Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2 Test Data

The Gtizo GT2532 Mountaineer tripod is billed to be a jack of all trades.   Stable, yet portable and versatile.  It delivers on that, but at the expense of being heavy for its height and stiffness.

NameGitzo GT2542 Mountaineer Series 2
Stiffness About Vertical Axis853 +/- 3 Nm/s/rad
Damping About Vertical Axis0.249 +/- 0.025 Js/rad
Stiffness About Radial Axis1917 +/- 14 Nm/s/rad
Damping About Radial Axis0.601 +/- 0.06 Js/rad
Retail Price$945
Weight3.74 lbs (1.697 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating39.68 lbs
Maximum Height53.7 in (136.4 cm)
Minimum Height13.8 in (35.1 cm)
Max Height with Center Column64.7 in (164.3 cm)
Center ColumnYes
Base Diameter2.36 in (6.0 cm)
Folded Length22.1 in (56.1 cm)
Folded Circumference10.5 in (26.7 cm)
Folded Volume194.0 cu. in. (3.2 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Primary Leg Angle26.0 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter29.2 mm
Second Tube Diameter25.4 mm
Third Tube Diameter21.8 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter18.2 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber

The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement.  The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data.  I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data.  All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating.

Bonus Content:

Stiffness vs Height:

Stiffness vs Center Column:


Example data for oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

Example data for oscillations about a radial axis.