The CT-3472 M2 is from Feisol’s highest end and largest tripods, the Elite series. The performance is excellent, especially for the folded size and weight. Its performance is nearly, but not quite, the equal of the top tripods from RRS, Gitzo, and Promediagear. The price however, is significantly lower. The small size and weight for a systematic scale tripod make the 3472 an intriguing option for who need to support larger loads on the go.
|Name||Feisol Elite CT-3472 M2|
|Yaw Stiffness||995 +/- 3 Nm/rad|
|Yaw Damping||0.189 +/- 0.019 Js/rad|
|Pitch Stiffness||3508 +/- 17 Nm/rad|
|Pitch Damping||0.474 +/- 0.047 Js/rad|
|Weight||3.88 lbs (1.76 kgs)|
|Manufacturer weight rating||66 lbs|
|Maximum Height||58.3 in (148.1 cm)|
|Minimum Height||3.6 in (9.1 cm)|
|Base Diameter||2.81 in (7.1 cm)|
|Folded Length||21.3 in (54.1 cm)|
|Folded Circumference||17.4 in (44.2 cm)|
|Folded Volume||513.0 cu. in. (8.4 liters)|
|Leg Material||Carbon Fiber|
|Primary Leg Angle||22 deg|
|Top Tube Diameter||37.0 mm|
|Second Tube Diameter||33.1 mm|
|Third Tube Diameter||29.3 mm|
|Fourth Tube Diameter||25.5 mm|
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 yaw oscillations about the vertical axis of the tripod:
No problems here. Sharp resonance, everything looks good.
Example data for pitch oscillations about the radial axis of the tripod:
The data is a little noisier here, but there is still no doubt about the resonance frequency.