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06-01-2014, 01:22 PM   #1
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Feisol CT-3372 Tripod

I upgraded from a Vanguard 283CT to get something more solid. I wanted a simple tripod without center post.

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The first impression is how beefy everything is, and how light. It is the same weight as the Vanguard. The carbon fiber legs, three sections with turn locks are substantial and stiff. The bottom section, the smallest is the same as the largest on my monopod. The locks work well, but they have to be kept clean. I shoot in wet locations and the water and mud wasn't liked.

The base section is solid, the legs just the right stiffness. I didn't get the steel pegs because most of my shooting is on soft ground, but if you set up on concrete or rocks the plastic feet would wear. The mechanism is simple; a wide short lever on each hinge that locks the legs at the angles. There are set screws to tighten things up. The plate is large, my gimbal base disappears into it. There is a 3/8 threaded mount. The base can be swapped for a leveling base or one with an extended center post.

I'm 5'8" tall. With my Jobu-Design JR3 gimbal mounted, at full height it is about 4" too tall. I marked the bottom section with a red sharpie to make it easy and quick to set it up without having to stand on something. So it would be adequate for someone taller than me without the center post.

My shooting style is to walk with my setup, legs extended until I find something, then quickly set up the tripod and shoot. Sometimes I set it up for a longer period, but mostly quick setup and then moving on. It is a quick as it could be. I couldn't shoot my DA*300 on the Vanguard without mirror up and other precautions, and with the 1.4 tc it was blurry. The Feisol is solid enough. I probably will upgrade my gimbal to something heavier to get rid of the final source of vibration.

This isn't a travel tripod. The four section would be shorter by almost 5".

Negatives? The twist locks are, well, twist locks. Two things I have noticed. The material seems to change diameter slightly if the temperature changes. If I take it from home, to the field and extend the legs immediately, as the legs cool to outside temperature the locks become a bit loose. The opposite occurs as well. When I unextend the legs for travel I tighten the locks slightly so they don't flop out. If it is placed in a warm vehicle, the locks tighten up. If the locks are twisted hard, sometimes it requires a bit of twisting and pushing the legs in to loosen the lock. I've taught myself to not tighten them hard when storing the tripod.

There aren't setscrews from the bottom of the base through to fix the head. This hadn't been an issue for me.

I got a tripod and bag. No instructions or tools. Not a real negative, I have allen keys and the internet to find instructions if I want some.

I got it shipped and taxes in for $613 CAD from store.vancouverphoto.net. They were quick to ship and had stock.

Worth it? So far yes. Three ways.

The Vanguard legs were getting loose and didn't respond to tightening which was a nuisance. I would be carrying it extended and the legs would be flopping about. It served me well, and is a great tripod for lighter or shorter applications. It will be going off for warranty repairs, and I hate being without gear.

The Vanguard plus gimbal plus K-3 1.4 tc and DA*300 seemed to set up a harmonic vibration. It was ok with only the 300mm, but the extender seemed to make the whole thing buzz. I'm getting good results from the new tripod. The gimbal and lens plus TC works fine on my monopod oddly enough. In any case the tripod was a problem.

In spite of the extra bulk and weight I find an advantage to having a tripod; I can take movie shots. The Vanguard was too unstable; my videos would have vibration at the beginning and end from me tripping the shutter. Yes, there are tools and ways, but videos are a secondary bonus and I don't carry my remote triggering gear with me. I will take a number of still shots, making sure I get a good one or two, and if the subject hangs around I'll do a video. On the Feisol, it is substantially more solid and the vibrations aren't a problem.

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I too have a Feisol CF tripod and couldn't be more pleased. I've had mine for a couple of years, at least, and it has held up wonderfully. I also have 3-section legs and no center post and these are some of my favorite features. 3-sections means fast deployment once you get your preferred technique down (though I tend to walk around with the legs extended, as you do), and no center post means not having to fool with it, also contributing to fast deployment as well as less weight. We must have different models, though, because I am only an inch taller than you and mine is exactly the right height for me, fully extended. I believe my head is of comparable height, as well.

