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Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod

BH #GIGT2531EX • MFR #GT2531EX
Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 26.5 lb
  • Max Height: 66.9"
  • Min Height: 1.2"
  • Folded Length: 25.2"
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.
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Gitzo GT2531EX Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Anti-Rotation Leg (ALR) System
  • 3Locking Column System
  • 4G-Lock Design
  • 5Redesigned Upper Discs & Bolts
  • 61mm Gitzo 6X Carbon Fiber Tube
  • 7Locking Angle System
  • 8Ballast Hook
  • 9Removable Leg Tips
  • 10Rapid Column

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.

Gitzo GT2531EX Specs

Load Capacity26.5 lb / 12 kg
Maximum Working Height66.9" / 169.9 cm
Max Height without Center Column55.5" / 141 cm
Minimum Working Height1.2" / 3 cm
Closed Length25.2" / 64 cm
Head Mount Type1/4"-20 Screw, 3/8"-16 Screw
Weight4.1 lb / 1.9 kg
MaterialsCarbon Fiber
Leg Lock TypeTwist Lock
Leg Sections3
Center Column
Center Column FeaturesReversible
Center Column Sections1
Center Column Extension TypeRapid
Lateral / 90-Degree Center ColumnYes
Packaging Info
Package Weight5.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)31.3 x 5.2 x 4.9"

Gitzo GT2531EX Reviews

Great tripod but has issues that it shouldnt for the price

By Michael
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-28

I use this tripod for everything from table top to nighttime long exposures and it does everything it should... its light, packs easy, has a narrow profile and is sturdy... however the complaints which for me due to the price would not have me buy it again.... the legs fold out all the way making it able to get really low to the ground but the mechanism that lets it do so (the clamps at the top) make it cumbersome to set up and break down quickly and takes time to get a level base with out the locking points most tripods have... as such you also have to think about folidng it up since if you fold down fast and lock the legs in then you can retract the legs with out unlocking them to give a gap, then retracting then folding it back in also the placement of the knobs is odd which intuitively I twist the wrong ones all the time when Im adjusting the column while looking through the veiwfinder (ive owned it now for over a year and it still happens all the time) and worst of all.. the detatchable rubber feet!!!!!! they unscrew and get lost all the time and then you have to reorder the feet... SO its a great tripod... just way over priced for what it delivers

Great One tripod does all solution

By Ron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-06

Not the lightest, not the quickest to set up or take down, but topnotch quality and the best one tripod does all solution I've seen. I use it for video and stills. I keep a video head on it but the flexibility of the off center column allows me to do anything a still head would (not as quickly, however). I even saved some $ with the 3 section rather than 4 section legs as long as folded size isn't critical to me. This is definitely my one go to tripod when I head out.

More than I need but happy I bought it.

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-10

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.

Unlimited Flexibility

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-05-24

I used to own the heavier (non-carbon fiber) version of this tripod. It provided years of solid support and great flexibility. This one provides the same benefits along with the added bonus of being lighter. For outdoor work, I find the Explorers the best and easiest tripods to use.

Great tripod for reasonable price

By Steffen
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-31

Took it on a trip to Provence summer 2015where it got plenty use over 5 days. Very quick to set up - not sure why some people thinks it hard to get it level. I followed someone else's advice - put out two legs first to even terain set at roughly the same same length, then pull out the last leg to an angle that gives you roughly level setup. From there you can start fine tuning things. Combined with a RRS BH-40 head, held a 1Dx and a 70-200mm f/2.8 in some wind with no stability issue. Have even loaded same setup with a 1Dx + 500mm + 1.4x extender held at a 90 degree angle to the side (center column in locked straight position). Worked just fine - just be sure to have the weight leaning directly over one of the spread out legs. Bottom line- this tripod is great for uneven terrain, easy to set up and can carry a significant load without getting wobbly. One last note - watch your fingers when locking the legs ;-)


By lisa b.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-30

great as always

Fast delivery from B&H awesome tripod

By Anonymous
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-21

Only used for few times but appear very sturdy and well made. Will absolutely recommend.

Love at first use!!!

By Lee
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-12-16

What a sweet tripod. For year I have wanted a tight to the ground adjustable to any elevation tripod. I purchased a used Benbo.,it was great but I was frustrated setting it up. Felt I was wrestling a Octopus!!! The Explore is so easy . One lever adjust at any angle to u level ground is awesome. Another plus--- very light...

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Can it support a Tamron 150-600mm with gimbal head?
Asked by: Pat G.
I don't think the legs would have a problem holding that lens at all. They are pretty sturdy. The question is whether or not the head can handle that lens. You need to look at the specs for your head, it will tell you how heavy a lens it can hold.
Answered by: Susan L.
Date published: 2018-08-27


I have broken a leg on my Gitzo GT2531EX. What do I do?
Asked by: Marina S.
You can go directly to the manufacturer (check their web site) and ask how much for the broken leg. They can be replaced individually by you. Expect a a hefty price so you may want to consider a new one.
Answered by: Jack N.
Date published: 2018-08-27


What is the difference between the Gitzo GT2531EX 6X Carbon Fiber Explorer Tripod Legs AND the Gitzo GT2531 6X Mountaineer Tripod Legs?
Asked by: Anonymous
47)The main difference between the Gitzo GT2531EX Explorer tripod and the Gitzo GT2531 Mountaineer is the center column. The Explorer has a tilt-able center column which can be locked securely at any angle from vertical to horizontal. The Mountaineer has a more traditional center column. But, with the Mountaineer you can remove the center column and insert the upper disk directly into the upper casting, which allows for shooting closer to the ground and also would be ideal for using a Gimbal head.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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