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GitzoGT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg)
 
4.9

(based on 39 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Lightweight (37)
  • Stable (28)
  • Unfolds quickly (27)
  • Folds away (23)
  • Easily adjusted (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (25)
    • Landscape/scenery (18)
    • Home (14)
    • Night shots (13)
    • Portraits (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3), Semi-professional (3)
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    5.0

    Perfect Light Weight Packing Tripod

    By Remmy

    from Wasilla, AK

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Folds Small
    • Good Stability
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

        This is a very nice, light weight and packable tri pod. Use this Tripod for digi-scoping and spotting animals while out hiking around. Only thing I wish this tripod would do is shorten up to below 20" when fully collapsed

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        4.0

        Perfect choice for travel.

        By Jerry

        from New York City

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Folds Small
        • Good Stability
        • Lightweight
        • Unfolds Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Night Shots
          • Portraits
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

          If you only believe the heavier the better for a tripod in nowadays, i would say you are wrong when you face this great carbon one. It turns out that it can hold my camera stable enough than my previous old heavy one, because its six-layer carbon. I highly recommend this tripod if you need one for travel but still don't want to sacrifice the stability.

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          5.0

          super light weight with Gitzo quality

          By yltangdds

          from San Mateo CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Folds Small
          • Good Stability
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

            I have owned several carbon fiber tripods and this is the lightest one that I have.
            I bring this one every where I go. love this tiny light weight Gitzo tripod

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            5.0

            Great lightweight tripod

            By hunpo

            from Blacksburg, VA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Folds Small
            • Lightweight
            • Unfolds Quickly

            Cons

            • May Have To Add Weight

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel

            Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

            I am an avid hiker who recently decided to really focus on my outdoor photography. I am generally shooting while I hike/backpack and needed a light tripod that I would actually take out on extended trips. Gorgeous construction, easy to use locks, and very compact. I ran a solid mile over rough terrain with this thing tucked under my arm. I'm shooting with a Panasonic GX-1, so this is enough tripod for me and I'll actually carry it.I fully expect I'll have to weigh it down on occasions - there are trade offs, but I'm used to making those for backpacking and you've always got a spare stuff sack to weigh it down.Now I need to find a suitable lightweight ball head!

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            4.0

            Awesome tripod - needs grub screw

            By climberguy

            from Tacoma, Wa

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • No Grub Screw

            Best Uses

            • Hiking And Mountaineering

            Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

            I needed a tripod that was light enough to carry rockclimbing and backcountry skiing. This tripod fits the bill. It is extremely well built, the design and craftsmanship that went into this tripod is extraordinary. I will be shooting video while tied into ropes on the cliff. When I went to attach my lightweight fluid video head, I noticed there was no grub screw to lock down the head. There was a hole, but it wasn't tapped, and it didn't go through the plastic "friction" disc. I had to drill and tap the top plate, and now it's perfect. But Gitzo should have done that for me. Obviously this tripod is too light to have a video head...I will never be able to walk away from it...it's top heavy with my cheeseplate, Canon 7D and microphone. I will need to hang a weighted bag from the provided hook. But these are all compromises I'm willing to deal with in order to have gear that is light enough to climb with.

            Note to BH: I already reviewed this, but not as a "certified purchaser". However, today you sent me an email request to review "my recent purchase". One of these reviews should be deleted so I don't review it twice.

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            5.0

            love it

            By Finn

            from Oslo, Norway

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Stability
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

              Very light weight, yet it feels solid. You can also flip the bar holding the ball-head upside down to get the camera close to the ground for macros.

              The guy at the B&H store gave me an impressive demo.

              This is my third tripod, and this is my new main guy.

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              4.0

              Awesome tripod - needs grub screw

              By climberguy

              from Tacoma, Wa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

              • Missing A Grub Screw

              Best Uses

              • Backcountry Skiing
              • Night Shots
              • Rock Climbing Video

              Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

              I needed a tripod that was light enough to carry rockclimbing and backcountry skiing. This tripod fits the bill. It is extremely well built, the design and craftsmanship that went into this tripod is extraordinary. I will be shooting video while hanging from ropes on the cliff. When I went to attach my lightweight fluid video head, I noticed there was no grub screw to lock down the head. There was a hole, but it wasn't tapped, and it didn't go through the plastic "friction" disc. I had to drill and tap the top plate, and now it's perfect. But Gitzo should have done that for me. I've included photos of the process as others have complained about this oversight. Obviously this tripod is too light to have a video head...I will never be able to walk away from it...it's top heavy with my cheeseplate, Canon 7D and microphone. I will need to hang a weighted bag from the provided hook. But these are all compromises I'm willing to deal with in order to have gear that is light enough to climb with.

