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Gitzo GT2540LLVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod

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Gitzo GT2540LLVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod

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  • Load Capacity: 26.5
  • Max Height: 67.7"
  • Min Height: 6.3"
  • Folded Length: 24"
  • Leg Sections: 4
  • Weight: 3.7 lb
  • Reversible, Rapid Leveling Column
  • Leveling Column: +/- 15 Degrees
  • Anti Leg Rotation
  • 6x Carbon Fiber
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The Gitzo GT2540LLVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod uses 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, 3D process weaving 6 layers of carbon fiber into smooth, solid constructed tubes.

This Leveling tripod has a ball joint-mounted center column designed to let you get your camera perfectly level simply by adjusting the column inclination, instead of having to set each leg individually. An adjustment of 15° in any direction is possible using the leveling feature.

The GT2540LVL is a remarkably rigid 4 leg-section tripod that offers eye-level shooting, and is capable of holding most camcorders, 35mm or medium format gear and even most lighter field 4x5 cameras.

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.
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.
Improved Leg Spread
This tripod has been improved with a third ultra-low leg spread to take full advantage of the Ground Level Set.
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.
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.
Leveling Column
Leveling feature allows for instant, precise leveling, making it perfect for shooting digital photography on uneven terrain.
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.
General
Load Capacity 26.5 lb (12 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible stud)
Maximum Height 67.7" (172 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 59.5" (151 cm)
Minimum Height 6.3" (16 cm)
Folded Length 24" (61 cm)
Level Control Range Leveling feature has adjustment range of 15° in any direction
Weight 3.7 lb (1.7 kg)
Legs
Material 6 layer carbon fiber
Leg Sections 4
Leg Lock Type Twist
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No (optional)
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid, round, leveling, reversible
Center Column Sections 1
Gitzo GT2540LLVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod
  • Limited 2 Year Warranty Extendable to 7 Years with Registration
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    GitzoGT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg)
     
    5.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (6)
    • Lightweight (5)
    • Unfolds quickly (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (6)
      • Night shots (4)
      • Travel (4)
      • Portraits (3)
      • Wildlife (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      5.0

      Better than expected

      By Taconite

      from Duluth, Mn

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

        Use for landscape photography. Really like the leveling feature. Legs are very sturdy.

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        5.0

        Sweet and Light!

        By Honey Creek Video

        from Ann Arbor, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Setup
        • Lightweight
        • Stable

        Cons

        • Flimsy Case

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

        I was looking for a lightweight, backpackable tripod for both video and photo use (Canon 5D Mark III / Canon XF100), and this fit the bill nicely. I use it with a Manfrotto MVH500AH Fluid Head w/ flat base, and the combo works perfectly. While the Manfrotto's leveling bubble is poorly placed for reading, the tripod's leveling column has its own bubble at the bottom of the column, perfectly readable. And, the column adjusts +-15 degrees, which means I don't have to fiddle with tweaking the legs to get a level shot. I haven't used it with really long lenses yet, but the retractable weight hook in the column will help when I do.

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        5.0

        Versatile and Rigid Tripod

        By Bill McGrath

        from Western US RVer

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautifully made
        • Easy to level quickly
        • Good Stability
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

        • Slightly heavy but ok

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

        I primarily shoot landscape, so I need a portable tripod that is easy to set up and will support my camera and heavy lenses. This tripod has the leveling feature for the center column which makes quick work of getting ready on uneven terrain. It also supports removing the center column so you can get down very low for macro work. Using it with a Gitzo ball head to support a D200 and one of several f/2.8 zooms. It is a little heavier than I expected, but such is the price of rigidity. Overall, I love these legs.

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        5.0

        Solid as a Rock

        By Bill McGrath

        from RVer in Western US

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Nice feature set
        • Unfolds Quickly
        • Well-made

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

          These legs will be used with a Gitzo GH2780FQR ballhead to support a Nikon D200, soon to be a D800, primarily for landscape work. All my lenses are Nikkor AFS 2.8 zooms, so they are heavy. I needed a very solid platform from which to shoot, and this gear looks like it will do the job. The carbon fiber is stiffer than my previous aluminum tripod, and damps out vibrations more quickly. I like the ability to remove the center post, both to remove a little weight and more to allow me to get close to the ground. The design of this feature is clever and easy to use. The leveling feature with its associated bubble level makes it easy to get the plane of the ballhead mount parallel to the horizon without adjusting the individual leg length - a real time-saver. The build quality is first rate, and all the features have been well thought-out with the user in mind. I've only been using the new tripod and head for a few days, but I'm quite happy with its workings. It would be nice if it were lighter, but stability is more important, and this is stable. No complaints of any kind.

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          5.0

          as good as it gets

          By Cosalchemist

          from Lausanne, Switzerland

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

            Amazingly high without unfolding center column, very sturdy, rigid and light. The leveling base is a must have.

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            5.0

            Essential for Panographers

            By Jun

            from Japan

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy leveling
            • Good Stability

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Panoramas

            Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

            Comparing with Manfrotto 190MF4 and 556B leveling center column which I used for spherical panorama shooting several years, this product gave me additional 44cm height and more stability in exchange for 1kg extra weight. Its ball joint-mounted center column is easier than 556B to level since you can use bottom of center column as a lever.

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            5.0

            Phenomenal. Leveling is great for panos

            By Baileyblack

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Shots

            Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

            I use this for long exposures at night, HDR, and panoramas. I had previously been using a Manfrotto 190, and I thought that was pretty slick, but it's apparent just from picking up the Gitzo that the build quality is top notch. The action of extending and tightening the legs further demonstrates excellence in engineering and build. It's a joy to use. The leveling center column works flawlessly, especially when you hang some weight from the ballast hook. This causes it to act pretty much like a plumb bob when you loosen the column and literally level itself. I have a QTVR pano setup, and I can mount it directly to the column without a ball head. The savings in weight, stability and complexity are considerable, so this tripod should be considered by anyone who is serious about panoramas for the leveling feature alone. Solidity vs. weight is just amazing. The thing is absolutely rock solid. My only complaint is that, unlike the Manfrotto with ball head removed, I can't fit this in a roll on suitcase. I guess I'll have to buy the Gitzo traveler!

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            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic Unit

            By Bill

            from Australia

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Adjusted
            • Good Footing
            • Lightweight
            • Smooth Movement

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Gitzo GT2540LLVL Leveling 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.5 lbs (12kg):

              After using the Manfrotto 055PROB for many years I wanted to upgrade to a much lighter tripod for travel, I debated over the Gitzo and the Manfrotto 190MF4, being a lover of Manfrotto gear I purchased the Manfrotto only to be dissappointed, I should have stuck to my first choice and purchased the Gitzo, It is a much more sturdy tripod coupled with the ease of use and light weight, I use the Canon 1d mkiii with the 100-400 lense on this tripod with no problems!!!

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