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Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Series 2 Tripod

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Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Series 2 Tripod

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Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Tripod Kit design
The project is inspired by a totally new approach that sees head and tripod as one complete entity.

The Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Tripod kit supports cameras up to 15.4 pounds and has a maximum height with extended center column of 60.6 inches. Recommended for digital SLRs with 200mm to 300mm lenses, the new Series 2 Traveler offers excellent maximum load capacity and great torsion rigidity thanks to G-Lock and the newly designed upper casting. Extremely lightweight and compact, this kit is the ultimate solution for photographers looking for a standard size tripod that delivers low weight, compactness and portability without compromising on stability and image sharpness. The GK2580TQR Traveler Tripod kit tripod includes a four-section standard height tripod and the new Traveler Series 2 head.

The GH2781TQR Traveler Series 2 Quick Release Ball Head also combines light weight and compactness with the latest Gitzo technologies. The main body is made of casted lightweight magnesium, the sphere is the revolutionary patented Gitzo "Bubble Ball", PTFE treated, mounted on PTFE bushings. This head delivers exceptionally smooth movement and guarantees a safe lock with payloads up to 13.2 pounds measured accordingly to Gitzo's standard (33 pounds if measured accordingly to competitors' standard). The new Series 2 Traveler comes with a smart Gitzo display cleaner and a convenient anti-dust bag for packing and transportation. The textile anti-dust bag offers a green solution to reducing the number of plastic bags produced in the world every year.

Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Series 2 Tripod

Gitzo Traveler is the most compact professional tripod range on the market thanks to its revolutionary 180-degree leg folding system. This system eliminates any space inefficiency in the support system when folded by accommodating the head inside the folded tripod legs. This makes Traveler the smallest folded tripod for its size when open and number of sections. While the Traveler Series has always been associated with smaller Series 1 tripods, ideal for travelling above all when flying is involved, a growing chorus of loyal customers and pro photographers have been asking for a more substantial Traveler tripod. The new Series 2 Traveler combines the compactness and light weight of the Gitzo Traveler System with the stability and size of a Mountaineer Series 2 tripod.

The design is derived from the limited edition 90th anniversary Titanium Traveler and has been developed with the most advanced 3D modeling software in order to achieve a ultra lightweight, yet extremely sturdy and rigid structure. The new Series 2 Traveler tripod is available as a four-section standard height tripod and comes as a complete kit including a new fully dedicated center ball head. In a wholly new approach, tripod and head has been designed as a single combined product and not as two separate entities. This allowed Gitzo to maximize the project goals for lightweight, compactness and performance with no compromise. The Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Tripod boasts Gitzo's most advanced features, such as Carbon 6X tubing, G-Lock, ground level set, removable self locking feet, rapid and reversible column and retractable hook.
Gitzo GK2580TQR
The GK2580TQR features the revolutionary Gitzo Traveler 180-degree leg folding system.

Gitzo GK2580TQR Tripod Key Features

4-Section Tripod With 60.6-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.
Extreme High Tech Production Process
Gitzo Traveler is designed and manufactured with an extreme high tech engineering processes. The design is derived from the limited edition 90th anniversary Titanium Traveler and has been developed with the most advanced 3D modeling software in order to achieve a ultra lightweight, yet extremely sturdy and rigid structure. Each component has been designed with that advanced 3D modelling software, the same used for motor racing and aerospace development.
Carbon Tube 6X Multilayer Technology
The GK2580TQR 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 2 tripods are 1mm thick.
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.
Gitzo GK2580TQR 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.
G-Lock is the new Gitzo leg locking system. The locking mechanism has been completely redesigned in order to achieve a 20% increase in rigidity, faster operation and stronger, safer locking. Unwanted play between lock parts has been eliminated so leg sections lock together as one to give the tripod a rock solid structure. G-Lock's special design also provides a 'gravity lock' effect: the higher the load applied vertically to the leg, the stronger the lock.
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 2 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.
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).
Removable Rubber Feet
The Gitzo GK2580TQR tripod is provided with removable rubber feet. This feature allows you to easily change worn out rubber feet or to fit other accessories, such as spiked feet or snow/sand shoes. The removable rubber feet have also been improved with a self-locking system that avoids accidental loss.

Gitzo GK2580TQR Tripod Specifications

Column Type
Maximum Height With Extended Center Column
60.6 inches (154 cm)
Maximum Height
51.0 inches (129.5 cm)
Minimum Height
12.6 inches (32 cm)
Closed Length
16.9 inches (43 cm)
Leg Sections
Maximum Load Capacity
15.4 pounds (7.0 kg)
3.8 pounds (1.72 kg)
Gitzo GH2781TQR Ball Head

Gitzo GH2781TQR Traveler Series 2 Quick Release Center Ball Head

With the new generation of center ball heads launched during 2008, Gitzo brought into the market an entirely new approach in terms of design, performance and technology. Starting from these new standards, Gitzo developed a "simplified" center ball head, specifically conceived for traveling. The new series 2 Traveler center ball head combines light weight and compactness with a lot of the innovative features of the top of the range heads.

The ball is the revolutionary Gitzo patent-pending "Bubble Ball" PTFE treated, mounted on PTFE bushings. This beautiful sphere achieves both a dramatic weight reduction and exceptionally smooth operation. The locking system is the Gitzo unique and patent-pending Spring Assisted Double Lock (SADL) that combines two locking systems in one, maximizing both locking power and operating smoothness. Thanks to this revolutionary system, the Traveler head guarantees a safe lock up to 13.2 pounds measured accordingly to Gitzo standard (33 pounds if measured according to Gitzo's competitors' standard).

