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(From company literature) Gitzo G1257 Mountaineer Reporter Carbon 6X. The Carbon 6X G1257 tripod offers the most satisfying compromise between stability, maximum load and weight. A great choice for digital SLR, 35mm, and medium format cameras up to lightweight 6x6 format.

Gitzo's new generation of carbon fiber tripods (from Series 00 to 2) incorporates a revolutionary design process that reduces overall tripod weight up to 17%* without sacrificing strength or stability.

One-third thinner than the existing tube and composed of 6 X-crossed layers, this multilayer carbon tube is a new technology which allows the tripod to have the same unparalleled performance of the well known Gitzo 1.5mm tube while offering a 30% weight reduction.

Along with the Anti-Leg Rotation (ALR) system, this new range of carbon fiber tripods is another first from Gitzo. All mountaineer tripods in Series 1 and Series 2 are fitted with an anti-rotation grooved center column for increased stability. In addition, all carbon center columns are reinforced at the top for increased durability.

Unparalleled Strength
Gitzo carbon tubes use an exclusive process based on pull winding of long carbon fibers that are precisely wrapped and combined under high pressure and temperature with epoxy resin to a 1mm wall thickness. This manufacturing process ensures stiff, light tubes resistant to bending, have good tensile and compression strength, a high degree of stability in extreme temperatures, absorbs vibration and withstands fatigue better than other carbon fiber tube processes.

Cutting Edge
Carbon fiber Rapid center columns are now grooved to prevent rotation and increase stability. A stainless steel weight retractable hook is attached to the base of the center column, providing a convenient place to add extra stability in windy conditions.

Mountaneer 6X tripods are constructed using a "screw thread and adhesive" dual jointing technology pioneered by Gitzo. Called "H.I.S." (Hybrid Interconnecting System), thus construction technique provides greater strength and stability.

(*Although tubes are 30% lighter, actual weight savings vary by model based on castings, bushings etc.)


  • Finish: Gray & Black Enamel
  • Material: Carbon Fiber 6X
  • Column Type: Rapid
  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Lock Type: Twist
  • Foot Type: Removable Rubber
  • Head Mount: 1/4-20 and 3/8" Reversible Stud
  • Maximum Operating Height: 161 cm / 63.4 in.
  • Maximum Height w/o Column Extended: 137.4 cm / 54.1 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 33.5 cm / 13.2 in.
  • Folded Length: 66 cm / 26 in.
  • Maximum Load: 7.98 kg / 17.6 lbs
  • Weight: 1.41 kg / 3.1 lbs

Keywords: Gitzo Tripod Rapid


Registered: September 2006
Posts: 26
Gitzo G1257 Mountaineer Reporter Carbon 6X review by trentdp
Review Date: 1/6/2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $515.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Light weight and very portable
Cons: Cost

I still can't believe that I actually paid over $500 for a tripod! But, when you do the honest research and review the other available products in this category, you may come to the realization that this is one incredible piece of equipment. It is really light weight and amazingly adjustable and portable. I read Thom Hogans review of lenses, tripods, etc. and he put it into focus about as good as anyone. A good tripod is essential to get the best possible results from your camera equipment!! He even states that you should first invest in a good quality tripod such as this one before buying expensive lenses. I have now used this tripod with all my Nikon lenses (18-200 VR -without using VR, 18-135, 18-70, and 55-200) and confirm that the results are truely amazing compared to handheld pictures. It takes a fair amount of patience and discipline but the results are really rewarding.
Now that you have a quality piece of equipment in the tripod, you have to get a really good ball head to complete the picture (pun intended).
So, I now spent another $315 on a ball head?! I must have lost my mind in this advanced age and now retired mode.
I bought several ball heads before deciding that the Novoflex MagicBall MB 50 (made in Germany) was the one for me. The design in actually inverted to the normal design with the ball mounted to the base and the plate attached to the camera. For some reason this ball head is not included in this forum which I believe is a disservice to the readers. I love the simplicity of this ball head and the speed with which I can adjust it to any desired configuration. It is very simple with only one adjustment mechanism for both axis. It is great for a relatively light weight lense/camera combination but somewhat limited for truely professional heavy equipment.
I have not yet used this new equipment on vacation or an extended shoot but am looking forward to better weather this Spring to get out there and use it.
I suggest that SLR Gear include this ball head in their review category as it is really unique and a quality piece of equipment.
I can confirm that you really NEED to buy a good tripod/ball head combination if you are serious about getting great results from your equipment. The tripod and ball head will still be part of your basic configuration long after you buy new cameras as they appear in the future. Do yourself a favor and read Thom Hogans review on tripods before buying any other camera equipment.


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