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Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Series 1 Tripod

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Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Series 1 Tripod

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Gitzo GK1581OT

The Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Tripod supports cameras up to 8.8 pounds and has a maximum height with extended center column of 58.7 inches. The GK1581OT is an excellent choice for compact digital cameras and DSLRs, or even for lightweight camcorders. When used with an SLR or DSLR, the Traveler is ideal for use with a 135mm lens, and can be used with lenses up to 200mm. Series 1 offers an excellent maximum load capacity with good torsional rigidity at a very low weight. A Series 1 tripod is the ideal solution for photographers on the move or where space and weight are key factors.

The Ocean Traveler is the world's first Stainless Steel tripod, and it is the world's first tripod specifically developed to challenge extreme climates and adverse elements. It is derived from the exclusive Limited Edition 90th Anniversary Titanium Traveler of which it carries the same design and manufacturing technology. The Ocean Traveler combines new features expressly developed for difficult environments, rich in salty water, sand, mud and high humidity levels with the compactness of the Traveler family. This unique combination makes the Ocean the ideal travelling companion for photographers who operate in these climates.

Gitzo Ocean Traveler castings are made of uncoated Stainless Steel and manufactured with a unique process to guarantee high precision and ultra thin components. The beautiful and revolutionary design has been developed by advanced 3D modelling software to ensure the maximum rigidity of the structure with a minimum tripod weight. A highly sophisticated manufacturing process was developed to allow the production of its high-precision complex structures with ultra-thin walls. Gitzo 6X carbon fiber tubes and G-Lock further enhance its outstanding performance.

Another key plus is the innovative Ocean-Lock, a perfected G-Lock system that, thanks to special inserts at both ends, minimises the amount of water and debris that may enter tubes and locking mechanisms. The Stainless Steel upper leg ends are provided with a special funnel-like hole that allows the small amount of water that may have entered the tubes to empty. The Ocean Traveler incorporates a dedicated Stainless Steel center ball head also conceived to be used in adverse conditions. It can be easily disassembled in order to clean the inner parts from salt, dust and sand that may get trapped inside. The kit includes a special grease intended to lubricate heads and leg locking mechanisms after cleaning the tripod at the end of your shooting experience. It comes with a smart Gitzo display cleaner and a convenient anti dust bag for packing and transportation.
Ocean Traveler Tripod Stainless Steel center ball head
The Ocean Traveler Stainless Steel center ball head can be easily disassembled in order to clean the inner parts

Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Series 1 Tripod Key Features

4-Section With 58.7-inch Maximum Height (Center Column Extended)
Patented 180-Degree Traveler Folding Mechanism
The Traveler is one of the most compact tripods in the world. When opened, it is as tall as a standard Gitzo tripod, but thanks to its patented folding mechanism, it is 25% shorter than standard when folded. Gitzo's ground-breaking 180-degree folding mechanism accommodates the head inside the folded tripod legs.
Gitzo Stainless Steel Center Ball Head Included
The Ocean Traveler Stainless Steel center ball head can be easily disassembled in order to clean the inner parts from salt, dust and sand that may get trapped inside. A special grease is supplied in order to lubricate all components after cleaning. It is important to minimize the quantity of grease used. An excessive amount may attract additional dust and sand.
Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Tripod
The beautiful and revolutionary design has been developed by advanced 3D modelling software to ensures the maximum rigidity of the structure with the minimum weight.
Extreme High Tech Production Process
Gitzo Ocean Traveler is designed and manufactured with an extreme high tech engineering processes. Each component has been designed with advanced 3D modelling software, the same used for motor racing and aerospace development. The whole project went through a deep Finite Elements Method (FEM) analysis to blend function and design together into a high performance structure. The output is a unique and highly complex design, with ultra thin walls. It can only be manufactured through a cutting edge technology named MIM (Metal Injection Moulding).

