Leofoto LS-324C Test Results

The LS-324C is the largest of Leofoto’s LS line of lightweight tripods lacking a center column.  Like the rest of the tripods in this series, it performs very well for its price and weight.  Unfortunately it has a relatively narrow opening angle which is likely preventing the tripod from reaching its full potential.

NameLeofoto LS-324C
ClassAll Purpose
Yaw Stiffness674 +/- 4 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.337 +/- 0.034 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness2922 +/- 17 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.79 +/- 0.079 Js/rad
Retail Price$288
Weight3.06 lbs (1.39 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating33 lbs
Maximum Height51.3 in (130.3 cm)
Minimum Height3.1 in (7.9 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter2.0 in (5.1 cm)
Folded Length18.9 in (48.0 cm)
Folded Circumference10.0 in (25.4 cm)
Folded Volume150.0 cu. in. (2.5 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections4
Primary Leg Angle21.5 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter32.5 mm
Second Tube Diameter28.0 mm
Third Tube Diameter25.0 mm
Fourth Tube Diameter22.0 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:

Certainly not the cleanest data set that we have ever seen, but there is no doubt we are measuring the correct resonance.

 

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

Very strong damping in the pitch direction which is why we see such a broad peak on the Fourier plot.