FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15th, 2012
The Gitzo Systematic Series:
top of the range modular tripod family has been redesigned with a host of practical benefits for professional photographers
Gitzo’s modular Systematic tripods have always been the strongest and most stable in the Gitzo range, making them the choice of professional photographers using long lenses and heavy camera equipment. Now the whole family has been redesigned to give even higher levels of strength, stability, safety, set-up speed and ease of use. Gitzo set out to ensure that the flagship Systematic range incorporated the very latest technological features, the best quality materials and the most innovative construction techniques in order to provide exacting photographers with practical improvements in performance.
Gitzo’s top of the range Systematic tripods have been improved to provide even greater strength, stability and ease of use to exacting professional photographers choosing the ideal support for long lenses and heavy camera equipment. Systematic payloads are almost doubled by new high-performance bonding and construction techniques, and by design refinements to the top casting which optimize weight distribution. A tool-free ratchet locking lever replaces the previous nut and bolt when interchanging the modular centre component, and a secondary safety mechanism with release button now protects equipment during and after changeovers.
All updated Systematic tripods are made from 6X carbon fibre with Gitzo’s traditional “noir décor” paint finish used on cast components. A series 2 model has been added to the range to offer the same advantages of mechanical strength and quality in a portable, lightweight size. The Systematic range now comprises the following models:
Series 2: standard 3- or 4-sections, plus a long 4-section model
Series 3: standard 3- or 4-sections, plus long or extra-long 4-section models
Series 4: standard 3- or 4-sections, plus a 4-section long model
Series 5: standard 3- or 4-sections, plus long or extra-long 4-section models or the 6-section giant
A new series extends the Systematic range
The Systematic range has a new addition: Series 2 tripods. Extending the range from Series 3, 4 and 5 to include the smaller Series 2 models makes Systematic’s professional levels of performance available in a more easily transportable tripod. Built around the same top casting used in Series 3 and 4, Series 2 inherits its structural strength from the larger models.
Fast and easy to use
The Systematic modular top casting allows each tripod to be configured with a geared or sliding centre column, a flat disk, video half-ball adaptor, levelling unit or other specialised centre components. Opening and closing the tripod top casting in order to switch components has been made much easier by changing the opening mechanism from a nut and bolt that required a socket wrench to a new tool-free ratchet locking lever.
Secondary safety mechanism
Even if the top casting is accidently left untightened, centre accessories (and camera equipment attached) are held securely in place by a secondary safety mechanism. Until the safety mechanism’s release button is pushed, the centre accessory can’t be removed from the tripod, offering even safer support at all times.
Systematic has a brand new design for the key top casting component: its pronounced triangular shape distributes weight more efficiently and evenly to the carbon fibre legs. In combination with an innovative bonding and assembly technique, this has led to a dramatic increase in the load that each Systematic tripod can support: a Series 5 tripod now safely carries up to 40kg of camera equipment, double the previous model’s payload.
Built-in spiked feet for a secure grip on all surfaces
New one-piece, built-in spiked feet provide a secure grip on uneven ground, mud and snow. Integrated into the leg construction (so there’s no risk of losing them), the spiked feet have a special non-scratch finish that won’t damage floors and surfaces, but protective rubber caps are fitted for everyday usage.
Easier tripod set-up and increased stability
Setting independent leg angles has been made much easier and more comfortable by changes to the design of both the tripod top casting and the pull-out angle stops, which now offer more “grip room”. Gitzo’s G-lock system, used between all leg sections, adds stability to each leg by exerting a consistent blocking force on the entire circumference of the leg, while also requiring less force to twist and lock or unlock.
Carbon Fibre increases rigidity throughout the range
Gitzo’s own 6X Carbon Fibre leg tubes are used on all the updated Systematic models. The unique crossed-layer structure of 6X tubing maximises rigidity and strength, and absorbs vibration.
Gitzo’s elegant and durable Noir Décor finish
All cast components of the Systematic range are finished in Gitzo’s traditional “noir décor” paintwork. The hammered paintwork has become a Gitzo tradition not only for its elegance, but also because of its durability and resistance to rugged treatment.
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