Gitzo

Gitzo GT1555T Traveler Series 1 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Regular price R 11,199.00 Sale price R 8,999.00

Meet the new kid on the block in Gitzo's popular Traveler tripod series. This tripod is almost identical to the GT1545T, except that they have condensed 4 leg sections to 5, which results in a folded size that is 17% shorter. With a folded length of only 35.5cm and a weight of 1030g, this is arguably the most compact high-quality tripod on the market. It has a load capacity of 10kg, which is sufficient for a pro body with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. With the column up it reaches to 138cm, which is perfect for a person of average height. Due to its compact folded size, it disappears in a suitcase and even fits inside most camera bags. If you’re travelling and weight or space is an issue, this is the ultimate tripod.

September 2015 - The entire Traveler range has just received a major overhaul and now features all the latest tech first unveiled in the Mountaineer series. All Traveler models now have Gitzo's 'Carbon eXact' technology, which is the upgrade of their Carbon 6x tubes. These are stiffer and stronger, which delivers a higher load rating without compromising on the weight or size of the tripod. It also has the next generation G-Lock joints that feature fatter grips for easier locking and unlocking of the joints. 

Designed to be as light and compact as possible, these tripods offer amazing stability and height, but fold up remarkably small. This range is recommended for travelling and hiking, which is its obvious purpose, but also to photographers who don’t want to carry a massive load. Traveler tripods have a center-column instead of the systematic baseplate; but you can rest assured that it is a properly designed one, as can be expected from Gitzo. When you need to get that super low-angle, the column can be removed in seconds.

The ideal is to have one of the systematic tripod models for everyday shooting and to have the traveler for when weight or space is an issue. 

 Specifications

  • Series - 1
  • Material - Carbon eXact
  • Leg Sections - 5
  • Maximum Height (Column Down) - 121cm
  • Maximum Height (Column Up) - 138cm
  • Minimum Height - 20cm
  • Closed Length - 35.5cm
  • Weight - 1030g
  • Load Capacity - 10kg

Included in the box

  • Large polyester dust bag for tripod
  • Usage Manual
  • Torx screws for tension adjustments
  • Shoulder strap

Do you have the item in stock? 

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  • In stock: We have stock at our local warehouse
  • Out of stock: We do not have stock, but there is more on the way. You can get in touch with the chat app or contact form for an ETA.

Delivery options and what they cost

We pride ourselves on FREE lightning fast shipping. Apart from large f-stop gear orders, most of our items ship overnight and the daily cutoff is 14:00. You can read more on the deliveries page or get in touch for a confirmed delivery date and time. 

Can I collect my parcel? 

Yes, you can collect your order from our office in Bosman's Crossing, Stellenbosch (09:00 - 17:00). Just choose the collection option at checkout- we'll follow up with the specifics. Please note that we are very strict about payment if collecting. We will not release any goods if we are not 100% comfortable about payment. We accept the following as payment confirmation in order to release the goods. Please call or message Rudolph on 061 468 1931 if you have any questions.

  • Payfast Card Payment (any customers, new or returning)
  • EFT from FNB to FNB, pending fund clearance (any customers, new or returning)
  • Normal EFT from other banks to FNB (return customers only)
  • Instant EFT from other banks to FNB, pending fund clearance (Any customers, new or returning) 
  • Cash (any customers, new or returning)

What payment options are available?  

  • EFT
  • EFT via Payfast
  • Credit card: VISA & Mastercard

What is your policy on returns and or exchanges?

We are more than happy to exchange any product for something else or a full refund* if you feel that the item you chose isn’t quite right for you. See our Return Policy page for more. 

*If paying with any card, 4.5% of the transaction value goes to the credit card payment facilitation company. "Full Refund" means that we will return the full amount we received after the credit card service fees. If you are at all unsure that what you're buying is ideal for you, rather opt for EFT payment to be safe. 

Where is my order? How can I track my order?

You will receive an email with your tracking number once your order has been collected by our couriers. You can also find tracking number for your orders under "My account" 

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Orms Bellville
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Kameraz
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Photoquip
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Katz
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Photo Freedom
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DPC
Pretoria
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Choosing Gitzo

1. Model naming

Understanding the model naming is key to choosing the right product.

2. Understanding the Models

Systematic

Systematic tripods have a flat apex and are available only in medium to large sizes (3-,4-,5-Series).

Mountaineer

Mountaineer tripods feature a center column, non-reversible legs and are available in small to medium sizes (1- and 3- Series)

Traveler

Traveler tripods feature a center column and reversible legs and are available only in small sizes (1-, 2- Series)

Choosing Gitzo

3. Number of Leg Sections

Many tripods are available in both 3-section and 4-section models, which are suited to different needs

They are designed to reach more or less the same extended height, but as the one does so with 4 sections, the folded size is shorter than the one with the 3 sections. In theory, more sections means less rigidity, but Gitzo's carbon tubing and joints are so well made that 4-section models perform the same as 3-section models in vibration absorption testing. 4-Section models are more popular with people who travel, whereas 3-section models are more popular with those who never have to get on a plane with their tripod.

Choosing Gitzo

4. Reversible Legs

Only the Traveler models have reversible legs. If folded size is one of your top priorities, then a Traveler is ideal.

