When Gitzo launched the Mountaineer tripods in 1994, they were the World's first carbon fiber tripods. Ever since then they've set the standard for performance and quality. The main feature of GT2531 is the new 6X carbon fiber tube, made of a unique structure of 6 crossed layers that maximises rigidity, vibration absorption and lightweight performance. 6X tube has a high density structure made of top quality ultra-thin carbon fibers (7mm or 0.007 mm).
Built-in Anti Leg Rotation is now a feature of the whole carbon fiber range. Mountaineer tripods have been further improved with features and details that increase performance, versatility and quality.
The Gitzo GT2531 is commonly used for Home, Landscape/scenery, Long exposures, Night shots, Photography, Portraits, Reducing noise (ISO reduction), Stabilization, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Gitzo GT2531 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Gitzo GT2531 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Gitzo GT2531: Folds away, Lightweight, Stable and Unfolds quickly
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This is a great tripod, period. I started off ordering a Slik 500 and Manfrotto midi-size ballhead that was just not right for my needs (Nikon D700 with 80-200 and other similar lenses). The original set up was somewhat stable but there was ridiculous ball creep, and I was definitely disappointed in having to use an adapter screw to go from 1/4 to 3/8, and highly recommend against doing it... a very weak link. If you've spent the kind of money that a semi-pro outfit requires, then do yourseView full Review
This is a great tripod, period. I started off ordering a Slik 500 and Manfrotto midi-size ballhead that was just not right for my needs (Nikon D700 with 80-200 and other similar lenses). The original set up was somewhat stable but there was ridiculous ball creep, and I was definitely disappointed in having to use an adapter screw to go from 1/4 to 3/8, and highly recommend against doing it... a very weak link. If you've spent the kind of money that a semi-pro outfit requires, then do yourself a favor and don't try to skimp and add an inferior link to your gear. Buy right, buy once. I highly recommend the RRS BH55 ballhead also (Google it), this is the setup the pros are using. The 2531 will fit in my carry-on for travel but is also the perfect balance of brawn and reasonable weight. Expensive, yes, but get used to it in this arena of photography. It's worth it, trust me. If you don't have a tripod like i didn't before (was new to the hobby) then you will really appreciate the importance of it once you start using one. I'm 5'9' and this combo is the perfect size also, fully extended, without the center post up, the camera comes right up to my eyes. If you're taller, go with a 4 section tripod. Comes with a thin, non-padded sack and allen-type keys you will use for initial set-up. This thing is rock solid and built like a Ferrari. It's made in Italy.
Reviewed by 28 customers
All the mechanisms are quality and work very well. The construction is also quality and the weight i was looking for.
I researched all tripods 3 lb and less. I thought this was the best combination of support capacity, ease of use, maximum height, overall size ,and weight. I can carry it, my gear,and hike all day. I use a Really Right Stuff medium size ball head. Total weight 4 lb.
Very strong and easy to set up when the opportunity presente itself, Extremely light to carry on those long hikes in the back country.My only complant is the instructions must have been written by a child,they are fuzzy to say the least.I know good instructions as I have written many myself.
I travel quite a bit and I've been using Bogen aluminum tripods with ceramic leg locks for 20 years. My main tripod gets put into a duffel bag with a folding cart and rolling dolly for my tripod. It's gotten banged up quite a bit and thanks to dings and dents the legs stick going in and out. A newer Bogen tripod with plastic flip leg locks didn't survive it's first trip packed this way and I ended up with a cracked and broken center column platform for my pistol grip head and a broken leg lock. Lesson learned. I bought this tripod for the light weight in order to pack in my suitcase. My trips often have my suitcase packed and close to the 50 lb. weight limit for checked bags on airlines so light weight was a must. This thing is light! I used it for the first time for several days this week. I have to get used to the leg locks but they are easy to use, but appear to be very fragile. I don't know if this tripod would survive my normal packing with the way the airline baggage handlers throw bags around (My second trip with a new suitcase and the handle is already non-functional thanks to a bend in the frame). So far I'm pleased with the tripod, but I'm used to the older Bogen pistol grips that lock in place with 3 screws. That head is wider than the base and won't lock down. Concerned about this, I bought an Argraph Sirui ball head. It's lightweight and has a smaller base, but also no way of locking it in place and the base of the head can come lose if turned when the rest of the head is tightened up. If Gitzo could design a mount that could lock down my pistol grip it would be great. I may have to use the pistol grip as it's much easier to use than a ball head and see how it does. Overall, the tripod seems to be a good purchase. Fairly sturdy despite it's light weight. As a side note, I originally boutht the GT0541 with 4 sections. It was way too small and flimsy for my needs. The bottom leg segments were so thin it wouldn't work for my needs.
I've been wanting an upgrade to my tripod. This has long been on my "list". The rebate offered by Gitzo closed the deal! Service by Adorama was top notch. Much improved over a few years ago.
This was a perfect solution in terms of weight supported and the actual weight of the tripod.
The tripod delivered its performance as I expected. My night shots are sharper now than before. I still am amazed at the high price on whatever that went into the design and production of this simple tripod, somehow it seems to work better than my old cheap tripod. It is expensive, but if you use it often,it is worth it.
This is a good tripod. Sure it's not as solid as the big Gitzos, but it works fine with my biggest lens, a Canon 100-400. Even without the removable center stem, it is tall enough for me (at 5'10") without any stooping unless it is aimed high in the sky. Longer leg sections make it fast to set up. I was concerned about the screw-type leg joints, but the Gitzo system means you don't have to have the higher joints tight before tightening lower section, and it is actually faster and easier than my old flip-lock Manfrotto. It is a pleasure to use, and the only negative is that the longer leg sections make it less than ideal for travel, and it's a bit tall when collapsed - but I can usually splay the legs if I need to get closer to the ground.
Sets up 1. 1/4 turn CCW unlock and extend 2. 1/4 turn CW locks firmly Equally easy break down. Repeat 1. and 2. to clllapse the legs. Solid in heavy winds.
Quite a step up in rigidity vs other CF tripods I've seen. It is priced accordingly. Leg stiffness adds to stability. Tripod base is weakest link and I suppose why some replace with Markins base. Wish legs are easier to fine adjust length but can't have speed as well. Overall, solid support and highly recommended.