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Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg)

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Product Highlights
  • Series 2
  • Rapid Column
  • Long Design

The Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs is an eye-level tripod that 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 GT2542 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.
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.
Power Disc
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.
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. 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
Performance design allows the legs to be set individually at 24°, 55° and 90° to cover every angle you want to shoot.
Hook
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.
Rapid Column
Grooved Rapid center column, with locking collar, for improved stability.
General
Load Capacity 26.4 lbs (12kg)
Maximum Height 68.9" (175cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 59.4" (151cm)
Minimum Height 6.7" (17cm)
Folded Length 24" (61cm)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible stud)
Weight 3.1 lbs (1.4kg)
Legs
Material 6 layer carbon fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Twist
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No (optional)
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid (sliding)
Center Column Sections 1
Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg)
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    4.9

    (based on 47 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (45)
    • Stable (44)
    • Unfolds quickly (33)
    • Folds away (28)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (42)
    • Night shots (34)
    • Travel (33)
    • Portraits (27)
    • Wildlife (26)
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    5.0

    Grea legs

    By Runakid

    from Shelbyville, TN

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

      I love my new Gitzo legs. They are very easy to use and provide the stability and portability that I need. Looked at others and could not find any others that fit my needs and height [6'2"].

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      5.0

      Sold and Streamline

      By Vicarious Photography

      from Washington DC Metro Area

      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
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife

        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

        Professional photographer purchased this tripod to compliment my GT3541LS tripod as support for my time lapse dolly/rail system. The tripod is solidly built as expected from GITZO. The leg locks are a breeze to use and the center column is solid. I really like how light it is compared to my older model and it collapses down into a more compact unit even with the included center extendable rail. My only drawback with this tripod is that it doesn't match the height of my old one at the default "unfolded" posisiton. I knew that going in so I will not dock any stars for this; the lightweight and compactness more than makes up for it and that is why I bought it. I have a feeling it is going to also become my go to travel rig.

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        5.0

        Another great workhorse from Gitzo

        By EarlyMan

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

          This is my "just right tripod." I also have 35xx and 15xx series legs from Gitzo. Very stable despite the extra leg segment. Not much to say, it's a tripod; stable, lightweight, and dependable. Also, the carbon fiber looks great if that means anything to you.

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          5.0

          Light and probably sufficient

          By Bruce Photography

          from Fort Bragg, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Adequate Stability
          • Folds Small
          • Lightweight
          • Quality Build

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

          I already have some series 3 and one series 5. The five is for my Wimberly and a supertele. The series 3 are all good but I was curious to see if I could trim some weight for long hikes so I added a suri ballhead and a small arcatech leveling base. I found that if I hang my thinktank bag from the center column, the series 2 tripod stiffens up and becomes quite rigid like the series 3 tripods. So I'm keeping my series 3 tripods but I use this one for the long hikes.

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          4.0

          good solid tripod

          By Zakem Art

          from New Orleans

          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 GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

            Its exactly what I wanted .................

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            5.0

            tall enough

            By Nick

            from Wilmington, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Shots
              • Portraits
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

              @ 5'11" most tripods don't seem tall enough, I don't need the rapid column on this one. Amazingly sound, sturdy, light. excellent product.

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              5.0

              Fantastic

              By Camera Eye

              from Port St. Lucie, Fl

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                Just recently purchased the GT2542L to replace an old Velbon that was given to me. What a difference a fine piece of equipment makes. I love the versatility this tripod offers. I've paired this with the RRS BH55 ballhead. I can't get over how precise and stable this tripod is. Get the retractable spiked feet if you decide to purchase this tripod. Gitzo's are pricey but I know I'll be using it for years to come.

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                5.0

                Excellent in every way

                By DorothyC

                from New York, NY

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Tall
                • Well-made

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                  Finally a lightweight travel tripod that's TALL enough for me without the center column extended at all! I'm not that tall (5'9"), but had trouble finding a lightweight tripod I didn't have to bend down to use. If it's windy out, I can hang my camera backpack from the center column hook to stabilize it. Great for taking out in the woods for landscape photography, or around the city. Excellent quality, as you would expect from Gitzo.

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                  4.0

                  Needs more foot grip

                  By boppage

                  from milwaukee, WI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Shots
                    • Portraits
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                    Durometer of stock feet rubber is a bit hard and size is small. Just get the spike foot kit - you know, the [$] item that should have been included - five stars if so...Yes, pricy Gitzo,but best if your around 6 foot!

