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Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 26.5
  • Max Height: 62.2"
  • Min Height: 6.3"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 3.5 lb
  • Reversible, Rapid Leveling Column
  • Leveling Column: +/- 15 Degrees
  • Anti Leg Rotation
  • 6x Carbon Fiber
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The Gitzo GT2531LVL 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.
UPC: 719821289173
General
Load Capacity 26.5 lb (12 kg)
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16 (reversible stud)
Maximum Height 62.2" (158 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 54.3" (138 cm)
Minimum Height 6.3" (16 cm)
Folded Length 25.2" (64 cm)
Level Control Range Leveling feature has adjustment range of 15° in any direction
Weight 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
Legs
Material 6 layer carbon fiber
Leg Sections 3
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
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.45 x 4.75 x 4.7"
Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod
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    GitzoGT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod
     
    4.5

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (10)
    • Lightweight (9)
    • Unfolds quickly (4)
    • Folds away (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Travel (6)
    • Wildlife (5)
    • Video (4)
    • Night shots (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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      • Was this a gift?:
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    4.0

    feel the greatness!

    By mr right now

    from san francisco, ca

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

      honestly feels like it was crafted from heavens blacksmith. the tilting assembly, like another reviewer mentioned, it protected by a thing stretchy dental dam type rubber, that's probably the only thing that doesnt seem to be perfect. even the tripod smells good. extremely light and sturdy.

      i use it with a slider directly on it

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      5.0

      great tripod

      By Larry

      from Round Rock, TX

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife

        Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

        I got the Gitzo GT2531lvl based on the excellent reviews I saw about Gitzo tripods in general. I use it for my KOWA spotting scope and for photograpy. It is as stable and vibration free as stated in the reviews. I am very satisfied with it.

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        5.0

        GREAT medium-weight tripod

        By jeffreybehr

        from Phoenix, Arizona USA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

          I use this with several cameras and a Kirk BH-3 ballhead. The leveling feature is very helpful in shooting multiframe panoramas, and the height is exactly right for my 5'8" frame. The carbonfiber-and-magnesium construction is light and strong.

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          4.0

          Smooth and Light

          By Dangerous Dave

          from Albany, OR

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

            Smooth and light. Beautifully made, but too much on the "fiddly-bit" side of things. Not quite up to what I expected for Gitzo. Came with $ "rebate" but I have to spend only on another Gitzo product - what can a person buy from Gitzo for $ that's worth anything? Stupid, lame, worthless rebate program.

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            5.0

            Gitzo #GT2531LVL Leveling tripod.

            By The Teal Guy.

            from Ocean City, New Jersey

            Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

            Excellent tripod. Intergraded leveling plate is a great addition to an already excellent tripod, and is a great help in setting up quickly on uneven ground in the field. Have owned a Gitzo #GT2541LLVL for a couple of years now, having had great results with it in the field. I decided to purchase the #GT2531LVL after finding the need for another tripod. An expensive tripod no dough about it! But, an especially good purchase with the large rebate recently offered by Gitzo. (Even if it does take 8 to 10 weeks, or more to receive your rebate from the Rebate Center that Gitzo is now using, to my dismay!)
            The tripod is well built with several nice features that I've come to expect from Gitzo. Only you can decide weather the large outlay of cash is worth it for any top end high quality product like a Gitzo tripod? I have been using Gitzo tripods for six(6)+ years now. With all the Gitzo tripods I now own [12]; I have had only one(1) minor problem with one of them that needed attention. (I am a Birding Guide with a lot of different manufacture's Demo spotting scopes for people to try out. So I need, and use a lot of tripods!) And I use [3] of the large Gitzo Systematic Series 5 tripods for all my Birding & wildlife photography work. When only the very best will do, I always turn to a Gitzo!

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            5.0

            The best all-round tripod option

            By Geoff Ross

            from Melbourne, Australia

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

              I travel a great deal, and the Gitzo levelling tripod has proved to be the best all-round tripod for my needs. The speed of opening the legs, and folding up, the ability to quickly level for panoramic photography, coupled with the light weight, makes it a very suitable choice for me. The carbon fibre legs also resist extremes in temperatures, and vibrations.

              So I am very pleased with it.

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              4.0

              Excellent Lightweight Solution for Video

              By Scott

              from Scottsdale, AZ

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Integrated Leveling
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Video

              Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

              I have a Gitzo 3541XLS and Sachtler FSB-8 head for shooting video but was looking for a more compact and lightweight solution for overseas travel when every ounce of extra weight in the bag counts. I looked at several vendors' solutions for leveling bases that can be attached to standard tripods, but the integrated nature of the Gitzo 2531LVL won out in the end. That combined with the Gitzo build quality put this solution above the rest. The level feature is very solid when locked off and very easy to adjust. So far it's stable enough to produce usable pans with the Manfrotto MVH500AH (which is a usable head, but just barely.) The only concern I have is that Gitzo appears to have used a very thin rubber membrane to seal off the leveling ball in the center column. Time will tell if this holds up to the elements. It's the only element on the tripod that feels rather fragile.

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              4.0

              Lightweight and well designed

              By Sandman

              from Carmel, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Quick To Level
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

              Exceedingly expensive but it is an excellent tripod. The tripod is faster to fold up than the older versions which is a tradeoff for not having the infinite adjustment of the 2228 and like tripods.

              Quick leveling is not as easy as with the Manfrotto 755 tripod but it works though taking more time to get perfectly level.

              Center column can be reversed or removed and it also has a hook that can be pulled out from the column and to which a camera bag or other weight can be attached. The hook is also to secure the head when the column is removed so the tripod legs can be splayed out and the head is then 5 inches off the ground. Not the most elegant approach but it does work. It is not as good as the old 2228 or the Benbo tripods for this use.

              New anti-twist columns are a big improvement. It no longer takes two hands to lock and extend a leg and relock it.

              Gitzo advise not to use the tripod around salt water which is odd for a carbon fiber tripod, but something to consider if you wanted to use it at the beach.

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              4.0

              Good for pano, video, BIF, general photo

              By Montereyman

              from Monterey, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Quick Head Leveling
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Twist Locks For Legs

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Panoramics
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

              This tripod supports over 25 pounds yet weighs under 5 lbs. and it has the quick leveling feature. A level tripod head is needed for panning, video, panoramics, and even wedding group photos and this tripod makes it very fast to achieve this without adjusting the legs.

              It has the slower to use Gitzo twist locks for the leg sections and these are easily damaged by sand and grit so more care needs to be taken with this tripod outdoors.

              It comes with a cheap cloth pouch which Gitzo might as well have left out of the box. I have received better tripod cases with tripods selling for a 6th as much as this Gitzo. The Gitzo product manager should be ashamed.

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              5.0

              Fantastic tripod

              By Gerryj19

              from MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast easy leveling
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

                The leveling feature makes landscape and multi-image panoramas much easier. On a recent trip to Jackson this made getting a level base on rough terrain much. much easier than with a conventional tripod. I'm sold on the leveling feature.

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                5.0

                Best general tripod

                By Peter

                from Brisbane, Australia

                About Me Serious amateur, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Ideal when one must carry

                  Comments about Gitzo GT2531LVL Series 2 Carbon Fiber Leveling Tripod:

                  Very stable tripod with built-in leveling. Adequate up to 70-300mm zoom lens. It is a pity that the tripod bag sold to go with this tripod is an excessively tight fit at the leveling control lever; otherwise it is excellent, lightweight and well-finished.

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