I recently purchased a Gitzo Mountaineer tripod, the GT0541. It is a Series 0 (not really sure what that means), 4 section with ground-lock capability. The G-Lock capability has been really nice for those close-to-the-ground macro shots of flora and insects and the like. Sadly, I am using my old tripod head on it, and the thing is a solid, heavy beast that more than doubles the weight of the tripod. That makes it nearly impossible to trek around the mountains with.

I've been looking around at Gitzo heads, and I am not really sure how to decipher the model numbers. Information about Gitzo heads seems rather lacking on the internet, so hopefully someone can explain what the different Gitzo part names mean.

I've looked at the following heads, amongst others, and I am not sure of a few things:

For one, what exactly do the Gitzo Series mean? They seem to have Series 0 - 4 for their products. I am not sure if the series simply indicate progressive lines of their products, or if they indicate different levels of quality/capability/manufacturing processes? I'm also curious what the difference in their major product lines are. They have the Magnesium Center ball heads and the Traveler ball heads, but they look and pretty feel the same as far as I can tell. The Series 1 looks a bit different in terms of colors, but otherwise also seems to have the same general design and functionality. I'm not entirely sure why the Magnesium heads warrant almost twice the price tag in most cases over other Gitzo head styles. Insight is greatly appreciated.


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The official explanation is at www.gitzo.com

As far as I can tell the Series is basically a size/weight indicator ranging from 00 (ultralight) to 5 (bulky).

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you! I dug all over their site, but had a lot of problems with it for some reason. A lot of their images and flash stuff wouldn't load properly, so I was never able to find that link. Useful information, though, much appreciated. :) \$\endgroup\$
    – jrista
    Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 18:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ yeah... it's not that good, but almost anything can be found with a enough google-fu \$\endgroup\$
    – chills42
    Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 23:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ As of September, 1st 2011 the link redirects to a login page. Can this info be found anywhere else? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 23:31

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