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(From company literature) Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 Compact Tripod. A benchmark of tripod design. A 3 leg section variant of the tripod that started it all, the venerable G1228. Up to 30% lighter than an equivalent aluminum version without compromising strength, torsional stability or durability. Three leg sections, suitable for 35mm and medium format cameras up to light medium format (2 1/4 in).

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 1.5mm 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 hook is attached to the base of the center column, providing a convenient place to add extra stability in windy conditions. Another first from Gitzo.

Mountaneer 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.

Features include:

• Grooved rapid center column
• Performance type - enables the legs to be set individually at 24, 55 and 90 degrees to cover every angle you want to shoot
• 3 leg sections offer robust stability for location or studio work, ideal for wedding/portrait photography


  • Finish: Gray & Black Enamel
  • Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Column Type: Rapid
  • Number of Leg Sections: 3
  • Leg Lock Type: Twist
  • Foot Type: 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: 138.9 cm / 54.7 in.
  • Minimum Operating Height: 34 cm / 13.4 in.
  • Folded Length: 65 cm / 25.6 in.
  • Maximum Load: 7.98 kg / 17.6 lbs
  • Weight: 1.54 kg / 3.4 lbs

Keywords: Gitzo Tripod Rapid


Registered: December 2006
Posts: 8
Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 review by chrcapi
Review Date: 12/9/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $390.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: very stable, well built, quick and easy to adjust
Cons: no interchangeable rubber feet, no levelling bubble

I've used this tripod for two years now, and it as always been an honest performer. It's quite light (but it isn't a feather-weight, among carbon fiber tripods), quick and simple to adjust and always stable. You can quickly improve its stability with a weight attached to the hook at the end of the central column, but generally it isn't needed, even with a medium-weight ball-head like my Arca-Swiss B1. Sometimes I'd like to rely on interchangeable rubber feet and a leveling bubble, but these aren't killer requirements for me. Thanks to the rugged construction and the great stability, you can safely choose the shorter version of this tripod, the G1228 model: thanks to its four section legs, it is more compact and handy.

Registered: November 2006
Posts: 18
Gitzo G1227 Mountaineer Reporter Mk2 review by colourperfect_co_uk
Review Date: 11/21/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: light and well built
Cons: leg extension design

Excellent light weight carbod fibre tripod that does an excellent job most of the time. Particularly useful is the centre column hook for hanging extra weight on to help stablise things on windy days.

Would prefer a better designed leg extension mechanism. The twist design is sometimes difficult to grip hold of. Would also like interchangeable feet but I dont think this is available until you buy a more exspensive model



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