Normal tripod legs only have a working angle of 90 degrees, whereas reversible legs can be flipped up 180 degrees. This allows the brace/neck of the column to be stowed between the legs, which shaves about 20% off the folded length of the tripod. If you have to get your tripod into a suitcase or strap it onto a camera bag, this feature goes a long way to saving space. 

Choosing Gitzo

5. Minimum Height

The worst possible trait in a tripod is if it is too short for you. Having to bend over leads to back pain and before long the tripod will be gathering dust and every cent spent on it will have been money down the drain.

Ideally, your tripod should be as tall as you are, so that you have spare length when shooting on slopes or uneven terrain.

At the very least, your tripod should reach up to 80% of your height. Remember that the camera and tripod head add about 20cm and your eyes aren't on top of your head, so generally your tripod needs to be your full length minus 30cm.  

Center columns shouldn't be used at their full height as the leverage on the neck joint (when fully extended) makes it unstable and prone to vibration. So when calculating the maximum usable height of a tripod with a column, use the halfway point between the height with and without the column. Example Below

Tip - All traveler tripods are too short for people taller than 185cm. You have to decide between bending over a bit, using the full height of the column or carrying around a larger tripod.

Choosing Gitzo

6. Weight Limitations

Gitzo tripods have very conservative weight ratings, so if you stay within the limits you'll be fine. With the Systematics there is no issue as the load rating is 25kg and a gimbal head and D5 with an 800mm isn't even 10kg. 

The 1- and 2-series Travelers have load ratings of 8kg and 10kg respectively, so a pro body with a super telephoto lens starts pushing the limits. We can gladly say that we have plenty of clients who use these kind of setups on their Travelers without any trouble, but please note that this should only be done out of essence. The people who do it either hike in search of birds and thus need to save weight, or they do fly-in safaris where luggage is an issue. If you don't have to save weight or space, super telephoto/gimbal setups should be used on a systematic tripod.

Choosing Gitzo

7. Column or No Column?

Gitzo offer tripods with and without a center column and each design has its pros and cons -

Systematic - A flat apex lowers the tripod's center of gravity by reducing the height of the camera by about 10cm in most models.

Systematic - For ground-level shooting, just flip the legs open and you can get that magical super low shot.

Systematic tripods have a wider foot radius as the legs are mounted further apart at the top.

Systematic - The apex plate can be replaced with a modular leveling base, which is indispensable for video and panorama shooting.

Systematic – The absence of a center column makes it easy to carry in hand as there is space between the legs. This is a highly underrated feature.

Mountaineer + Traveler - A center column offers more extended length without adding to the folded length of the tripod* (*see reversible legs).

Mountaineer + Traveler - A center column allows you to adjust the shooting height with only one joint. Without a center column, you have to adjust three leg joints to change the height.

Conclusion - If you want the very best stability for your camera or you're using heavy setups like a 400mm+ and a gimbal head, you should be looking at the Systematic range. If you want a light and compact tripod for hiking or travelling, you should look at the Traveler range. If you want a center-column in optimal stability and maximum length, look at the Mountaineer options.

Choosing Gitzo

8. Gitzo vs. SIRUI

Is Gitzo worth the price difference?

We believe that it is - Gitzo tripods have a higher standard of what we call manufacturing finesse. It is something that is difficult to communicate online, but if you see and feel the two next to each other, the difference is unmistakable.

That being said, if Gitzo is out of financial reach, then we believe SIRUI to be the next best option on the South African market. Their products are made from excellent materials, the designs are simplistic, the specs are great and very importantly - it is distributed in SA by a fantastic company. That means that if something goes wrong or missing, the problems gets sorted in the blink of an eye.

How did we arrive at these two brands? From years of day-to-day shooting with most of the tripod brands available in SA, by SA's most notable landscape photographers. We know from experience which tripods can endure years of seascape shooting and which are easy to clean and maintain. We also know which brands have overcomplicated designs, are difficult to maintain and are first to break. 

Choosing Gitzo

9. Gitzo vs. RRS

Really Right Stuff is an American tripod manufacturer that makes absolutely zero-compromise tripods.

RRS is an American tripod manufacturer that makes absolutely zero-compromise tripods. Where Gitzo uses a cast magnesium alloy for the apex, RRS use machined aluminium, which is stronger and more expensive. Have we ever seen a broken Gitzo apex? No - so it is difficult to justify the extra expense.

The Gitzo GT3543LS currently sells for R13499, which is already a stretch in South Africa's economic climate and money that very few people are willing to spend on a tripod. RRS's equivalent TVC34L sells for $1160 in the states x R14.5 + 15% VAT = R18000 - R20000 (add about R2000 for shipping) depending on what the rand is doing. Apart from the hefty pricetag, they have declined our offers to sell their product in SA.

We import and sell their leveling bases via another channel as we feel that theirs is far superior to Gitzo's offering and the price is thus justified, whereas it is difficult to justify the price difference between Gitzo and RRS legs.

If you are willing to pay the pricetag for RRS gear, we can import it for you from the USA. Get in touch via the contact page or chat app to find out more. 

Travel Light

LG ambassador Jacques Crafford capturing the Himalayas with his GT1542 Mountaineer. 

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