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Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead

B&H # GIGK2550EXQR Mfr # GK2550EXQR
Discontinued

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This item has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available.

Product Highlights
  • Series 2 Explorer
  • Supports 11 lbs (5kg)
  • GH2750QR Ballhead w/ Quick Release
  • Made in Italy

The Gitzo GK2550XQR Explorer Tripod Kit is a specialized piece of kit, aimed at solving the problems that challenge normal tripods.

It provides the ability to place a camera/lens combination of up to 11 pounds (5kg) in almost any position you could imagine; working on a 40° mountainside slope, pointing at moss on a rock beneath the tripod legs, etc. While the use of a Gitzo Explorer is a bit more unorthodox than a 'conventional' tripod, it will open avenues of creativity that should excite any macro shooter.  Of course being a Gitzo, you can expect the fit and finish to be the delight that comes from the industry's top brand.

Gitzo means for your tripod to deliver decades of service, and offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

Gitzo's specialist for unusual tripod positions, extensive macro work, and use upon irregular and sloped surfaces
An ideal kit for use with telephoto macro lenses pointed directly below the tripod's legs
Legs have no fixed locking position, and can be locked in place at any deployment angle from 0-90° with complete independence from one another
Center column is affixed aside the crown of the tripod, allowing it to also act as a full-time lateral arm
Gitzo's classic off-center style ballhead, capable of placing the camera in any position imaginable
Legs assembled from Gitzo-specific "6x" ultra-strong and super-thin (0.007mm) carbon fiber strands
Gitzo's "ALR" Anti Leg Rotation design prohibits segments from rotating; they can only move directly up or down
Gitzo's "G-Lock" is the industry's strongest locking mechanism
Comes standard with ground spikes
Made in Italy
General
Load Capacity 11.0 lbs (5.0kg)
Maximum Height 71.3" (181.0cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 59.8" (152.0cm)
Minimum Height 5.5" (14.0cm)
Folded Length 29.5" (75.0cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Weight 5.29 lbs (2.400kg)
Head
Head Type Ballhead with quick release
Quick Release Yes
Legs
Material Carbon fiber with magnesium fittings
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
Leg Stages/Sections 2/3
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes 1
Please Note:

Each leg can be deployed at any angle 0-90 degrees

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Spiked/Retractable Feet Yes
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Rapid
Center Column Sections 1

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GitzoGK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attaches firmly (5)
  • Large range of motion (5)
  • Stable (5)
  • Strong clamp (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Night shots (4)
    • Portraits (4)
    • Wildlife (4)
    • Home (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Reviewed by 6 customers

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    5.0

    Worth the Investment

    By Kara H

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Product photography

        Comments about Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead:

        Purchased this tripod for product photography and this is already saving my back from bending over. Kit comes with everything needed, including the ball head which is so easy to move around. The only issue I had was the quick-release plate was stuck and took quite a bang to get it going. Haven't had any problems with it so far.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        tripod steady

        By photoman

        from Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attaches Firmly
        • Good Stability
        • Large Range of Motion
        • Strong Clamp
        • Well Made

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead:

          This is a very stable and well made tripod. I searched for the best bang for my buck and think I got it. Thank you B&H for all the great service this past year.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great Platform

          By dbefu

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Firmly
          • Good Stability
          • Large Range of Motion
          • Strong Clamp

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead:

            Great tool for macro shooting. I found that the build and quality is excellent and it's a great all around platform for all types of other situations.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Tripod!

            By Gphoto

            from Dallas, Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Firmly
            • Good Stability
            • Large Range of Motion
            • Strong Clamp

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead:

              Use for Macro, Landscape and wildlife photography.
              It says it is for mainly macro photography by I think it is a great all around tripod. Great build, High quality. Light weight.

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              5.0

              Best Bang for Buck

              By Travis G

              from Louisville, KY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Attaches Firmly
              • Good Stability
              • Height
              • Large Range of Motion
              • Strong Clamp

              Cons

              • Ballhead loosens
              • Carrying Case

              Best Uses

                Comments about Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead:

                This tripod may rate 4 stars.. but 5 is just as reasonable. It's fast set-up. Smooth. Great for tall photographers. Stable. Great center tilt. Fast camera attach/detach. It really is the best tripod I've used, tested, etc.

                The only problem is that the ballhead will sometimes loosen after consistent panning. The fast camera detach may not be easy for those with smaller hands. The spike caps/foot pads will sometimes unscrew... I'm sure I'll lose one someday. The default case is terrible.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very stable and configurable!

                By Lou

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Firmly
                • Good Stability
                • Large Range of Motion
                • Strong Clamp

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gitzo GK2550XQR 3-Section Explorer Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit with Ballhead:

                Great for stability and setting up in places that do not have flat terrain. To get this kind of stability means you have a little more bulk and weight than the average tripod.

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