Gitzo Offers High-Performance Jackets for Professional Photographers

New Jackets Provide Unprecedented Level of Versatility for the On-the-Go Pro
Gitzo, a world-leading manufacturer of high-end, precision supports, has once again set a new standard for the professional photographic industry with the introduction of its new Apparel Collection. Comprising two high-performance jackets, the Four Season and Fleece, Gitzo’s new Apparel Collection offers ample storage for a professional photographer’s gear, including camera bodies, lenses, and accessories, while providing full-range of motion and comfort for the wearer.  

Four Season Jacket
The Four Season Jacket is a fully waterproof jacket specifically designed for professional photographers. It is the ultimate solution for maximum protection from rain and wind without compromising storage capacity and accessibility. The jacket has been jointly developed with professional photographers and is ideal for sporting events, concerts, outdoors, or downtown. The construction and materials used are of the highest quality found in the technical clothing industry, and are known for durability and comfort. The Four Season Jacket features sealed seams, Teflon treatment, and Cordura and Ecodry textiles.

The Four Season Jacket is fully breathable, and thanks to a controlled ventilation system, it is suitable for different climates and for photography on the move. In cold climates, it’s possible to zip the jacket together with the Gitzo Fleece Jacket (see below), providing additional thermal insulation.

Four Seasons Camera Jacket

The Four Season Jacket is highlighted by a unique set of inner and outer pockets. The two main front pockets are completely waterproof and can be expanded by means of lateral zippers in order to fit larger equipment. The pockets feature removable padding and a special elasticized band to vertically support a photographer’s lenses. Other essentials, like flashlights, batteries, filters, and personal effects, can be stored in other compartments. A large waterproof pocket on the back of the Four Season Jacket provides additional storage capacity for several larger items, such as telephoto lenses. The jacket also includes an organizer style pocket, for business cards and pens.

Another unique feature of the Gitzo Four Season Jacket is the “Light Shield,” a waterproof flap incorporated in the hood. The Light Shield helps shield light off the LCD camera display and protects the camera from rain in inclement conditions. Two long waterproof zippers, which run along both sides of the jacket, provide additional ventilation, allow for extra movement, and keep the main pockets in front of the shooter when kneeling down. The Gitzo Four Season Jacket also includes a three-piece, high-visibility kit, that helps alert others to the photographer when visibility and safety are key. The three-piece kit includes a large reflective “PRESS” panel for the back of the jacket, and two smaller panels for the chest, one of which also doubles as a pass/credentials sleeve.

FLEECE JACKET
The Gitzo Fleece Jacket features a Zero Wind membrane and is a lighter alternative to the Four Season Jacket. For additional warmth and protection from the elements during the winter season, the Fleece Jacket can join with the Four Season Jacket, providing a totally winterized and waterproof system.

Like the Four Season Jacket, the Gitzo Fleece was designed with input from professional photographers and is the only solution for professionals looking for maximum protection from wind and cold without compromising the storage and accessibility of their equipment. The materials used in the construction of the Gitzo Fleece are Teflon treated nylon, Cordura, Ecodry and Zero Wind membrane. The mix of these materials allows the jacket to be windproof, highly breathable and highly durable.

Fleece Camera Jacket

The Fleece Jacket also offers adequate storage for photographic gear thanks to its inner and outer pockets. The two main front pockets are completely waterproof and can be expanded by means of lateral zippers in order to fit larger equipment. The pockets feature removable padding and a special elasticized band to vertically support a photographer’s lenses. Two additional smaller pockets on the chest are intended to hold smaller accessories and also include a pass/credentials holder. A double pocket on the back of the Fleece Jacket can be used for the storage of additional larger items, including a Gitzo Traveler tripod or larger lenses. Two inner cargo pockets and a series of dedicated compartments also provide professional photographers with storage for smaller equipment or personal effects.

Both the Gitzo Four Season and Fleece Jackets feature padded shoulders and elbows for added comfort as well as snap hooks for securing any shoulder strap.

