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Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod

BH #GIGT2542 • MFR #GT2542
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Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 39.7 lb
  • Max Height: 65.7"
  • Min Height: 5.9"
  • Folded Length: 22"
The GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Gitzo features Carbon eXact tubing, which includes High Modulus carbon fiber in the lower leg sections, adding to their diameters and making the tripod more rigid and stronger than its predecessor. The GT2542 has a load capacity of 39.7 lb, extends to a maximum height of 65.7", and folds down to 22" for transport.
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Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 Overview

The GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber Tripod from Gitzo features Carbon eXact tubing, which includes High Modulus carbon fiber in the lower leg sections, adding to their diameters and making the tripod more rigid and stronger than its predecessor. The GT2542 has a load capacity of 39.7 lb, extends to a maximum height of 65.7", and folds down to 22" for transport.

The center column on the tripod can be removed for Ground Level Set, which enables the tripod to reach its lowest height of 5.9". Its four-section legs are secured with twist locks that incorporate G-lock Ultra, which has an internal O-ring to prevent dust and particles from entering the leg system. The top spider has been redesigned to add rigidity, and large leg angle selectors give you more area to grip when readjusting leg angles. A ballast hook on the center column allows you to add weight to increase the tripod's stability.

UPC: 719821362067

Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 Specs

General
Load Capacity39.6 lb / 18 kg
Maximum Working Height65.7" / 166.9 cm
Max Height without Center Column54.7" / 138.9 cm
Minimum Working Height5.9" / 15 cm
Closed Length22" / 55.9 cm
Head Mount Type3/8"-16 Screw
Weight3.7 lb / 1.7 kg
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Legs
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Independent Leg SpreadYes
Leg Sections4
Leg Diameter1.1" / 27.9 mm
Feet FeaturesRubber, Removable,
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesBallast Hook
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnNo
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)25 x 4.5 x 4.2"

Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 Reviews

Great Tripod

By Gregory
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-27

I have used Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods for years. While the Manfrotto are very good, the Gitzo are stiffer, the twist collars work much nicer, the O-rings keep most water out. This model adds the removable center column. I have not worked with a tripod with an easier to remove and replace center column, what a great implementation!

Great Tripod poor guidance for initial understanding set-up

By Marguerite
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-02

Everything about the Tripod is great except for the instructions on set up and handling of the center column ....There are several grooves and slots that must line up just right with Interior Screw (pin) and INNER RAISED RIDGE in neck or center ring that the column goes through...on my particular set of legs none of these grooves or pins are marked ..after a year of avoiding use of the center column, I determined to learn what made it work and studied the interior of the center column and both tightening rings...after doing this and understanding the workings, I noticed the manufacturer had noted the alignments with, in one case a raised arrow between the joints of two legs on the spider...but who could ever see it?...it is not colored or marked in any way...so I marked raised arrow with fingernail polish!!....also there is an alignment line etched into the separate center column above the arrow but again...who would ever see it? it is barely an eyelash in depth and width etched into a black rod; I defy anyone to see it that wasn't alerted to it!!...So I marked it with nail polish as well..Now i purchased my set up about 2017 and the instructions that came with the tripod were woefully inadequate...the video I watched on you tube did not show aligning anything when it showed the two rings being unwound or wound to tighten or un-tighten the center column. All that being said...NOW THAT I'VE FIGURED IT ALL OUT AND MARKED THINGS SO THAT THEY ARE EASILY SEEN- it is a fabulous tripod....the only thing I wish it had that it doesn't is the fixed spongy upper column wraps..those columns get plenty cold and sweat with condensation really easily in night photography!!

Perfect balance of strength, height, and weight.

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-11

I bought this as a more portable option to my 4 series. This is plenty stable, and has no trouble with my gimbal/600 F4 (Sony, not the heavy older ones) when I need it to. Obviously I'd go for a more stable rig given the option, but this does just fine and is much nicer to carry around. For landscape it is perfect. If its breezy out keep the center column down and add some ballast to the hook. It would be nice if it came with the pull of spiked feet. RRS BH-40 fits it nicely, BH-55 overhangs the pedestal a bit. I love the leg angle locks, and the leg twist locks are fantastic, nice short throw and sure grip.

Fantastic tripod

By Steven
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-01-26

Outstanding quality and craftsmanship. You definitely get what you pay for with this tripod. It’s the perfect size and weight even for traveling. The only gripe I have is it should come with a better carrying bag for this price.

Sturdy lightweight tripod

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-07

Very sturdy and lightweight. Took it out for Milky Way shoot and it performed like a champ.

Problems

By Marguerite
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2019-07-03

Sturdy? yes . Dependable? not so much...If you tighten too much, you have a devil of a time untightening the legs...adjusting the legs to the same length if you don't extend fully or shorten fully is problematic with the tightening ring system versus clamps. l also have had a devil of a time getting the center post to stay in...I can't for the life of me figure which of the adjustable rings above is the final say so for that center post to stay fixed..it falls out no matter what sort of combination of turns I give to the thumb nut and ring just above the leg joints. Does anyone have a clue?? The instructions that come with the tripod are brief to non existent so far as telling you what to do in the instance of an issue ....I've watched a You Tube video on this tripod and followed the only segment the shows steps for adjusting that center leg..and it just isn't working for me...every time I think I've got it fixed and tightened in there..I turn it over and it falls out....I switched to the rotating collar system for the legs of the tripod over the clip type on the Manfrotto because I got tired of getting blood blisters when the clip caught part of my finger...but at least the clips were quick and sure for the purpose...I'm about ready to ditch the Gitzo and go back to the Manfrotto. Any ideas out there to make me feel I just need to learn a simple little trick to get that center post to stay fixed?

Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 - Enjoy the Quality

By Larry S
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-12-05

Because this tripod was on backorder for several weeks and the restrictions of COVID, I haven't had the chance to really use it as much as I'd like. I've had it for less than two weeks. This tripod is a major upgrade from the Induro I used for many years. The ease and speed of adjusting the legs and its overall sturdiness amazing. It held my 200-500mm lens rock solid. I use an Acratech GP Ballhead, which fits perfectly on the tripod. This tripod is definitely worth its hefty price. I wish it came with factory installed leg warmers as I live in a cold climate. I definitely recommend this tripod. I look forward to making many intimate landscapes and grand landscapes with this quality tripod.

Rock Solid

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

So far This tripod is everything I hoped it would be, very solid the perfect height and easy to set up and take down.

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