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              4.0

              Light and quality

              By Tea

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Folds Small
              • Good Stability
              • Lightweight
              • Unfolds Quickly

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Travel

                Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                I use a 23-inch slider with my GT0531 to shoot video clips sometimes. The center column lock of GT0531 does not work very well in this situation. It spins with the slider easily which causes the lock either too tight or too loose. This part definitely needs to be redesigned. But I do believe it's still good for photo shootings.

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                5.0

                Great for Rangefinders & Point&Shoots

                By ccphotog

                from ma

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Unfolds Quickly

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                    Super high quality tripod ["The Rolls Royce"] for Rangefinders or smaller Point&Shoot cameras. Versatile and the lightest weight for hiking and quick action. Comes with spring loaded hook for a center weight [sandbag] and you'll need it— because if it's adjusted at full height in a gust or strong wind it's getting blown over. Say "Bye Bye Camera!" Stability at full height is questionable... legs are fully adjustable for extreme low angles and tight spaces. Great for interiors!

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By WK

                    from Phoenix, AZ

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Folds Small
                    • Good Stability
                    • Lightweight
                    • Unfolds Quickly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                      Great for back country.

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                      5.0

                      Incredibly light

                      By Joi

                      from Anaheim, CA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Folds Small
                      • Good Stability
                      • Lightweight
                      • Unfolds Quickly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                        This is great for a traveler and a hiker. The tripod is very light and easy to handle. Great tripod.

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                        5.0

                        My favorite tripod : light and reliable

                        By Binoyte

                        from Montreal, Qc

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Stability
                        • Lightweight
                        • Unfolds Quickly

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                          This is an excellent tripod. I use it with the manfrotto 494 ball head. Together they weight 1.1kg and they support 5kg!Small and lightweight : I can take it with me every time. It is strong enough to support the Olympus E-3 + Zuiko 11-22 or the Canon 5D mkIII + 17-40 f4, even in windy conditions.I miss the horizontal feature the manfrotto 190XProB has, specially for macro. But as the manfrotto was too heavy it stayed at home and lots of my favorite macros have been shot handheld !The best gear, is the gear you use!No doubt at all, it worth the price.NB :it could be too small but I am only 1m70 tall.don't choose the 4 segments version, it will be longer to set up without significant gain (weight, cost etc...)

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                          5.0

                          Light and Compact

                          By Don

                          from Connecticut

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Folds Small
                          • Good Stability
                          • Lightweight
                          • Unfolds Quickly

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Shots
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                            I use this product a home and outdoors with the Sony NEX-7 system and lenses. For this type of set-up its rock solid. Weight is a full pound less then my prior generation Gitzo, yet is rated to hold 1 lb more.

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                            5.0

                            great lightweight legs

                            By Ryan

                            from Ca

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Folds Small
                            • Good Stability
                            • Lightweight
                            • Unfolds Quickly

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                              I purchased these legs for my lightweight DSLR setup, primarily for use hiking and backpacking (thought I use them any time I'm not using a massive lense). They are very stable especially when their weight is taken into consideration, and very simple to deploy and adjust (loving the locking mechanism). These legs are an excellent choice if one desires lightweight legs that will not inhibit the users workflow. The GT0531 collapses to a convenient size for transportation; for me whether that be in my suitcase or strapped to the side of my backpack. I recently returned from a 5 day backpacking trip in the High Sierra and these legs fit the bill for that. While I have used them in a variety of scenarios, I haven't shot video with them so I can't objectively comment on how they would perform there, but I see no reason why they wouldn't work out. As are many other users, I am using these legs in combination with the RRS BH-25 Ultra-light ballhead, which they work fantastically with; but they would surely work well with any other manufacurers lightweight tripod head.

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                              5.0

                              ultra-light

                              By David

                              from CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Stability
                              • Lightweight
                              • Unfolds Quickly

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                I got this to use on backpacking trips. I haven't actually taken it backpacking yet, but I've been using it around the house for a few projects. This is my first real tripod, and I'm using it with a MFT system camera on a RRS BH25-LR ballhead.

