(From company literature) Gitzo G1298 Reporter Basalt Performance. Nearly four inches shorter than the three section G1297, the four section G1298 is ideal for traveling. Weighing in at just under 3.5 lbs, the G1298 is designed to support camera weights up to 12lbs, making it perfect for 35mm SLR and medium format cameras from 6x4.5 to lightweight 6x6 plus videocamcorders.
Created by nature from volcanic rock for Gitzo, the G1297 is part of a new Basalt Fiber range designed for demanding professionals who need a lightweight rock solid tripod.
Suited for cameras ranging from compact digital to medium format film, this new tripod range is more durable and better at absorbing vibrations than aluminum models with similar dimensions. The legs are tougher than aluminum, yet 20% lighter.
Basalt fiber tube fabrication capabilities were developed for the space program due to the material’s lightweight strength and heat/humidity resistant properties. Gitzo utilized these while creating a new way of producing tripods. Basalt, a black lightweight rock, is pulverized, then melted at extreme temperatures (2732 degrees F) and drawn into long thin fibers. The fiber is then combined with other natural materials and drawn through a shaping die to create multi-layer tubes of exceptional performance. The result is a non-rotating tube 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 and reliability than alternative methods.
It takes only 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.
Employing waterproof bushings with humidity resistant basalt makes it safer to use the tripod near and in water. A fitting touch, since Basalt makes up most of the world’s ocean floor. As an added plus, basalt tubes won’t get hot and cold to the touch like aluminum does.
As usual, Gitzo left no detail overlooked. A redesigned built-in, spring-loaded, retractable accessory hook saves space and eliminates snags while providing a place to hang equipment, such as a camera bag, sand/water bag, on the bottom of the center column.
Column Type: Rapid
Number of Leg Sections: 4
Leg Lock Type: Twist
Foot Type: Removable Rubber
Maximum Operating Height: 151.9 cm / 59.8 in.
Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 119.4 cm / 47 in.
Gitzo G1298 Reporter Basalt Performance review by Jack137
Review Date: 12/9/2006
Would you recommend the product? Yes |
Total Spent: $385.00| Rating: 10
Typical fine Gitzo construction. Light weight. Resonable price.
Less sturdy if lower leg sections are used.
The Gitzo 1298 bassalt tripod is the lightest tripod I'd recommend for an SLR. I use this tripod when I travel or, for what ever reason, just don't want to carry my heavier Gitzo 1348 tripod. The 1298 is very compact and fits in my luggage nicely. I use it with the Linhof Profi-II ball head and am very happy with this combination of tripod and head. I believe that Gitzo bassalt tripods, because of the Gitzo construction, are better than most other makers cabon fiber tripods. The price/performance ratio of this tripod can't be beat. And...it's made of rock. How cool is that?