This technology is a three-stage process and uses a soft compound made of resins mixed to thin Stainless Steel powder. The first step consists in tooling the parts using this soft compound. In the second stage these components are cooked at high temperature. The resins of the compound melt away leaving structures made of pure Stainless Steel powder. At this stage the components are as brittle as a sand castle. The third and final stage is a high temperature sintering process causing the Stainless Steel powder to melt and blend together into a solid 100% Stainless Steel part. At the end of the process components are 25% smaller than the original size at step 1.

High Grade Stainless Steel Components
Ocean Traveler components are made of high grade Stainless Steel. There is no need to treat or paint the parts with any protective coating. The high quality finish is the same used for surgery equipment. It guarantees a surface completely impenetrable at microscopic level by impurities and corrosive agents.
Carbon Tube 6X Multilayer Technology Fiber Tubes
The GK1581OT is exceptionally rigid and resistant to torsion, but, thanks to the new Carbon 6X ALR tube, surprisingly light and fast to operate. Gitzo 6X is a high density tube made of top quality ultra thin (7µm) carbon fibers (a 28mm tube contains 1,500,000 carbon fibers). The fibers are combined in a unique structure of 6 crossed layers that minimizes weight yet maximizes rigidity, vibration absorption and performance. In order to optimize the weight-to-strength ratio, Gitzo varies the wall thickness of 6X tube according to tripod series: tubes for Series 1 tripods are 1mm thick.
Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Lock
Ocean-Lock is a perfected G-Lock system that also minimizes the amount of water and debris that may enter tubes and treads
Ocean-Lock
The Ocean Traveler features the latest version of Gitzo's G-Lock system. Thanks to special inserts at both ends, Ocean-Lock minimizes the amount of water and debris that may enter tubes and locking mechanisms. The special seals are derived from the automotive industry and meet the highest standards in terms of sealing performance and long life. While Ocean-Lock is not 100% waterproof, it dramatically enhances the capacity of the tripod to withstand extreme environments.

Ocean-Lock maintains the outstanding locking performance of G-Lock, providing five main advantages: 20% increased rigidity, stronger locking, six times faster operation and the Gravity Effect: the higher the vertical load applied to the leg, the stronger the leg locking becomes. The fifth and most important advantage is the complete elimination of even the smallest give in the locking system, making the tripod a rock-solid monolithic structure.

Ground Level Set
For low angle shooting, the center column can be removed and the upper disc fitted directly to the tripod top casting. The disc is locked into position using the retractable column hook. The ground level configuration can be achieved in a few seconds without tools or extra components, and only the column need be removed. With this effective and simple built-in solution Gitzo has dramatically increased the ways you can use the tripod. The Gitzo ground level set is patent pending.
ALR (Anti Leg Rotation)
Gitzo's new Anti Leg Rotation system means the tripod can be opened in less than 15 seconds. Simply loosen all the twist locks on each leg at the same time, then pull the leg down and tighten the locks individually.
Rapid Column
The center column locking collar above the tripod shoulder makes it easier to adjust the column quickly. Series 1 and above are built with an anti-rotation grooved center column for improved stability.
Reversible Column
The rapid column can easily be inverted for an alternative shooting angle or low level macro work.
Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Lock
Compact and Rugged
The Ocean Traveler combines the compactness of the Traveler family with new features expressly developed for difficult environments, rich in salty water, sand, mud and high humidity levels. This unique combination makes the Ocean the ideal travelling companion for photographers who operate in these climates.
Built-in Hook
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. Useful with long heavy lenses, uneven ground or in windy conditions. The hook can hold up to 39.7 pounds (18 kg).

Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Series 1 Tripod Specifications

Series
1
Column Type
rapid
Maximum Height With Extended Center Column
58.7 inches (149 cm)
Maximum Height
48.4 inches (123 cm)
Minimum Height
9.1 inches (23 cm)
Closed Length
17.1 inches (43.5 cm)
Leg Sections
4
Maximum Load Capacity
8.8 pounds (4.0 kg)
Weight
3.1 pounds (1.4 kg)

Gitzo GK1581OT Ocean Traveler Series 1 Tripod

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