The GT1544T is a strong, stable yet extremely compact and lightweight carbon fiber tripod, designed to balance uncompromising professional support with ease of transport for traveling photographers. Gitzo’s innovative Traveler design is more compact than a standard tripod structure because the 4-section legs turn 180° so that, when folded, they completely enclose the center column locking mechanism and the column itself. Despite its short folded length, the GT1544T opens to a practical working height for everyday use. The GT1544T can be used with any head. For those who require extreme compactness, a Gitzo Traveler Series 1 ball head (sold separately) is recommended, since it too fits within the tripod’s own folded dimensions and enveloped by the legs. The GT1544T legs are made from the same high-performance rigid and lightweight Gitzo 6X carbon fiber tubing as is used on Gitzo Mountaineer and top-of-the-range Systematic tripods, with G-Lock leg locking rings for faster set-up and positioning, and magnesium castings to help keep weight to an absolute minimum. This is a Gitzo Series 1 tripod. Technical specifications: Load Capacity Short Column 17.64 lbs; Material carbon fiber 6X; Rapid Center Column; Maximum Height 55.91 in; Maximum Height (with Center Column Down) 45.87 in; Minimum Height 8.66 in; Closed Length 16.73 in; Weight 2.16 lbs; Load Capacity 17.64 lbs.