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GitzoGT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg)
 
4.9

(based on 47 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (45)
  • Stable (44)
  • Unfolds quickly (33)
  • Folds away (28)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (42)
  • Night shots (34)
  • Travel (33)
  • Portraits (27)
  • Wildlife (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31), Yes (4)

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5.0

Grea legs

By Runakid

from Shelbyville, TN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Folds Small
  • Good Stability
  • Lightweight
  • Unfolds Quickly

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

    I love my new Gitzo legs. They are very easy to use and provide the stability and portability that I need. Looked at others and could not find any others that fit my needs and height [6'2"].

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    5.0

    Sold and Streamline

    By Vicarious Photography

    from Washington DC Metro Area

    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
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife

      Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

      Professional photographer purchased this tripod to compliment my GT3541LS tripod as support for my time lapse dolly/rail system. The tripod is solidly built as expected from GITZO. The leg locks are a breeze to use and the center column is solid. I really like how light it is compared to my older model and it collapses down into a more compact unit even with the included center extendable rail. My only drawback with this tripod is that it doesn't match the height of my old one at the default "unfolded" posisiton. I knew that going in so I will not dock any stars for this; the lightweight and compactness more than makes up for it and that is why I bought it. I have a feeling it is going to also become my go to travel rig.

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      5.0

      Another great workhorse from Gitzo

      By EarlyMan

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Folds Small
      • Good Stability
      • Lightweight
      • Unfolds Quickly

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Shots
        • Travel

        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

        This is my "just right tripod." I also have 35xx and 15xx series legs from Gitzo. Very stable despite the extra leg segment. Not much to say, it's a tripod; stable, lightweight, and dependable. Also, the carbon fiber looks great if that means anything to you.

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        5.0

        Light and probably sufficient

        By Bruce Photography

        from Fort Bragg, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Stability
        • Folds Small
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Build

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

        I already have some series 3 and one series 5. The five is for my Wimberly and a supertele. The series 3 are all good but I was curious to see if I could trim some weight for long hikes so I added a suri ballhead and a small arcatech leveling base. I found that if I hang my thinktank bag from the center column, the series 2 tripod stiffens up and becomes quite rigid like the series 3 tripods. So I'm keeping my series 3 tripods but I use this one for the long hikes.

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        4.0

        good solid tripod

        By Zakem Art

        from New Orleans

        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 GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

          Its exactly what I wanted .................

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          5.0

          tall enough

          By Nick

          from Wilmington, NC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight
          • Unfolds Quickly

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

            @ 5'11" most tripods don't seem tall enough, I don't need the rapid column on this one. Amazingly sound, sturdy, light. excellent product.

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            5.0

            Fantastic

            By Camera Eye

            from Port St. Lucie, Fl

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

              Just recently purchased the GT2542L to replace an old Velbon that was given to me. What a difference a fine piece of equipment makes. I love the versatility this tripod offers. I've paired this with the RRS BH55 ballhead. I can't get over how precise and stable this tripod is. Get the retractable spiked feet if you decide to purchase this tripod. Gitzo's are pricey but I know I'll be using it for years to come.

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              5.0

              Excellent in every way

              By DorothyC

              from New York, NY

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Tall
              • Well-made

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Shots
                • Travel

                Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                Finally a lightweight travel tripod that's TALL enough for me without the center column extended at all! I'm not that tall (5'9"), but had trouble finding a lightweight tripod I didn't have to bend down to use. If it's windy out, I can hang my camera backpack from the center column hook to stabilize it. Great for taking out in the woods for landscape photography, or around the city. Excellent quality, as you would expect from Gitzo.

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                4.0

                Needs more foot grip

                By boppage

                from milwaukee, WI

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Stability
                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Night Shots
                  • Portraits
                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                  Durometer of stock feet rubber is a bit hard and size is small. Just get the spike foot kit - you know, the [$] item that should have been included - five stars if so...Yes, pricy Gitzo,but best if your around 6 foot!

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                  5.0

                  A great upgrade

                  By Steve

                  from Hillsboro, Oregon

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Folds Small
                  • Good Stability
                  • Lightweight
                  • Unfolds Quickly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                    I already had a Manfrotto 055 carbon 'pod but heard so much about Gitzo I decided to take the plunge. I wasn't sure when I ordered it if I would keep it but wanted to compare it side by side to my Manfrotto. Once I had it in my hands I knew it wasn't going back. It's very well made, slightly lighter in weight and is a couple of inches shorter when collapsed. But more importantly, when the four sections are expanded it is actually too tall for my 6'2" height and I have to lower the legs slightly (a positive thing). And this is without raising the center column! That means no periscope to cause "wobble." The screw down locks are very tight with no give at all and while I wasn't sure that I would like them better than the Manfrotto snap-locks I find that I do like the Gitzo version better. Today I received the Gitzo padded case which holds the Gitzo tripod and a Markin ballhead perfectly. The Manfrotto came with the shifting middle section that converted to horizontal. I miss that part but Gitzo has an accessory for that purpose if I decide I need it.

