and it soon became evident that a good tripod is essential. I did a lot of research online and attended an industry show with many vendors. Frankly I found it confusing. I knew I wanted quality. I wanted as little weight as possible. A friend who is a pro gave me his recommendation for a tripod (a Gitzo), a tripod head, and a quick release, from three different manufacturers. The quick release he recommended was hard to find. In the end, B&H made it easy by offering a combo deal, all Gitzo, with a Gitzo head (GH2750QR 2 MAG. OFF CENTRE HEAD QR) that includes a quick release. So far, I've used it on three different photo outings. I like the four section legs (easier to carry, I think, than a three section tripos would be). The tripod sets up quickly and has great flexibility in its configuration. I'm sure there are other good tripos but this one works for me.

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                              4.0

                              Great but expensive

                              By Room 4 Photos

                              from NYC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                              It's great because of all the positions you can take pictures of. But it is a little heavy and for the price they could have added in a carry case.

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                              5.0

                              my favorite tripod

                              By the bushwhacker

                              from WV

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Folds Small
                              • Good Stability
                              • Legs clamp at any angle
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                              I use this tripod for landscape photography. It is excellent on the uneven rocky terrain where I prefer to shoot.
                              It is sturdy, light, & being able to clamp the legs at any angle is a plus. I bought this as a spare & to use while my previous Gitzo was sent for a minor repair.

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                              5.0

                              Works Great

                              By HDNitehawk

                              from Oklahoma City, OK

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                                I wanted this tripod to do macro work outside, the adjustable arm is great.

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                                2.0

                                Too expensive

                                By Martin

                                from Monterey, CA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good articulation

                                Cons

                                • Expensive

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                                This tripod is very lightweight and appears well made. The legs extend smoothly and lock firmly. The legs can be spread in any angle and the locking mechanism is much better than the simple tabs found on other Gitzo tripods. In fact, this particular clamp-style mechanism was a major factor in my purchase, as I found the sliding tabs (stops) controlling the leg spread on other tripods extremely annoying to operate. (Bogen, for example, has a lot better design of this). According to company literature, this tripod is good for lenses up to 200mm. I found this overly optimistic. During my test (indoors!) I had to use mirror lock-up to get sharp pictures with 200mm lens. This tripod is still useful as a not too heavy travel tripod that can be set up in really awkward places or positions. For close to ground applications, the Gorilla tripod (I own it too) will probably perform equally well for a lot less money. My tripod came without a head and I am using my old Linhoff ball head. When I was checking out the Gitzo heads in a brick-and-mortar store I was not too impressed. The small heads are not good for heavier cameras and lagrer ones negate the low weight factor for travel. I suggest reading other reviews, as the results are decidedly mixed. So, in the end, for a lot of money I have not saved much weight over my older aluminum tripod which this one is replacing.

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                                5.0

                                Superb Tripod Legs

                                By dmbNik

                                from Northern VA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Any Angle Possible
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Rigid
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • Pricey

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                                The GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs are the finest set of legs I have owned. Speaking honestly, I feel these legs will be my last set I will ever need to buy. Solid, Light, Low Angle and easy to work with.

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                                5.0

                                Fantastic with Common Sense Approach

                                By Max

                                from Va

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Cost

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro photography
                                • Micro Photography
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                                The GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs legs with the off center post is almost a must for macro/micro photography. I match these leggs with the off center head - any position/angle is possible.
                                Common Sense, when extending the center post out past the legs center of gravity with a heavy lens camera combo, the results will be obvious. The center post comes with a counter balance ring but I just position the leg to a point that offers the most support. When used with reason this tripod system offers exceptional support, stability and possibilities at any height or angle.
                                Everything feels tight and secure when working with the legs.

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                                5.0

                                Love It!

                                By Dawggie Gal

                                from USA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good for travel
                                • Good Materials
                                • Good Quality
                                • Good Stability
                                • Tilting Center Post
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • Included Feet

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro
                                • Night Shots
                                • Portraits
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs:

                                I love all the features of this tripod! I was looking for one that I can use both near home and when travelling. This folds up small enough for airplane carry-on, which is a must-have feature for me since I shoot in other states and other countries.

                                I picked this over the lighter travel-labeled tripods because of the off-center tilting center post, which is perfect for when I do macros and some other types of shots. I love how low this tripod can get to the ground! It also can get well above my head (I'm 5'4"), which is nice for certain foliage shots.

                                When the tripod came, the latches on the legs to angle them out were too stiff/took too much strength to open (I'm female!), so I used the included tool to make them easier for me to open yet still completely sturdy where they're not going to move when in use. I'm grateful for that option and that little tool!

                                I knew from the photos of the tripod on this site that I didn't like the feet that come with it, so I also got the All-Weather Tripod Shoes, which are just like what I have on my monopod and I really enjoy them on that. I do enjoy them on this tripod, too.

                                I use this tripod with the Gitzo Series 3 Off-Center Head, which I chose over the Series 2 because it can hold more weight and because it has a level on the head. (The level on the tripod legs is fairly useless, as fully opened my tripod legs I guess aren't exactly level, not to mention if the head is off by a tiny bit, even if the tripod legs' level shows perfection, the photo will be off. The best place for a level is on the same surface the camera is on, in my opinion/experience.)

                                By the way, in case you don't know, the included "Tripod Head Grease" is in case you want to take the tripod legs apart to clean them, then you use the grease on each section. This isn't mentioned in the instructions anywhere and from the name, people might think you use the grease on the threads you put the tripod head on (no, I did not do that, but I think they should make that clear or rename the grease 'cause there are all kinds of people out there).

                                I love this tripod and am very happy with my decision to get it! Oh yeah - and it is beautiful!

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