Leofoto LS-254C Test Results

The LS-254C is an ultralight tripod from Leofoto LS line of tripods.  Like the others in this line, the LS-254C lacks a center column and performs extremely well on a price and weight adjusted basis.  Unfortunately, also like the other LS tripods, the leg opening angle is on the narrow side, preventing the LS-254C from reaching its full potential.  Still this tripod should be a very attractive option for those looking for a highly portable setup.

NameLeofoto LS-254C
ClassTravel
Yaw Stiffness322 +/- 1 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.158 +/- 0.016 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness1622 +/- 9 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.545 +/- 0.055 Js/rad
Retail Price$216
Weight2.06 lbs (0.936 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating17.6 lbs
Maximum Height47.1 in (119.6 cm)
Minimum Height2.8 in (7.1 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter1.6 in (4.1 cm)
Folded Length17.4 in (44.2 cm)
Folded Circumference8.1 in (20.6 cm)
Folded Volume91.0 cu. in. (1.5 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Primary Leg Angle21.3 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter25.0 mm
Second Tube Diameter22.0 mm
Third Tube Diameter19.0 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter16.0 mm
Exchangeable FeetYes
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookNo

The stiffness and damping data are the averages of 10 trials for each measurement.  The reported error is the standard error, except in the case of the damping data. I have set the error in the damping at 10% as the standard error metric does not appropriately capture the error in fitting to the data.  All of the reported specifications are measured, with the exception of the weight rating. The tripod is measured at full height, with the center column down.

 

Example data for oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:

Very clean data here.  Poor damping but good stiffness for the weight.

 

Example data for oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:

The data here isn’t quite as clean as we are used to, but clearly we are measuring the right line so it isn’t a problem.  The pitch stiffness is around five times the yaw stiffness, which is a symptom of the narrow leg angle.