Flashpoint F-1228 Version II Carbon Fiber Tripod, 4 Section Leg Set, with Ball Head, Supports 7 lbs, Max Height 64.25"

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About Flashpoint F-1228

• Adorama has studied for many years the needs and wants of the beginner, advanced and professional photographer. All the equipment that bears the Flashpoint name meets these essential qualifications, equipment that is dependable at a fair price. The Flashpoint Carbon Fiber Tripods are yet another fine example that follows in the Flashpoint tradition; high quality tripods that can go the distance. Made to Adorama's specifications, you'll feel the quality the first time you set it up. Leg locks that work! They open and close with ease. Pride of ownership is only a small reason to have one of these fine tripods in your equipment bag.
• Featuring classic European Styling, these Flashpoint tripods have all the features of other carbon fiber tripods, except the high price. Besides its legendary light weight, carbon fiber does not transfer heat like aluminum, but does absorb vibrations. This feature helps to insure sharper images.
• All Flashpoint tripod legs have rubber double-grip twist locks. The center column can be separated into a low column for ground level use. The supplied wrench can adjust the leg friction to match the photographers needs. Leg tips can be set with either a rubber pad or ground spike for rugged terrain.

The quick release plate receiver has a safety catch to prevent accidental release of the Q.R. plate.

Flashpoint Ball Heads included

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Stable (12),Lightweight (9),Folds away (6)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (14),Night shots (10),Portraits (7),Travel (7),Wildlife (7),Home (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Flashpoint F-1228 Features

  • Tripod Reversible Stud Accepts 1/4x20 AND 3/8" Ball Heads
  • Tripod Bubble Level for Fast & Accurate Setup.
  • Tipod Quick Set Rubber Pads or Ground Spikes.
  • Tripod Center Column Separates for Low Ground Level Use
  • Tripod Head Mount - 1/4-20 and 3/8" (removable bushing)
  • Includes Quick release Plate
  • Includes carrying case

Flashpoint F-1228 Specifications

Head Type
Ball Head
Tripod Head Mount
1/4-20 and 3/8"
Quick Release
Yes included
Head Height
Tripod Material
Carbon Fiber
Max Height
52" (Tripod without Head)
Max Height with extended column
63.25" (Tripod without Head)
Closed Length
Leg Sections
Leg Diameter
Leg Lock Type
Twist Lock
Max Load Capacity
17.6 lbs Tripod / 11 lbs Head
3.30 lbs tripod / 14.4 oz head
Spiked Legs
Bubble Level

Flashpoint F-1228 Reviews

Review Snapshot®


(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 1 Stars



Reviewed by 16 customers


defective when rec'd


from Tuscumbia, AL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

When I got mine, one of the bottom legs fell off and would not stay in. I got it for mostly night photography and had to keep hunting for the missing piece in the dark. The screw connecting to the ball head kept going down in the tripos and the head fell off twice on concrete


Very good tripod for excellent price


from Boston, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a replacement tripod for my wife. It is easily strong enough to support her DSLR and lenses, and light enough for her to carry with her small backpack

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great Ball Head!


from Stillwater, OK  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my first ball head I've purchased. It is very sturdy and fluid in motion. I would definately recommend this head for your tripod! I purchased it with the Flashpoint F-1228 Carbon Fiber Tripod.


Exactly what I had been looking for


from Surprise, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

Since the purchase of my Canon 5D M3, I have been looking for a lightweight, yet sturdy enough tripod, that will handle the weight of my 5D, when I take it and all the other gear necessary, on sometimes long hikes into the outback. Using my old Manfrotto 486RC2 Ballhead, it remains "rock solid", even when using in the vertical, and even with my unbelievably heavy Sigma 120-400mm attached, which, if you have one, you know that it alone requires a Sherpa to carry it for you. Simply Amazing.


Great tripod at a great price


from Stow, Massachusetts  -  Photo Enthusiast

Fantastic value for the deal I got it for.


light and sturdy


from Maine  -  Casual Photographer

great for outdoors

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Good, but not the best build quality


from South Carolina  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this as a temporary replacement for a Giottos MT-8250 that I lost. This Flashpoint is very similar in terms of specs to the Giottos at almost 1/3rd the price. While it functions as advertised, the build quality is clearly a couple of steps down from the Giottos. My first impression was how much heavier it feels (even though the specs have a roughly similar weight). But more importantly, there are a lot of plastic parts (for example on the leg angle locks and the center column bottom screw cap) that over time will absolutely break or wear out with even moderate use. The first time I used this tripod was on a recent hike where I needed to set up the tripod in semi-muddy water. After pulling it out, the threads on the leg locks were gummed up with grit, one of the rubber grips on the leg twist locks had come off, and even after cleaning it when I got home, the legs now make a sliding/grinding sound when extending them. Much of this was caused by the leg locks not having gaskets around them. So my bottom line is that this will not be a long term tripod for outdoor use. If you use it in a studio environment, it may be fine, but you really don't need a lightweight compact carbon fiber tripod if that's your primary use -- there are better options. For the price, its ok, but just realize that there are important quality features that you're missing out on with this tripod


Tripod for travel.


from Placentia, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I really like the F-1228 tripod because of its light weight, it also comes with carrying bag, and it made the tripod perfect for air travel. I only have this tripod for a week so doesn't know how durable it is, but the construction of the tripod seems very well built. I gave it four stars because this is my second F-1228 tripod and the first one I received had a defective bubble balance and I returned it. Adorama return policy is very simple and quick and I like that.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice and Light Tripod


from Bothell, WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Leg can come off if the turn knob gets loosen too far. It would be nice there is a stopper at each turn knob for each section of the legs. The flip side of a light tripod is it may not be stable under a strong wind condition. However, it is a good tripod with the price overall and for long walking distance.


Great Product & Great Value


from Upstate New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

I was a little reluctant at first when I saw the price but knew that with Adorama I could easily return it. No need for that, I was very pleased with the item. I use it mostly for landscape shots so first off it's light to carry. If you need more weight it has the hook on the center pole to add it. I have not had to do this yet. It came with a ball head which wasn't bad but I had a better one and switched it but I'm sure the one that came with it would have worked well. It's easy and quick to open and close plus the legs will open all the way. The nice thing is it's light enough to carry when you're hiking into a spot and sturdy enough under most circumstances to get the job done.


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Pat T  I use camera in cold winter with gloves. What is the ease of operation with gloves and frozen fingers? are u happy with the ease to switch from horizontal to vertical and various angles would u recommend to a friend? thnx
DENIM H  I honestly cant tell you because this particular head was on backorder and after waiting 3 weeks i cancelled that head and bought the F4. Which I have used only once and that was in Yellowstone with gloves and I found it easy to use. All I can say if ordering from Adorama make sure its in stock. I have placed 3 orders and 2 (the F2 ball head and extra quick release brackets for my F4 have all been out of stock and back ordered)
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