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The Gitzo Tripod


By Adrian Zupp

Today we look at the piece of equipment Peter has had longer than any other: his Gitzo tripod.

Friends may come and go, but a good tripod will never let you down.

Over the past couple of years, lots of things have changed in Peter’s equipment bag. But his Gitzo tripod has been a constant companion: from Hawaii to Alaska, from the Grand Canyon to Puerto Rico.

For the kind of photographic work Peter does he needs something light, compact and durable. His Gitzo carbon fiber tripod fits the bill and takes the knocks. He’s used it in deserts, snow, mud, on baked lava and even on quicksand.

It collapses down but doesn’t weigh you down when you’re in the tight spaces of a slot canyon, or have the sun beating down on you in the Mojave Desert.

“It’s true,” said Peter. “I’ve had that tripod for about two years now. I’ve got a bunch of others, of course, but that’s the one I favor. And I don’t see the point in changing when you have something that does the job and you’re happy with it.”

Make no mistake: Peter works his gear hard. His Gitzo has had plenty of bangs and scrapes and even the odd repair. The moral to the story? Don’t rush out and buy the latest or the fanciest equipment; do your homework and buy what works — and what works for you and your type of photography.

This is where the Gitzo website is pretty cool. On one page they have the Gitzo Tripod Configurator. Using the configurator, you can put in the specs of your equipment as well as your tripod needs (weight, height, leg sections and angles, materials, other features, etc.). Then a product list will come up with tripods that fit your requirements. Definitely a big help in the decision-making process.

So there you have it, the tripod used by the world’s leading landscape photographer. He won’t leave home without it!

Posted on April 6, 2011 at 5:00 am

18 comments



18 comments

  1. Sweet tripod. I use the same thing. I have had mine for about a year now and love it. Does Pete use the systematic tripod with a leveling base ?

    Comment by Jared on April 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

  2. Nice piece of equipment!! I have a Manfrotto that I have used for a long time now, its beat to crap, but it does the job! I good tripod is a must in the bag of tricks…thanks for sharing about his equipment!

    Comment by Darleen Prem on April 6, 2011 at 8:56 am

  3. Wich Gitzo tripod is peter using…??

    Comment by Dick Alexander on April 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

  4. Hi Dick. Hi Elaine. It’s a Gitzo Series 5 with a Really Right Stuff head. Tripod model number: GIGT5541LS

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:38 am

  5. Which Gitzo do you use? And which kind of Head?

    Comment by Christian Drothler on April 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

  6. Hi Christian. It’s a Gitzo Series 5 with a Really Right Stuff head. Tripod model number: GIGT5541LS

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

  7. Have used my first Gitzo for seven years now and just bought the next one. Could not agree more – this is outstanding equipment! Great to hear (but not surprised) that Peter is using the same brand.

    Keep the insights coming!

    Cheers,
    Bastian

    Comment by Bastian on April 7, 2011 at 2:42 am

  8. Thank you so much for doing this particular blog! I’m enjoying the show and have just started getting into photography. I will tune in every week!

    Comment by greta on April 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

  9. Thanks Greta!

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 11, 2011 at 8:41 am

  10. The Gitzo tripod is great . The ball head looks like a Really Right Stuff B55 Ball Head

    Comment by John Daly on April 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

  11. so what is the model name of this one?

    Comment by DeepC on April 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

  12. It’s a Gitzo Series 5 with a Really Right Stuff head. Tripod model number: GIGT5541LS

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

  13. I discovered Peter’s gallery several years ago when I was visiting Las Vegas and was amazed! I’m delighted to see he’s now on TV. Best of luck with the show!

    What series Gitzo is Peter using? The series 3 or 5? I’m assuming its the 5 since I’m sure that Peter wants complete stability in all his shots.

    Comment by Khoi on April 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

  14. Hi Khoi. It’s a Gitzo Series 5 with a Really Right Stuff head. Tripod model number: GIGT5541LS. Thanks for the inquiry!

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:19 am

  15. What is the model number of the tripod that Peter uses?

    Thanks

    Comment by Elaine on April 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm

  16. Hi Elaine. It’s a Gitzo Series 5 with a Really Right Stuff head. Tripod model number: GIGT5541LS

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

  17. In the picture above it look like peter is using a
    Gitzo GT3531LSV Systematic 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs with 75mm Bowl Adapter

    Comment by Greg Greenhaw on June 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

  18. If you love this tripod and want a cheaper alternative check out the Hakuba tripods. Super excellent quality for little money.

    Gitzo however is the best tripod you can buy.

    Comment by Mark Jacobs on July 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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