2012 Updates to Gitzo Systematic Tripods

by Kari Post | March 7, 2012

Gitzo tripodsEveryone loves new toys, right? Well Gitzo’s Systematic tripod family just got a facelift. The Systematic series has long been the choice of many top nature and outdoor photographers, who rely on Gitzo’s durable, reliable carbon fiber tripods to support their heavy lenses and expensive equipment in the most extreme conditions.

Careful quality control and attention to detail make Gitzo tripods extremely stable and incredibly strong. The tripods are also modular, with a top casting element that opens and closes to allow each tripod to be configured with a flat disk, geared or sliding center column, video half-ball adapter, leveling unit or other specialized center component.

Improving an already great product isn’t easy, but Gitzo’s newest 2012 models have some significant improvements to note over earlier models. They are stronger and even more stable than ever before, have improved safety and security and better ergonomics, and are easier to use and quicker to set-up than previous models. New construction and bonding techniques have almost doubled the tripod’s maximum payloads by distributing weight more efficiently to the 6X carbon fiber legs, which also feature the G-Lock system for greater power and ease of leg section locking.

The new tripods also feature integrated spiked feet with included rubber protective caps; this handy solution saves time changing the tripod feet, eliminates the need to purchase spikes separately, and solves the problem of the feet unscrewing themselves and getting lost.

Additionally, design details on the distinctive new triangular top casting make changing center components even faster and safer. Multiple safety mechanisms built into the center assembly units eliminate the risk of the base plate disconnecting from the rest of the tripod, a concern with earlier models. For previous models, NatureScapes manufactured the NatureScapes Safety Plate for Gitzo Tripods to prevent potentially catastrophic accidents in the field.

The Systematic range has been extended to cover the Gitzo Series 2 in order to offer the improved mechanical strength and build quality of the Systematic tripods in a smaller, more portable package. Each series in the Systematic range offers 3-section and 4-section tripods, with the 4-section models available in both standard and tall (long) sized tripods. Series 3 and 5 also offer an extra-long 4-section model. Series 5 also features an iconic giant 6-section tripod and an ultra-compact 6 section model.

Gitzo’s new 2012 Systematic tripods offer improved performance and versatility than ever before and NatureScapes is one of the first retailers to carry them. Learn more about the features of Gitzo’s newest tripod and check out the video below:

Tripod center component   Top casting
Even if the top casting is left open by accident, the centre component is held securely in place by the secondary safety mechanism until the button is pushed, protecting expensive camera equipment.   The geometry of the top casting improves stability and distributes weight more evenly; combined with a high-performance bonding and assembly process, it gives Systematic its outstanding strength under heavy loads.
Spiked tripod feet   Angle selectors
Built-in one-piece spiked feet provide a secure footing and fast set-up on all surfaces. The spikes have a resistant anti-scratch finish that protects delicate floors, but protective rubber caps are fitted for everyday usage.   New leg angle selectors offer more grip room to make tripod setup and adjustment easier.
Gitzo tripod collapsed
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About the Author

Kari is a self-described adventurer, photographer, outdoor enthusiast, conservationist, and nature lover. She loves being outside in nature, exploring the world around her, and doing just about anything that keeps her on the move. Kari picked up photography as a young girl and developed a serious passion for the still picture in high school. In college, she combined her photography hobby and love of nature and began photographing wildlife and outdoor subjects, which now make up the bulk of her work. Kari views photography as a way to share the beauty she sees in the natural world with others. She hopes her images can be used help educate and inspire others to appreciate, preserve, and protect wild places and creatures, and aspires to one day work as a photojournalist for National Geographic documenting conservation issues. Visit Kari's website at: and her blog at:

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