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09-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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Any one use FEISOL tripods?

I am looking at the FEISOL Elite Tripod CT-3472 Rapid its cheaper then gitzo but seems just as good. I need a better tripod to support a 500mm f4.

09-13-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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I have a CT-3401 and it's a fine, lightweight tripod...............it's my travel pod...............I don't see why it would not support a 500mm with the right bracket
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I 100% recommend feisol
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Should I go with the 3 leg extension or the two does it really matter? bot hare the same height?

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I also have a Feisol tripod..Recommend 2 sections for sturdiness. With the 3 sections. The last sections seems a bit skinny.
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QuoteOriginally posted by coreyhkh Quote
Should I go with the 3 leg extension or the two does it really matter? bot hare the same height?
That's the compromise with tripods, and it's one that you have to make.
More sections = smaller fold up size, easier to travel etc.
Less sections = strurdier, more stable

Pick your poison
It's like everything in phtography, gotta choose what's more important to you.
09-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #7
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I have the Feisol CT-3441T (purchased from Kerry @ reallybigcameras.com) and think its the bomb. Probably the best photography-related purchase I've made. I haven't tried it with anything bigger than a 200mm lens though, so I can't comment on its stability with larger lenses. I can't imagine it would have any issue though. I'm sure you could contact Kerry and ask him for his opinion regarding that tripod and lens combination.
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Another happy Feisol user here. I have the CT-3442 and love it. Also purchased from reallybigcameras.com, but Feisol has their own online ordering in the U.S. now at Feisol.net.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pdo Quote
I also have a Feisol tripod..Recommend 2 sections for sturdiness. With the 3 sections. The last sections seems a bit skinny.

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Actually with the larger feisols, the skinniest section on the 4th section are thicker than a series 2 gitzo's thickest section. I have the CT-3471, the 4th (smallest) section is the same diameter (28mm) as their smaller leg series. There is absolutely no reason to not get the 4 section legs if you're getting the larger diameter legs to begin with. The difference in length is about 4-5 inches, but since they are both over 20 inches to begin with neither is a particularly short tripod - the 4 section does save a little space though.

Curious, aside from saving 0.92lbs, why the 3472 over the 3471? they are otherwise quite similar...I guess being able to fold the legs over the top? The tripods are already about 2ft long closed, a ball head doesn't make that much difference at that point...to me not $200 difference anyway!

p.s. also recommend Kerry at reallybigcameras - if you've got a question he has the answer, very knowledgeable about the products he sells.
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I have the CT3441S and have only one minor complaint. They come with their own carrying case, but it's big enough for the tripod only, no heads, or plates. Otherwise, it is an excellent and strong setup. I almost never use my Bogen Behemoth any more.
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QuoteOriginally posted by coreyhkh Quote
I am looking at the FEISOL Elite Tripod CT-3472 Rapid its cheaper then gitzo but seems just as good. I need a better tripod to support a 500mm f4.
I have the predecessor to this modell, the CT-3471, which is massive. It will easily support a 500/4, provided you use a very good head. I have an ArcaSwiss Monoball mounted on it and this combo is very capable.

What I love about the Feisol is its low weight combined with the very good stability. It is as least as vibration resistant as my Gitzo Studex aluminium tripod.

I would always buy the 4 section modell again - even that is fairly long and bulky. I have an old Slik Master Pro, which is about the same size extended but only a 3 section modell and I hardly every carry it (I use it only for the video camera these days).

Another very nice aspect of the Feisol is the possibility to adapt it to your needs, i.e. with a short or long center column (I have both for different occassions) or with a levelling column etc. Just great. The Feisols are really "best buys", considering the very high quality and functionality for a moderate price.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ben_Edict Quote
I have the predecessor to this modell, the CT-3471, which is massive.
Is it discontinued everywhere else? Kerry at really big cameras still has the model 3471 listed, and I bought it from him late last year. Agree there is no reason not to get the 4 leg section tripod on the larger (37mm) diameter legs. I went with the older twist legs over the rapid twist locking legs - it does take maybe 10 seconds more to deploy (like 25 vs 15), but I don't miss the rapid leg types (had them with my gitzo basalt).
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
Is it discontinued everywhere else? Kerry at really big cameras still has the model 3471 listed, and I bought it from him late last year. Agree there is no reason not to get the 4 leg section tripod on the larger (37mm) diameter legs. I went with the older twist legs over the rapid twist locking legs - it does take maybe 10 seconds more to deploy (like 25 vs 15), but I don't miss the rapid leg types (had them with my gitzo basalt).
You could buy it directly from Feisol Germany as a discount modell two days ago, but now it vanished from their online shop...

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No, but I'd really like to?
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My Feisol CT-3342 + Markins M10 paired to a K-5 + DA*300/4 works great. No problems...

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