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Gitzo GK1582OT Ocean Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

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Gitzo GK1582OT Ocean Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit

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Product Highlights

  • Ocean Lock Protection From Elements
  • Dedicated Stainless Steel Ball Head
  • Ground Level Set for Low Angle Photos
  • Anti Leg Rotation
  • Maximum Height of 58.66"
  • Carbon Fiber/Stainless Steel Design
  • Supports 8.8 lb (4 kg)
  • Weighs Only 2.54 lb (1.2 kg)
  • Independent Leg Angles
  • Rapid Column
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The Gitzo GK1582OT Ocean Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit is a tripod with almost no limitations: it's designed for use in the most destructive conditions for tripods--salt water, dust, mud, sand. Made with 6x carbon fiber legs, all of the fittings are constructed from uncoated stainless steel using an advanced surface treatment developed for surgical equipment that completely closes any porosity at a microscopic level, eliminating any foothold for corrosive elements. 

A refinement of the G-Lock leg locking system, Ocean Lock, sets new standards for protecting tripod legs. Ocean Lock adds special inserts at both ends of each leg section, which greatly minimize the amount of salt water, dust, mud, etc. that can enter the legs and locking mechanisms. The upper stainless steel leg ends have a funnel-like hole which allows the small amount of liquid that might have entered to be emptied out efficiently. 

The dedicated ball head that's included is made from stainless steel and can be disassembled to clean and dry all of the interior parts. Special grease is included for lubricating the head and leg locking mechanisms after cleaning.

As a Traveler, this tripod's large expansion/contraction ratio makes it the ideal choice for, well, travelers.  The top of the Traveler 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 the Ocean Traveler its impressive 17.1" folded length, and protecting the head when it's not in use.  

This is a Gitzo 6x carbon fiber model, made from their own ultra-thin carbon fiber strands.  Carbon fiber has a tendency to absorb vibrations rather than transmitting them to the camera it supports, much like a wooden tripod would.

Ocean Lock
The Ocean-Lock is a special version of Gitzo G-Lock, maintaining the same outstanding locking performances. Thanks to two special seals derived from the automation industry, it minimizes the amount of water and debris that may enter tubes and locking mechanisms. The Ocean-Lock is not 100% waterproof, however it dramatically enhances the capacity of the tripod to withstand extreme environments.
Ground Level Set
This feature allows you to remove the center column to save weight and get the camera closer to the ground. It uses existing components: the upper disc with reversible 1/4" - 3/8" bolt and the column hook assembly. Remove the column and fix the disk directly to the upper casting using the column hook. No tools needed.
Rapid Column
The center column locking collar above the tripod shoulder makes it easier to adjust the column quickly. This Series 1 tripod is built with an anti-rotation grooved center column for improved stability.
Reversible Column
The rapid column can easily be inverted for an alternative shooting angle or low level macro work.
This built-in accessory allows you to hang a stabilizing weight (e.g. a full camera bag or a sand/water bag) from the bottom of the tripod center column. Useful with long, heavy lenses, on uneven ground or in windy conditions.
Anti Leg Rotation
The Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) system allows the tripod to be opened in less than 15 seconds. Simply loosen all the twist locks on each leg at the same time, then pull the leg down and tighten the locks individually.
Two Leg Angles
This feature allows you to independently position the tripod legs in two positions.
A dedicated stainless steel ballhead is included which can be easily disassembled to clean out any sand, salt, dust, etc. that may become trapped in the mechanism. Special grease is included to lubricate the head and leg locking mechanisms.
Unique leg design allows an expansion ratio that's rare for a truly rigid tripod
Legs assembled from Gitzo-specific "6x" ultra-strong and super-thin (0.007mm) carbon fiber strands
Maximum upper leg segment diameter of 24mm; appropriate for SLR cameras and 135mm telephoto lenses
Folds down to just 17.1"
Load Capacity 8.8 lb (4.0 kg)
Maximum Height 58.7" (149.0 cm)
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended 48.4" (123.0 cm)
Minimum Height 9.1" (23.0 cm)
Folded Length 17.1" (43.5 cm)
Leveling Bubble/Illuminated No
Weight 2.53 lb (1.15 kg)
Head Type Ballhead
Quick Release No
Material Carbon fiber with stainless steel fittings
Head Attachment Fitting 1/4"-20 & 3/8"-16
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 GK1582OT Ocean Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit
  • GS1320KT Ground Level Kit
  • Anti-Dust Bag
  • Special Lubricating Grease
  • Lifetime Warranty

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    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


    Good tripod, mediocre ballhead

    By Peter

    from Ontario

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    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight
    • Unfolds Quickly


      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Gitzo GK1582OT Ocean Traveler 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit:

      I find this tripod to be well made, holds my D800 plus lens with no problems, and folds small for travel. However, the ball head is very simple with no pretension, or separate pan control. Additionally, I find I cannot use the ball head in portrait mode with a camera of any weight – it sags no matter how much I tighten it up. It is easily the worst ball head I have in this regard. Also, the locking lever is made of plastic and goes over a steel nut. It is easy to over force the lever and turn it while the nut stays put. I can't see this lasting very long before I would need to make my own lever from wood or metal to replace it.

      The tripod works much much better with my Acratec GP-s, or my RRS BH30, but buying one of these puts the cost up substantially if you don't already have it on hand.

      It also gets stars deducted for price. If you are going to abuse your 'pod in the sea etc. I suggest getting several much cheaper tripods (and a good head), you will save money.

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