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Gitzo G1228 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 Carbon Fiber

Review Date: May 1, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

Pros: Light weight
It is top heavy and easily tips over breaking your camera.

I still take this tripod out for 5x7 or smaller cameras. There is a hook on the bottom of the center column. Hang your bag on it or bring a plastic bag which can be weighted with stones, earth or whatever. Otherwise if you bump into it with a heavy camera on top, it may go over. It also could be toppled by the wind. It is an OK tripod, but Gitzos are now made in Italy, not France, and are not quite as good as they were. I do still have three of them. The aluminum Gitzos are better, though heavier. Recommended with reservations.