Excerpt: Smooth and light. Beautifully made, but too much on the "fiddly-bit" side of things. Not quite up to what I expected for Gitzo. Came with $ "rebate" but I have to spend only on another Gitzo product - what can a person buy from Gitzo for $ that's worth anything? Stupid, lame, worthless rebate program.
Excerpt: Excellent tripod. Intergraded leveling plate is a great addition to an already excellent tripod, and is a great help in setting up quickly on uneven ground in the field. Have owned a Gitzo #GT2541LLVL for a couple of years now, having had great results with it in the field. I decided to purchase the #GT2531LVL after finding the need for another tripod. An expensive tripod no dough about it! But, an especially good purchase with the large rebate recently offered by Gitzo.
Excerpt: I travel a great deal, and the Gitzo levelling tripod has proved to be the best all-round tripod for my needs. The speed of opening the legs, and folding up, the ability to quickly level for panoramic photography, coupled with the light weight, makes it a very suitable choice for me. The carbon fibre legs also resist extremes in temperatures, and vibrations. So I am very pleased with it.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: I have a Gitzo 3541XLS and Sachtler FSB-8 head for shooting video but was looking for a more compact and lightweight solution for overseas travel when every ounce of extra weight in the bag counts. I looked at several vendors' solutions for leveling bases that can be attached to standard tripods, but the integrated nature of the Gitzo 2531LVL won out in the end. That combined with the Gitzo build quality put this solution above the rest.
Pros: Good Stability, Integrated Leveling, Lightweight
Excerpt: Exceedingly expensive but it is an excellent tripod. The tripod is faster to fold up than the older versions which is a tradeoff for not having the infinite adjustment of the 2228 and like tripods. Quick leveling is not as easy as with the Manfrotto 755 tripod but it works though taking more time to get perfectly level.
Pros: Folds Small, Good Stability, Lightweight, Quick To Level, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: This tripod supports over 25 pounds yet weighs under 5 lbs. and it has the quick leveling feature. A level tripod head is needed for panning, video, panoramics, and even wedding group photos and this tripod makes it very fast to achieve this without adjusting the legs. It has the slower to use Gitzo twist locks for the leg sections and these are easily damaged by sand and grit so more care needs to be taken with this tripod outdoors.
Pros: Good Stability, Lightweight, Quick Head Leveling, Unfolds Quickly
Excerpt: The leveling feature makes landscape and multi-image panoramas much easier. On a recent trip to Jackson this made getting a level base on rough terrain much. much easier than with a conventional tripod. I'm sold on the leveling feature.
Pros: Fast easy leveling, Good Stability, Lightweight
Excerpt: Very stable tripod with built-in leveling. Adequate up to 70-300mm zoom lens. It is a pity that the tripod bag sold to go with this tripod is an excessively tight fit at the leveling control lever; otherwise it is excellent, lightweight and well-finished.
Summary: This Tripod is just fantastic and i never leave home without it. It's strong & stable, can handle heavy telephoto lenses.The legs are easy to adjust & lock quickly. the three section legs are of a good diameter (much chunkier than the "traveller legs") and the carbon fibre made for comfortable holding in the freezing cold this winter.
Pros: Easily Adjusted, Fast smooth levelling, Good Footing, Lightweight, Locks In Tight, Smooth Movement, Strong, Very stable