Gitzo Traveller 2 Tripod - Features

By Cliff Smith



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Gitzo Traveller 2 Tripod


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The Traveller 2's compact folded dimensions are made possible by the unique way that legs fold up. By releasing the locks at the leg pivots, the legs can be folded upwards so that they overlap the centre column and GK2580TR ball head, nestling into indentations on the side of the head. This means that despite its impressive 1.54m full height, when folded away it measures just 43cm including the head. Compare this to the 61cm folded length of the Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 when fitted with the lightweight 460MG head.

The details of the design are also very impressive. The newly re-designed Gitzo G-Lock leg and centre column locking mechanism allows the telescopic joints to be locked solid or released with a quick half-twist, and have a unique “gravity lock” system, so that the greater the vertical load applied to them the more solid they become. The legs of the Traveller 2 can be extended and locked in just a few seconds, more quickly than lever-locking legs, such as those of the Manfrotto 190. The legs can be set at two different angles for normal full-height use and for wider-spread, lower positions. The standard rubber feet can be removed and replaced with optional snow feet or spikes

The disk on the bottom of the centre column can be unscrewed, allowing the column to be removed and reversed for photographing subjects at ground level. One particularly clever feature is that the head mount disc can also be removed from the centre column, allowing the tripod to be assembled without the centre column with the the bottom disk attaching directly into the mount for the head, securing it onto the top (or bottom) of the pivot casting. This sacrifices the additional height of the centre column to save even more weight on what is already a very light tripod. All of this can be done without the need for special tools.

Billy Bean

June 6, 2010, 7:27 pm

They say that the best camera is the one you have with you, and with tripods this is even more true - you can have the best tripod in history, but if you cannot be bothered to bring it because it's too large or too heavy, it's a waste of money. This tripod (one of which I am fortunate enough to own) is brilliant. Its light, tiny (it fits in a backpack) and can take standard heads if you so desire, for example Really Right Stuff or Kirk. It is amazingly rigid when up, and can take quite a heavy load - really surprising for its size and weight.

Hans Gruber

June 11, 2010, 4:05 am

Mainly on the strength of reading this review, I decided to bite the bullet and go for a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod. It's an amazingly solid and elegantly crafted piece of engineering (he says, sounding like someone who's talking about steam engines rather than something used to support a camera).

I've removed the central column and might get the tools out (the ones they give you not my own bodge-job shop ones) and see what else I can do, since I'm not a great believer in the centre column, preferring absolute rigidity and want to take the twisty thing off altogether.

Paired with my old Kirk BH-3 ballhead and very easy to use Acratech quick leveller, the Gitzo makes a nice setup. The Systematic (series 5) range were what I really would have liked but I'm not displeased with the one I've got since it supports a whopping 18 kilograms and is very strong.

This review was much appreciated, for its deceptively simple and straightforward style and the much better pictures since I'd not seen any comparable photos of Gitzo's tripods elsewhere, with even the official Gitzo site using very low res shots that bare little resemblance to the actual product in the flesh. The 3 section Mountaineer tripod I have is extremely chunky but you'd never know from the pictures available on the web. You'd made a lot of sense out of the technical info out there, Cliff, many thanks. :)

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