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5 simple steps to service a Gitzo tripod

Gary Worrall (glxman)

Keywords: gitzo, tripod, maintenance, servicing, diy, guides

Hi Guys, I just serviced my GT3541LS. Thought I would share my experience here.

Tools and consumables:



Shown above are the tools that came with tripod, two T-25 Torx wrenches, a T-25 Torx bit on a screwdriver-type wrench that I purchased to allow me complete 360° turns when undoing the leg sections from the top plate, and a tube of white Lithium grease that can be found at any respectable bicycle shop.



If you misplaced or lost those tools, you can buy two T-25 bits as the one shown above and the needed screwdrivers.


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Eric Bowles (ericbowles) on June 3, 2021

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Nice write-up. I've got both Gitzo and RRS tripods. This kind of maintenance is easy. The process is the same with RRS as it is with Gitzo. I clean my tripod thoroughly after shooting in any location with lots of fine sand. It may involve using an old toothbrush to clean the grooves on the legs as well as the inside of the leg locks. An old washcloth can also help remove grit.

Cheryl Tadin (ctadin) on December 23, 2013

Gary, Thanks, quite helpful. I appreciate you taking the time to post this informative tutorial.

Dave Badger (K64drb) on November 20, 2013

Hi Gary - Very informative and nicely done article. Thanks so much for taking the time to put this together for us! Dave

Ken VanHook (kvanhook) on November 16, 2013

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Just the instructions I needed. Got sand in mine and nobody wants that problem. I need to get it out. Thanks for the guide.

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp) on November 15, 2013

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To Peter Geran (gearsau}. Yes, you are correct. One leg at a time is what is recommended in here: "3. IMHO, I would work on one leg section at a time, otherwise you will need a very large working space, especially if you are taking images ;)"

User on November 13, 2013

Excellent. I wish this had been available 2 years ago! I had been commissioned to take a hovercraft rescue shoot on a beach and instead of taking an aluminium cheaper tripod, took my Giotto CF. The Giotto is very similar to the Gitzo. It needed a complete strip down and took me days to eradicate the last grain of sand! Taking it apart was easy, re-assembling certainly was not. Richard.

Deborah Bryan (badrufus) on November 13, 2013

Thanks so much for this--very clear.

Peter Geran (gearsau) on November 13, 2013

Why not service one (1) leg at a time? That way, there is no need to go to the trouble of marking them .

Srinivasamurthy Prakash (niknac37) on November 12, 2013

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Thanks Gary, this reminds me to service mine which is about 2+ years. Thanks a ton again.

Tom Manson (slothead) on November 12, 2013

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Thanks Gary. I had not seen this before. It could prove quite valuable!

Zita Kemeny (zkemeny) on November 11, 2013

Thanks. Very useful.