The Gitzo GK1580TQR5 Series 1 Traveler 6x Carbon Fiber Tripod Kit is a lightweight - yet extremely sturdy and rigid - support for a DSLR or other cameras, for a total maximum load of 12.1 lbs. With the center column and the five leg sections fully extended, the tripod and head reach a maximum height of 58.7".
Thanks to the legs' 6x carbon fiber construction, the GK1580TQR5 weighs only 2.56 lbs, which makes this Traveler kit ideal for use while hiking or otherwise "traveling." The kit folds up to only 13.8" long for supremely easy transport. Together with the advanced carbon fiber material of the legs, the redesigned G-Lock twist-lock mechanism for the legs also contributes to the tripod's rigidity, achieving a 20% increase over previous-generation technology.
Moreover, as the kit's load approaches its 12.1 lbs maximum, the locking mechanism actually increases in strength. With G-Lock, leg locking is stronger, safer and faster. The ball head, a GH1781TQR head with a dual-locking quick-release plate, features a patent-pending "bubble ball" that's treated with PTFE and mounted on PTFE bushings for the ultimate in smooth operation. The aluminum head pans a full 360 degrees and allows for lateral tilt from +100 to -30 degrees.