A new monopod aimed at sports photographers has been launched by Gitzo, including a model to celebrate the Beijing Olympic Games which start on Friday.

The Gitzo Series 5 Traveler Monopod measures 41cm when folded and 153.5cm when fully extended, according to Gitzo.

It weighs 780g and carries a claimed maximum load capacity of 25kg.

A special commemorative version featuring an ?888? logo, to celebrate the opening of the Beijing Olympics, costs £249.95.

The standard version is priced £229.95.

It includes a rubber foot that can be replaced with an optional spike for use in ?sand, snow or mud?.

For details call Bogen Imaging on 01293

583300 or visit www.bogenimaging.co.uk

? Yesterday we reported that Beijing Olympics chiefs have banned spectators from carrying ‘professional’ equipment

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