Gitzo Basalt Tripod Wins Hot1 Award

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Professional photographer Magazine honors innovative Basalt-Fiber Tripod.

Gitzo, revered throughout the world for its precision, quality and innovation in bringing new products to market for both the professional photo and video markets, is proud to announce the Basalt Tripod among the select group of 2005 Hot1 award winners from Professional Photographer Magazine.

The Hot1 awards honors professional photographic products that are revolutionizing today’s imaging industry. This prestigious award is given to a product for its exceptional quality, innovation, design and performance.    

“The Professional Photographer magazine Hot1 Awards represent a must-have list of this year’s hottest, most sought-after new products,” said Jeff Kent, Special Hot1 Awards Editor and Editor at Large of Professional Photographer magazine. “The awards are selected by a panel of working professional photographers, and are chosen based on innovation, overall quality and value for price.”                                                                    

With the development of the new Basalt Tripod, Gitzo has modernized a new generation of tripods. The volcanic-based basalt materials used to develop them from the ground up provide photographers advanced performance and durability at affordable prices. Suited for all camera types, ranging from compact digital to medium format film, these new tripods are more durable and better at absorbing vibrations than aluminum models with similar dimensions. With Basalt fiber legs, this new tripod is tougher than aluminum, yet 20 percent lighter. It is also recyclable, provides stability and has easy-to-use features. Gitzo is the first and only manufacturer in the world to create basalt fiber tripods.

Basalt fiber tube fabrication capabilities were developed for the space program because of the material’s lightweight and fire-proof properties. Gitzo utilized these while creating a new way of producing tripods. The basalt, a black lightweight rock, is pulverized, then melted at extreme temperatures (1500 degrees Celsius) and combined with other materials and spun into a strong fiber which is used to create multi-layer composite tubing. The result is a non-rotating tube of exceptional performance that meets the demands of today’s professional photographers. The legs are assembled using Gitzo’s “H.I.S,” a dual “screw thread and glue” jointing technology that provides greater durability than alternative methods.

It only takes seconds to open and secure the tripod with the new Anti-Leg-Rotation (ALR) system. Just loosen all twist locks at the same time and pull down the leg before tightening the twist locks, making setup a mere 15 seconds.

Waterproof bushings were employed making it safer to use the tripod near and in fresh water. An added plus, basalt tubes won’t get hot and cold to your touch the way aluminum does.

Gitzo, as usual, left no detail overlooked. Even the stabilizing hooks that used to take up space and snag on clothing or equipment will no longer be problematic. A newly redesigned built-in, spring-loaded, retractable accessory hook provides a place to hang equipment, such as camera, sand, or water bags, on the bottom of the center column.

Professional Photographer, the official magazine of the Professional Photographers of America, helps readers advance careers in the photographic industry. Each issue contains practical yet cutting edge lessons for both the business and artistic sides of professional photography.

Gitzo is proud to be the recipient of the Hot1 Award for the Basalt Tripod.            

Gitzo products are distributed exclusively by Bogen Imaging in the United States. For information, contact Bogen Imaging at 565 East Crescent Avenue, Ramsey, NJ 07446-0506.

About Gitzo

Professionals the world over acknowledge Gitzo tripods, monopods, heads and accessories as setting the industry’s standards for excellence. Innovations such as the first uses of carbon and basalt fiber to make tripods and magnesium to make heads, matched with a design policy of “no gimmicks and no compromise on quality,” put Gitzo products in a class of their own. Gitzo’s carefully crafted products form a comprehensive range of supports for large, medium and small format cameras, for film or digital technology, for still photography or dynamic video, for studio or location work. Precision assembly, high quality materials and fine control are all qualities that represent Gitzo products.

About Bogen Imaging:

Since 1959, Bogen Imaging (formerly Bogen Photo) has been a leading source for photographic, cinematic and video lighting, supports, and accessories. Many of the most respected manufacturers of precision products for the photographic, video, Cine and lighting are distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Bogen. These include Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods and heads, Kata protective carrying systems and accessories, Avenger lighting grip, I.F.F. ceiling mounted lighting suspension, Metz on-camera flash systems, Gossen light meters, Elinchrom studio lighting systems and a wide host of additional product lines which round out the most complete range of exceptional accessories in the business.

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