The Gitzo GT1544T Series 1 Traveler Tripod is a strong, stable yet extremely compact and lightweight carbon fibre tripod, designed to balance uncompromising professional support with ease of transport for travelling photographers. Gitzo's innovative Traveler design is more compact than a standard tripod structure because the 4-section legs turn 180deg. so that, when folded, they completely enclose the center column locking mechanism and the column itself. Despite its short folded length, the GT1544T opens to a practical working height for everyday use.
The GT1544T can be used with any head. For those who require extreme compactness, a Gitzo Traveler Series 1 ball head is recommended, since it too fits within the tripod's own folded dimensions and enveloped by the legs. The GT1544T legs is made from the same high-performance rigid and lightweight Gitzo 6X carbon fibre tubing as is used on Gitzo Mountaineer and top-of-the-range Systematic tripods, with G-Lock leg locking rings for faster set-up and positioning and magnesium castings to help keep weight to an absolute minimum.
Reviewed by 2 customers
Extremely light weight, very stable, easy to deploy, and great to pack.
I deliberated for a long time over what tripod to get that would be compact enough for travel and hiking but still hold the weight of a 5D mk3 and various lenses. I only use tripods for a few kinds of tasks, but when they're needed they're needed, and its important to have one that won't be a bother lugging around given how little I do use it. I knew I wanted the twist lock legs from experience, so I eventually settled between a few different Gitzo models and a Benro Travel Angel as my budget choice. I think the Benro would be perfect for most people, but the decreased overall circumference of the Gitzo and the minor weight differences really make me glad I went with it. I think if it were any bigger or heavier I wouldn't be inclined to carry it with me, which would defeat the purpose of having it. I bought a Markins Q3t head for mine, which is designed for Gitzo travelers. The head is great and the tripod still folds up nice and compact. I like the 1544T over the 1542T due to the fact that the tripod ends up having a shorter overall length when closed. If you want a larger, more substantial head (which may be overkill on a travel tripod anyways) go for the 1542T as a larger head won't prevent the tripod from compacting nicely.