Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod

Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod

Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Max Height: 66.9"
  • Min Height: 1.2"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
  • Leg Sections: 3
  • Weight: 4.1 lb
  • Rapid, Reversible Center Column
  • Power Disc
  • ALR
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Gitzo GT2531EX overview

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The Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod uses advanced "Carbon 6X" carbon fiber material for its leg construction. This improved tubing is stronger, lighter, and as resistant as its 12-layer predecessor. Carbon "6X" is manufactured using a complex, 3-D process weaving 6 layers of carbon fiber into smooth, solid constructed tubes.

This tripod incorporates many new ideas in tripod design and offers extreme flexibility. It features individually locking legs that can be fixed at any angle from 0° to 90° and a column that will tilt from the vertical, right over beyond the horizontal and lock solidly at any angle.

The GT2531EX is especially ideal for outdoor macro and nature photography, when used with digital SLRs with 200mm lenses (up to a 300mm maximum), lightweight camcorders, or spotting scopes. It offers an excellent load capacity rating of 26.4 lb (12kg) and good torsional rigidity.

Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System
The Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) system makes it quick and easy to open and close the tripod. Simply turn all of the locking rings at once and the whole leg can be pulled out in seconds.
Locking Column System
The Explorer is fitted with a column that can tilt from the vertical, beyond the horizontal and lock safely at any angle.
G-Lock Design
The G-Lock mechanism has been completely redesigned in order to achieve a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. G-Lock's special design also provides a "gravity lock" effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock.
Redesigned Upper Discs & Bolts
This tripod features completely redesigned upper discs and bolts. The discs, which are composed of aluminum, feature a safe lock material that reduces vibrations and improves head locking. The improved high-grade stainless steel bolt design prevents it from dropping inside the column when adjusted, and makes controlling the tread length stress-free. The redesigned bolts are also corrosion and oxidation resistant.
1mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube
Gitzo was able to develop a six-crossed multilayer carbon fiber 30 percent lighter than the previous 1.5mm generation that features the same exceptional performance of stability and vibration absorption and unbeatable quality.
Locking Angle System
The explorer incorporates individually locking legs that can be fixed at any angle from 0° to 90°.
Ballast Hook
Redesigned built-in, spring-loaded retractable hook on the bottom of the center column provides a place to hang a stabilizing counterweight such as camera, sand or water bags.
Removable Leg Tips
Removable rubber leg tips are interchangeable with Gitzo universal accessories such as the big foot, long spike, etc.
Rapid Column
Grooved rapid center column for improved stability.
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Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty Extendable to 7 Years with Registration
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    Gitzo GT2531EX specs

    Load Capacity 26.5 lb / 12 kg
    Maximum Working Height 66.9" / 169.9 cm
    Max Height without Center Column 55.5" / 141 cm
    Minimum Working Height 1.2" / 3 cm
    Folded Length 25.2" / 64 cm
    Head Mount Type 1/4"-20 Screw, 3/8"-16 Screw
    Weight 4.1 lb / 1.9 kg
    Materials Carbon Fiber
    Leg Lock Type Twist Lock
    Leg Sections 3
    Center Column
    Center Column Features Reversible
    Center Column Sections 1
    Center Column Extension Type Rapid
    Lateral / 90-Degree Center Column Yes
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 31.3 x 5.2 x 4.9"