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                    5.0

                    Well worth the upgrade

                    By David

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Night Shots

                      Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                      I carry this tripod in the field and use with my 4X5 field camera. It gives me additional height and yet slight less folding size over my previous carbon fiber tripod of a different brand. Well worth the upgrade.

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                      5.0

                      Really pleased with Gitzo GT2542L

                      By Jim

                      from NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                        It feels really high quality! And it works really good, it is a really simple tripod but is also have a very smart construction.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Tripod

                        By David

                        from Venice, Florida

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Folds Small
                        • Good Stability

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife

                          Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                          Easy to set up, solid as a rock, highly recommended by my photography friends, and now I do too!

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                          5.0

                          Gitzo GT2542L

                          By Totally Exposed

                          from Calgary, AB

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                            I had been looking at Gitzo tripods for quite a while, but I couldn't decide which one would best suit my needs. After chatting with a B&H rep, it was decided that the GT2542L would give me the best bang for the buck. This it has definitely done and I have absolutely no regrets in purchasing it. It has handled my Nikon D800 and Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR II like a dream. I can't say enough how great this tripod really is!

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                            5.0

                            every thing you could want

                            By dondo

                            from Pottstown,Pa

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                wildlife

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                                5.0

                                The Definition of Sturdy

                                By ckalbach27

                                from Philadelphia, PA

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Pros

                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Cumbersome
                                • Very Tall When Collapsed

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                Was hesitant to spend this kind of money on a set of legs but worth it. Best tripod by far super sturdy but still light great on long exposures

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                                5.0

                                A quality tripod

                                By Ken

                                from Winnipeg, Canada

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Shots

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                  Gitzo carbon fiber tripods are expensive, but it doesn't get much better. This tripod is solid, stiff and combined with a equal quality tripod head like RRS or Arca Swiss etc. provides what is the most important often overlooked ingredient to landscape or similar photography. This tripod is very light, center column can be removed for no nonsense low angle shooting, I personally don't care for fancy horizontal columns etc. My only concern was the twist lock style legs, I prefer lever locks but after short period found these excellent and very quick to set up.

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                                  5.0

                                  The Perfect Traveling/Hiking Companion

                                  By Visual Escape

                                  from Utah

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Eye-Level Height
                                  • Folds away
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Stable
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                    This is my first serious tripod. One that took me well over several weeks of researching. After much hesitation, I settled for this over the Series 1 Traveler GT1542T and never looked back. I use these legs with the Markins Q-Ball Q20, RRS B2 LR II 60mm LR clamp with dual mount as well as the RSS B5D2 L plate and together they're the perfect combo for what I do. I wanted a carbon fiber that I can stowaway inside a backpack or a carry-on in the overhead cabin. While its sibling, the GT1542T can do the first part perfectly, this tripod fits comfortably (without ballhead setup) when placed diagonally in my 22-inch carry-on. I pack this between my clothing for added protection. It is about 7 inches longer than the GT1542T but I wanted the comfortable eye-level height as well as a more solid footprint for shots in inclement weather. The Mountaineer GT2542L, in my opinion, is the best option for versatility, weight and stability in between the Traveler and the Systematic Series. I love this tripod so much that I decided to also invest in the Series 3 Systematic GT3542XLS for the best stability and added height for studio/traveling work. The Markins/RRS setup I already have work perfectly with both of these legs. While Gitzos are expensive, I only need to buy once for the best setup and peace of mind.

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect Choice!

                                    By Angie

                                    from Halifax, Nova Scotia

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Night Shots
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                      I bought this to replace a chinease copy, and couldn't be happier. The build, weight and size are ideal for me, and it is MUCH more solid than the "just the same" copy. Nevery again will I go cheap!

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                                      5.0

                                      You get what you pay for

                                      By Rich H.

                                      from NYC & NJ

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Good Stability
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Night Shots
                                        • Portraits
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Gitzo GT2542L Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 26.4 lbs (12kg):

                                        Very stable, love the 1/4 turn to lock / unlock the legs. I'm 6'3" and this fits works great on level ground without even raising the center column.
                                        If you remove the center column, it will even fit in a 24" suitcase to take on an airline.

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