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Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg)

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Product Highlights
  • Series 1
  • Rapid Column

The Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs uses advanced "Carbon 6X" carbon fiber material for its leg construction. This improved tubing is stronger, lighter and as resistant as its 12 layer predecessor. Carbon "6X" is manufactured using a complex, 3-D process weaving 6 layers of carbon fiber into smooth, solid constructed tubes.

The GT1531 is ideal for use with DSLRs with 135mm lenses (up to a 200mm maximum), MiniDV camcorders, and spotting scopes. This Series 1 model is the ideal solution for photographers on the move or when space and weight are key factors.

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.
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.
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.
Hook
Self-locking, 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 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 17.6 lbs (8kg)
Maximum Height 61" (155cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 52.8" (134cm)
Minimum Height 6.7" (17cm)
Folded Length 24.4" (62cm)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible stud)
Weight 2.5 lbs (1.1kg)
Legs
Material 6 layer carbon fiber
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
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 GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg)
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    4.7

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    94%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (15)
    • Stable (12)
    • Unfolds quickly (8)
    • Folds away (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (8)
      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Portraits (5)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Long exposures (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (8)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great hiking tripod

      I hike a lot and find myself on the move when taking pictures. With this tripod it allows me to easily get around without having to worry about added weight. For a sturdy,...Read complete review

      I hike a lot and find myself on the move when taking pictures. With this tripod it allows me to easily get around without having to worry about added weight. For a sturdy, rugged tripod i can rely on, this model suits my needs very well.The twist lock legs make setup very fast to ensure you get the shot you're going for. (which can be very helpful when shooting during golden hour) The only thing that bothers me about this is that it's folded length is a little long, at around 20". However for the height it can reach when unfolded, it would be hard to find another without shelling out more money; as this one cost around [$] by the time it gets to your door. Overall I am very pleased and would recommend this to anyone on the move a lot or the avid hiker/backpacker that needs a reliable tripod.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Not Typical Gitzo Quality

      I had been saving and looking forward to getting this tripod for a long time. I've owned the Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Mk II Tripod for about 8 years. I've used this in all...Read complete review

      I had been saving and looking forward to getting this tripod for a long time. I've owned the Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Mk II Tripod for about 8 years. I've used this in all conditions, from the hot desert to the freezing high altitude mountains, and it's never let me down. I wanted to upgrade to something with the same weight rating and height, but that would weigh almost 1 pound less.

      The tripod main plate is well made and typical Gitzo quality. The leg tubes and center column also appear finely crafted. This is where the typical Gitzo quality ends. I'll start with my rants at the top and work my way down. In pictures, the top plate appears to have a rubberized surface embedded in the aluminum disc. However, it's just hard plastic, which doesn't make for a particularly good non-slip surface when mounting the ballhead. The fact that there are no locking screws compounds the matter. The leg angle locks are a little small and hard to grasp when pulling out. Also, 2 of the locks on my tripod were very tight and one was loose, with no included tool to adjust the tension of these bolts. My next gripe has to do with the leg locks. I was not a big fan of them. The leg locks on my G1227 almost feel damped when adjusting them (as if adjusting the focus ring on a nice manual lens). The leg locks on the GT1531 felt like metal rubbing on metal, and kind of gritty. I checked to make sure that there was grease on the threads, and there was. In fact, there was so much grease that it even spread to some of the leg tubes. The leg-lock threads are much coarser on this tripod when compared to the G1227 (obviously to make locking the leg faster), however, it just doesn't feel as high-quality. Another gripe has to do with the way the legs slide in and out of each other. It is not a smooth operation. On the G1227, the legs slide out smoothly and you can hear a whoosh of air moving as you retract the legs. On the GT1541, the legs feel slightly grabby and do not move smoothly into and out of each other… no whoosh of air either. Lastly, the rubber-covered metal rings that you tighten to lock the legs did not feel as well made as those on the G1227. However, I'm sure this was to reduce the weight, so I can't gripe too much about this.

      If this tripod was $200 less, I might have kept it. It is very stable and the size is perfect for me. However, the quality of some of the components, and the lack of attention to detail when assembling this tripod (especially for a tripod in this price class) ultimately led me to return it. I felt this unit was not up to the typical Gitzo quality, and that it is grossly overpriced. I plan to stick with my G1227 a little while longer.