    Gitzo GT2531EX reviews

    GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 30.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You get what you pay for! I have used this tripod a few times now and I'm most impressed with it's solid Mercedes Benz like construction. The twist locks on the legs worried me (I preferred the locking clamps on my old one). After a few uses though, they're no problem to use at all. I find it light and easy to carry. I like how you can lock the legs individually at any angle you like. I LOVE the moveable centre post that angles downwards as well. It's just perfect for my macro work and still superior for portraiture too. I can't understand why every photographer doesn't have one of these tripods. It may be a bit expensive perhaps, but you'll have it a lifetime.
    Date published: 2009-07-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing tripod legs! Bought this for a trip out west and had it strapped to my back for a two week hiking trip. Most worthwhile piece of equipment I bought for the trip. The independant leg lock is wonderful, as it allows you to get into any position(something I wasn't sure I would be needing but turned out I did all the time). It is fast to set up in any location, and it feels extremely solid. Very durable also as when I was in the subway in Zion NP, I practically threw it down when I fell in the water(cringe) but the tripod didn't have a scratch on it. I was relieved and amazed. Great product, chose over the standard mountaineer for more applications.
    Date published: 2010-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than I need but happy I bought it. For several years I've been using a Vanguard Alta Pro CT253 tripod but one day several months ago I met another photographer using this same Gitzo and I became somewhat obsessed with getting one. A good run at a local casino gave me the extra cash to get one. Anyway, I love being able to set the leg angles in any position, the height is a few inches taller than the Vanguard so less stooping, the legs are certainly stronger. The center column can also be set at any angle unlike the Vanguard and is sturdier. I did combine this with an Arca Swiss p0 head and it turned out to be a perfect pair. One word of caution: watch your fingers closing it up! Finally, I love the finish on the Gitzo.
    Date published: 2014-09-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Tripod GREAT tripod. the leg locks are wonderful. not only is this tripod the nicest one I have used but the thoughtfulness with which it was designed is second to none. I was worried going from Manfrotto to the Gitzo's twist locks but after only a day of using it I find it to be as good or better in some circumstances then the Manfrotto locks. The fully independant legs are fantastic and despite what the page may say. you can get this all the way flat to the ground which is fantastic for shooting ground or low angles. Now for the dislike. the only thing I really found to be poor quality was the supplied leg lock tension adjuster Wrench. The wrench broke after trying to loosen the tension a tad. I had to use a socket wrench out of my tool box to adjust it. But other then that I cant find a flaw it is absolutely a fantastic product.
    Date published: 2011-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive but worth it I bought this tripod specifically for use with my macro lenses, especially my new Canon MP-E 65; pair it with a focusing rail and you're in macro heaven! It's great with my other lenses, too, of course. It's sturdy, and I like the ease with which I can set it up and break it down; I won't be getting any blisters on my hands as I sometimes do with my other Gitzo very lightweight tripod that I also love but which isn't as versatile.
    Date published: 2008-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent legs Very sturdy and rigid legs. I've been using Manfrotto 055CLB legs for the last 5 years and went for these legs to enable easier positioning of the camera for macro work. The multiple position centre column is excellent and very flexible as are the legs that can be set to any angle. Setting up these legs is slightly fiddlier than the Manfrotto as each leg must be set individually. No more using my feet to kick the legs out to the first stop. This is a minor inconvenience. These legs are marginally longer than the 055 legs but a little lighter. Overall build quality is excellent.
    Date published: 2010-11-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good compromise Ok, like camera bags, there are no perfect tripods. This one is a good compromise for what I need, which is a general purpose, carryable, and macro tripod. As a general purpose tripod, it's a little light, as a carryable its a little heavy, and for macro, its superb. As I said a compromise. Setup time on it is a little longer than my Manfroto, but I'm not in a hurry most times so that's not a problem. The leg hinge lock is taking a little getting used to, I'm used to just pulling them open, with this I have to unlock the legs, set them then lock them. Turns out this makes it pretty easy to set the tripod relatively level quickly. Here's what you do, extend the legs equally to about the height you need. Unlock the hinge on all three. Set the let that will be on the highest piece of ground first, go really wide if you need to. Spread the other two lets out, level the tripod, and then swing the other two legs down and lock. You are pretty close to level even on uneven ground. Takes a little practice, but works nice. If you move it's even easier just pop the locks and adjust. Only negative is that as a light tripod, and a 4 segment at that, it's not as stiff as I would like. But it does fit diagonally (minus head) inside a rollaboard (definite positive there). It's also folds down pretty tight. Swing arm is a joy to use compared to the Manfroto, nice being able to pick the angle and have a positive lock. Why only 4 stars, well as I said it's a compromise tripod, doesn't do anything great, you won't put big glass on it, but it does everything good enough.
    Date published: 2011-06-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gitzo GT2531EX CF Tripod: A Keeper A landscape photographer primarily, I use a tripod for most of my images. I have tried a number of metal, wood, and carbon fiber tripods. I turned to Gitzo because of its reputation and my experience with its bigger units when I shot only large format. I turned to the Explorer because it has the totally variable leg spread. I loved this feature in some wooden tripods I own. But the Explorer series has the stability and strength of those other units, the benefitbof signicant less weight and for me the important versatile leg spread. I like being able to spread and lock the legs where I want them, not at preset points. This unit does all that and most importantly supports my dslr with lenses ranging from extreme wide angle to 300 mm telephoto. For long exposures or multiple exposures where HDR is required the GT 2531ex is as stable as could be. I know perfection in any tool is a dream, but this tripod comes very close.
    Date published: 2011-10-06
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