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Gitzo aluminum Series 2 tripods

Ralf Jurrien
PMA 2010 Report
Thursday 8th, March 2007
Posted by: Ralf Jurrien

At PMA, Gitzo, a world leading manufacturer of high-end, precision supports for the photo and video markets, will be showing off its line of aluminum Series 2 tripods. Sure to turn heads with new and improved features, a sleek matte black finish and new materials that significantly reduce the overall weight when compared to regular aluminum, Gitzo’s innovative Series 2 tripods set a standard for performance and give aluminum based supports another leg up! The two tripods revamp the traditional and highly successful Gitzo aluminum range with a revolutionary design. While the competition uses 0.8mm or 1.00mm tubes to reduce weight, they’re unfortunately at the same time compromising overall stability.

Gitzo aluminum Series 2

Gitzo aluminum tripods
However, Gitzo engineers have designed 1.2mm wall tubes for maximum rigidity and stability, while dramatically reducing the weight of other components in order to achieve exceptionally strong and yet extremely light aluminum tripods. Gitzo’s new Soulid 238 upper casting technology is featured in the new aluminum tripods and uses a unique compound 30 percent lighter than traditional aluminum yet as strong as magnesium. The unique upper casting allows for an impressive 60 percent weight reduction over aluminum and introduces a new spring operated leg opening control button, allowing for quicker operation of the tripod legs.

Gitzo aluminum Series 2 tripods - ALR system
The new aluminum tubes have a matte black brushed finish for reduced light reflection and increased leg locking efficiency. As on the carbon 6X and Basalt tripods, the new aluminum line features Gitzo’s advnaced Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) system. ALR allows for an ultra-fast and smooth setup. Just loosen all twist locks at the same time and pull down the leg before tightening them, making setup a mere 15 seconds. For weight reduction and increased performance, Gitzo has used the best of its technology for the center column, leg warmers and a revolutionary upper casting. The rapid center column is made of basalt, not aluminum, for increased vibration absorption and dramatic weight reduction. The leg warmers have been designed from a new material that allows for a 50 percent weight reduction and advanced ergonomics for ease of use, either when carried on the shoulder or when gripping the upper leg.

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Gitzo Series 2 aluminum tripods
The new Gitzo Series 2 aluminum tripods also offer a new ground level feature - an example of Gitzo’s forward looking engineering and style. For ultra-low shots in a matter of seconds, users now have the ability to attach the upper disc directly to the upper casting. By simply unscrewing the upper disc, bolt and center column hook, users can effortlessly remove the column and reattach and lock in the upper disc directly to the tripod. This clever built-in solution dramatically increases the tripods’ flexibility and allows for ground-level shooting angles, weight reduction and increased stability. Also featured on the updated line are removable feet for fitting new worn out rubber feet, spike feet or other accessories.

About Gitzo
Professionals the world over acknowledge Gitzo tripods, monopods, heads and accessories as setting the industry’s standards for excellence. Innovations such as the first uses of carbon and basalt fiber to make tripods and magnesium to make heads, matched with a design policy of “no gimmicks and no compromise on quality,” put Gitzo products in a class of their own. Gitzo’s carefully crafted products form a comprehensive range of supports for large, medium and small format cameras, for film or digital technology, for still photography or dynamic video, for studio or location work. Precision assembly, high quality materials and fine control are all qualities that represent Gitzo products.

About Bogen Imaging
Bogen Imaging Inc is a leading distributor of key accessories brands for the photographic, video, cine and lighting production markets. Bogen is an international company within the Imaging Division of the Vitec Group, which owns international the following leading brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, National Geographic bags and Tripods, Avenger, and I.F.F. As the exclusive US distributor of Metz, Gossen, Elinchrom, Lastolite, Reflecmedia and Formatt Filters, Bogen offers the most complete range of exceptional camera and lighting accessories in the business. The Bogen Imaging international network covers the USA, Germany, France, Italy, UK and Japan.

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