Feisol CT-3441S Review

  1. Introduction & Specifications
  2. Design & Operation
  3. Test Results
  4. Head Choice
  5. Comparison & Conclusion

The CT-3441S is Feisol’s standard travel tripod offering.  It has the same basic travel tripod design with a center column and reverse folding legs that we have seen from many other manufacturers.  As we have come to expect from Feisol, this one executes on that design with significantly above average build quality and performance, at a reasonable price.

This tripod was purchased through retail channels.  I was not paid by any party to write this review, and the opinions are entirely my own.

NameFeisol CT-3441S
Yaw Stiffness454 +/- 2 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.162 +/- 0.016 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness1433 +/- 6 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.37 +/- 0.037 Js/rad
Retail Price$410
Weight2.56 lbs (1.161 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating44 lbs
Maximum Height50.0 in (127.0 cm)
Minimum Height15.3 in (38.9 cm)
Max Height with Center Column69.3 in (176.0 cm)
Center ColumnYes
Base Diameter1.5 in (3.8 cm)
Folded Length17.1 in (43.4 cm)
Folded Circumference12.2 in (31.0 cm)
Folded Volume203.0 cu. in. (3.3 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Primary Leg Angle21.5 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter28.0 mm
Second Tube Diameter24.8 mm
Third Tube Diameter21.9 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter18.9 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookNo

The test results are included here as I consider them to be part of the tripod’s specification.  For full discussion of the stiffness and damping, see the test results page of the review.

The height of 50 inches is fairly standard for a travel tripod.  This isn’t tall enough to get the camera to eye level for most people, but that is a compromise most people are willing to make in a travel tripod.  That height includes the two center column locks that stack on top of the apex; the legs themselves only reach to about 47 inches in height.  Those two center column sections extend the height of the tripod to just under 70 inches, which is far higher than most travel tripods.  As usual though, there will be a dramatic decline in stability when extending the center column that much, but if conditions permit and you want the versatility, the height is there.  I would have personally preferred to see only one center column section for the lower stack height on the apex and some weight reduction.  

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