I also had to learn not to over-tighten the twist locks, but I still greatly prefer them to lever locks, having had those on several prior tripods. They're just less bulky and make the tripod more comfortable to carry, especially with the camera mounted and the legs extended and the rig resting on your shoulder while walking.

To be honest, I have been so pleased with my Feisol that I have a hard time imagining what I could possibly gain by spending more on a Gitzo. I have no intention to find out. If something should happen to my Feisol I would buy another without hesitation.

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Nice! I bought a Feisol in 2004 (one of the first that Orion shipped internationally) and it's still holding up gear for me on occasion. I had to re-glue the rubber feet on, and replace the center column, but the tubes and locks are fine (although not anti-rotation like the new ones).

BTW, I thought the new leg locks were (somewhat) weather-sealed? Still get gritty?
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Thanks for the review.
I've been considering changing out my current tripod that is a luminum and a bit on the heavy side when combined with my gimbal.
I was trying to decide between this Feisol and the Sirui R3203 R3203
(I have a smaller Sirui and am happy with the build quality and leg lock function. They also include tools and leg spikes.)

I am surprised about the change in leg diameter due to temperature, I thought Carbon was supposed to be immune from temperature effects?

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QuoteOriginally posted by crewl1 Quote
Thanks for the review.
I've been considering changing out my current tripod that is a luminum and a bit on the heavy side when combined with my gimbal.
I was trying to decide between this Feisol and the Sirui R3203 R3203
(I have a smaller Sirui and am happy with the build quality and leg lock function. They also include tools and leg spikes.)

I am surprised about the change in leg diameter due to temperature, I thought Carbon was supposed to be immune from temperature effects?
It's possible that it's actually the locks themselves that are fluctuating with temperature change. I really haven't noticed it much with mine, but mine doesn't get much exposure to the really cold stuff.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
I upgraded from a Vanguard 283CT to get something more solid.
The Vanguard Auctus 283CT is $169 on Woot right now, which seems like a good deal. Based on your experiences, would it be a mistake for me to buy it? I currently have a smaller aluminum tripod, and thought the Vanguard could be a good upgrade for me. I would be using it with the Vanguard GH-200 pistol grip ballhead that I have already.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nater Quote
The Vanguard Auctus 283CT is $169 on Woot right now, which seems like a good deal. Based on your experiences, would it be a mistake for me to buy it? I currently have a smaller aluminum tripod, and thought the Vanguard could be a good upgrade for me. I would be using it with the Vanguard GH-200 pistol grip ballhead that I have already.
Mine was the Alta Pro. I really was pushing it's capabilities with hanging long lenses on it. It tried to do too much; it has a center post extension which once extended can be swung in all directions.

I was told by people who know that when you buy a tripod, buy one you can't afford, because you will eventually get it anyways. True for me.

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QuoteOriginally posted by DogLover Quote
It's possible that it's actually the locks themselves that are fluctuating with temperature change. I really haven't noticed it much with mine, but mine doesn't get much exposure to the really cold stuff.
I assume that is what was happening. I would extend the legs when I got out of the vehicle, and in 20-30 minutes the locks would start creeping and need another slight twist. It happened during the cool weather, just above freezing. It may be the locks, not sure.
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QuoteOriginally posted by derekkite Quote
Mine was the Alta Pro. I really was pushing it's capabilities with hanging long lenses on it. It tried to do too much; it has a center post extension which once extended can be swung in all directions.
Ah, understood. My current tripod is an Induro AX114 which works very similarly to the Alta Pro series. The Induro AX114 is aluminum, weights 4.2lbs, and can support a 9.9lb load. It's ok, but not super-stable with a big lens on my camera, as you might imagine. The Vanguard Auctus 283CT weighs more at 6.39lbs but can support a much larger load of 30.9lbs, so I think it would be a good upgrade for me. It also lacks the extremely adjustable center post, so I think that would help it be more stable than the Alta Pro or my Induro. I think I'll give it a shot.

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