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Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod

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Product Highlights
  • Includes Ball Head
  • Supports 15.4 lbs (7 kg)
  • Rapid Column
  • Made in Italy

The Gitzo GK2580TQR Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod is a complete solution for discriminating users who want exacting placement, premium operational refinement, and very low weight to carry.  It is ideal for use with a modern SLR and a lens of up to 200mm in any conditions, and usually even provides sharp images with lenses as long as 300mm.

This tripod's enormous expansion/contraction ratio is ideally suited for travel, where compact dimensions become of paramount importance. Additionally the fit and finish are what you should expect from the industry's top brand.  Gitzo means for your tripod to deliver decades of service, and offers a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.

The Series 2 Traveler leg set is a Gitzo 1 6x carbon fiber model, made from their superior, ultra-thin carbon fiber strands.  Beyond the weight savings we're all after, carbon fiber has a tendency to 'eat' vibrations rather than transmitting them, much like a wooden tripod would.  The top of the Traveler series is designed to allow the leg segments to fold 180°, towards the direction that's away from the ground when the tripod is in use.  This allows the normal crown section of a tripod to be within the collapsed leg segments' space, affording this tripod its impressive 16.9" folded length.

The GH2781TQR Ballhead borrows from Gitzo's most modern collection of center ballheads, with some concessions for travel.  It has a simplified locking lever, but still retains a PTFE-treated sphere and the "Spring Assisted Double Lock" with its great ability to stay where you put it once locked.  The GH2781TQR has a quick release system specific to Gitzo, with a bubble level right at the base of the plate.

Altogether, this Gitzo Traveler package kit folds to <17", expands to 5'0.5", and weighs but 3.8 lbs.

This Traveler tripod is designed as a kit solution; the attachment of the head to the center column is not identical to other Gitzo systems. While the head can be replaced by the end-user, to do so requires special parts from Gitzo.

Gitzo's Traveler Series 2 carbon fiber tripod, delivered with a dedicated Gitzo ballhead with quick release
Unique leg design allowing an expansion ratio that's unheard of in a truly rigid tripod
Extremely-refined PTFE-coated ball sphere, with positive locking action
Legs assembled from Gitzo-specific "6x" ultra-strong and super-thin (0.007mm) carbon fiber strands
Maximum upper leg segment diameter of 28mm; appropriate for SLR cameras and 200mm telephoto lenses, mini DV or compact HD video cameras, and many binoculars or spotting scopes
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
Gitzo "Power Disc" top plate with anti-twist safety screws to affix head/lens collar to disc and disc to monopod stem
Can be configured to the Arca-Swiss standard via Gitzo's optional GS5160CDT adapter
Made in Italy
General
Load Capacity 15.4 lbs (7.0kg)
Maximum Height 60.6" (154.0cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 51.2" (130.0cm)
Minimum Height 12.6" (32.0cm)
Folded Length 16.9" (43.0cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated Yes/No
Weight 3.79 lbs (1.720g)
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 (note - this is not a standard screw, swapping heads is not possible unless the existing screw is replaced.)
Leg Stages/Sections 3/4
Leg Lock Type Twist lock
Independent Leg Spread Yes
Spiked/Retractable Feet No
Center Brace No
Center Column
Center Column Type Sliding
Center Column Sections 1
Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
  • GH2781TQR Ballhead
  • GS5370C Quick Release Plate with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 Screws
  • Anti-Dust Bag
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    GitzoGK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod
     
    4.6

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stable (11)
    • Lightweight (10)
    • Folds away (5)
    • Attaches firmly (4)
    • Large range of motion (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel (16)
      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Wildlife (10)
      • Night shots (7)
      • Home (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Reviewed by 16 customers

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      4.0

      Well-Built, Small, Light.

      By Dave

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Light

      Cons

      • Ball Head Hard To Align
      • Weak Clamp

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

      We travel measuring video system projectors with very expensive Sprectroradiometers, thus we wanted something sturdy that we didn't have to worry about collapsing, but also small, light, and durable. In the past, we had a great Manfrotto, but it was too large and heavy-- the Gitzo fits the bill!

      The tripod rocks, but the head is not ideal, it takes a little long to level ideally and feels a little cheesier than the rest, but once you get use to it, it's ok, not great.