                                The weight was a major factor in my decision, and it really is quite light. I'm impressed by the stability too, though I have a small camera so it's not saying much.

                                The legs are easy to open and close, and the column flips around so you can position the camera between the legs while keeping them wide apart.

                                The folded length isn't as small as some there, but I expect it'll be fine when strapped on the side of a backpack. Any of them would be too bulky inside.

                                Negatives:

                                I did notice that part of the ballhead plate hit the tripod plate in certain positions. I took off the tripod plate and it seems fine so far. I think this is probably more the fault of the ballhead, though.

                                The column ring can be a little hard to tighten all the way, or loosen. A little more leverage might have helped, but that's extra weight, so I'm happy with the tradeoff.

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                                5.0

                                Super Light and Durable

                                By bg

                                from Durango, CO

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Folds Small
                                • Good Stability
                                • Lightweight
                                • Unfolds Quickly

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                  I have been hiking with this almost every day since I got it. It is super light with a sigui ball head attached, and way more stable than the lightweight nikon tripod i have. Great for hiking and Backpacking.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By Tim

                                  from Ohio

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • Not very tall
                                  • Weak Head Mount

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                  I use this product for anything a tripod can be handy for. My primary use is for landscape and interior exterior real estate photography. It is amazingly light and sturdy, east to use. The only thing that is not great about it is that it isn't as tall as I would prefer. A problem I noted was that it would not hold a manfrotto head securely, there is no friction screws or nothing on this tripod to hold the head, it simply threads on. If you remove the circular plate and then thread on the manfrotto head, it stays on very securely!!! I love it so far, straps right to the side of my thinktank international 2.

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                                  5.0

                                  Best Leightweight Travel Tripod

                                  By Rivington

                                  from Harrisburg, PA

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Pros

                                  • Folds Small
                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Unfolds Quickly

                                  Cons

                                  • None

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                  I purchased this tripod for foreign air travel so size and weight were primary considerations. I own other Gitzo tripods and all are excellent but weigh 2 to 3 times as much as the GT0531. Folded, with a ballhead attached, this tripod will fit in a small carry on or checked bag. I use it with a Gitzo GH1781T Series 1 Traveler Ball Head and a Really Right Stuff quick release clamp. The entire setup weighs under 38 ounces. I tested this setup at long exposure times against a 6 lb Gitzo carbon fiber tripod with a full size RRS head and the difference in the test images is nearly imperceptible. The tests were done with a Canon 5D Mk II and a Canon Macro EF 100mm 2.8 L IS, with IS turned off at Tv of 1/3 and 1/2 second. The tripod legs and center column were fully extended for the tests and mirror lock up and 2 second self timer were utilized. If you are about 5' 8" or shorter, the GT0531 will bring a DSLR to eye level. If you are taller, you will have to crane your neck just a bit. Overall, given the size, weight and price, I believe this is the best setup you will find.

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                                  5.0

                                  So lite!

                                  By 1and0hound

                                  from San Fran Bay Area

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Stability
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                    I have been using a Gitzo 3541ls and then bought this for my girlfriend with an Induro BHD0 ball head for her Bday. It's such a joy to carry and use. We do mostly landscape photography so just a 7D with a heavy mid size zoom or large prime and it is so sturdy. If height is what you need then you may decide to get the more expensive Traveler 2 series. But most of my shots are down low focusing on foreground and mid ground so this is not an issue at all. I hurt my back recently and find myself lugging hers around when she is not going. I am a lot more gentle with it while extending the legs as I saw a Youtube video with a guy in Texas who has broken them while extending the legs. It's extremely pleasant to carry and use. Love the Induro ball head with this! Five star all the way. Don't hesitate if you are a long mile hiker or multi day hiker. I recently had this with my 100-400mm attached with 7D in Alaska and there was no creep using it with the Induro BHD0

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing tripod

                                    By MikeFromNJ

                                    from Hoboken, NJ

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Folds Small
                                    • Good Stability
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Unfolds Quickly

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Food photography
                                      • Still life
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Gitzo GT0531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - Supports 11 lbs (5kg):

                                      There isn't a single thing I dislike about this tripod. I shoot a good deal of food photography and I had a lot of issues with camera shake with my old tripod. This one is lightweight, it closes to a nice compact length, and it is somehow more sturdy than my old tripod that was twice the weight and length. No more camera shake, less back pain from the reduced weight of my stand bag, and I love the feel of the twist locks.

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