GT1542T tripod combines the compactness and light weight of the Gitzo Traveler System with the stability and size of a regular Mountaineer Series 1 tripod. It is dedicated to the high-end user seeking for a highly portable support with no compromise.
I own a RRS tripod but have been looking for a smaller and lighter tripod for my Sony mirrorless system. I was debating getting the Gitzo 1544T and this tripod. I couldn't see playing $90 more for a tripod with a shorter center column (which I don't like in general). Plus, I am using the Arca Swiss P0 monoball and wasn't sure if the inverted legs would wrap nicely around the large monoball. On another note, I think if you transport this tripod on the side of your backpack, for example, with the legs inverted the hook will be consistently hitting the ground. A friend of mine has this 1542T tripod and the hook falls out for some reason. And if you turn the tripod upside down the tripod head might get damaged. Neither solution is optimal and I just leave the legs down and bear with the length of the tripod plus monoball. Otherwise, the tripod itself is pretty solid but beware that the bottom legs seem very thin along with the smallish feet. But I believe that the carbon fiber makes up for that in strength and stability.
I have several tripods (Gitzo, Manfrotto, and Induro), but I needed a truly lightweight and compact tripod that could bear the weight of my D700 and 5-pound lens and be easy to carry in luggage or in a small back pack. After seeing some strong recommendations for this tripod in the blogs or webcasts of several professional photographers that I admire, I made the investment when this model was offered at a big discount. Even on sale, this is a relatively expensive tripod, but it has proven to be worth the investment. Pros are : 1. At 2.2 pounds and only 16 inches when compacted, it is the perfect size and weight when traveling on aircraft, hiking or back packing; 2. Carrying capacity of 15 pounds is adequate for most of what I do with a tripod; 3. Surprising maximum extended height of 58"; 4. Very stable, despite its slender leg sections and light weight; 5. High build-quality. There are two minor Cons: 1. Non-reversable center column is too long for very low work; 2. 4-section legs. Overall, this is a real winner and was perfect for my purposes.
I was hoping for the best and I was not disappointed. I love the way it folds down to under 17 inches. It's light and will fit nicely into my smaller piece of luggage. I'm very happy with my purchase.
As a hiking enthusiast who loves photography, I wanted a lightweight and compact tripod to carry through our National Parks. I'm happy to say that this does not weigh down my backpack and fits very nicely into my checked suitcase during travel. I made the jump to a professional tripod for a family vacation to Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point in UT. The weight hook comes in handy to add stability on windy days. Easy to open and fold back up with solid construction. I'm very happy with this tripod.
I took a long time to figure out this purchase. I did a boatload of research and read a lot of blogs to come up with this purchase. For my needs, this set of legs was the best balance of weight, load capacity, and cost. I have a six week long photo trip planned for the second quarter of 2012. I wanted to graduate from my Slik CF714 which served me honorably but was getting a bit too large for convenient handling. This Gitzo was perfectly sized for my needs. Although extremely hard to explain without a photo, the only thing I would encourage potential buyers to think about when considering this set of legs is the unique way Gitzo locks the angle of the legs. It is a spring loaded system which required two hands to operate/adjust rather than the one handed need for the 4-5 other tripod legs I own.
Great Tripod! I bought this for a trip to the Grand Canyon and beyond. On the way back out one of my walking poles bit the dust (pun intended), and I opened this up - tied the legs at the bottom and kept walking. It did great for that too and is no worse for ware, still a solid tripod.