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      5.0

      Exceeding the highest expectations

      By KenT

      from Vancouver Island Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Firmly
      • Good Max Height
      • Good Stability
      • Large Range of Motion
      • Strong Clamp
      • Very Compact
      • Very light weight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        I was looking for a lightweight, compact tripod that would actually become a full-time part of my gear - not left at home or in the vehicle like my larger, heavier tripod often is. I was willing to pay top dollar as long as stability was not compromised to achieve portability.
        The Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler tripod not only met my expectations, it exceeded them. It is compact, light, extremely easy to set up and use, and most importantly it is rock steady. I actually thought I would be purchasing a different ball head to replace the included one from Gitzo, but after using the tripod with the included ball head for several weeks now with a Nikon D800 and up to a fairly heavy 80-400 lens I am very pleased with the combo head and will save my money for something else.
        This tripod has quickly become a permanent part of my camera pack, and I will never be without a tripod again. This is exactly the point of a travel tripod.
        The GK2580TQR Traveler exudes quality. I am quite certain this tripod will far outlast any of the less expensive travel tripods I was considering, thus proving to be more economical in the long run. In this day and age of hype and hyperbole it is a joy to find something that not only lives up to its billing, but is actually better. Very impressive.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Travel Tripod

        By Joe

        from SURREY CANADA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Stability

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        This is my first tripod,packs up small,is well-made,stable and fairly light for travel.

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        • No

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        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great tripod - terrible camera plates

        By JCE

        from La Quinta , CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Very Portable

        Cons

        • Camera plate slips

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

        I love this tripod...it's light and compact. The only complaint that I have is the plate that screws on the bottom of the camera slips if the camera is not level. I have a Nikon D800 and use a 14-24mm lens and a 28-300mm lens. Because Gitzo uses a generic plate so the camera can be mounted to the tripod the camera tends to rotate around the tripod screw. It seems to me this problem could be resolved quite easily by putting a lip on one side of the plate and then creating a slot in the plate for the tripod screw to adjust from front to back. This would allow it to fit a variety of cameras and would insure the camera would NOT rotate or slip on the tripod screw. Gitzo should create such a plate or change the tripod head to accept Arca Swiss type tripod plates from RRS or Kirk.

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        4.0

        Good tripod

        By Yevgen78

        from Old Bridge,NJ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Locks In Tight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors
          • Travel

          Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

          It's a really good tripod when you are travelling. The biggest disadvatage is only one locking system what makes difficult to adjust a camera with 200mm lense. Would be nice if head had two locking systems. Also lack of scale makes almost impossible to take the panoramic shots.

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          5.0

          Exactly what I needed!

          By luvarott

          from Winnipeg, Canada

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easily Adjusted
          • Lightweight
          • Locks In Tight
          • Smooth Movement

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Outdoors
            • Travel
            • Wildlife

            Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

            so light I can pick it up with a finger, yet sturdy in heavy winds and supports a heavy set up.exactly what I needed for shoots in the backcountry....

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            5.0

            Exactly what I was looking for

            By Mac M

            from Union, Ky

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife

              Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

              This is a user friendly tripod whick is light, however has a large camera & lens capacity. Great job Gitzo !

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Compact

              By snap photo

              from St Louis, MO

              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 GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                Own a few Gitzo tripods and was looking for a travel tripod that was small enough to fit in my carry-on bag and lightweight. This tripod fit the bill.
                No problems with stability using my Nikon D700 and the 70-200mm 2.8 lens. I was told (by a Gitzo rep) that this Gitzo combo (tripod and head) would be able to handle the weight of a Nikon D700 w/a Nikon 300mm lens. Because I don't own the 300, I cannot accurately comment if that is true.
                I had no problems with setting it up or breaking it down. I like that the ballhead comes with a quick release plate. My only suggestion, have the option to buy the tripod w/or without the ballhead. If you want to use a 3rd party head, you have to buy the gitzo plate so you can attach your 3rd party head to the legs.

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                5.0

                very light but sturdy

                By Texas

                from Austinm, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Cumbersome

                Best Uses

                • Travel

                Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I use this product when traveling and photographing in the field. it makes it much easier to check this item without adding too much extra weight to you luggage. It also is easier if you will be carrying it around all day.

