• 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
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
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
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.
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.
Fantastic value for the deal I got it for.
great for outdoors
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
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.
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.
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.