As part of the Gitzo Reporter - Series 2, the GT2931 Basalt Tripod is a standard tripod that is capable of holding a pro digital or 35mm SLR camera with a pro telephoto zoom lens (e.g. 70-200mm), medium format up to 6x6, a consumer camcorder, or a spotting scope.
Created from volcanic rock, Gitzo has utilized the volcanic-based basalt to develop tripods of exceptional performance, stability, and durability. The basalt, a black lightweight rock, is pulverized, melted at extreme temperatures (2732° F), combined with other materials and then spun into a strong fiber, which is used to create multi-layer composite tubing. The result is a non-rotating tube of exceptional performance that meets the demands of today's professional photographers.
Basalt tripods are more durable and better at absorbing vibrations than aluminum models with similar dimensions. These legs are tougher than aluminum, yet they are 20% lighter.