Summary: As a long-time owner of multiple Gitzo alloy tripods, I am delighted with my recent purchase of my first carbon fiber tripd, a Gitzo GT-2530. The non-rotating legs, 1/4-turn tightening collars, and the light weight make it a joy to use. Its stability is better than anticipated, and it feels lighter than it is.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement
Summary: I first used the tripod this weekend as an instructor in an area wide photography festival. I used my old aluminum tripod against the new carbon fiber for comparison, primarily weight, and of course there is no comparison. I got to actually use it for the first time in the field while assisting another instructor. Quite frankly it was the very tripod I wish I had along while working to get to the top of Clingmans Dome last year (age being the factor here).
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Locks In Tight, Rugged, Smooth Movement
Summary: I use this tripod, along with a manfrotto 468MG HYDROSTATIC BALL HEAD w/RC4. Don't let this tripod's lightweight material fool you, Its very strong, and stable when I use it to support my view camera, hasselblad, 35mm with large lens, all with no problem at all. This has been the best investment I have made, I can see my grand children using this tripod long after I am done with it.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight
Summary: I'm an intermediate level photographer with 30 years of experience, the last 4 years with a Nikon D70 and the 18-70mm Nikon DX and 55-200 Nikon DX. During these last 4 years I've actively worked to increase the quality of my work. One aspect I've struggled with is image blur. After tackling many aspects of this issue I decided I must invest in a quality tripod and ball head.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Lightweight, Smooth Movement
Summary: I did quite a lot of research before buying a tripod, and I’m glad I did. I’ve read too many horror stories about cheap tripod look-a-likes, and I didn’t want to go through all that. GT2530 is great. Recently I’ve been doing some photography near the shore. There are always some strong winds coming from the lake, but the tripod was steady as a rock. Locks are easy to work with, but just be careful not to pinch yourself (I did and it hurt a bit).
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Rugged