The Gitzo Four Season Jacket is available now – US$599.95 (street price)
The Gitzo Fleece Jacket is available now – US$399.95 (street price)

For additional information, please visit www.bogenimaging.us

About Bogen Imaging:
Bogen Imaging Inc is a leading distributor of key accessories brands for the video, cine, lighting and photographic markets. Bogen is an international company within the Imaging Division of the Vitec Group, which owns the following leading, international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, National Geographic bags and tripods, Avenger, and I.F.F. As the exclusive US distributor of Metz, Gossen, Elinchrom, Lastolite, Reflecmedia and Formatt Filters, Bogen offers the most complete range of exceptional camera and lighting accessories in the business. The Bogen Imaging international network covers the USA, Germany, France, Italy, UK and Japan.

2 Replies to “Gitzo Offers High-Performance Jackets for Professional Photographers”

  1. I totally agree with you. Cordura jacket is really a 4 season jacket and it can be use for multi useage……

    great post

  2. Why spend nearly $800 on a tripod?

    First, there are many good sources of tripod reviews. Thom Hogan has an article on his website about tripods and heads where he argues the case to save money and time by simply doing it “right the first time.” There are also some good educational points on tripod selection on the Really Right Stuff web site. Both of these sources argue for buying a good quality set of legs.

    The general consensus is simply that if you want the best mass market tripod get a Gitzo. Yes, if you are on a budget you can find less expensive options, but if you read the above two sources and do you own observations of the actual tripods you will soon see the validity of their arguments. Manfrotto seems to be the best of the budget tripods. People generally don’t like the Chinese made knock-offs over long periods of time.

    Carbon Fiber vs. Aluminum

    Carbon fiber for anything in the field is better than aluminum. Carbon fiber is much lighter, it doesn’t conduct heat and cold as easily as aluminum, and it dampens vibrations faster, and it is very strong for the size of the legs. If you are thinking of aluminum, then stop reading this review and look elsewhere.

    Series 2 vs. Series 3

    You want to purchase a tripod based on both the weight of your gear and the focal length of your lenses. I have a Nikon D700 with a 24-70 mm lens. I could get by with a Series 2 tripod, but after setting up both a Series 2 and a Series 3 tripod side-by-side I decided to go with the Series 3. The Series 2 has a smaller leg spread and just does not seem nearly as stable especially when there is a big camera sitting on top. Add a little wind and I know I would be holding onto the tripod to calm my nerves. So, Series 3 it is.

    Systematic vs. Mountaineer

    Gizto makes the Series 3 with a center column (Mountaineer) and one with the column as optional (Systematic.) Many photographers will argue for not using the center column because it reduces stability. They are right and there are tests published to prove it. However, if I want to shoot a macro, the ability to adjust the camera up and down an inch or so at times is very helpful instead of adjusting all three legs. At the same time, the Mountaineer series lets you remove the center column and attach the mounting plate to the hanger bolt on the bottom. This gives you the benefit of the column-free Systematic series. This changeover takes less than two minutes and is done completely without tools. I think this is a great feature. So, the Mountaineer Series gives you support for a column when adjustment this is a priority and the ability to remove the column when stability is paramount.

    3 sections vs. 4 sections

    No doubt about it a three section tripod has more stable legs than a four section tripod. The last leg is relatively small compared to the other sections. This difference is, obviously, even more pronounced with a four section tripod. The factor that changed my mind was practical over theoretical. A slightly less stable tripod taken along is better than a more stable tripod left at home. The three section tripod with a head on it is too long to fit in a suitcase without dis-assembly and is cumbersome to carry strapped to a backpack. Therefore, I went with the four section tripod that collapses to a nice portable size suitable for airline travel and backpacking.

    Cost

    Yes, this tripod is expensive. You will have your doubts about spending this much money. I did too. Read Hogan’s article again. Read other reviews. Save your lunch money for a few months.

    There you have it. This was the logic I used to make my selection for the Gitzo 3541 Mountaineer carbon fiber tripod.

    If you buy one, I hope you enjoy as well as I enjoy mine.

    Finally, in case you are wondering, I plan to mount a RRS BH-40 LR head on this tripod along with the appropriate L-bracket. The RRS folks said this model was a good match for my gear and tripod. I didn’t want the BH-55 because of the extra weight and size. My second choice was one of the Markins head that many people really like. I’m sure either line is a winner.

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