The head body is made of cast magnesium and it is designed, like all Gitzo latest development products, with advanced 3D modeling software to achieve the maximum structural strength with the minimum weight. The head features a leveling spirit level inserted in the ball stem, plus three additional spirit levels in order to always guarantee perfectly leveled images. The quick release also includes a new lever-operated quick-release plate locking system and the traditional double safety system. Traveler heads come with a smart Gitzo display cleaner and convenient anti-dust bag for storage and packing.

Gitzo GH2781TQR Ball Head Key Features

Gitzo GH2781TQR Traveler Series 2 Quick Release Center Ball Head
Beautifully engineered, the new Traveler heads guarantee cutting-edge performances and a phenomenal smooth and precise operation.
Gitzo Bubble Ball
The Gitzo Bubble Ball comes from an exclusive technology that enables Gitzo to produce high-quality, perfectly round hollow spheres with a ultra thin wall, for an incredible weight reduction. The Gitzo Bubble Ball not only guarantees a dramatic weight reduction, but it also allows Gitzo to increase the size of the ball for each series, with great improvements in locking performance and in the smoothness of movement. The Gitzo Bubble Ball also features an improved PTFE treatment that further reduces the surface micro roughness for the ultimate shooting experience and accuracy.
PTFE Low Friction Treatment Eliminates Jarring and Skipping
PTFE is a special treatment that generates a unique ultra-smooth surface and dramatically reduces friction between moving parts. This treatment bonds strongly with metal surfaces and ensures long-lasting performance. PTFE is one of the lowest-friction materials known to science, with the same friction coefficient as melting ice. On the GH2781TQR ball head, the ball sits on PTFE bushings for smooth, precise and fine movements.
SADL (Spring Assisted Double Lock)
The Gitzo GH2781TQR Magnesium Center Ball Head features a mechanical system called SADL (Spring Assisted Double Lock) that for the first time maximizes both locking power and smoothness of movement thanks to a completely new concept. This unique and patent pending system combines two locking systems in one. When the head needs to be fully locked, the sphere is compressed by a high friction metal to achieve a high efficiency lock. In all intermediate positions the sphere works on PTFE bushings that maximize smoothness and control. The PTFE bushing is controlled by a pre-loaded spring. The efficiency of the system is further increased by the ultra wide locking pads that exist on the largest diameter of the sphere, thus ensuring a much higher max payload for given ball diameter.
New Leveling Bubble System
The levelling bubble helps you to get your photographs, film or scope viewing perfectly horizontal or vertical. Gitzo's production staff set all levelling bubbles by hand in order to ensure 100% accurate level indication. The GH2781TQR Center Ball Head features a unique advanced system of leveling bubbles. This system allows the user to precisely control the leveling of shots in any position and conditions, in both portrait and horizontal position, with both short and long lenses. The head features four leveling bubbles, three on the quick release plate and one in a new exclusive position, in the ball stem. This innovative bubble in the ball stem is specifically designed to assist you in controlling the horizon in portrait position. The other three bubbles on the plate ensure that you always have one bubble in front of you and one bubble on the side for both horizontal and portrait leveling accuracy, no matter if the plate is used longitudinally or at 90 degrees to your shooting axis.
Improved Quick Release System
The new Gitzo ball heads introduce a new generation of quick release systems. The GH2781TQR features a new lever locking system for improved safety and compactness. The tension of the locking lever can be adjusted according to the plate used by means of a small knob. The locking tension should be adjusted in order to keep the lever completely folded in the rest position when closed. Gitzo quick releases feature a double safety system that prevents the equipment from dropping out of the head when the plate is released.
Double Quick Release Safety System
The system consists of two pins, one fixed and one manually operated by means of a button, that prevent camera equipment from suddenly dropping out of the head when the quick release locking knob is released. Extremely useful with heavy equipment, long lenses and spotting scopes.
Safe Grip
Safe Grip is a material that gives a safer lock between your camera and the head plate, preventing the camera from moving or slipping. It is used on quick release plates and in applications where the camera equipment is screwed to the support to reduce pivoting and twisting.
Separate Pan Control
When using a ball head, the ability to lock and unlock the panoramic movement independent of front-back or lateral tilt movements is convenient for panoramic photography and when a high level of control is required.
Magnesium Construction
In 1996 Gitzo was the first to use Magnesium in camera supports. Magnesium comes in different grades and Gitzo only uses material of the highest grade quality. Mainly used for heads, magnesium offers significant weight savings being 30% lighter than aluminum.

Gitzo GH2781TQR Ball Head Specifications

Head Type
center ball
360 degrees
+100 degrees / -30 degrees
Pan Locking
Ball Locking
Friction Control
Head Height
4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
Plate Type
quick release with 1/4-inch screw
Maximum Load Capacity
15.4 pounds (7 kg)
Maximum Load Capacity (Competitors' Standard)*
38.6 pounds (17.5 kg)
14.5 ounces (0.41 kg)

* The higher payload is measured accordingly to Gitzo's competitors' standard, directly on the head attachment screw. This method leads to a maximum payload 2.5 times higher than the Gitzo standard. Gitzo's standard is more severe and uses a 4.7-inch lever to simulate equipment center of gravity.

Gitzo GK2580TQR Traveler Series 2 Tripod

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