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The San Francisco Photography Meetup Group Message Board › Gitzo GT2531 Tripod for under 550?

Gitzo GT2531 Tripod for under 550?

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A former member
Post #: 1
So I need a tripod. I've decided to go with the Gitzo GT2531 and a ball head. I've been doing a lot of reading and everyone says the same thing - "buy a good tripod once, the first time."

Problem is these are going for $600. Yikes, and that is without the head. Can this be had for cheaper? I've looked at B&H, Amazon, and Adorama. They all seem to be around the same price.

Thanks for any links/info

J
Steven C.
NightSkyGuy
San Jose, CA
Post #: 246
Gitzo was offering a rebate of $40. Probably expired and I didn't send in my coupon. I don't think you'll find it cheaper. I recently bought one myself.

Downside is beware as the feet on Gitzo's are screw in types. Because you have to rotate the legs to extend them you may inadvertently unscrew a foot in the process. If you're unlucky like me, you'll lose a foot on the very first weekend you use the tripod. Fortunately contacting Gitzo support paid off as they are sending me a replacement foot at no charge. The rep. recommended using Loctite to keep the feet from coming off.

I picked the 2531 for it's lightness to hike/backpack. Haven't used it in a few weeks because until I get the replacement foot I don't want to get sand and dirt in the screw-in socket.

-- Steven

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