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      4.0

      lighter alternative

      By Gadget Girl

      from Iowa City, Iowa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

        I was looking for a lighter alternative for travel, and one capable of being put in carryon size luggage. I had a chance to use this on a recent trip to national parks in Nevada. It was pretty stable, although I missed the heft of my bigger/heavier tripon when I balanced my camera (Nikon D800 with long lens) on a rock formation. Everything is a trade-off, of course, but this seems sturdy and reliable for the weight. I am not ready to sell my old tripod, and will probably use it for trips where landscape photography is the focus of the trip, but I am pleased to have an alternative for light duty.

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        5.0

        terrific camera holder

        By doc4x5

        from Great Pacific Northwest

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

          I'm a tripod guy, with all but point & shoots. I started with a 4x5, then MF, then Nikons, and now a fabulous Fuji X E-1. Even the Fuji gives me better images on a tripod. This one replaced an older Gitzo 1127 which did not have the G-lock feature, one I now consider essential. I have a Gitzo series 3 CF tripod but the Fuji looks silly on it and it's a bit heavier, great for the Nikon.

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          5.0

          Lightweight Tripod That's Great for Trav

          By Steven B.

          from Tallahassee, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

            I bought this tripod last summer and use it mostly for landscape photography and long exposures; it's been to state parks, beaches, and wildlife refuges and has performed great. The tripod is lightweight and sturdy and I'm very pleased with my purchase.

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            5.0

            Amazing Tridpod

            By Peter

            from Columbia, MO

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                Super light, easy to maneuver. The head i purchased is actually twice as heavy as the entire legs. haha

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                2.0

                Not Typical Gitzo Quality

                By G_J

                from CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Portraits
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                  I had been saving and looking forward to getting this tripod for a long time. I've owned the Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Mk II Tripod for about 8 years. I've used this in all conditions, from the hot desert to the freezing high altitude mountains, and it's never let me down. I wanted to upgrade to something with the same weight rating and height, but that would weigh almost 1 pound less.

                  The tripod main plate is well made and typical Gitzo quality. The leg tubes and center column also appear finely crafted. This is where the typical Gitzo quality ends. I'll start with my rants at the top and work my way down. In pictures, the top plate appears to have a rubberized surface embedded in the aluminum disc. However, it's just hard plastic, which doesn't make for a particularly good non-slip surface when mounting the ballhead. The fact that there are no locking screws compounds the matter. The leg angle locks are a little small and hard to grasp when pulling out. Also, 2 of the locks on my tripod were very tight and one was loose, with no included tool to adjust the tension of these bolts. My next gripe has to do with the leg locks. I was not a big fan of them. The leg locks on my G1227 almost feel damped when adjusting them (as if adjusting the focus ring on a nice manual lens). The leg locks on the GT1531 felt like metal rubbing on metal, and kind of gritty. I checked to make sure that there was grease on the threads, and there was. In fact, there was so much grease that it even spread to some of the leg tubes. The leg-lock threads are much coarser on this tripod when compared to the G1227 (obviously to make locking the leg faster), however, it just doesn't feel as high-quality. Another gripe has to do with the way the legs slide in and out of each other. It is not a smooth operation. On the G1227, the legs slide out smoothly and you can hear a whoosh of air moving as you retract the legs. On the GT1541, the legs feel slightly grabby and do not move smoothly into and out of each other… no whoosh of air either. Lastly, the rubber-covered metal rings that you tighten to lock the legs did not feel as well made as those on the G1227. However, I'm sure this was to reduce the weight, so I can't gripe too much about this.

                  If this tripod was $200 less, I might have kept it. It is very stable and the size is perfect for me. However, the quality of some of the components, and the lack of attention to detail when assembling this tripod (especially for a tripod in this price class) ultimately led me to return it. I felt this unit was not up to the typical Gitzo quality, and that it is grossly overpriced. I plan to stick with my G1227 a little while longer.

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                  5.0

                  Super light and strong

                  By Jim who is tired of heavy gear.

                  from Kansas City, KS

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to maintain
                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Rugged
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                    I have had the earlier version of this tripod for about 6 years. I also have a 2-series Mountaineer, but it seemed a little heavy at times. This thing feels like it weighs almost nothing - it is GREAT for hiking. It will easily hold a standard sized SLR and a medium to long telephoto without any strain. The legs are quick to extend and lock.

                    I use it with a Really Right Stuff BH-25 ultra light ball head, which is also very light and locks down tight, with NO movement. All in all, a great lightweight combo. I am seriously considering buying yet another Gitzo, this time a 0-series for backpacking with my new mirrorless system camera.

                    When you first buy a Mountaineer, you think "Ouch!" this is a lot of money! But once you get out into the field with one of these marvels, you forget about the price and just revel in the joy of carrying and using such a light and effective piece of equipment. Then as the years pass, you go through a few more cameras and you still have your trusty Gitzo. Don't waste your money on a cheap tripod. This is a lifetime investment.

