Rankings

The reasoning behind the rankings page and calculation of the score can be found here.  The reported stiffness is the harmonic mean of the stiffness measured at full height in the pitch and yaw directions.  The score is simply stiffness*height^{1.5}/weight.  These rankings are by no means definitive as people place differing amounts of value on the different aspects of tripod design.  This is a simple overview with a performance metric.

TripodPriceStiffness NmHeight in (m)Weight lbs (kgs)Score
Gitzo GT5533LS Systematic$1050493956.6 (1.43)6.01 (2.729)3119.
Gitzo GT4533LS Systematic$970326161.0 (1.54)5.14 (2.334)2694.
RRS TFC-33S$945258550.5 (1.28)3.46 (1.57)2391.
FLM CP38-L4 II$841222467.5 (1.71)4.92 (2.234)2234.
RRS TVC-33S$990261850.5 (1.28)3.85 (1.748)2175.
RRS TVC-33$1025218458.4 (1.48)4.30 (1.952)2021.
Gitzo GT3533LS Sytematic$860214759.7 (1.51)4.58 (2.08)1927.
RRS TVC-23$915194151.9 (1.31)3.37 (1.533)1916.
RRS TVC-34L$1160165667.8 (1.72)4.53 (2.055)1821.
ProMediaGear TR343L$850178359.3 (1.50)4.12 (1.869)1763.
FLM Berlin 38.4$810278754.2 (1.37)5.81 (2.639)1705.
FLM CP34-L4 II$683139368.0 (1.72)4.17 (1.894)1669.
Jobu Design Killarney$850195153.1 (1.34)4.20 (1.907)1602.
Feisol Elite CT-3472 M2$600155058.3 (1.48)3.88 (1.76)1586.
RRS TVC-24$1005160149.8 (1.26)3.37 (1.533)1485.
RRS TVC-24L$1030113266.1 (1.67)3.75 (1.702)1446.
FLM CP30-S4 II$441114453.0 (1.34)2.88 (1.31)1364.
RRS TFC-14$835109947.2 (1.19)2.33 (1.058)1363.
Leofoto LN-404C$650188471.2 (1.80)7.78 (3.529)1298.
FLM CP30-L4 II$45979268.0 (1.72)3.23 (1.469)1223.
Leofoto LS-324C$288109551.3 (1.30)3.06 (1.39)1171.
Feisol Classic CT-3301$29597053.4 (1.35)2.90 (1.318)1162.
Gitzo GT1545T Traveler$60079251.3 (1.30)2.31 (1.052)1119.
Gitzo GT2542 Mountaineer$945118153.7 (1.36)3.74 (1.697)1108.
Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3$340128955.1 (1.39)4.26 (1.933)1104.
Gitzo GT1532 Mountaineer$70095351.7 (1.31)2.93 (1.33)1078.
Induro GIT304$575144351.7 (1.31)4.50 (2.044)1062.
RRS TQC-14$93593247.6 (1.20)2.62 (1.19)1041.
CTC Centennial 2 Aluminum$300110849.8 (1.26)3.39 (1.542)1022.
FLM CP30-M5 Hybrid$45073659.0 (1.49)3.02 (1.37)985.5
Feisol CT-3342$41062856.8 (1.44)2.53 (1.151)945.4
LeoFoto LS-284C$20079447.4 (1.20)2.46 (1.12)936.5
Leofoto LN-324C$450109559.7 (1.51)4.87 (2.209)925.6
Feisol CT-3442 Tournament$42061155.7 (1.41)2.53 (1.152)892.5
Feisol CT-3402$28586446.3 (1.17)2.81 (1.277)862.8
Feisol CT-3401$30077950.3 (1.27)2.88 (1.308)860.0
Feisol CT-3441S$41069050.0 (1.27)2.55 (1.161)850.5
Oben CT-2491$30070661.0 (1.54)3.60 (1.635)832.7
Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4$38096055.2 (1.40)4.45 (2.019)789.3
Gitzo GT1555T$70059847.5 (1.20)2.27 (1.03)769.4
Manfrotto MT190CXPRO3$33075753.5 (1.35)3.49 (1.587)755.6
Leofoto LS-254C$21653747.1 (1.19)2.06 (0.936)750.7
PD Carbon$60050250.7 (1.28)2.34 (1.064)689.4
Induro AT203$18088156.4 (1.43)5.29 (2.4)629.4
Leofoto LS-224C$18239043.6 (1.10)1.59 (0.724)627.7
Gitzo G1220 MK2$250102147.7 (1.21)4.92 (2.236)608.9
Benro TMA27A Mach3$15068753.1 (1.34)3.97 (1.804)596.5
Sirui T-2205X$29052648.7 (1.23)2.72 (1.234)586.4
MeFoto GlobeTrotter Carbon$35053151.3 (1.30)2.97 (1.35)585.0
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3$23087854.7 (1.38)5.50 (2.498)575.6
Induro CLT104$35054348.7 (1.23)2.92 (1.327)562.9
Manfrotto 190go! Carbon$28054848.3 (1.22)2.97 (1.351)551.1
Amazon Basics 70-Inch$6577953.9 (1.36)5.12 (2.323)537.1
Manfrotto MT190X3$15263053.4 (1.35)4.32 (1.96)507.7
Gitzo GT3340L$45087459.1 (1.50)7.06 (3.203)501.8
PD Aluminum$35045650.7 (1.28)3.02 (1.372)485.7
FLM CP26$38145847.6 (1.20)2.91 (1.322)460.5
Oben CT-2331$20026844.7 (1.13)1.58 (0.72)450.3
MeFoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum$20049550.7 (1.28)3.64 (1.653)437.6
Manfrotto MT190XPRO3$17652053.6 (1.36)4.39 (1.995)414.0
Manfrotto 190go! Aluminum$15048348.3 (1.22)3.63 (1.65)397.7
Zomei 669C$14036942.3 (1.07)2.41 (1.097)374.6
MeFoto RoadTrip Carbon$30028549.7 (1.26)2.39 (1.087)371.8
Induro 8M AT-114$15036950.6 (1.28)3.19 (1.45)370.7
MeFoto RoadTrip Aluminum$13629350.1 (1.27)2.94 (1.336)314.8
Manfrotto BeFree Advanced$19028446.1 (1.17)2.56 (1.162)309.6
Sirui T-025X$20020537.2 (0.94)1.48 (0.674)279.3
3 Legged Thing Leo$28031041.7 (1.05)3.19 (1.447)233.5
MeFoto Backpacker Air$808337.5 (0.95)1.94 (0.883)87.38