Feisol CT-3342 Review

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

The Feisol CT-3342 and its four sections sister, the CT-3442, are two of the most unique tripods available.  Despite looking like small systematic tripods, they are lightweight, designed to be used on the go.  Unlike most travel tripods however, they are tall enough to get the camera to eye level for most people.  This is achieved through minimalism in design, but also by using an uncommonly narrow leg angle.  The uniqueness of these specifications will become dominant factors of this review, in both good and bad ways.

This tripod was purchased through retail channels.  I was no paid by any party to write this review, and the opinions are entirely my own.

NameFeisol CT-3342
ClassAll Purpose
Yaw Stiffness374 +/- 1 Nm/rad
Yaw Damping0.086 +/- 0.009 Js/rad
Pitch Stiffness1960 +/- 6 Nm/rad
Pitch Damping0.247 +/- 0.025 Js/rad
Retail Price$410
Weight2.54 lbs (1.151 kgs)
Manufacturer weight rating55 lbs
Maximum Height56.8 in (144.3 cm)
Minimum Height8.5 in (21.6 cm)
Center ColumnNo
Base Diameter2.7 in (6.9 cm)
Folded Length23.3 in (59.2 cm)
Folded Circumference14.5 in (36.8 cm)
Folded Volume390.0 cu. in. (6.4 liters)
Leg MaterialCarbon Fiber
Leg Sections3
Primary Leg Angle19.0 deg
Leg LocksTwist
Top Tube Diameter28.0 mm
Second Tube Diameter24.1 mm
Third Tube Diameter20.4 mm
Exchangeable FeetNo
Foot TypeRubber
Bottom HookYes

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 most obvious aspect of the specifications is how tall the CT-3342 is for its weight.  At 56.8 inches (144 cm) tall, the tripod is tall enough to get the camera to eye level for most people.  I have tested no other tripod that is this tall (without extending the center column) and this light, and it isn’t even particularly close.  


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