Gitzo expand their range with the new basalt-fibre collection of tripods, heads, monopods and booms.
The new collection offers three tripod sizes, all in standard and compact height, three heads, plus a monopod and a microphone boom, both in a convenient, six section, compact size. All models have a sleek design whilst having a distinctive new look of black with flame orange detailing.
With the new collection Gitzo introduces a High Performance basalt fibre tube, created from a radical innovation of the aerospace technology used to manufacture its composite tubes, starting from the raw fibres. The new technology boosts a higher level of resin into the raw basalt fibres to increase the tube performance by up to 22 per cent depending on the tube diameter. The new high performance basalt tubes are 20 per cent lighter than aluminum and offer intermediate performance between aluminum and carbon 6X tubing. ePHOTOzine asked Gitzo what the advantages of Basalt was and who it would benefit. A spokeperson said: "The main difference for Basalt is its ability to control vibration compared to other metals so therefore is ideal for all photographers but is perfect for those wanting extra stability if there is the chance of vibration occurring."
The new tripod models provide excellent maximum load capacity and torsional rigidity. Each comes with features found on Gitzo’s top of the range 6X Series including G-Lock, ALR, Ground Level Set, third ground level leg spread and self locking feet. Series 2 and 3 also feature the Power Disc.
Series 1 tripods (GT1840C, 4 section and GT1830, 3 section)
The best choice for MiniDV, compact digital cameras and DSLRs with 135mm to 200mm lenses. The GT1840C is a compact, basalt fibre tube only version, ideal for cabin luggage and backpack storage.
Series 2 tripods (GT2840C, 4 section and GT2830, 3 section)
The best choice for lightweight camcorders or DSLRs with lenses up to 300mm. This series features an excellent load capacity and is ideal for photographers that are searching for a solid tripod without sacrificing weight.
The Series 2 tripods also feature the new Power Disc for an even safer head lock.
Series 3 tripods (GT3840C, 4 section and GT3830, 3 section)
The best choice for the professional with DSLR or Medium Format camera with a 300mm lens up to 400mm maximum. Series 3 tripods are still light in weight and offer great stability and safety. The GT3840C is a compact version that is ideal for traveling.
Gitzo Basalt Collection Heads
Series 1 GH1781QR, Series 2 GH2781QR, Series 3 GH3781QR
The new Basalt Collection tripods from Gitzo are perfectly matched by a new version of the Gitzo center ball heads. Series 1, 2 and 3 quick release heads are now available in the new black and flame orange colour scheme.
The heads not only offer outstanding innovation, they offer extreme balance for high maximum loads. Other features include minimized drift angle, smoothness, low gravity center, compactness, ergonmics and of course safety.
Gitzo’s unique hollow Bubble Ball and the Spring Assisted Double Lock (SADL) is combined with an ultra light magnesium outer shell which provides impressive low weight and which provides these heads with the best weight to maximum load ratio in the market today.
The revolutionary SADL lock combined with the Bubble Ball guarantees both exceptional locking power and ultra smooth high precision movement. The new leveling system is made of three independent leveling bubbles on the quick release plate and one in the ball stem which allow for perfectly leveled images at all times.
The new Gitzo ball heads all include a convenient Anti Dust Bag for storage and packing.
Gitzo Basalt Collection Monopod and Boom
The new Gitzo basalt monopod joins the company’s successful monopod family in a new size combination. A series 3, 6 section monopod is a cool companion to have featuring the perfect balance of height, compactness and weight.
Incorporating Power Disc, G-Lock, high performance basalt tubes, self locking removable foot and a belt clip it really is a smart solution to have on you.
The new Gitzo basalt boom is again a new size combination to the highly successful range. A series 3, 6 section is perfect for travel and incorporates the latest Gitzo technologies such as high performance basalt tubes as well as G-Lock and ALR.
The new Gitzo basalt collection is available from Gitzo stockists now at an RRP of:
Readers requiring further information should call 01293 583300 or visit: