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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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    GitzoGT2541EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs
     
    4.7

    (based on 33 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (27)
    • Stable (23)
    • Unfolds quickly (15)
    • Folds away (14)
    • Easily adjusted (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (20)
      • Travel (15)
      • Wildlife (13)
      • Portraits (12)
      • Home (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (14), Photo enthusiast (8), Pro photographer (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (17)

      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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      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

      Lightweight and versatile

      By Kerry

      from Chicago/Indianapolis

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro

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

        I've been using one of the predecessors to this Gitzo model for 11 or 12 years, but the leg locking mechanisms were beginning to deteriorate beyond repair so I wanted a replacement. There's almost no difference between the earlier model (2228) and this one--the ability to install custom feet, is one pleasant new capability and the current model is just a hair shorter when folded up as well as an ounce or two lighter.

        I don't make use of it all the time, but I appreciate the flexibility resulting from the off-center, free-style rotating center column, as well as the lightweight nature of the design. This newer model also appears to be just a little bit more sturdy and it can handle about a 15% heavier payload.

        I shoot landscapes almost exclusively and do a lot of hiking so something that's lightweight and sturdy is worth is weight in gold to me. This tripod fills the bill.

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        5.0

        Great product

        By Mike M

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits

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

          This is a very versatile tripod that can be put in all kinds of different positions. It's really well made with high quality materials. I'm really happy with it.

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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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                                    Ball Heads

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                                    Gitzo -  GH2750 Series 2 Off Center Magnesium Ballhead
                                    • You Pay: $239.88
                                     

                                    Pan/Tilt Heads

                                    Gitzo -  G2272M Magnesium Pan Head
                                    • You Pay: $359.88
                                     

                                    Leg Protection

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                                    LensCoat -  LegCoat Tripod Leg Protectors (Black, 3 Pack)
                                    • You Pay: $42.95
                                     
                                    LensCoat -  LegCoat Wraps 111 (Black, 3 Pack)
                                    • You Pay: $49.99
                                     

                                    Sandbags/Weight Bags

                                    Oben -  Tripod Hammock
                                    • You Pay: $10.95
                                     

                                    Bags & Cases

                                    Gitzo -  GC4101 Padded Tripod Bag
                                    • You Pay: $164.88
                                     

                                    Dollies

                                    Magnus -  DWF-2 Universal Tripod Dolly
                                    • You Pay: $41.95
                                     

                                    General Tripod Accessories

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                                    Vello -  Two-Axis Hot-Shoe Bubble Level
                                    • You Pay: $14.99
                                     
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