The Gitzo GK2542-80QD Mountaineer Series 2 Carbon Fiber 4 Sections Tripod Kit comprising a GT2542 Mountaineer Tripod and a GH2780QD Centre Ball Head, recommended for DSLRs with 200mm lenses (up to a maximum of 300mm). The GT2542 is a sturdy, perfectly balanced, standard-height 4-section Series 2 tripod featuring Carbon exact tubes with larger diameters for significant improvements in stiffness. Its top leg section diameter is 29.0mm. The tripod is carefully matched with a GH2780QD centre ball head, which guarantees a high maximum load and features Gitzo's unique, exclusive technical solutions, such as the hollow Bubble Ball, Spring-Assisted Double Lock (SADL) and the new hybrid quick release system (supplied with an Arca-Swiss style plate, but also accepts Gitzo C Profile plates).
The rapid column can easily be inverted for an alternative shooting angle or low level macro work.
This built-in accessory allows you to hang a stabilizing weight (e.g. a full camera bag or a sand/water bag) from the bottom of the tripod center column. It is useful with long/heavy lenses, on uneven ground or in windy conditions.
It allows you to easily change worn out rubber feet or to fit other accessories, such as spiked feet or snow/sand shoes.
Revolutionary Carbon exact tubes are even stiffer to maximize rigidity and image stability. Carbon exact optimizes the fibre composition for each tube size, using HM (High Modulus) carbon fibre in the narrower tubes to make them stiffer. The tube diameters are also optimized: the final leg section of a 4 section Series 1 tripod is now 22.5% thicker than its predecessor.
It has been redesigned from the inside out; G-lock Ultra is smoother and softer to use and is designed to reduce dust and grit from getting in.
Ground Level Set (with Unlocking Ring)
The Ground Level Set mechanism permits to remove the center column to get the camera closer to the ground. A single simple unlocking ring under the column's upper disc frees the column while keeping the upper disc solidly in place on the tripod (Patent Pending).
Leg Angle Selector with Spring
Offers large grip space and features a built-in spring to help speed up switches between the 3 leg angles.