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                4.0

                Great Travel Tripod

                By snap photo

                from St Louis, MO

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                I bought this tripod because I was looking for a small light weight travel tripod that would support the weight of a Nikon D700 with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens, this tripod fits the bill. I also wanted a tripod that would support longer glass (future purchase). The manufacturer told me it would easily be able to support a Nikon 300mm with a Professional DSLR.
                I gave it 4 stars because you can only buy the tripod with the ballhead. I would prefer to be able to buy the tripod with the legs only because I use Really Right Stuff heads. If you do use Really Right Stuff, you have to pay an additional cost for the plate to mount your ballhead onto.
                The tripod is well made and I like the compactness. I have no problem with the tripod fitting quite easily into my carry-on bag.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Outstanding Product

                By John

                from Princeton, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Ball head is very smooth
                • Folds Small
                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  I bought this tripod for travel and camera support for landscape and wildlife photography with an 80-400 lens. It is light and strong, and the stability is great. Adjustments are smooth and easy. This happens to be the fifth tripod in my collection, and it is easily the best!

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                  5.0

                  Great and Light!!

                  By D M

                  from Corinth, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Firmly
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Clamp

                  Cons

                  • Limited Head Options
                  • Tricky QR Plate

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                  I had been using a Monfrotto aluminum tripod with a 322 head which worked great in the studio but was miserable to carry while hiking. I bought this tripod hoping for a robust compact tripod capable of supporting a 1D Mark IV with a 70-200 2.8 or a 100-400 max. No problem yet- although I haven't used a lot of larger lenses much. This tripod is great strapped to my Tamrac 5X Expedition for long hikes (5+ miles).

                  I like the ball head that comes with the tripod but am not real picky. It is true that you are pretty much stuck using this tripod head due to the configuration of the legs.

                  Tripod is VERY stable using a 1D Mark IV and a 16-35 2.8 or 24-70. G-Locks work awesome.
                  Only very minor negative is the quick release plates slide into the head and don't snap in like others I have used. This can be a bit tricky trying to set-up the tripod in dark conditions (waiting on a sunrise, etc...). This is a minor deal. Workmanship is amazing!!!

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                  5.0

                  Nice piece of equipment, but expensive

                  By Richard

                  from Flagstaff, Arizona

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                    My primary photographic interest is landscape photography. I wanted a stable, light weight tripod that I could carry in my back pack along with a full frame digital camera and one or two lenses. Tripod with ballhead weights 3.9 lbs and collapses to 17.5 inches, perfect. Also, it has four level bubbles. And everything works smoothly and securely. I like it, although it is expensive.

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                    5.0

                    Great Tripod

                    By Filip

                    from Illinois

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                      I have started looking to spend $200 on a tripod and ended up paying over $800 for this beautiful piece of engineering. I have justified this purchase on the fact it will last for several camera generations. I currently own D300s with 18-200m VR lens. The series 1 Traveller would probably be fine for my current set up, but I wanted it to be future proof if I ever buy 300mm lens... the weight is little higher, but the tripod is very sturdy and as compact. I love the engineering that went into this product - everything is thought through and and works a looks great. I am sure it will last me for many many years.... (at least it'd better last many years for that price)

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                      4.0

                      Another great Gitzo product.

                      By BDD

                      from Altoona, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Travel

                          Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                          Another quality Gitzo product. Heavy enough for D90 with 70-200 2.8. Did not give 5 stars because have to buy Gitzo head and I have Really Right Stuff already which is not compatible. Also need to buy plate and stud bolt in order to use the other head.
                          I own a Monopod and series 3 Systematic from Gitzo also. Wanted version I could carry around in standard backpack.

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                          4.0

                          Tremendous Travel Tripod

                          By Ned

                          from Philadelphia, PA

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Can be packed in carry-on
                          • Compact when folded
                          • Light Weight
                          • Strong and resists torque

                          Cons

                          • Expensive due to head
                          • Gitzo head not great

                          Best Uses

                          • Hiking
                          • Rafting - Canoeing
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod:

                          I gave the tripod 4 stars, but would have given it 5 stars if I didn't have to purchase the head portion of the kit with the legs.

                          I have removed the head, purchased a stud and attached a Really Right Stuff ball head to the legs. While the Gitzo ball head which comes in this kit is alright, it isn't in the class of the top ball heads in my opinion.

                          Being a Series 2 tripod, this is the first travel tripod of Gitzo quality which folds compactly, yet is strong enough and resists torque enough to hold a professional DSLR or SLR with a intermediate long lens, such as the Nikon 80-400mm zoom, or a 300mm prime steady.

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