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The GK2545T-82QD is the strongest Gitzo Traveller tripod and head combination, capable of supporting loads up to 12kg. It comprises the GT2545T 4-section legs and GH1382QD ball head, which packs neatly between the legs when folded to form an easy to carry package weighing well under 2kg. The reverse-folding leg design was poineered by Gitzo, and this latest version uses Carbon eXact tubing which allows larger section tubes to be used for greater strength with no weight penalty. They also have new G-Lock leg locks which are neater and stronger. This tripod can be used happily with large DSLRs with lenses up to 300mm focal length. The head incorporates a friction control and very smooth and precise ball movement.
The GT2545T has 4 section legs which are have 2 angle settings. At the lower setting the supplied short centre column allows a very low shooting postion. This is quickly attached by unscrewing the top platform of the main column, sliding it down, inserting the short column and re-attaching the platform.
The GH1382TQD ball head fits neatly between the tripod legs when folded and has an Arca-pattern simple screw-lock quick release, separate panning lock and bubble level. Supplied with a GS5370SD (40x5mm) short plate, it will also accept most other manufacturers’ Arca-pattern plates. It can also be removed, should an alternative be required for a particular purpose.
The Carbon eXact tubing uses High Modulus carbon fibre, resulting in a thinner but stiffer tube wall. This allows larger section tubes to be used on all models (e.g. the bottom tube of the 5-section tripod was 8mm, and is now 11.2mm diameter). So the Travellers are extremely rigid as a result. Tube diameters on the Gt2545T are 29, 25.3, 21.7 and 18.2mm.
Larger Gitzo tripods have had G-Locks for some time. The strength of this lock design actually increases with downward pressure. The Travellers have an adapted version of this which is more compact, and which has improved grip and reduced the folded length, and increased working heights compared to their predecessors.
A high quality carrying strap with leather pad is supplied This can be attached in two ways to allow the tripod to be carried hanging horizontally or vertically.
The provided feet are interchangeable with Gitzo’s optional alternatives, such as spikes and large feet.