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Gitzo Carbon 6X tripods

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

Gitzo, revered throughout the world for its precision, quality and innovation in bringing new products to market for both the professional photo and video industries, is proud to announce that it has redesigned and improved upon it’s breakthrough 6X tripod technology. At PMA 2007 in Las Vegas, Gitzo will be demonstrating some of the new features of the enhanced 6X line, which include a new state of-the-art leg locking system. Since developing the first carbon fiber tripod in 1994, Gitzo has been the world’s leading authority on composite materials for camera support systems. Exclusively manufactured in Europe, Gitzo’s carbon fiber tripods are the most technologically advanced camera supports available.

Gitzo Carbon 6X tripods

Gitzo Carbon tripods - Stability
Gitzo tripods have long been coveted by professionals for their strength and stability, and by imitators looking to emulate the Gitzo look and feel, albeit without delivering the same quality or performance. However, while Gitzo appearance can be simulated, Gitzo performance cannot. Gitzo carbon fiber tubes are engineered using only the highest grade fibers and are manufactured using the pultrusion production process. By utilizing the pultrusion method, Gitzo is able to manufacture carbon fiber tubes that excel in both flexion resistance and torsion rigidity; features that matter most for camera support applications.

Carbon fiber tripod - G Lock leg locking mechanism
Additionally, Gitzo’s leading blend of 66 percent fiber and 34 percent epoxy, exceeds the composite material industry standard and rivals that used by Nike for sporting equipment and Boeing for aerospace applications. First launched in late 2005, 6X carbon fiber tripods utilized a revolutionary design process that reduced overall weight up to 17 percent without sacrificing strength or stability. With its new generation of 6X tripods, Gitzo has incorporated new and improved features, such as an innovative “G Lock” leg locking mechanism, a new ground level feature and new upper discs and bolts.

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Gitzo locking mechanism - Technology
The new G-Lock - or gravity lock - mechanism represents Gitzo’s evolution of the twist lock system. The completely revised locks are faster, stronger and 20 percent more rigid than standard twist locks. Year after year, Gitzo has improved upon standard twist lock technology and with the introduction of G-Lock, has positioned itself once again as the market leader and standard setter. G-Lock features a unique cone shaped ramp and locking ring that creates a “gravity locking” effect within the tripod leg. The heavier the weight applied to the legs, the stronger the locking effect is, resulting in a rock-solid tripod structure that significantly minimizes the bend and give associated with carbon fiber.

Gitzo Anti Leg Rotation - Oxidation resistant
Backing the advanced G-Lock technology is Gitzo’s Anti Leg Rotation (ALR) system. The ALR system allows for a fast and smooth setup and fortifies the uncompromised locking strength of the new twist lock system. Users just loosen all twist locks at the same time and pull down the leg before tightening them, making setup a mere 15 seconds for a five sectioned tripod. Additionally, all 6X tripods will feature completely redesigned upper discs and bolts. The discs, which are composed of aluminum, feature a new safe lock material that reduces vibrations and improves head locking. The new high-grade stainless steel bolt design prevents it from dropping inside the column when adjusted, and makes controlling the tread length stress-free. The redesigned bolts are also corrosion and oxidation resistant.

Gitzo Carbon 6X Tripods - Flexibility
The new Gitzo 6X tripods also offers 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.

Gitzo Carbon fiber 6X Tripods - Quality & Performance
Common knowledge suggests that in order to go lighter you have to go thinner; however, reducing the size of Gitzo’s already thin 1.5mm tube would inevitably result in a loss of strength. By fine tuning its market leading three layer technology to a six layer, with advanced parameters in terms of pressure, temperature and bonding resins, Gitzo was able to beat the odds and create the 6X generation. The six-crossed multilayer tubes measure only 1mm, but are equally as strong and as stable as the 1.5mm, three layer carbon fiber tubes. The 6X range represents, once again, Gitzo leadership not only in introducing unique and world-first innovations, but above all in creating the best products in terms of quality and performances.

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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