You might have seen a lot of people complaining about how their tripod is not up to the mark or how they spent a fortune on a tripod only to know that it isn’t what they require. Well, sadly, this is the case with most of the people especially beginners who are misdirected or swayed away by fake profit based reviews.
If you are a serious travel photographer or someone who takes a lot of pictures whenever you are on a run and need a long term solution then this review of the Gitzo 2545T Series 2 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod is for you!
Gitzo 2545T Series 2 Traveler, Overview
Let me ask you a simple question. What comes to your mind when you hear the name “Rolls Royce” ? Luxury, premium quality, long lasting, status symbol and of course the fortune involved in buying one. Now, imagine these qualities in a single tripod! That’s what Gitzo promises! The Rolls of Tripods.
The Gitzo series 2 traveler is a range of superbly manufactured tripods that can withstand the test of time. And I literally mean that. If you take proper care, then these beasts can last generations. The carbon fiber legs can extend upto 5.5 feet and provide excellent stability for those long exposure shots and with a max. payload of 26lbs (11.8kgs) you can easily mount heavy lens combinations. The overall weight of the tripod itself is 4lb (1.8kg) which is on a bit heavier side. But the weight is overshadowed by the benefits it offers.
It has a unique design which allows the legs to fold inwards so that the ball head or any other head do not add up to the collapsed length of the overall body (17.5″). The tripod is basically meant to be used with the GH1382QD ball head which costs another $330. But for $899 you can get the whole package along with a tripod strap in one go.
Expensive, yeah! Worth it, hell yeah!
Now, I know the bottleneck with most of the people is the price. Yes, it is expensive and there is no question about it. Even the most experienced photographer would think before spending that kind of money. But I can assure you 100% that what you get is totally worth the money. Every part of the construction is top-notch. Personally, I couldn’t feel the difference in shots take when the legs were collapsed and when they were completely extended (Generally there is a lot of shake in pictures when the legs are extended completely. This is a stability issue with most of the tripods.
There are a lot of products out there in the market that boast the same specs at a cheaper price, but nothing can match the finesse of the gitzo made. According to sources, the gitzo employs the Carbon eXact tubes in their construction rather than the usual Carbon 6X tubes. These are believed to last longer and provide better support. Also, the special G-locks are made only for traveler series and are smaller, perfect for traveling. Also, the feet are replaceable and you have a variety of options to choose from.
These features provide a distinction to the Gitzo from the other ones, hence the price. Frankly speaking, one needs to use this tripod to understand its full potential.
Not for beginners…
Although most of the above mentioned featured may sound a bit unnecessary to many of you, but then these fine details do matter to the one who does not compromise on quality and is committed to providing valuable work to the client. Honestly, it is not something for a beginner or an amateur. If you consider yourself a beginner and are reading this now, you may wanna see this post about the best beginner tripod. It should really get you started.
This tripod can serve a variety of purposes, you can practice wildlife, travel and even macro photography. The center column collapses so that the minimum height of the tripod is 8.7″ from the ground (Perfect for landscapes and macro alike). The center column itself is quite short.
Gitzo advertises this product in the traveler category, so this tripod is engineered to be used outdoors in not so ideal environments like mountains, swamps, etc. The design is rigid and flexible at the same time. It is tough enough to overcome rough handling at the airports, etc at the same time it offers maximum flexibility.
The Pros and Cons
The gitzo 2545t traveler is no doubt a superb tripod but like all products and services, it also has its own pros and cons. You should read through this section carefully and analyze it for yourself.
- Excellent Build: The tripod is crafted excellently. There are absolutely no squeaking noises or out of place parts. Everything feels perfect when you use it. The design is flawless and I have come to know that these are built exclusively by hand in Italy.
- G-Locks: Special twist locks made for this model only to reduce the overall size of the package! Great for traveling.
- Super Light and Very Sturdy: In its category the tripod is unmatched.
- Customer Support: They really take care of you as a customer and make sure that the issue is resolved in no time.
- No Spiked Feet: This can mean a great deal when you are out there traveling in the mountains and you need that spiked feet in ice. The good news is you can buy it separately.
- No Hook: The center column itself is quite small and there is no hook attached to it. I’m not sure why they did that because earlier models like the 2542, etc had them.
Bonus Review: GH1382QD Ball Head
Okay, well thanks for reading this far! Here is a bonus review of the ball head that comes with the package. The traveler 2545t doesn’t seem to work as beautifully as it does with the GH1382QD Ball Head than with any other ball head. Sure you will experience the same integrity but then it almost feels like these two were made for each other.
The GH1382QD itself comes at a hefty price of $330 but then again the price of the product is completely justified. I can assure you what you pay is what you get, it’s that simple.
360 Degree Pan
Friction Control Knob
The head comes in 3 variants depending upon the maximum load capacity of the head. It comes in 24lb, 31lb, 40lb variants and cost around $320, $330 and $450 respectively. It has all the features of a professional ball head like solid QR plate, etc. The head comes with the limited 6-month warranty and a user guide.
Overall, I would recommend this tripod to anyone who is looking for a decent piece of gear and require that bit of professionalism in their work. As I mentioned before, it can last a very long time so make sure you look it as if it were an investment and not a liability.
So, there you have it guys, that’s my take on the GITZO 2545T Series 2 Traveler Tripod. I hope you enjoyed reading through the review. Please feel free to drop in any comments or questions in the section below and I’ll be more than happy to answer them.
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