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                    5.0

                    A great upgrade

                    By Steve

                    from Hillsboro, Oregon

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots
                      • Portraits
                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                      I already had a Manfrotto 055 carbon 'pod but heard so much about Gitzo I decided to take the plunge. I wasn't sure when I ordered it if I would keep it but wanted to compare it side by side to my Manfrotto. Once I had it in my hands I knew it wasn't going back. It's very well made, slightly lighter in weight and is a couple of inches shorter when collapsed. But more importantly, when the four sections are expanded it is actually too tall for my 6'2" height and I have to lower the legs slightly (a positive thing). And this is without raising the center column! That means no periscope to cause "wobble." The screw down locks are very tight with no give at all and while I wasn't sure that I would like them better than the Manfrotto snap-locks I find that I do like the Gitzo version better. Today I received the Gitzo padded case which holds the Gitzo tripod and a Markin ballhead perfectly. The Manfrotto came with the shifting middle section that converted to horizontal. I miss that part but Gitzo has an accessory for that purpose if I decide I need it.

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                      5.0

                      Well worth the upgrade

                      By David

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Shots

                        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                        I carry this tripod in the field and use with my 4X5 field camera. It gives me additional height and yet slight less folding size over my previous carbon fiber tripod of a different brand. Well worth the upgrade.

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                        5.0

                        Really pleased with Gitzo GT2542L

                        By Jim

                        from NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                          It feels really high quality! And it works really good, it is a really simple tripod but is also have a very smart construction.

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                          5.0

                          Excellent Tripod

                          By David

                          from Venice, Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife

                            Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                            Easy to set up, solid as a rock, highly recommended by my photography friends, and now I do too!

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                            5.0

                            Gitzo GT2542L

                            By Totally Exposed

                            from Calgary, AB

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Portraits
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                              I had been looking at Gitzo tripods for quite a while, but I couldn't decide which one would best suit my needs. After chatting with a B&H rep, it was decided that the GT2542L would give me the best bang for the buck. This it has definitely done and I have absolutely no regrets in purchasing it. It has handled my Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR II like a dream. I can't say enough how great this tripod really is!

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                              5.0

                              every thing you could want

                              By dondo

                              from Pottstown,Pa

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                  wildlife

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                                  5.0

                                  The Definition of Sturdy

                                  By ckalbach27

                                  from Philadelphia, PA

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Cumbersome
                                  • Very Tall When Collapsed

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                  Was hesitant to spend this kind of money on a set of legs but worth it. Best tripod by far super sturdy but still light great on long exposures

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                                  5.0

                                  A quality tripod

                                  By Ken

                                  from Winnipeg, Canada

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Night Shots

                                    Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                    Gitzo carbon fiber tripods are expensive, but it doesn't get much better. This tripod is solid, stiff and combined with a equal quality tripod head like RRS or Arca Swiss etc. provides what is the most important often overlooked ingredient to landscape or similar photography. This tripod is very light, center column can be removed for no nonsense low angle shooting, I personally don't care for fancy horizontal columns etc. My only concern was the twist lock style legs, I prefer lever locks but after short period found these excellent and very quick to set up.

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                                    5.0

                                    The Perfect Traveling/Hiking Companion

                                    By Visual Escape

                                    from Utah

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Pros

                                    • Eye-Level Height
                                    • Folds away
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Stable
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Travel
                                      • Wildlife

                                      Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                      This is my first serious tripod. One that took me well over several weeks of researching. After much hesitation, I settled for this over the Series 1 Traveler GT1542T and never looked back. I use these legs with the Markins Q-Ball Q20, RRS B2 LR II 60mm LR clamp with dual mount as well as the RSS B5D2 L plate and together they're the perfect combo for what I do. I wanted a carbon fiber that I can stowaway inside a backpack or a carry-on in the overhead cabin. While its sibling, the GT1542T can do the first part perfectly, this tripod fits comfortably (without ballhead setup) when placed diagonally in my 22-inch carry-on. I pack this between my clothing for added protection. It is about 7 inches longer than the GT1542T but I wanted the comfortable eye-level height as well as a more solid footprint for shots in inclement weather. The Mountaineer GT2542L, in my opinion, is the best option for versatility, weight and stability in between the Traveler and the Systematic Series. I love this tripod so much that I decided to also invest in the Series 3 Systematic GT3542XLS for the best stability and added height for studio/traveling work. The Markins/RRS setup I already have work perfectly with both of these legs. While Gitzos are expensive, I only need to buy once for the best setup and peace of mind.

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                                      5.0

                                      Perfect Choice!

                                      By Angie

                                      from Halifax, Nova Scotia

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                        I bought this to replace a chinease copy, and couldn't be happier. The build, weight and size are ideal for me, and it is MUCH more solid than the "just the same" copy. Nevery again will I go cheap!

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                                        5.0

                                        You get what you pay for

                                        By Rich H.

                                        from NYC & NJ

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Stability
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Night Shots
                                          • Portraits
                                          • Travel

                                          Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                          Very stable, love the 1/4 turn to lock / unlock the legs. I'm 6'3" and this fits works great on level ground without even raising the center column.
                                          If you remove the center column, it will even fit in a 24" suitcase to take on an airline.

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