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                    5.0

                    GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripo

                    By waldo

                    from belgium

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                      fantastic light little jem

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      GT1531 Mountaineer

                      By Jon

                      from Greensboro, NC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                          This tripod is a joy to carry - Featherlight compared to my old Gitzo Studex Performance. It opens and closes very easily and smoothly. The only fly in the ointment is the quick release - The little lever that locks the camera plate in will not rotate completely when a 35mm-style camera (with tripod screwhole in line with lens) is mounted. The camera body blocks complete rotation of the lever. The lever is spring loaded so you can tighten it but it's a clumsy, time-consuming pain. Once you fiddle with it and get it set just right it's ok - Just seems like it could have been designed better. I'd suggest getting the tripod w/o the QR and add on a RRS or Arca later. Stability - I can use this even with my Pentax 67 and shorter lenses!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          top level

                          By Greina Scenery - 001

                          from Massagno, Switzerland

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                            I'm very satisfied with the tripod: very light, superb construction. I use it with my Canon 40d for Landscape Photos/Panoramas (Lens 70-200 mm) and also for Macro: Ground level Set is very useful in this case.

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                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Good as it Gets

                            By jad

                            from North Carolina

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Shots
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife

                              Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                              [...]. It was so light and I wasn't sure it would even hold up my camera. All my wishes have come true. The Gitzo tripod is the deal! I just finished shooting with a Nikon D700 with a 400mm lens and there was no shake, rattle or roll. It is solid--even with a long lens. The legs hold tight and firm. I would recommend this tripod and have a couple of times already since I have had it. You won't be sorry.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent

                              By Jeff

                              from Irvine

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Long Exposures
                                • Portraits
                                • Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
                                • Stabilization

                                Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                I hike occasionally and need something lightweight. This tripod is versatile, lightweight, and easy to setup. Suit my current needs for hiking and group shots, portrait, and long exposure.

                                This tripod is expensive though

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                                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Last tripod I'll ever need to buy

                                By Michael Menard

                                from Santa Cruz, CA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Build quality
                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Long Exposures
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Reducing Noise (ISO Reduction)
                                • Stabilization

                                Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                Even after extensive research into every minute detail of this tripod it still blew past all my expectations. It is incredibly solid, lightweight, and easy to use. I could cary this thing all day without the slightest bit of exertion. The hinges open and close smoothly, and the locking mechanisms on the legs work flawlessly. One detail about carbon fiber: it doesn't get cold like a metal tripod, so no more frozen fingers. After the sharp metal knurling on my old tripod this is a welcome relief. This tripod lets me get shots that just would not have been possible on my old tripod. 6 stars.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Light,made for hiking

                                By Cliff '51

                                from Vancouver, WA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Long Exposures
                                  • Photography
                                  • Stabilization

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                  I use it for landscape and architectural photography. I also take it when I hike, much lighter than my old aluminum tripod.

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                                  5.0

                                  Light, steady, and easy to use

                                  By Eric

                                  from Boston

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Beautifully Made
                                  • Durable
                                  • High Quality

                                  Cons

                                  • Expensive

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                    This tripod is extremely light and very satble. Easy and quick to set up and break down

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                                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    light and steady

                                    By cpbills

                                    from soo, mi

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Easily Adjusted
                                    • Good Footing
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Locks In Tight
                                    • Smooth Movement

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                      the height is good, the weight is fantastic, and set up is a breeze.

                                      more than enough to support my D300 and 70-200+1.7x TC, using a Markins Emille Q3 ball head.

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                                      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great hiking tripod

                                      By Blake Gosse

                                      from Newfoundland, Canada

                                      About Me Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easily Adjusted
                                      • Good Footing
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Locks In Tight
                                      • Rugged
                                      • Smooth Movement

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Gitzo GT1531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 17.6 lbs (8kg):

                                        I hike a lot and find myself on the move when taking pictures. With this tripod it allows me to easily get around without having to worry about added weight. For a sturdy, rugged tripod i can rely on, this model suits my needs very well.The twist lock legs make setup very fast to ensure you get the shot you're going for. (which can be very helpful when shooting during golden hour) The only thing that bothers me about this is that it's folded length is a little long, at around 20". However for the height it can reach when unfolded, it would be hard to find another without shelling out more money; as this one cost around [$] by the time it gets to your door. Overall I am very pleased and would recommend this to anyone on the move a lot or the avid hiker/backpacker that needs a reliable tripod.

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